Couple joins Russell Medical team

Dr. Matthew Knight and Dr. Ryan Cowley

Dr. Knight and Dr. Cowley are the newest general surgeons part of UAB

Summer has arrived, and outdoor activities abound during this fun and busy time of the year. Lake season is in full swing as we welcome the influx of second home dwellers and vacationers alike.

As a reminder, Russell Medical Urgent Care is now open seven days a week to handle life’s little injuries and illnesses that suddenly arise, including fishhook injuries, strains and sprains, sinus infections, poison ivy and more.

Conveniently located on the Russell Medical campus, the urgent care center provides comfort and convenience for patients three years old and up.

June 1 marked the arrival of two new general surgeons to our medical staff, and we proudly welcome Dr. Matthew Knight and Dr. Ryan Cowley to UAB Medicine – Russell Medical Surgery Clinic. 

Dr. Matthew Knight and Dr. Ryan Cowley

This dynamic couple moved from Jasper, Alabama, where they had a busy surgical practice at Walker Baptist. They have recently purchased a home on Lake Martin and look forward to meeting new friends and settling into their new slough.

Dr. Knight hales from Texas where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience from Baylor University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Knight completed his residency training in general surgery from the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile.

“I am pleased and excited to be joining the Russell Medical staff via UAB. Some of the reasons I jumped on this opportunity are the fact that the community was in need of full-time general surgery coverage, the hospital is well-equipped and staffed to handle the majority of the community’s needs, and there also happens to be this beautiful lake to spend time enjoying,” said Dr. Knight.

Dr. Cowley grew up in Birmingham and has fond childhood memories of summers spent on Lake Martin. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile where she met her husband, Dr. Knight. She continued her residency training at USA, and then transferred to Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham.   

“I grew up coming to the lake as a kid and fell in love with the area. When we learned that there was a true need for general surgeons in Alexander City, I knew it would be a great place to practice and to plant roots. We are so excited to be here and part of this amazing community. I like to walk/run, exercise, kayak, spend time with family and friends and just relax on the water,” said Dr. Cowley.

Both Dr. Knight and Dr. Cowley are fellows in the American College of Surgeons. Their office, UAB Medicine – Russell Medical Surgery Clinic, is located in suite 207 on the second floor of the Professional Building at Russell Medical. For appointments, please call 256-214-7479.

~ Susan Foy is marketing director for Russell Medical.