Retired Physicians

Alabama Oncology proudly recognizes distinguished physicians who have retired from the practice.  We express our warm gratitude for their years of service and dedication to managing the care of cancer patients.

Dr. James E. Cantrell, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Cantrell co-founded Birmingham Hematology and Oncology Associates in 1984.  He served as President and Managing Partner of the practice for many years.  Dr. Cantrell also served as President of the Medical Staff at St. Vincent’s Birmingham, and helped develop and grow the Bruno Cancer Center into one of the largest cancer treatment facilities in Central Alabama.  Dr. Cantrell retired in August, 2014.

Dr. Ruth Atkinson, M.D.

Dr. Atkinson joined Birmingham Hematology and Oncology Associates in 1986.  She was the first physician in the group to practice full time at Brookwood Medical Center, and played a big role in advancing the cancer care service line there.  Dr. Atkinson is a Past President for the Birmingham chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  She also served as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Brookwood Medical Center  from 1999-2001.  Dr. Atkinson retired in December, 2015.

Dr. Lisa C. Larson, M.D.

Dr. Larson joined Birmingham Hematology and Oncology Associates in 1993.  She spent her entire career in private practice at Brookwood Medical Center.  Dr. Larson was extremely dedicated to her patients, and played a big role in advocating for the expansion of cancer care services at Brookwood.  Dr. Larson retired in April, 2011.

Dr. George M. Perrine, M.D.

Dr. Perrine joined Birmingham Hematology and Oncology Associates in 1998 after practicing many years at Baptist Princeton Medical Center.  He served as Chief Hematology/Oncology Medical Director at BMC-Princeton for many years.  Dr. Perrine developed a large Medical Oncology clinic at UAB Medical West Hospital before retiring in December, 2011.

Dr. Susan E. Ferguson, M.D.

Dr. Ferguson joined Alabama Oncology in 2011.  Early in her career, she was an Assistant Professor in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Dr. Ferguson then practiced at Cooper Green Hospital, before going into private practice at Baptist Shelby Medical Center.  Dr. Ferguson had a robust practice at the Shelby Cancer Care Center before retiring in December, 2013.