Meet the Newest Member of the Vascular Surgery Team, Dr. Stephen Tonks

Peripheral artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and blockages in the arteries and veins are just some of the conditions our vascular surgeons treat at Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Stephen Tonks to our vascular surgery team. Let’s get to know him more. Growing up in rural Alabama, Stephen […]

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Double Punch – Patient Beats Breast Cancer Twice

When breast cancer patients arrive for radiation treatments, they are sometimes filled with fear and sadness, or great hope and faith. Most of them don’t know they have a friend nearby who understands those feelings on a personal level. Wilma Cason, 74, is a department assistant at the Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center, a department of […]

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Man’s 3rd Hernia Repair is Easiest, Thanks to Robotic Assistance

Surgical techniques have improved drastically over the last 60 years, and no one knows that better than Frank Hamner, 76, of Knoxville. Hamner has undergone three different hernia repairs over the years as a result of an inguinal (groin) hernia. This type of hernia occurs when the abdominal wall is weak and begins to separate […]

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Premier Surgical Welcomes Dr. Antiporda

We at Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville strive to provide excellent surgical care to our clients. We’re proud of our patient-centered and competent staff. This month, we’re happy to welcome a new member of our general surgical team – Dr. Michael Antiporda of Premier Surgical at Fort Sanders Regional. Let’s get to know him better: […]

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Colon Cancer Survivor Admits: I Dodged a Bullet

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Fort Sanders Regional Patient Promotes Early Detection When it came to health screenings, one word described Karen Russell: vigilant. A stroke survivor who worked at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for years, she was always faithful about scheduling check-ups at her doctor’s office. Except for one. Every year, […]

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Bright Days Ahead: Melanoma Patient Becomes Advocate for Sun Safety

Even though Premier Surgical oncologist Paul Dudrick, MD, isn’t known for being a skilled artist, Robin MacLean carries one of his drawings in her purse. It’s the paper that was spread across the examination table when Dr. Dudrick drew a picture to help her understand the cancer surgery she would undergo at Fort Sanders Regional […]

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Final Fix: Patient Goes the Distance for Hernia Repair

News from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center A series of choices led Mary Jeffers from Kingsport to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville for hernia surgery. She chose to have a double mastectomy at a Kingsport hospital after testing positive for the RAD50 gene that’s linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, and […]

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Meet Dr. Joe Thurman!

For Joe Thurman, MD, being a General Surgeon is a unique opportunity to intervene at a crucial moment in someone’s life. “Especially in an emergency situation, I may be meeting someone who is having the worst day of their life,” explains Thurman.“You really make an impact when you can immediately help them with surgery and […]

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Dr. Thurman Joins Premier Surgical Associates

Premier Surgical Associates is proud to welcome general surgeon Joseph B. Thurman, M.D. to its surgical practice. He will be based at the group’s Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center office, located on Clinch Avenue near downtown Knoxville. Dr. Thurman will focus on acute care cases and laparoscopic surgery.  “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Thurman […]

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Uncomplicating Life: Grandma Thrives After Complex Hernia Repair

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles An overhang of vines on the deck of Norma Griffin’s Dandridge home provides shade on a sunny day. It’s a peaceful place for Griffin to recover from successful hernia surgery at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center – and peace is welcome after several years of medical chaos. “I […]

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