Zulfiqar Rana, MD, MPH

Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Anniston Area

Anniston is the seat of Calhoun County, with a total county population of 111,616. Our total service area is approximately 180,000. Anniston has a population of 23,000, which has remained steady over recent years. Immediately to the south of Anniston is Oxford, a rapidly growing city of 15,000 benefiting from retail development surrounding the Quintard Mall and the primary local interchange for I-20 which connects Atlanta and Birmingham. Jacksonville, twelve miles to the north, is a college town (Jacksonville State University) of 12,000, excluding the students, with a public school system recognized as one of the best in the state. Piedmont, twelve miles farther north, is a rural community of 3,500, with a nationally recognized public school system.

The Anniston area enjoys excellent access to major cities and cultural activities. Atlanta is 70 miles to the East and Birmingham is 60 miles to the west, both along Interstate 20. Chattanooga offers another option 80 miles north. Gadsden, a city of 50,000 in population, is located 30 miles northwest of Anniston. We enjoy excellent access to favorite vacation spots, with Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains 6 hours by car to the north and Gulf Shores, AL, and Destin, FL, two beautiful Gulf of Mexico beach towns, 6 hours to the south.

The most utilized hospital in our area is Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, a 372-bed facility providing all services except neurosurgery. NEARMC has recently established a new cardiovascular surgery program. NEARMC has the second busiest emergency room in Alabama and an 18-bed ICU/CCU. They also recently opened a new, state-of-the-art Women’s Center and aggressively pursue needed support services.

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