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Dr. Brian Smith is a board certified Gastroenterologist who is skilled in general adult gastroenterology, including colon cancer screenings. Dr. Smith comes to us with more than 20 years of experience from his previous practice in North Carolina. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed his Residency at Vanderbilt University. Immediately following his Residency, he completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Vanderbilt University. 

Dr. Smith joins a staff of skilled Gastroenterologist, including Drs. Knox, Hood and Laborde.  MMC welcomes Dr. Smith, as well as the skills and special interests that he brings to the MMC team of physicians. 

“Dr. Smith is a great additional to MMC and the Murfreesboro community. He brings over 20 years of experience to an established group of Gastroenterologists.  We are excited to have him as part of our organization,” stated Chief Executive Officer, Joey Peay. 

In his spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys live music, golf and anything TarHeels. He is also a proud father of two sons, Austin and Davis.  

For more information about Dr. Brian Smith or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 615-867-8070.

Posted by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic | Topic: New Physicians  | Category: new physicians

Cooking Healthy for the Holidays

November 19th, 2018

The holidays are full of all our favorite things – family, friends and food! With carbs, starches and all of the pies it can be easy to lose sight of your weight loss goals in the last few weeks of the year. That is why MMC Weight Loss & Wellness hosted a free, community event on November 15th, called Cooking Healthy for the Holidays. Registered Dietitian, Sydney Elliott, and Nutrionist, Devon Cox, shared some healthy alternatives to classic, holiday treats. The menu included: veggie party cups, guacamole deviled eggs, crock pot green bean casserole, chocolate nut clusters and a very berry mocktail.

Additionally, they provided attendees with some helpful tips to keep in mind during the holiday season. See these below:

Holiday Tips

1.            Don’t save up calories for the “big meal”

2.            Water

3.            Portion control

4.            Make ½ of your plate fruits and vegetables

5.            Choose lean proteins

6.            Focus on family time instead of food

7.            Send leftovers with friends and family

8.            Take healthy foods to parties

9.            Eat slowly

10.          Use smaller plates

11.          Food journal

12.          Plan grocery shopping

13.          Use healthy substitutes

14.          Stay positive

15.          Eat something healthy before you go to parties

16.          Limit alcohol

17.          Go for a walk instead of taking a nap

18.          Avoid the peer pressures

19.          Plan your indulgences

20.          Lose the guilt

To learn more about MMC Weight Loss & Wellness, visit or call 615-867-8100.

On Tuesday, October 23rd, MMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center hosted its 2nd Annual ‘Stronger TogetHER’ event. The evening featured entertainment and education, with an expert panel of MMC physicians sharing the latest recommendations for breast health and answering several questions from the audience.

Below, you will find some follow-up questions and answers that the physicians were unable to get to during the event. 

Q: Does the size of the breast increase/decrease the odds for breast cancer?

A: The size of the breast actually does not appear to play a role in the risk of developing breast cancer.  While you might think that larger breasts would be more likely to develop breast cancer, no large, peer-reviewed studies have supported this assumption. With that being said, we do know that obesity does play a role in the development of breast cancer.  Other risk factors for developing breast cancer include smoking, heavy alcohol use, and having a positive family history of breast cancer. – Lisa White, M.D.


Q: When using tools such as the Tyrer Cuzick model or Gail model, what factors are surgeons looking for?

A: Risk assessment tools, like the Tyrer Cuzick model or Gail model, help us to better understand a woman’s personal risk of developing breast cancer.  We input many factors such as your age, weight, height, family history of breast cancer, personal history of breast biopsies, age at first menstrual cycle, and age of first childbirth into these models. Then, the computer generated model calculates your individual risk of developing breast cancer.  If your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is greater than 20%, you qualify for a high risk screening protocol, which means coming in every six months for a breast exam and imaging.  – Lisa White, M.D.


Q: More women seem to be diagnosed than ever before. What could be causing this?

A: We aren’t quite sure why more women seem to be developing breast cancer.  So many environmental and genetic factors could be playing a role.  At this time, our best way of protecting women against breast cancer is to encourage a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, good nutrition and smoking cessation. Also, please seek professional care right away if you have a new breast lump, unusual nipple discharge, new changes on the breast skin or any abnormalities on your mammogram or ultrasound. – Lisa White, M.D.


Q: How long is the reconstruction process?

A: No reconstruction process is exactly the same, and therefore there is not one straightforward answer here. There are many determining factors that affect the length of the reconstruction process, such as the drain duration, toleration of sizers and setbacks during recovery. – Brad Medling, M.D.


MMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center is comprised of MMC’s Radiology, General Surgery and Plastic Surgery departments. From detection to restoration, it is the MMC Comprehensive Breast Center’s promise to walk hand in hand with every patient through each individual’s health journey. To learn more about Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Center visit our website,, or call 615-867-8040.


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