Special Black History -Trials and Triumphs: Spotlighting Dr. Bihi Gibson

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (WTOK) – As part of our Trials and Triumphs of Black History special, News 11 wanted to spotlight a doctor in Marengo County who is bringing new technology to better serve the community.

Dr. Quince Gibson is a general surgeon at Whitefield Regional Hospital in Demopolis, Alabama. He uses the Da Vinci robotic surgery system.

Dr. Gibson has been a general surgeon at Whitfield Regional Hospital for nearly two years. Dr. Gibson was specially trained and is the only doctor out there using the Da Vinci Robotic System.

“A robot is basically a remote-controlled device. There’s a console where the surgeon sits, and when they place the robot’s arms into the patient’s abdomen or other cavity in their chest, they can control the robots with more precise movements than their hands. The robot allows us to perform larger surgeries with shorter recovery times and less pain. It also allows us to perform more precise procedures because it takes care of fine movements and vibrations. It eliminates those disadvantages of the surgeon’s abilities,” said Dr. Gibson.

The surgeon said it is a blessing to work, care for and inspire the younger generation at Demopolis.

“I think that even having someone like you for some of the kids that I’ve treated has also given them a chance to think about career opportunities that they could have. Sometimes they would never consider a career in the medical field as a nurse or a technician or a radiology tech or a physician. Now you have people who are considering those types of careers because they see someone like me,” said Dr. Gibson.

Douglas Brewer, CEO and president of Whitfield, said the hospital has worked to attract black medical professionals to Demopolis to build trust and confidence in the community.

“We’ve worked very hard to bring black doctors into our community. Upstairs, we have a hospital doctor today who is Black. In the ED, having multiple black doctors is about building trust in the community and having our hospital reflect the type of community.” said Brewer.

In his career, Dr. Gibson said he strives to bring cutting-edge treatments to his community so his patients can live better lives.

“I wanted to learn as much as I could to give it back and give it to people who didn’t have access to it. So when an opportunity came up in rural Alabama that was near and dear to my heart, and so it was an opportunity that I thought was like gold. Here we have the privilege of helping so many people who would never have access to some of the experiences that I had the privilege of learning, so I’m humbled by that, so the robot is just a piece of that. It’s part of the mission, and the mission is really to use all the experiences we know to help people live better, healthier lives,” said Dr. Gibson.

The doctors and management of Whitfield are proud to be able to offer the most modern treatment to the people of the Black Belt and surrounding areas.

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