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Laura E. Witherspoon, MD, FACS


Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Family: Dr. Witherspoon and her husband, Harold David Head, M.D., have two children: Scott and Allison.
Nurse: Carol Kelley, RN
Contact: (423) 267-0466
 

Dr. Witherspoon, board certified through the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), specializes in breast surgery. Dr. Witherspoon joined University Surgical Associates in 1997.

Dr. Witherspoon has office hours at USA's Surgical Specialties Building on Monday, (8 - 11:20 a.m.) Thursday (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.) and the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) and Erlanger East Hospital on Wednesday (9 a.m. - Noon). Dr. Witherspoon performs surgery at Erlanger Hospital, Plaza Surgery Center at Erlanger, Memorial Hospital and Parkridge Hospital.


Dr. Witherspoon is an assistant professor in surgery, Department of Surgery, for the
University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga.

Education
Undergraduate
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tenn.
Magna Cum Laude
B. A., Molecular Biology
1977 - 1981


Graduate
Vanderbilt University
  School of Medicine
Nashville, Tenn.
Medical Degree
1981 - 1985

Internship
General Surgery
U. of California, San Francisco
Fresno-Central San Joaquin Valley
  Medical
Education Program
Fresno, Calif.
1985 - 1986

Residency
General Surgery
U. of California, San Francisco
Fresno-Central San Joaquin Valley
  Medical
Education Program
Fresno, Calif.
1986 - 1990

Academic Appointments
1997 - present
Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery
UT College of Medicine
Chattanooga, Tenn.

1992 - 1994
Asst.Clinical Professor of Surgery
Uniformed University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Md.

1992 - 1994
Assistant Clinical Prof. of Surgery
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio

1991 - 1992
Clinical Instructor in Surgery
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio

Certifications
ABS, 1991; Recertified
National Board of Medical Examiners, 1986
Medical License - Tennessee, 1994

Military Service
Active Duty
US Air Force
Staff general surgeon
645th Medical Group/SGHS
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, Ohio
1990 -1994

Inactive Reserve US Air Force
Medical Service Corps/Medical Corps
1981-1990


Community Service
American Cancer Society
  Chattanooga Area Board Member
  Mid-South Board Member

Professional Organizations: Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Association of Women Surgeons; Chattanooga & Hamilton County Medical Society; Tennessee Medical Association; Chattanooga Regional Oncology Association; American Society of Breast Surgeons. 

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