INTERNAL MEDICINE

Michael Gunter, MD grew up in Opelika and graduated from Opelika High School in 1979. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and subsequently completed medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine at UAB in 1987. Dr. Gunter completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at UAB in 1990. After practicing in Decatur, Alabama Dr. Gunter returned home to practice in 1991. Dr Gunter has held numerous leadership positions in the area including Chief of Medicine and Chief of Staff at EAMC and he has also served as President and Treasurer of the Lee County Medical Society.  He and his wife Julia have 4 children, Sarah Grace, Jackson, Ben and Margaret Anne.

 

 

Deborah Byron, MD grew up in Owingsville, Kentucky.  She obtained her B.S. in Biology at the University of Kentucky where she also attended medical school.  She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham.  Dr. Byron was also Chief Resident at UAB.  She began her career at Internal Medicine Associates in Opelika in 1991.

 

Justin Campbell, MD grew up in New Brockton, AL where he graduated from high school in 1999.  He received his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from The University of South Alabama.  Upon graduation, he remained at South Alabama for medical school.  Dr. Campbell completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.   Dr. Campbell and his wife, Hilary, live in Auburn with their three children, Ethan, Kate, and Sarah.

 

Jon Commander, MD grew up in Ponce de Leon, Florida on a Black Angus farm.  He attended Walton High School and graduated in 1973.  He then completed eight years of education at Auburn University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering.  He attended the University of South Alabama and received his M.D. degree in 1985.  He was married to his wife Julie in 1984.  Jon completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta,  He is board certified in Internal Medicine.  Jon and Julie have three children, Jennifer, Jared and Joy.  Jon enjoys hobbies of painting, gardening and golf.

 

Robert Patton, MD, FACP, grew up in Atmore and Mobile, Alabama.  He graduated from the University of Alabama and Medical College of Alabama.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1968-1970 and completed his internship and residency at Mobile General Hospital/South Alabama.  Dr. Patton has been in practice at IMA since 1973.  He has a wife, Barbara, and three children, Michael, Richard and Forrest.  He is certified by the Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

 

Kevin Royal, MD was born in Ft. Rucker, Alabama but did most of his growing up in Eufaula, Alabama.  He graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 1990 with a B.A. in History.  He attended medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.  He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  After serving as Chief Resident in Charleston from 1997 to 1998, Dr. Royal began his career at IMA.  He lives in Opelika with his wife and children.  He enjoys reading, computers, cycling and participating in short triathlons.

 

Susan J. Wright, MD grew up in Prattville, Alabama and received her undergraduate degree in microbiology from Auburn University in 1989.  She attended medical school at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, Mississippi.  She has been in practice with IMA since 2001.  She is married to Jimmy Wright of Opelika and they have one daughter, Emily.