One question frequently asked of me is:
“Why did you go from being a UAB Professor of Medicine to opening a medical practice in rural Alabama?”
The short answer is that it was a wonderful accidental circumstance. As a Professor of Medicine, I decided to obtain my Critical Care Medicine Board Certification so that it would be possible to work as an Attending Physician in the critical care units of UAB Hospital. The American Board of Internal Medicine developed a special fellowship plan that allowed me to remain on the faculty while completing my fellowship on a part-time basis over a couple of years. In the course of pursuing the fellowship, I came to realize how much I missed the first hand patient care that was so limited in my role as a senior faculty member. After much soul searching about academic medicine and my career satisfaction, I left UAB to join a large private pulmonary group in which one of my roles involved the establishment of rural lung disease clinics in lower Alabama where there were no other lung specialists. I was unhappy in the large group, but loved the rural clinics – so SEC Lung was born in 2009.
I loved my time at UAB, but I have also been extremely happy and satisfied with my new roles at SEC Lung. My wife Michelle works with me at SEC Lung, and her efforts have played a large role in the growth and development of SEC Lung. We have made Andalusia our home where both of us love small town living, friendliness and values. We have 5 grown children, and now share our home with several spoiled cats and dogs. With our very limited time off, Michelle and I pursue our favorite hobby, scuba diving in warm places.