Officers and Board of Directors

President
J. DeWayne Tooson, MD
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J. DeWayne Tooson, MD, of Tuscaloosa, serves as President of GI Associates of West Alabama, PC, and CEO of North River Surgical Center,LLC. Previous leadership roles include Chief of the GI Division, Medical Director of the Endoscopy Lab, and Chairman of Internal Medicine at DCH Regional Medical Center. He has several publications in the field of gastroenterology.

Dr . Tooson obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1991. His internship and residency in Internal Medicine were completed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and his fellowship in gastroenterology was completed at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He is board-certified in gastroenterology.

His interests include colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal bleeding and small bowel capsule endoscopy. He is a member of the Alabama Gastroenterological Society, American College of Gastroenterology, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Physicians, the Tuscaloosa County Medical Society and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama

 

Vice President
Bradley S. Rice, MD
Rice_Bradley_2016_webBradley S. Rice, MD, is chief of internal medicine at Crestwood Medical Center and co-director of Crestwood Medical Center Endoscopy Center.

He received his medical degree from the University of South Alabama School of Medicine in 2003, then completed an internal medicine residency program and gastroenterology/hepatology fellowship at the University of Louisville where he served as chief gastroenterology fellow.

Dr. Rice is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology/hepatology. His expertise include colon cancer screening, endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreotography (ERCP), Barrett’s ablation with BARRX and advanced therapeutic endoscopy. He practices at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville and Madison Surgery Center in Madison, Alabama.

Dr. Rice serves on the Board of Censors of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, the Alabama Department of Public Health Board, and on the Board of Trustees for the Madison County Medical Society.

 

Secretary
Kenneth Sigman, MD
dr_sigmanKenneth M. Sigman, MD, of Birmingham, earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his residency and gastroenterology Fellowship at Ohio State University in 1986 and is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Dr. Sigman has a special interest for diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic and biliary diseases and has been instrumental in building state-of-the-art facilities in Birmingham for evaluation of these disorders.

Dr. Sigman was on faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology at UAB before becoming a partner at Birmingham Gastroenterology Assoc., PC. He is chief of the GI Division and director of the endoscopy lab at Grandview Medical Center. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Alabama Gastroenterological Society and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.

 

Treasurer
Mohamad A. Eloubeidi, MD

Dr. ElouEloubeidi_2016_web-213x300beidi, of Anniston, earned his doctorate in medicine from the American University of Beirut. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is Certified in the Subspecialty of Gastroenterology.

He is president of Anniston Digestive Health, P.C., and a professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and associate chair for Clinical Affairs at the American University of Beirut.

In 2012, Dr. Eloubeidi was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical honor society and has been listed in America’s Top Doctors for multiple years.

His major area of research is gastrointestinal pre-malignant and malignant conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancer, colon cancer and polyps, and pancreatic cancer.  More specifically, his focus is on the role and impact of endoscopic ultrasonography in the evaluation of these conditions.  In addition, the evaluation of the role of fine needle aspiration biopsy in diagnosing these conditions as a minimally invasive technique.

 

Immediate Past President
Robert A. Shaffer, MD
dr-shafferRobert A. Shaffer, MD, of Birmingham, joined Gastroenterology Associates, NA, PC, in July 2005 and practices at the St. Vincent’s East location. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Troy State University and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His internship and residency were performed at Carolinas Medical Center and his fellowship performed at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences. Dr. Shaffer is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Dr. Shaffer is a member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Alabama Gastroenterological Society and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.

 

2016-2018 Board Members
Cody B. Barnett, MD, Mobile
Robert R. Brinson, MD, Montgomery
Travis J. Rutland, MD, Dothan
Winter B. Wilson, MD, Guntersville

Serving as AGS Regional Legislative Leaders are:
Mark M. Anderson, MD, Montgomery (Central Alabama)
Cody B. Barnett, MD, Mobile (Southwest Alabama)
W. Timothy Denton, MD, Birmingham (Birmingham-Metro)
Mohamad A. Eloubeidi, MD, Anniston (East Alabama)
Bradley S. Rice, MD, Huntsville (North Alabama)
Travis J. Rutland, MD, Dothan (Southeast Alabama)
Donnie R. Smith, MD, Tuscaloosa (West Alabama)

Representative to the Maintenance of Certification Committee for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Travis Rutland, MD, Dothan