Dr. James C. Matthews, Jr. Takes Leadership Role at Rush Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center

Dr. James C. Matthews, Jr. Takes Leadership Role at Rush Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center

August 23, 2013

Rush Foundation Hospital’s Wound Care, Hyperbaric and Limb Salvage Center first opened in 1997, and has aided thousands of our patients in experiencing healing and improved health.  Our center has an outstanding staff and until recently, an extremely skilled and knowledgeable medical director in the person of Dr. James R. Gleaves.  When Dr. Gleaves passed away earlier this month, we lost a wonderful physician who had a tremendous heart for the work of the center and for his patients.  Dr. Gleaves was deeply committed to operating a top-notch program and was a very caring physician.  We feel very fortunate that Dr. James C. Matthews, Jr., a man of deep personal faith, a talented surgeon and a long-time leader on the medical staff at Rush Foundation Hospital will take on the role of medical director.  .   Dr. Matthews and his son, Family Medicine Physician James (Jimmy) Matthews, III, MD have both been very involved with the center’s operations since its inception. 

Dr. Matthews was a close personal friend of Dr. Gleaves, and has said he considers it an honor to continue to tradition of excellence in wound care and hyperbaric medicine established by Dr. Gleaves and the staff of the center.  Dr. Jimmy Matthews will work alongside his father, continuing to take a very active role in the center operations as well.

In his new role, Dr. James Matthews, Jr. will limit his office practice to caring for those with skin lesions or in need of cryotherapy treatments; appointments for those services can be made through the Wound Care Center at 601-703-9247. His secretary, Tanja Chancellor, and nurse, Lori Williams are transferring to the Wound Care Center with him. 

Dr. Matthews, Jr., a native of Silas, AL received his medical degree from the Medical College of Alabama, now known as the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency training at Lloyd Noland Hospital in Birmingham, AL.  Dr. Matthews is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the Southeastern Surgical Conference.   Dr. Matthews and his wife Peggy are the parents of 6 children and 21 grandchildren.  Dr. Matthews and his family are also musically talented and have performed at many local and regional events.  Dr. Matthews is affectionately known as Meridian’s “Singing Surgeon.”

Dr. Matthews’ patients are being mailed a similar letter of notification.  Please do all you can to assist Dr. Matthews, the Wound Care Center staff and their patients as these transitions are made.