As of Sunday, December 18, 2022, Jefferson Surgical Clinic (JSC) physicians and staff are employed by Carilion Clinic.

JSC and Carilion share the same philosophy about the practice of medicine. As a patient, you’ll receive the same care and compassion from your surgical provider. Also, you’ll have access to additional resources including MyChart, a secure online health management tool, and easy connections to many specialty services through an electronic medical record system.

If you have questions regarding an upcoming appointment, you can continue to reach your care team at (540) 283-6000..

The patient portal is no longer active due to system changes. You are able to pay your account balance using the “Bill Pay” button below instead of calling. For account questions, you may still call (540) 283-6070.


Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects about 70 million adults and 2 million teens and children in the United States. It often has no symptoms and is usually found through routine screenings at the doctor’s office.

Contact Information
Molly Rutherford, M.D., FACC

Jefferson Surgical Clinic
1234 Franklin Rd. S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24016

Phone: (540) 283-6000

Be Aware of these Symptoms

Contact your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms, which can indicate dangerously high blood pressure:

  • Severe headaches
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Problems with vision
  • Chest pains
  • Breathing problems
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in the urine

When blood pressure is high, the heart has to work harder to pump.  The excess pressure of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls can cause damage to them and to the organs they serve. People with high blood pressure are at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke (brain), renal failure (kidneys), and aneurysm.

Reduce Your Risk of Hypertension

Some high blood pressure is genetic or a result of normal aging. Even so, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, or to help reduce your blood pressure if it is high, you can:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Get regular exercise
  • Eat less processed and packaged foods
  • Limit sodium intake
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products
  • Drink moderately, if at all
  • Manage stress
  • Work to achieve or maintain a healthy weight
  • Ask your doctor about medications, such as birth control pills, that might raise blood pressure
  • Manage any conditions, like diabetes and kidney disease, that can contribute to blood pressure problems

If your high blood pressure cannot be managed with lifestyle changes, your doctor may prescribe medicine to reduce blood pressure. It is important to take these medications as directed. Failure to do so can result in complications, stroke, and even death.