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Dr. William Banks of the Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, P.A. completed an advanced course on foot and ankle surgical fixation techniques sponsored by Wright Medical last month. The course, “Emerging Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery: Regenerative & Reconstructive Symposia and Skills Lab” was held at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago. The Orthopedic Learning Center is the leading international center for lab-based learning, welcoming physicians, surgeons, and medical professionals since 1994 from all over the world. This course offers hands on training in new products and techniques.

"The state of the art facility and cadaver lab offer an incredible opportunity to learn," said Dr. Banks. “I was fortunate to be able to join the other 65 surgeons, as we explored and honed our techniques in foot and ankle surgery. Classes and workshops were designed to improve results with internal bone fixation. "There has been an explosion of new products in the last five years. This workshop allowed me to use new products in correcting hammertoes, bunions, foot arthritis and foot and ankle injuries."


At the upcoming Sept. 24, Ladies Night Out program, the topic will be cervical health and ovarian cancer. Guest speakers will be Dr. Carole Peterson and Dr. Ladson Gaddy-Dubac. Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When found in its early stages, treatment is more likely to be successful.


Debra Snider joined Angel Medical Center on July 8 as the Physician Operations Director.

Snider is from the eastern part of North Carolina where she worked as the Hospitalist Group Practice Manager and director of the Columbus Regional Physician Network.

Snider is originally from Stuebenville, Ohio, and has been in North Carolina for the past 20 years. She and husband, Chuck, have three children and four grandchildren.

Snider’s interests inaclude snow, whitewater rafting, the beach, reading, and being involved in community and church activities.


Editor’s note: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Charles C. Thomas of the Macon Cancer Center shares information on its prevention and treatment.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in this country. It will affect about one in six men in their lifetime. I have practiced medicine for greater than 30 years, and as a young man, this was most commonly diagnosed by producing urinary obstruction or the cancer spreading to bony structures and producing severe pain in the back, pelvis and hips.

All cancers have two basic properties. They have local invasive and destructive growth, much like ivy or kudzu in your yard, and they have the ability to make cells or seeds that spread to distant body sites and these are called metastases.


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