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August 20, 2010

Scotland Health Care System's new board certified gastroenterologist Dr. Alma Faye Jenkins brings a long list of impressive credentials to Laurinburg. She joins the practice previously known as Carolinas Center for Digestive Health. The GI practice has merged with the surgical practice of Dr. Frank Yang. The new practice name is Sterling Surgical and GI, and is located at 205 Lauchwood Drive.


Dr. Jenkins most recently worked at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia, and prior to that for ten years with Mt. Olive Family Medicine, a private practice in Mt. Olive, North Carolina. Scotland Health Care System officials anticipate that Dr. Jenkins will serve the patients at CCDH until a permanent replacement for Dr. Iftikhar is available. Dr. Jenkins comes to Laurinburg following Dr. Shaukat Iftikhar's relocation to High Point to be closer to his family.

Until recently, gastroenterology was a male dominated field. "I fell in love with the specialty when I did my gastroenterology rotation twenty years ago," Jenkins commented. "There's never a dull moment in this specialty. GI patients have many problems that manifest through the gut. So I spend time with my patients and talk to them about what's going on with them."

Upon earning her medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee, Dr. Jenkins completed a residency in internal medicine at Emory University Hospital Systems in Georgia. In 1984 she completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Bowman-Gray Medical Center (now Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.)

Dr. Jenkins' area of specialty includes chronic heartburn, stomach pain, chronic diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, unexplained weight lost, nausea, rectal bleeding, pancreatitis or other digestive ailments. She utilizes state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat stomach and digestive problems.

In 2003, Dr. Jenkins invented a new surgical device for the removal of polyps from an inner lining of an internal cavity. The polyp-severing head is manipulated around the polyp which discharges electrical energy into the polyp. This then severs the polyp from the inner lining surface.

Goldsboro, North Carolina is Dr. Jenkins' home. However, she loves to travel and considers the drive to Laurinburg very pleasant.

Dr. Jenkins enjoys taking care of people and has been very active in community health fairs. She serves as Chairman of the Health Ministry at St. Mark Church of Christ in Goldsboro where she assists in providing blood pressure checks every Sunday after church. An accomplished speaker with special skills in communicating complicated medical information, Dr. Jenkins also gives back to the community through her many speaking engagements. "I love to present information to different groups and organizations and being involved in community events."

Appointments are now being accepted for Dr. Jenkins at Sterling Surgical & GI, in its new location at 205 Lauchwood Drive. Call 910-277-4410 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

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