iPiccy collageJefferson Surgical Clinic is pleased to announce it has added two nurse practitioners to its staff. Christin Clark, NP, is providing patient care in the Vascular Clinic while Susan Blick, NP, is providing advanced-level care in the Otolaryngology Department.

Clark is a familiar face at Jefferson Surgical Clinic. She joined JSC in January 2014 as an R.N. supervisor. This spring she completed her M.S. in Nursing at the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

She’s now caring for patients alongside vascular surgeon, Dr. James Drougas.

Molly RutherfordRoanoke, VA - September 2017. Jefferson Surgical Clinic announces the accreditation of its echocardiography lab by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The lab officially received the note of achievement in July. The rigorous, three-year process requires a minimum number of studies to be conducted and is proof of JSC's high level of patient care.

"We opened in 2014 and immediately began our path to accreditation," said Molly Rutherford, M.D., FACC, Cardiologist and Medical Director of Jefferson Surgical Clinic's echocardiography laboratory. "We're proud of this recognition, and our talented staff earned every bit of it."

Missy Lacks, RDCS/RVT, is the lab’s technical director.  Kendall Cannon, BS/RVT, who has been with JSC since 2012, is newly accredited as a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer (RDCS). Sheryl Duvall, RDMS/RVT, oversees both Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s cardiac echo lab and vascular lab.  Ashlee Carroll, BS/RVT, is also training in Echocardiography under supervision of Dr. Rutherford to add RDCS to her credentials.

September 1, 2017

Dear Jefferson Surgical Patient,

Beginning November 1, 2017, Dr. Poffenberger and Dr. Schmidt will be providing emergency care and surgical services at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. Our office location will remain the same and we will continue to be members of the Jefferson Surgical Clinic – an independent practice. The only change you will see is that, should you need surgical or emergency room services, your care will be provided at a Carilion facility. We will be on emergency call at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

For after-hours emergencies, please call (540) 981-7000.

We are committed to making this transition easy for our patients and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your ongoing support and for trusting Jefferson Surgical Clinic with your care.

Sincerely,

Rodney J. Poffenberger, MD
Mark A. Schmidt, MD

JSC Open House 2017 WebsiteExercise and weight loss don’t always give you the flat stomach you strive to achieve, but plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Harris is highly skilled at a procedure that can help you. Learn how abdominoplasty can give you the flat stomach you’ve always wanted by attending our Open House on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Hosted at our Salem Braeburn Circle Office, this event explains how a tummy tuck is performed, what the recovery time is and how quickly you can expect to see results. Register today for the Abdominoplasty Open House and learn how you can get the flat stomach you’ve always wanted. 

Joshua Adams 2 359x359Being on the cutting edge is always a top priority at Jefferson Surgical Clinic. When Dr. Joshua Adams joined our team, he brought a wealth of knowledge about minimally invasive surgery and aortic aneurysms.

In a recent interview with WSLS, Dr. Adams discussed the transition from traditional surgical techniques to ones that are more minimally invasive. These procedures have shorter recovery times, allow patients to leave the hospital sooner, have a lower risk of complications, and produce the same long-term results as traditional methods. They are also ideal for patients who are too ill for open surgical options.

Minimally invasive vascular surgeries are performed with surgeons accessing the arterial tree through arteries in the groin and arms. Once inside, doctors can perform procedures to treat multiple issues including aortic aneurysms.

Fotolia 165189605 Subscription Monthly XLWhile summer is a great opportunity for many people to enjoy the outdoors, it can be a painful time – both physically and emotionally – for those with varicose veins.

Varicose veins occur when one-way valves are unable to pump blood to the heart and the blood pools at the bottom of the vein. Warm weather and exercise can cause these veins to increase in size and appearance, as well as become very painful.

Here are some tips to help reduce these symptoms this summer:

JSC Mini Face OH 2017 WebsiteFacial rejuvenation surgery is a great way to restore your youthful appearance and take years off your appearance. On Thursday, July 13 at 6pm, Dr. Steven G. Harris of Jefferson Surgical Clinic will be holding an open house at his office at 1924 Braeburn Circle; Salem VA 24153. This is a great opportunity for patients to learn about facial rejuvenation and ask any questions they may have about the procedure.

“This is an opportunity for patients to meet me in a very fun, friendly situation without any pressure to make a decision about surgery,” said Dr. Harris. “I’ll stay around for an hour or even two hours after the open house to answer everyone’s questions.”

If you’re interested in attending the Open House, please RSVP for the event.


Steven G. HarrisAs you age, your upper and lower eyelids often begin to droop and appear puffy due to weakened muscles and excess fat. In addition to making you look older and tired, these sagging eyelids can also affect your peripheral vision.

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of your eyelids and enhance your field of vision.

During this outpatient surgery, surgeons will create an incision where there is a natural crease in your eyelid and remove excess fat and skin to help improve the firmness of your eyelids. This extra firmness will help you look younger and more alert.

healthy Mouth Healthy Life JSCYou can learn a lot about a person by their smile. In fact, you may even be able to tell how healthy they are.

That’s because doctors have discovered that good oral health is often linked to better health overall. When dentists come across problems inside your mouth, it can often mean there is a problem deeper within body.

 "It’s over 130, I think, different systemic diseases that have some sort of oral sign or symptom,” said Dr. Joe Dill of Delta Dental. “It can be dry mouth, red spots, white spots, lumps, bumps, things like that. So dentists are really sort of the first line of seeing the results of something bigger going on in your body.”

Hearing loss may seem like an inconvenience, but the impact it can have on your health is much more serious than you may think. That is why Jefferson Surgical Clinic is holding an Audiology Open House on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Salem office at 1924 Braeburn Circle, Salem, VA.

Dr. Kim Lower is a licensed audiologist at JSC and will lead a discussion about the options you have for improving your hearing health, types of hearing aids that are offered at JSC, and what you can expect when you come in for a visit. Here is a preview of what Dr. Lower will be discussing:

March of Dimes

March of DimesThe staff at Jefferson Surgical Clinic in Roanoke, VA will be participating in the March of Dimes, March for Babies on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The March of Dimes funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.

This year’s route is 3.5 miles and it starts at 10:00 a.m. at Elmwood Park (700 S Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011).

Last year was JSC’s first year to participate in the March of Dimes, March for Babies event. JSC was motivated to participate by a few of the staffs’ personal experiences with premature births and chromosomal abnormalities. In 2016, JSC raised over $2,000 and had 30+ staff participants in the March for Babies walk. These contributions were combined with the larger Roanoke March of Dimes fundraising effort. The money raised was donated to the local chapter for their use in research and education.

JSC Mini Face OH 2017 May WebsiteLooking older doesn’t have to be part of the aging process. Attend an informative event on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. to learn how facial rejuvenation can restore your youthful appearance. Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s Dr. Steven Harris will go over what facial rejuvenation is, what it involves and how it can make you look younger. The event will be held at Dr. Harris’ office at 1924 Braeburn Circle; Salem, VA 24153

Dr. Harris is a board-certified plastic surgeon who received his Doctor of Medicine degree at Duke University in 1984. He has been at Jefferson Surgical Clinic since 2006. Dr. Harris specializes in mini facelifts, brow lifts, blepharoplasty, and abdominal reconstruction and enhancement. Register today if you are interested in attending this event and learning how to restore your youthful appearance.

William Z. HDoubler blog1Carotid Artery Surgery is commonly done to reduce the risk of stroke in patients who show signs of plaque buildup in the carotid artery. While this surgery can be lifesaving, it requires an incision which can leave a scar on the neck. 

Using ultrasound technology, those scars can now be reduced.

Dr. William H’Doubler, a vascular surgeon at Jefferson Surgical Clinic, has implemented a technique to reduce this scar by up to 50 percent. Using ultrasound prior to surgery, Dr. H’Doubler localizes the site of blockage and is able to make a more strategically placed incision. Often this will reduce the length of the scar from four inches to around two inches. Ultimately this makes the surgery less invasive and less traumatic for patients. Of course, safety is of paramount importance and the incision length is always made to ensure safe conduct of the procedure.

NCAA Basketball BracketHaving a vasectomy is something no guy likes to talk about. The very thought of having a doctor preform work “down there” will make most men start to squirm. But for couples who have decided they are done having children, this is the route many decide to take.

Thanks to March Madness, many men have decided March is the perfect time to take off for ball and, well, surgery. This gives guys the perfect excuse to stay on the couch and watch college basketball for hours at a time without feeling guilty about it.

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