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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. 

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.

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.

JSC Mini Facelift

Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean you have to look older. If you feel it's time for a change, come to our informative seminar with Jefferson Surgical Clinic surgeon Dr. Steven Harris, where he’ll discuss procedures that can restore your youth, including the mini-facelift. Get all the information you need about these safe, effective, minimally invasive procedures and meet members of our premiere staff.

JSC Plastics OH Nov Website

There are a lot of myths about cosmetic procedures, and when it comes to your own body and health, knowing the facts is the first step to making the best decisions. If you feel it’s time for a change, join us at 6pm on Thursday, November 10, 2016 for an informational session on abdominoplasty procedures with surgeon Dr. Steven Harris, MD. An expert in cosmetic techniques, discusses the cosmetic procedure, including procedural details, risks and benefits.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic Mini FaceliftSeptember is National Skin Care Awareness Month.  This holiday is celebrated by learning new ways to take care of our skin and by making others aware of how to take care of their skin. Join us at our Mini Facelift Open House to learn about this minimally invasive procedure that lifts and tones loose or sagging skin without the downtime. Celebrate this month by rewarding yourself with youthful features without major surgery.

Join us for our Mini Facelift Open House September 15, 2016 at 6PM! Meet Dr. Steven Harris, MD, our board-certified plastic surgeon. Hosted at our Salem Braeburn Circle Office, the event focuses on the unique benefits of our Mini Facelift outpatient procedure.

Register today for our Mini Facelift Open House and learn how you can enhance your beauty!

Keeley 1We are so fortunate to have a comprehensive Healing Arts Program in Roanoke. At Jefferson Surgical Clinic, we are especially proud of the fact that Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley, one of our founding partners, was the creator of this integrated approach to healing. The program bears his name as a tribute to this extraordinary man and physician who recently passed away at the age of ninety-two.

Dr. Keeley started the Healing Arts Program to provide activities for patients to make their post-operative or recovery hospital stay more advantageous. He knew how important it is to treat the whole patient, not just their symptoms. Healing arts programs have shown to be beneficial in reducing length of stay and the need for pain medication. Blood pressure and heart rates are also reduced by the inspirational and restorative program components.

The Dr. Robert L.A. Keely Healing Arts Program uses literary, performing and visual art experience to enhance and facilitate the healing process. Located at Carilion Clinic, the program offers a variety of artistic experiences for patients, families, and staff. Artists in Residence perform art, music, dance and theater to stimulate the patient’s interests. The Food is Art Gallery provides the artists with creative expression and the viewers with interesting visuals. Journaling provides patients the opportunity to express themselves. And the Healing Garden provides a quiet, beautiful place to reflect, relax and get away from the hospital setting. Together, these components create a calming, inspirational and restorative environment that address the emotional needs of patients and their families.

To learn more about the Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, please call 540-224-5398 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harter 1After 24 years of providing ENT services for our community, Dr. Geoff Harter will retire October 5th. The physicians and staff of Jefferson Surgical Clinic wish Dr. Harter the very best in retirement and thank him for many years of expert, compassionate care for his patients.

If you are a patient of Dr. Harter, your medical records will be maintained at Jefferson Surgical Clinic.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic's board certified ENT physician - Dr. Gregory Zachmann - will continue to offer their extensive experience and training in Roanoke, Salem, and surrounding Virginia and West Virginia communities.

At Jefferson Surgical Clinic, we know that managing expectations and establishing goals for patients before vascular treatment are essential for a good outcome. But all patients have questions about recovery after vascular surgery. Maybe you aren’t sure which activities are safe to perform, or when it’s appropriate to take prescribed medications.

Dr. Daniel Clair is Chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and he gives some very helpful tips on post-operative recovery in this video. Watch as he discusses what to expect after surgical treatment.

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