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, FACS

Peter Jernigan, 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, AlabamaMedical Association, Calhoun County Medical Association

Lei Liu, MD, FACS 

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)

Peter Jernigan, MD 

Paterson"I fell in love with surgery as a medical student at UAB after seeing the amazing impact it could have to restore people to health. I completed a busy general surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati where I learned to care for patients with the full range of general surgical diseases and also had the opportunity to perform and publish surgical research to help advance the field. After that, my fellowship training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia gave me extensive experience with the most current techniques to perform complex abdominal surgery in the least invasive way possible. This included surgery for weight loss, acid reflux, hernias, and multiple types of cancer."

I am thrilled to now be able to return home to Alabama and join the surgeons at Anniston General Surgery Center who share my passion for providing state-of-the-art care with the highest level of service to our patients.

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery
Residency: General Surgery - University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Fellowship: Advanced Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery – Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
MD: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
BS: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Member: American College of Surgeons (ACS), Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society (AOA

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

 

 

 

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