Meet the Team

Our high-caliber surgical team has dedicated most of their life to perfection and quality of service that earned us credibility and trust from area doctors and patients alike. That is why at Anniston General Surgery Center, you’ll only find the safest, most advanced surgical solutions, state-of-art capabilities and personalized care that help people get back to their best health.

Clifford P. Black, Jr., MD, FACS

Lei Liu, MD

Lauren Waltz, PA-C

 

Clifford P. Black, Jr., MD, FACS

Clifford P. Black, Jr., MD, FACS - Anniston, Alabama“After more than two decades of handling many health challenges and helping people overcome them, my passion for providing the utmost surgical excellence still continues. Being an adopter of new surgical procedures, I was one of the first in the country to perform anti-reflux surgery and the first in this area. Having set this procedure’s standard in the state has also set my mind to giving the same high level of dedication to performing other surgical procedures.
“I take pride in going the extra mile in providing my patients the best care possible so that they can get back to doing what they love in the shortest time.”

Board-Certified: American Board of Surgery
Fellow: American College of Surgeons
Residency:
General Surgery, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX
Internship: Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX
MD: Cum Laude, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
BS: United States Military Academy (Top 2% of class), West Point, NY
Member: Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery, Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, Alabama Medical Association, Calhoun County Medical Association

Lei Liu, MD

Lei Liu"My family taught me that helping people brings true happiness, and I believe the best way to help people is to keep them healthy. A strong and healthy body supports an individual to overcome whatever obstacles he or she faces and reach their goals.

"After completing a comprehensive general surgery training that enabled me to perform procedures such as breast, hernia, abdominal surgery, and all other general surgery procedures, I had the privilege to train in Tufts Medical Center for minimally invasive and bariatric surgery in Boston. My patients have great outcomes after weight loss surgery and their smiles are the most rewarding things I could ever have. I am excited to bring my expertise in bariatric/weight loss surgery to Anniston General Center and deliver excellent specialized care.

In my spare time I exercise daily, with a mix or cardio and strength training (which builds my energy and endurance for long work days), and I also enjoy cooking and eating with my family."

Board Certification: General Surgery- American Board of Surgery
Fellowship:
Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery- Tufts Medical Center. Boston, MA  
Residency:
General Surgery- Conemaugh Valley Hospital. Johnstown, PA
MD:
Temple University School of Medicine. Philadelphia, PA
BS:
University of Pittsburgh, Neuroscience Major. Pittsburgh, PA
Member:
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES); American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS); American College of Surgeons (ACS)
Other Certifications:
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) & Basic Lift Support (BLS); Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS); Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS); Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Program (FLS)

Lauren Waltz, PA-C

Lauren_Waltz"I have always known that I wanted to be in the medical field. When I was young, I started traveling with my family to visit different populations of the world lacking basic healthcare, including the Ignacianos in the Amazon basin of Bolivia and the Zulus of South Africa. Recently I had the opportunity to help provide free healthcare clinics for migrant farmworkers in Georgia, many of who had never seen a medical professional before. My other passions in life include playing rugby for the Atlanta women’s team, hiking, sprint triathlons, and playing violin. Practicing alongside Dr. Black enables me to learn from one of the best surgeons in the region and to give compassionate care to my patients."

PA: Emory University Physician Assistant Program, Atlanta, GA
BS: Princeton University, Major Psychology, Princeton, NJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please feel free to speak directly with our friendly staff at Anniston General Surgery Center at (256) 240-9660. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form for a future date.