Dr. Scott Twilley is moving into the Haskett Memorial Clinic on Monday, Aug. 16. A grand opening is planned for Friday, Aug. 13.
Twilley is stepping into the shoes of his mentor, Dr. George Weaver, who served as Cordova’s town doctor from 1957 through 2000.
Cordova has been without a doctor since Weaver’s son, Dr. John Bennett Weaver, closed his local practice in January 2009.
George Weaver sits on the Haskett Memorial Clinic board of trustees, which led the search for a new town doctor.
Weaver said Twilley verbally committed to take the job last fall and signed a contract in February.
“I’ve known him since birth nearly and he is an excellent doctor. Cordova is proud to have him,” Weaver said.
The Sumiton Medical Clinic, where Twilley has worked since June 2003, will remain open.
The new job offers a homecoming of sorts for Twilley, who attended Cordova High School and has been the team doctor for the Blue Devils for five years. He is also on staff at Cordova Health and Rehabilitation.
Twilley grew up with Weaver’s son David and remembers watching Weaver sew up patients in a front room of his home.
“He was on call all the time for his patients. He had a big impact on me,” Twilley said.
Twilley received an associate’s degree in nursing from Walker College-Bevill State and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UAB. He graduated from medical school at Midwestern University in 1996 and did his residency at UAB.
During his time at UAB, Twilley was intern of the year, winner of the G. Gayle Stephens Award in Family Medicine for two years in a row and chief resident.
He is board certified in family medicine, geriatrics and wound care. He is also a certified medical director and medical review officer.
Twilley said his dream has always been to serve as a hometown doctor.
“I’ve always seen myself coming back here. It’s a very emotional experience to be coming back to the town that you grew up in and taking care of the people that you looked up to and respected as a kid,” Twilley said.
Twilley is accepting new patients for his Cordova practice. For an appointment, call 483-7177.