New surgeon joins hospital
by Jennifer Cohron
Oct 17, 2011 | 2311 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Matthew Knight, Walker Baptist Medical Center’s newest general surgeon, talks with a patient at the hospital.  Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Matthew Knight, Walker Baptist Medical Center’s newest general surgeon, talks with a patient at the hospital. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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Matthew Knight realized what he wanted to be when he grew up after accidentally cutting off his thumb at age 6.

“The surgeon who fixed it really impressed me, and I decided that is what I wanted to do,” said Knight, the newest general surgeon at Walker Baptist Medical Center.

Knight is a Birmingham native who grew up in Texas.

He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and completed his general surgeon residency at the University of South Alabama.

Although most of Knight’s patients do not have long hospital stays anyway, he tries to speed up their recuperation time when he can by performing laparoscopic surgery.

“I’m from the video game generation. We grew up with handheld controllers and TV monitors. Laparoscopic surgery came fairly easy for me in school, and to this day if I can do it laparoscopically, I will try to,” Knight said.

Knight said that he learned about the job opening at WBMC from his girlfriend, who is completing her general surgeon training in Birmingham and has a family member who works in the Baptist Health System.

It is a homecoming of sorts for Knight. His grandfather was born and raised in Jasper, and Knight has family members who still live in the area.

“I like the sense of community here. There is definitely more of a family atmosphere than you see in the bigger cities,” Knight said.