Lexington, SC (WLTX)-- As one of the newest physicians at Lexington Surgical Associates, Dr. Richard Webb has a resume that allows soldiers and civilians to feel comfortable with his care.

He's an upstate native who graduated from Wofford College and earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

He completed his surgical internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.

Dr. Webb served two five-month tours in Afghanistan where he had the opportunity to work along special forces.

He says that he's unique in knowing that he always wanted to be a general surgeon. He made the decision in high school and nobody could convince him otherwise. As a surgeon, who works closely with cancer patients, Webb understands how it feels to have a family member dealing with that diagnosis. His mother is a breast cancer survivor.

According to Webb, research shows "The best outcomes are going to be for patients who discover a tumor early." He also says, physicians are always looking for "what we can do to minimize" and use the least invasive treatments.