- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - When Dr. Gerald Ray Comer was considering obstetrics and gynecology as his medical specialty, he found a photo that helped seal his decision.

While paging through his own baby album, Comer said, he discovered a picture of longtime friend Dr. William Revell holding him on the day of his birth in 1984. Until then, Comer said, he didn’t know that Revell had delivered him.

Thirty-one-year-old Comer and 64-year-old Revell are now among 12 physicians and nine midwives in Piedmont GYN/OB, the medical practice that Revell started in 1982 after moving to Rock Hill. The practice, which serves Rock Hill, Fort Mill and south Charlotte, is part of the Carolinas HealthCare System in Pineville.

Comer, who joined the practice in September, after finishing his residency with Carolinas HeathCare System in Charlotte, welcomed his first child this month with his wife, Caroline Comer.

“It meant so much to have Dr. Revell participate in some of the prenatal treatment,” Comer said. “He played a huge role in the whole pregnancy process for us.”

Comer said the couple had hoped Revell would be able to deliver their son, Nash Comer, born on May 8. But that didn’t happen because Caroline went into labor a couple of weeks early, while Revell was out of town at a conference.

Revell “did make a very special home visit a few nights ago to welcome Nash into the Piedmont GYN-OB family,” said Comer, who hopes Revell can also be a mentor to his son.

Revell, a Georgia native who did his training at the Medical College of Georgia, said he and his brother, Walter Revell Jr., moved to Rock Hill to start medical practices. Walter Revell started Piedmont Surgical Associates.

Comer went to middle and high school with Revell’s children, and he took Revell’s daughter, Laura, to the Northwestern High School senior prom in 2002. Comer also was friends with Revell’s son, Roger, and nephew, McAuley Alexander.

“Their home was always a place for us to gather and fellowship,” Comer said. “And he was always around … He was able to balance a very busy and demanding career, but also support his wife and his family.”

When Comer was choosing a specialty during his training at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, he sought Revell’s advice.

“We would talk and he would share with me the great things about his line of work, and also some of the difficulties, and just why he went into the field,” Comer said.

Comer worked with Piedmont GYN-OB for a month during his residency with CHS, Revell said. Doctors in the practice were impressed enough with him to offer him a permanent place there last fall.

“Everybody was just taken with him,” Revell said.

Revell said he has enjoyed working with Comer and helping him learn the ropes of the medical practice, and Comer said he has enjoyed the mentorship of a longtime family friend.

“I cannot think of a better transition into a private practice medical career,” Comer said, “than to be under the guidance of someone you respect and look up to.”

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Information from: The Herald, https://www.heraldonline.com

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