Highlands Surgical Services  

If you need surgery, Highlands Medical Center offers a wide spectrum of advanced surgical specialties that you might expect to find only at a big city hospital – coupled with small-town compassion plus high-quality, personalized care.   


Our general surgeons will diagnose and treat patients who are affected by illness that could benefit by surgical intervention. When a patient is brought to the hospital for emergency treatment after trauma, a general surgeon may be called to evaluate for surgical treatment, and to coordinate these aspects of the patient's care.

Below is a general list of operations and procedures our physicians perform. If you do not see a specific operation or procedure listed below please call the office for further information.

  • Hernia repair
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Lesion biopsies 
  • Excision of lesions
  • Port a cath placement and removal
  • PEG placement and removal
  • Breast biopsy
  • Breast lumpectomies 
  • Breast mastectomies
  • Colonoscopy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Nail removal
  • FNA




Paul Avenel, MSc, MD


Address:  509 Burlington St., Scottsboro, AL  35768

Phone:  256.259.4817

Office Hours:  By appointment only

Board Certification:  American Board of General Surgery




Lawrence Herberholz, MD


Address:  911 South Broad St., Scottsboro, AL  35768

Phone:  256.259.0185

Office Hours:  By appointment only

Board Certification:  American Board of General Surgery