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Eastern Surgical Employs Some of Birmingham’s Top Surgeons


We know our patients demand top quality care, so our seasoned surgeons expect excellence from the entire operative team. Minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotic procedures are central to our practice and are an available option for all patients.

Stephen E. Heinzman

MD FACS


Dr. Heinzman earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. He attended LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his surgical residency at LSU Affiliated Hospitals in 1997 as an administrative chief resident. He is board certified in General Surgery and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Heinzman’s surgical practice encompasses a wide range of surgical diseases and procedures. Areas of special interest include hernia surgery, laparoscopic surgery, breast surgery, surgery for thyroid and parathyroid disease, vascular access surgery, and endovascular aortic aneurysm repairs. Dr. Heinzman is a member of the Cancer Committee at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, and is the Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Heinzman and his wife live in Trussville with their five children. He enjoys his home life, running, cycling, skiing, automobiles, dining and travel.

William C. Wood III

MD FACS


Dr. Wood earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from The University of Alabama, and was chief resident during his surgical training at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. He is board-certified in general surgery and is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wood has a special interest in minimally-invasive techniques, including laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and single-site “scar-less” surgery. Dr. Wood is committed to providing his patients with state-of-the-art, highly personalized medical treatment. Collaborating with the other specialists of Eastern Surgical, definitive vascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal and cancer operations are mainstays of care. Outside of work, Dr. Wood enjoys reading, skiing, kiteboarding and spending time with his family. He lives in Birmingham with his wife and two children.

Justin B. Gerth

MD FACS


Dr. Gerth is from Mobile, AL and now resides in Birmingham with his wife and two children. He graduated Cum Laude from Birmingham-Southern College and attended medical school at The University of South Alabama. Dr. Gerth completed his surgical residency at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Gerth was named a Leading Physician of the World and Top General Surgeon in Alabama by The International Association of Healthcare Professionals. Dr. Gerth specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery and has been chosen as a national surgical site center for instructing and training other surgeons in robotics. He also performs thyroid, parathyroid, breast, cancer surgery and emergency surgery. Dr. Gerth is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

Eric L. DuBois

M.D.


Dr. DuBois, a Birmingham native, earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and was a chief resident during his surgical training at Brookwood Baptist Health. Dr. DuBois has a special interest in minimally invasive techniques including robotic surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery. Areas of focus include hernia surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, anti-reflux surgery, endocrine surgery, and all aspects of surgical oncology. Dr. DuBois and his wife live in Gardendale with their four pets. He enjoys his home life, going to church, watching Alabama football, spending time at the shooting range, collecting custom knives, and being outdoors.


 

Matthew Collins

PA-C


A native of the Trussville area, Matthew attended Clay Chalkville High School. Matthew graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Alabama, where he was a 3 year letterman as a Middle Linebacker for the Crimson Tide, and a Presidential Scholar recipient. After a short stint as a seventh grade math teacher at Leeds Middle School and patient care technician in the UAB Trauma Burn Unit, Matthew attended Physician Assistant school at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was president of his class. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys college football, spending time at the lake, and snowboarding. He lives in Trussville with his wife and daughter.
 

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