Clinical Staff


Fred Kam, M.D., Medical Director


Staff PortraitDr. Kam is a board-certified Internist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and graduated with his Medical Degree from the University of Miami in 1986. He has over twelve years experience in medical service delivery which includes positions as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and many Directorships - including Director of the Student Health Center - at the University of Miami. Dr. Kam was chosen by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America (1996-97 & 1997-98), and he is in Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Iron Arrow Honor Societies. He is also a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He served as President of his medical school class, was voted as the Best House Staff Member of the Year (1988) and received the coveted Eric Reiss Award for Outstanding Teaching. He currently holds professorships at Auburn in the Department of Political Science, School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kam was born in Trinidad and went to high school in England. He and his family live in Auburn. He enjoys traveling, fishing, tennis and watching college football.




R. Shannon Cason, M.D.


Staff PortraitDr. Cason is a family practitioner. He is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a BS in biology, summa cum laude. He earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama and specialized in family medicine at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. After residency, he joined Family Medicine Associates of East Alabama in Opelika, and then worked at Maxwell Air Force base in Montgomery. He is married and is the father of four children









Suzanne Graham-Hooker, M.D.


Staff PortraitDr. Graham-Hooker is a family practitioner. She attended the University of Miami, Florida and earned both her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and her medical degree, graduating in the top quartile of her class. She completed her residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, where she later served on the faculty. She was voted as the Resident Teacher of the Year 1992 and Faculty of the Year 1996-97. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Iron Arrow honor Societies. She is married and is the mother of two children and lives in Auburn








Jay Harvey, D.O.


Staff PortraitDr. Harvey is a family practitioner. He graduated with a B.A. degree in physiology and cell biology with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He completed his residency at Bay Area Hospital-Corpus Christi Medical Center, Corpus Christi Texas and was employed at the Sansum Clinic in Lompoc, California. He is married and the father a one child.









Bethzaida R. Ladisla, M.D.


Staff PortraitDr. Ladisla is an Internal Medicine Specialist (Internist). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and a Medical degree from University of Santo Tomas where she graduated with both degrees. She holds certifications with the American Board of Internal Medicine, Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates, Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) Component I and II, and National Board of Medical Examiners Part I and II. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Ladisla has worked with East Alabama Medical Center for almost ten years. She is married and lives with her husband and two children in Auburn.







Kate Chandler Lynch, PA-C


Staff Portrait Kate Chandler is a Physicians Assistant. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University, and a Master's degree in Health Science from the University of South Alabama.She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants. Her honors include the 2004 and 2005 Andrews' Sports Medicine Institute Student Athletic Trainer Scholarship, and Golden Key National Honor Society. Mrs. Lynch is licensed and certified with the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), Licensure by the State of Alabama, and American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support.







Ginny Donald, PA-C


Staff PortraitGinny Donald is a Physician’s Assistant (PA-C). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Birmingham Southern College, and a Master’s degree in Health Science from the University of South Alabama.She is a member of American Academy of Physician Assistants, Alabama Society of Physician Assistants. Her honors include 2002 Physician Assistant Student of the Year, Phi Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Eta Honor Society, Adjunct Assistant Professor, and Publication of Research Project Breaking Socioeconomic Barriers to Breastfeeding. Mrs. Donald is licensed and certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), Licensure by State of Alabama, and American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She is married and lives with her husband and two children in Auburn.





Teresa Gore, DNP, CRNP


Staff PortraitTeresa Gore is a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP-BC, NP-C). She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville State University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix, Doctor of Nursing Practice and a post-MSN certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a certificate in Simulation Education. She is the Vice President for Programs for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation in Nursing (INACSL) and the President of Theta Delta Chapter for Sigma Theta Tau International (nursing honor society). She is a member of American Nursing Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Teresa has published research in referred journals and chapters in text books. She is licensed in the State of Alabama and certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor and the Simulation Learning Coordinator at Auburn University School of Nursing. Teresa is married with 2 children and lives in Auburn.




Patricia Keeney, CRNP


Staff PortraitMrs. Keeney holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has many years of nursing experience, including employment at East Alabama Medical Center and within the states of Florida and Arizona. Mrs. Keeney is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Society of Nursing and served as President of both her ADN and LPN nursing classes. Mrs. Keeney is a current member of the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is married and lives in Opelika. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Keeney also is a CPR instructor and certifies the AUMC staff yearly on CPR.






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