The Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital
Active Medical continues to grow with the
addition of three physicians during recent
The first to join the staff was Dr.
Brenda McGivern. The pediatrician came to
Demopolis from Oklahoma in March to join Dr.
M.S. Brasfield’s practice.
A native of Tennessee, McGivern
returned to the South to be closer to her
parents and siblings. A mother of two,
McGivern said she didn’t begin medical
school until her youngest son was 12 years
old. “I always wanted to be a doctor, but
I wanted children more so I had to wait for
a while before entering medical school,”
she explained. Her love of children led her
to specialize in pediatrics. She retired a
year ago, but “I just couldn’t stay away
from the babies,” she said. “I wanted to
go back to work and when this opportunity
came up, I found I could do it and also be
closer to my family.”
Board Certified Pediatrician is a graduate
of the Oklahoma State University College of
Osteopathic Medicine and completed her
pediatric residency at the University of
Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Saint
Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She is a
Fellow of the American Academy of
Dr. Shankar Das was the second physician to
join the staff this spring when he joined
Dr. Ronnie Chu in practice at Physcians
Family Healthcare. He and his family moved
to Demopolis from Chicago in April and are
really enjoying the slower pace of the
has been a good move for our family,” Das
said. “Work-wise for me, it’s been
fabulous. I get to practice the whole scope
of medicine and I don’t have to refer
patients out to everyone else like you have
to do in a big city. Dr. Chu and all of the
nurses at the hospital have been very nice
to me. I can’t complain about that at
A native of India, Dr. Das is a
graduate of Topiwala National Medical
College and completed a family practice
residency at St. Mary of Nazareth Medical
Center in Chicago. The board certified
family practitioner is a member of the
American Academy of Family Practice.
He and his wife and three children are
enjoying small town life since moving to
Demopolis. “What we’ve found is that
everyone here has been very helpful,” he
said. “From day one, our neighbors helped
us empty the trailer when we moved in. My
children are loving it here. It’s
definitely a good move for us.”
Rounding out the list is Dr. Alvin W.
Rowell, who worked as an emergency room
physician at Bryan Whitfield Memorial
from 1999-2000. He will return to the
facility to work full time in the Emergency
Room later this summer.
A 1995 graduate of the Kirksville College of
Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO,
Rowell completed his family medicine
residency at Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL.
He served as a flight surgeon/general
medical officer in the U.S. Navy until 1999.
From 1995-2002, he was a Lt. Commander in
the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. Since leaving
BWWMH in 2000, he has been associated with
the Rowell Medical Group, LLC, in Ft.
He is a member of the American College of
Emergency Physicians and the American
Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
“We are very happy that even with the
severe shortage of doctors nationwide,
we’re able to continue to recruit
physicians to our hospital and to our
community,” said Mike Marshall, CEO of the
new appointments. “It speaks very well of
our institution that we’ve been able to
bring three such well-trained individuals.
They are all an asset to our hospital.”