Thursday, February 14, 2008
Clinic adds Rayford to staff
By SUE WATSON
Individuals with urinary tract problems can now see a doctor at home here in Holly Springs at Williams Clinic.
Dr. Walter Rayford, born in Holly Springs and a graduate of Byhalia High School, has returned home to give back to the community. Specializing in urologic oncology, he will be available to see clients the first and third Thursdays of each month at Williams Clinic.
Dr. Rayford said the opportunity to serve his home community is something he has looked forward to for many years.
“Coming back home means a lot to me,” he said, “because it gives me an opportunity to help improve the health status of the community where I am from,” Rayford said. “I am looking forward to meeting new people and seeing those I already know.
“Dr. (Kenneth) Williams is an excellent physician and he has a very personable and well-trained staff and nurse practitioners to work with at the clinic.”
Dr. Rayford has achieved a number of firsts – first African American to complete the urology residency program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the first African American to complete urologic oncology fellowship training at the National Cancer Institute.
While on the faculty at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Rayford became a tenured faculty and held the chair of William B. Reily Professor of Urology.
While at LSU he created a community-based prostate cancer education program, the Louisiana Education Early Detection and Research Program. The program focused on early detection of prostate cancer and free prostate cancer screening.
The program has since changed names and is expanded in scope. The new name is the National Education Early Detection and Research Program. One aim is to address the needs of populations that have too little insurance or no insurance.
Dr. Rayford is widely published in scientific and medical journals and has received numerous awards, including being listed as one of the best urologists in the country by several national marketing surveys.
He is currently the principal investigator on a Department of Defense project entitled “Health Disparity Elimination Model for Cancer.”
Patients who are experiencing urinary tract problems - infections, bladder problems, or cancers located in the urinary tract - will find it convenient to see a physician in Holly Springs instead of having to go elsewhere, he said.
A board-certified urologist, cancer specialist and surgeon, Dr. Rayford is excited to return to his hometown to practice medicine.
He also has offices in Southaven and Memphis and hospital privileges at Baptist Hospital DeSoto and Baptist East and at Methodist Hospital in Germantown and at Methodist North as well as at Alliance Healthcare System in Holly Springs.
Rayford said he will be taking referrals from physicians and family nurse practitioners and can see anyone, either male or female, who has a urologic problem, at Williams Clinic.
The specialty includes, but is not limited to, these common conditions and diseases: kidney stones; kidney infections; kidney obstructions; cancer; urinary bladder stones and infections or cancer; urinary incontinence; neurogenic bladder (inability to urinate); prostate enlargement, infection or cancer; testicular infection; and scrotal mass.
Rayford said clients will be examined at the clinic and undergo some preliminary evaluation.
Other procedures will be available at Alliance or the Baptist and Methodist hospitals, if required.
Dr. Rayford graduated from Byhalia High School in 1979, earned a bachelor’s from Jackson State University, obtained a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Kansas and completed his M.D. degree with the University of Kansas where he also served his residency requirements.
He received urologic oncology fellowship training at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
Clients who cannot see Dr. Rayford at Williams Clinic when he is in town will be able to schedule appointments with him at his Southaven or Memphis offices by calling 1-901-767-8158.
Rayford served on the faculty of the Health Science Center of Louisiana State University at the New Orleans campus from 1998-2005. He has practiced medicine since 1998. Dr. Rayford lives in Cordova, Tenn., with his wife Zandria, and their four children.
Rayford is the youngest son in a family of 16 children, all of whom were well educated. His parents are Freddie Mae Rayford and Henry Rayford (deceased).
Despite his many accomplishments, Dr. Rayford maintains a very simple philosophy: provide excellence in urologic care in a warm and caring way.
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