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Joe Hunt, M.D.
Chief of Staff

Joe W. Hunt, M.D., is board- certified Physician specializing in Family Medicine.
Dr. Hunt did his Pre-medical training at University of Tennessee –Martin and  Received his Medical degree from University of Tennessee –Memphis.
Dr. Hunt has over 32 years of dedicated and Loyal service to the people of Lauderdale County and Lauderdale Hospital in Ripley ,Tennessee.
Dr. Hunt builds long term partnerships with his patients and families. His  unique ability to relate to his patients , other physicians and hospital employees is excellent.
By listening to his patients he can assist his patients in prioritizing their concerns and set and achieve their health related goals. Dr. Hunt is active in his community and enjoys running.
Some refer to him as “ Dr. Welby “ from the old TV show.  That was a TV show , and perhaps the TV show should have been named after Dr. Hunt.
Dr. Hunt is a excellent person and physician and he makes a difference in the health and wellness of his patients each and every day  that he comes to work.

Syed Zaidi, M. D.
Vice-Chief of Staff

Dr. Zaidi also provides Hospitalist services to Lauderdale Hospital.
Dr. Zaidi received his medical degree from DOW Medical College, Pakistan. He did his residency the university of Newark , New jersey, picking up a fellowship in Pulmonary medicine.
He did  a transitional residency  at Flushing Hospital and Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Zaidi  joined the medical staff of Lauderdale Hospital  in Ripley ,Tennessee in 1997.
Dr. Zaidi brings high energy delivering service with care and compassion. His rapport with is patient’s is excellent and he is very friendly
He is also a teacher and proctor to physician assistants. Dr. Zaidi has patients come to him for care from several counties around Lauderdale.  
He is renowned for his outgoing personality and ability to focus in on positive care outcomes for his patients.

Gade Rao, M.D.
General Surgeon
Gade S. Rao, MD., is a seasoned board certified physician specializing in general surgery and wound care management.
Dr. Rao received his medical degree from Osmania Medical School, India. He did his internship at Elizabeth General Hospital , New Jersey, USA.

Dr. Rao  has an excellent bed side manor and outgoing personality. His communication skills are outstanding and he is also fluent in Hindi and Telugu.  His smile is contagious.
He recently joined the Lauderdale Hospital as a General Surgeon in June of 2016. His practice is growing rapidly and plans are under discussion to add a wound care center.
Dr. Rao has made an immediate impact on the Lauderdale community improving the surgical wellness and health of the community.

Roger Woods, M.D.
ED Medical Director - Team Health
Dr. Larry Woods is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He has practiced as the Lauderdale Director of Emergency Room services since 2009.
Dr. Woods did his residency at the University of Tennessee-Jackson.  He received MD at University of Missouri – Columbia.
Dr. Woods is certified  and approved in ACLS and PALS.
Dr. Woods is known for handling emergency situations efficiently with care, concern and compassion for patients along with their families.

Christy Tipton, APN/NP
Advanced Practice Nurse

Robert Lazar, M.D.

Thomas Thompson, M.D.
Radiologist - Independent Radiology Associates

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