Healthy lunch and snacksMarch is National Nutrition Month, and the team at Jefferson Surgical Clinic wants to help you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

Eating As a Family

It’s been said that eating together as a family can improve the communication and relationships among family members. By eating together, children see the eating habits of their parents. Children are less likely to eat foods if they feel pressured, so make meal times a relaxed setting. It is also important to serve them foods that everyone likes to eat, and not pressure them to try foods you are not keen on. 

Dinner has historically been designated as family meal time, but adjusting work schedules and extra-curricular activities can make it challenging for families to eat this meal together. As a result, many have shifted toward making breakfast the family meal. 

Healthy Meal blog sizeLooking to add a few new recipes to your menu?  Check out these delicious (and healthy) options.


Dress up your morning yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit, like this raspberry mango parfait, or perhaps a fruit platter with yogurt dip. Whole wheat pancakes with fruit are another great option. 


A great way to encourage kids (and some adults) to reach for fruits and vegetables as a snack is to dress them up.  Try these apple nachos, or veggies with dip (such as mustard dip, hummus or creamy cucumber-dill dip.)

JSC Abdominoplasty Open House March 1If you’d like a little extra help with your midsection, Jefferson Surgical Clinic will be holding an Abdominoplasty Open House on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Salem office at 1924 Braeburn Circle, Salem, VA.

Dr. Steven Harris, MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and will be sharing the information about how a tummy tuck can help you restore your shape.     

Register online or call 540-283-4962 to attend this event.

hot tea and tissuesWinter is in-full-gear; so is cold and flu season.  While the likelihood of at least catching a cold each winter is high, are you prepared if/when you get sick? 

Know the Difference

Colds and flu share some symptoms, such as coughing and congestion.  With a cold, many can function through their daily routine (though with the inconvenience of the stuffy nose). A person with the flu, however, will find they do not have the energy to get out of bed.  Other flu symptoms include fever, sore throat and/or muscle aches. 

Healthy resolutionsMany people will make a New Year’s resolution, but most won’t keep it. Common resolutions people make include losing weight, eating better, reading more and to quit smoking.

While their desires may have been genuine, their motivation or tools may not have been the right ones to help them succeed. Here are a few ways you can keep your New Year’s resolution.

JSC Mini Face OH 2018 FacebookGo into the New Year feeling confident in your skin. 

Jefferson Surgical Clinic is holding a Mini-Facelift Open House on Wednesday, January 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Salem office at 1924 Braeburn Circle, Salem, VA.

Dr. Steven Harris, MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and will be sharing the information about various simple procedures that can restore your look – including a mini facelift.   

Register online or call 540-283-4962 to attend this event and learn how you can get fast results with little downtime.


winter blues December is Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month. This disorder is commonly referred to as the Winter Blues and affects about 5% of Americans. Shorter days, colder temperatures and holiday stress can all contribute to the Winter Blues.

Here are some tips for the staff at Jefferson Surgical Clinic to help you combat these seasonal blues.

Matthews Child donation box smallMatthew’s Child is a non-profit organization that provides support for foster and adoptive families in Roanoke, Virginia and surrounding areas. The mission of Matthew’s Child is to offer support to children, biological families, foster families and social workers.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic will be contributing to multiple Matthew’s Child programs, including Kids Survival KitsFirst Night Meals, and gifts for children this holiday season.

Throughout December, our various offices will be collecting items for these children and families.

JSC Audio OH 2017 FacebookHearing loss is more than an occasional inconvenience; it can impact your health and overall wellbeing.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic is holding an Audiology Open House on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

The event will be held at:

JSC Salem office
1924 Braeburn Circle
Salem, VA

Dr. Kim Lower is a licensed audiologist and will present information about new technology available at JSC, ways to improve your hearing health, and what you can expect when you come in for a visit.

Register online or call 540-283-6085 to attend this event and learn about your options if you are experiencing hearing loss and want to improve your hearing health.

walkjscAt Jefferson Surgical Clinic, our staff is dedicated to helping people maintain healthy, happy lifestyles. This commitment goes well beyond the time our staff is working with patients at JSC.

In September, many members of our staff took part in two major fundraisers in Roanoke – Cure by Design and One Walk. Combined, the two events raised an estimated $450,000 for cancer research and funding juvenile diabetes research.

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.


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. 

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