Select the faculty member below to view his/her biography

Jill Antoniazzi, MD
Bryant Kendall Allen, MD
Andrew W. Asimos, MD
Vitaliy Belyshev, MD
Michael C. Beuhler, MD
Mark J. Bullard, MD
David W. Callaway, MD
Lindsey Chaudoin, MD
Stephen Colucciello, MD
Tyler Constantine, MD
Dalton Cox, MD
Sandra Craig, MD
Danielle Dragoo, MD
Adeline Dozois, MD
Sean Fox, MD
Denise Fraga, MD
Ann-Jeannette Geib, MD
Michael Gibbs, MD (Chair)
Christopher Griggs, MD, MPH
Eric Hawkins, MD
Alan Heffner, MD
William P. (Russ) Kerns, MD
Kathryn T. Kopec, DO
Margaret Lewis, MD


Emily MacNeill, MD
Christyn Magill, MD
John Manning, MD
Juma A. Mfinanga, MD, MMED
Christine Murphy, MD
Geoff Murphy, MD
Nilesh Patel, MD
David A. Pearson, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM
Amy Puchalski, MD
Stacy Reynolds, MD
Michael Runyon, MD
Jessica Salzman, MD
Hendry Sawe, MD, MMED, MBA
Chad Scarboro, MD
Jonathan R. Studnek, PhD
Doug Swanson, MD
Vivek S. Tayal, MD
Kenneth Vanderhave, MD
Cathy Wares, MD
Anthony J. Weekes, MD
Sarah Weihmiller, MD

Faculty Biographies

Jill Antoniazzi, MD
Jill Antoniazzi, MD
Jill received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hahnemann University in 2002 and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in 2005. She returned to the faculty in July 2008 after three years of private and academic practice in Chicago. Her interests include injury prevention and patient safety.
Bryant Kendall Allen, M.D
Bryant completed a BS in Mathematics at Birmingham-Southern College before attending medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB/UASOM). He completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at Carolinas Medical Center in 2015, where he served as chief resident in his final year. Bryant is excited to join the CMC faculty and remain in Charlotte with his wife, Mollie, and son Oliver. His academic interests include resident/medical student education, ultrasound and simulation.
Andrew W. Asimos, MD, FACEP
Andrew received his Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. In 1994, he joined the CMC faculty, after pursuing a one-year fellowship in Emergency Medicine Administration at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Wayne State University, during which he completed the program on Management in Healthcare at the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. Andrew's major academic and research interests include neurological emergencies, particularly stroke and TIA. He is the Medical Director of Atrium Health’s Stroke network.
Vitaliy Belyshev, MD
Dr. Belyshev emigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in western Massachusetts. He received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, where he studied for one year in Heidelberg, Germany, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Belyshev is currently completing his Ultrasound fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center.
Michael C. Beuhler, MD Michael C. Beuhler, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Michael completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at North Shore University Hospital in 2000 and completed his Medical Toxicology training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Michael joined the CMC faculty in 2002 as the Medical Director of the Carolinas Poison Center and is actively involved with resident and specialist education as well as a toxicology consultation service. He has written and lectured on several topics in medical toxicology with a special focus on molecular mechanisms of action. He is currently also serving as the Region 4 ACMT/ATSDR Director. His current research interests include toxicosurveillance and mushroom toxicity.
Mark J. Bullard, MD Mark J. Bullard, MD
Mark received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2001 and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in 2004. After spending nearly two years in private practice in Charlotte, Mark returned as faculty in 2006. Mark currently serves as Medical Director of Carolinas Simulation Center and the Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s simulation program. Mark is active throughout Atrium Health in the development and implementation of multiple educational curricula using high-fidelity medical simulation as a vehicle to train residents and other medical professionals in a consistent, safe and efficient environment. In 2012, Mark was named as a Fellow for Atrium Health’s Center for Faculty Excellence and is working to educate, advance and foster medical simulation and debriefing as an educational modality within the system. In addition to medical simulation, Mark is an active member of the Emergency Department’s Division of Global Medicine and his other interests include residency education, HIV/AIDS, and hematologic disorders.
David W. Callaway, MD David W. Callaway, MD, MPA
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Callaway is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center where he serves as the Director of the Division of Operational and Disaster Medicine and Medical Director of Carolinas MED-1. Dave joined our faculty in 2011. Prior to CMC, he served as a physician supporting the United States Marine Corps and was a Chief Resident at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, Boston. In 2008, he was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship from the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government to study leadership, national security and disaster response. Dr. Callaway currently serves on the Defense Health Board Subcommittee on Trauma and Injury as well as the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care- two of the key U.S. advisory bodies for battlefield trauma care. He is the Co- Chairman of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, a best practices R&D group charged with translating battlefield lessons learned to civilian high threat prehospital medicine. Callaway has extensive civilian and military overseas experience in Iraq, Kuwait, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Burma, El Salvador and throughout Africa. In 2012, The World Economic Forum selected Dave as a Young Global Leader (YGL) based upon his innovative work in disaster, humanitarian and crisis medical response. His areas of interest are high reliability operations, innovation in disaster response, and crisis zone medicine.
Lindsey Chaudin, MD Lindsey Chaudoin, MD
Dr. Chaudoin received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, and after a year on the West Coast, returned to attend medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then completed her pediatric residency, a chief resident year, pediatric emergency fellowship and an ultrasound fellowship at Columbia University at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She worked in New York for the next five years until her family outgrew their 900-square foot apartment and decided to relocate south. Dr. Chaudoin is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. Her interests are in emergency ultrasound and education.
Stephen Colucciello, MD, FACEP Stephen Colucciello, MD, FACEP
Steve joined our faculty in 1992, after working for many years in large county hospitals in south Florida. He trained in Emergency Medicine at Colombia University Affiliated Hospitals. He has a strong interest in emergency medicine education and speaks frequently at national and international meetings on such topics as Emergency Department violence, trauma management, and cardiovascular emergencies. In 1992, Steve was elected American College of Emergency Physicians' (ACEP) National Speaker of the Year. He is an assistant chair, the director of Clinical Services, and Trauma Coordinator for our department. His research pursuits at Carolinas Medical Center include cardiovascular emergencies and trauma management. He is an editor of a textbook on trauma and past editor-in-chief of an Emergency Medicine journal entitled "EM Practice." Steve was also named one of the “Best Doctors in America” 2010.

Tyler Constantine, MD
Dr. Constantine graduated with a B.A. from Colgate Univ in 2004 and from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2013, having worked throughout his post- baccalaureate and medical school education as a paramedic in the New York metro area.  He left New York to train at the Univ of Chicago, completing his residency in Emergency Medicine in 2016 and serving as Chief Flight Physician for the hospital’s helicopter transport service, UCAN.  In the summer of 2016, he moved to Charlotte where he completed Carolina Medical Center’s ACGME accredited EMS Fellowship.  He joined the Emergency Department Faculty in 2017, where he assumed the role of Medical Director for the Atrium Health Community Paramedicine Program and will continue to support the EMS Fellowship.

Dalton Cox

Dalton Cox, MD
Dalton received his medical degree from UNC in 2012 and completed his residency at Mount Sinai in New York City in 2016, where he was named Teaching Resident of the Year. He joined clinical faculty in 2016. His interests include medical education, as well as clinical quality and patient safety. He currently serves on the EM QA Committee and CMC Sentinel Event Committee.

Sandra Craig, MD, FACEP Sandra Craig, MD, FACEP
Sandy attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia and completed her training in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in July 1990. She joined the CMC Emergency Medicine faculty in 1990 and served as the associate residency director and director of the resident conference curriculum from 1991 until June 1999.Sandy stepped away from residency leadership in 1999 in order to start a family and see three beautiful daughters through their preschool years. In July of 2010, Sandy returned to residency leadership, assuming the role of Residency Program Director. Sandy is a member of the federal Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and a staff emergency physician for Carolinas Medical Center's mobile disaster response vehicle, Carolinas MED-1. She has been a faculty participant and judge at the annual SAEM CPC competition, a lecturer for the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly since 1993, and has served on the Board of the Council of Residency Directors (CORD).Current areas of interest include electrocardiography (especially tachydysrhythmias), dysnatremias, renal stone disease and appendicitis.

Dragoo_Danielle.jpg Danielle Dragoo, MD
Danielle started her career in healthcare during high school as a certified nursing assistant. She completed her undergraduate degree from Texas State University in Business Administration and pre-medical studies. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Afterwards she moved to Orlando where she completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Orlando Health. Following residency, she completed her Emergency Medical Services fellowship with Orange County EMS in Orlando Florida. She worked as the medical director of Lake County Florida following fellowship. My husband and I then decided to migrate to the great state of North Carolina where I started working at Carolinas Medical Center in 2016. Her research interests include: DNR orders, termination of resuscitation, online medical control, and out of hospital airway management.
Adeline Dozois, MD
Dr. Dozois graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University. She began cultivating a passion for global health during college and completed a residency elective in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This residency subsequently inspired Dr. Dozois to become Carolinas Medical Center’s inaugural Global Health Fellow. In her new role as director of the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Dozois continues to support Atrium Health’s and Tanzania’s partnership. Her current research projects focus on studying the relationship between substance abuse and trauma in low- and high-resource settings.

Denise Fraga, MD
Dr. Fraga finished her Ultrasound fellowship at Vanderbilt Univ (under the tutelage of CMC friend Rob Ferre).  She is a graduate of Notre Dame (BS), Univ of Texas Austin (Master of Public Affairs), and medical school at University of Texas Houston.  She did her EM residency at Univ of Maryland (where Sean Fox also went).  Denise has tremendous work and life experiences including growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, working with NASA, working as Human Rights observer in Columbia, working on pediatric AIDS and oncology research, working in Guatemala and Lesotho internationally.

Fox-Sean Sean Fox, MD
Associate Program Director/Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Fox received his medical degree and completed a combined residency in EM/Peds at the University of Maryland. In his fifth year of residency, he was Chief Resident and developed an interest in teaching medical students and residents. With that interest he completed ACEP’s Teaching Fellowship focusing on curriculum development with innovative methods. Recently he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award from the graduating Emergency Medicine class of 2009 and the W. Elliott White Community Teaching Award from the graduating Pediatric class of 2010. Currently he is the director of the Emergency Medicine residency didactic curriculum and works in both the Pediatric and Adult emergency departments. In 2014, he was one of only three academic emergency physicians nationwide to receive the American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award.
  Ann-Jeannette Geib, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Dr. Geib was born and raised in Edison, NJ, and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Villanova University. She obtained her medical degree at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and did a medicine internship at UMDNJ-University Hospital in Newark, NJ.  She completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. She completed a Medical Toxicology fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston. After three years in private Toxicology/EM practice in Harrisburg, PA, she joined the faculty at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (now Rutgers-RWJMS). There, she expanded a small Medical Toxicology service and established a resident rotation. Dr. Geib joined Carolinas Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Medical Toxicology in 2018.  Dr. Geib’s interests include medical student and resident education and acute care toxicology.
Michael Gibbs, MD Michael Gibbs, MD (Chair)
Mike received his medical degree at New York Medical College and then went on to complete training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Mike joined the CMC faculty in 1993 and in the ensuing nine years he served as Medical Director of MedCenter Air and as Residency Program Director from 1999 to 2002. In 2002 Mike was recruited to become Chief of Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine. During his nine year tenure in Maine Mike helped build a new emergency department, expand a nationally recognized residency program, and grow a successful clinical research program. He was also instrumental in a number of academic institutional initiatives including a major investment in all residency programs, the creation of a Simulation Center, and the forging of a new medical school relationship with the Tufts University School of Medicine. Mike returned home to Charlotte in October of 2011 as Chair of Emergency Medicine. His academic interests include trauma, airway management, and medical errors. He is nationally recognized as a clinical educator and advocate for patient safety and academic excellence.
Christopher Griggs MD, MPH Christopher Griggs MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Christopher Griggs MD, MPH graduated from Emory College, Rollins School of Public Health, and Emory School of Medicine. He completed Emergency Medicine residency training at Boston Medical Center this year. His current research focuses on the use of prescription monitoring programs in the Emergency Department setting and he has interests in health policy and opioid abuse.
Eric Hawkins, MD, MPH
Eric comes to us from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he pursued his undergraduate, masters in public health, and eventually his medical school training before completing his residency in emergency medicine here at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in 2010. He left CMC to work in the community for a year before returning to complete his EMS Fellowship and eventually joined the clinical faculty here in 2012. He has interest in prehospital care, EMS education, injury prevention, and disaster preparedness and currently serves as the assistant medical director for CMC Special Events Medicine and the Center for Prehospital Medicine.
Alan Heffner, MD Alan Heffner, MD
Alan received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, completed training in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center and critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Alan practices adult critical care and emergency medicine and has special academic and clinical interests in shock, cardiovascular resuscitation, sepsis, post-cardiac arrest care, airway management and neurocritical care. Alan is the Medical Director of the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) Intensive Care Unit and the Carolinas Medical Center/Levine Children's Hospital Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program.

William (Russ) Kerns II, MD
Russ completed undergraduate training in biology and chemistry from Randolph-Macon College in 1980 and medical training at the Medical College of Virginia in 1985. He then trained in Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in 1988. After one year of private emergency medicine practice, he accepted an academic faculty position at Carolinas Medical Center. Russ became the first physician to complete a medical toxicology fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in June 1994.

Russ' professional goal is to promote Emergency Medicine through the academic sub-specialty practice of Medical Toxicology and to train residents and fellows in the management of toxic exposures. He currently directs the toxicology division. His research endeavors have included new antidotes, cardiovascular toxins, decontamination, kinetics of toxic alcohols, and crotaline snake envenomation. National endeavors include journal and textbook contributions, regular reviewer for emergency medicine and toxicology journals, national/international lecturer for Emergency Medicine and Toxicology organizations, and service to the American College of Medical Toxicology.

Kathryn T. Kopec, D.O. Kathryn T. Kopec, D.O.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Kathy did her undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Dayton and medical school at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. She is originally from Clarkston, Michigan.  Kathy joined the EM department and the division of medical toxicology after two years working at Duke University. She is in charge the the medical student and resident rotation in medical toxicology at CMC as well as the outpatient toxicology clinic.  Academically her interests involved global toxicology, drugs of abuse, and toxicology education. Kathy enjoys traveling, sports, running, movies, good food and hanging out with her goldendoodle, Kramer Roosevelt. 
Margaret Lewis, MD Margaret Lewis, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Margaret received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2002. She completed medical school in 2008 and Emergency Medicine residency in 2011, both at the Medical University of South Carolina. She then completed an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in 2012 and joined CMC as ultrasound faculty. Her focuses include ultrasound in medical student education, resident education, remote education, as well as international medicine.
Emily MacNeill, MD Emily MacNeill, MD
Emily MacNeill comes to us from Indiana University where she completed a combined residency in emergency medicine and Pediatrics. She attended medical school at Indiana University after completing a Bachelor of Science and Biology at Brown University in Rhode Island. Her interests include residency administration and education, as well as pediatric injury research. She currently serves as the Associate Fellowship Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine program and the Assistant Residency Director for the Emergency Medicine residency program.
  Christyn Magill, MD 

Dr. Magill received her BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 from Georgia Institute of Technology and her medical degree from Univ of Florida in 2009.  She completed her pediatrics residency at VCU Medical Center at the Children's Hospital of Richmond in 2012 and worked in the CHoR Children’s Emergency Department for 2 years before pursuing a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center, which she completed in 2017.   Christyn has joined the faculty at CMC as Assistant Program Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship.   She has interest in the use of ultrasound in pediatric emergency applications, fellow and resident education, and violence prevention in urban pediatric populations.


John Manning, MD
The son of an inventor-engineer, John has a passion for blending medical practice with digital innovation.  With eyes set on electronic health records, his career goal is to improve the design and efficiency of the electronic tools used in healthcare.  John received his medical degree from New York Medical College in 2012, completed EM residency training at Carilion Clinic / VA Tech Carilion in 2015, and completed fellowship training in Clinical Informatics at the Univ of Illinois at Chicago in 2017.  A native Tennessean, John got his start in medicine as a medical scribe handwriting patient charts.  His research interests include the use of diagnosis code ontologies to personalize residency training and in harnessing Clinical Emergency Data Registry (CEDR) for research.

Juma A. Mfinanga, MD, MMED
Juma A. Mfinanga received his medical degree from the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2008. He completed EM residency training at MUHAS in 2013 in the program’s inaugural class, becoming one of the very first locally trained emergency physicians in Tanzania. During his training, he served as a chief resident and chairman of all postgraduates in the University.  

Dr. Mfinanga is currently the Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), the largest national referral hospital in Tanzania. He also serves as coordinator of EMS and Disaster Medicine for MNH and is the country-wide coordinator for the Primary Trauma Care course. He is also a founding member and general secretary of the Emergency Medicine Association of Tanzania (EMAT), the national professional association charged with disseminating emergency care in Tanzania, serves as the treasurer of the Medical Association Tanzania (MAT), and is a member of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM). 

Dr. Mfinanga’s research interests include EMS, disaster medicine, and emergency trauma care.

Murphy_Christine_LC.jpg Christine Murphy, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Christine received her BS and MA degrees in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She completed both medical school and Emergency Medicine residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  She rounded out her post-graduate work with completion of a Medical Toxicology fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012.  She was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency of Medicine and Division of Clinical Toxicology at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2012-2013.  She joined the faculty at Carolinas Medical Center in 2013.  She routinely teaches residents from all specialties, pharmacy students, and pharmacy residents.  She specifically enjoys the field of Pediatric Toxicology and nursing education.  Research interests currently include new uses for old antidotes and recreational drugs of abuse, specifically “bath salts” products. 

Geoff Murphy, MD
Geoff received his BS and MA degrees in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the College of William and Mary. He then attended medical school and also trained in Emergency Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. He was Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine and completed his residency training in 2007. From 2007 through 2012 he was an attending physician and faculty member in the EM residency program at VCU in Richmond. Subsequently, he served two years as Chair and Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Virginia. Most recently he was the Medical Director of the freestanding emergency department in Mount Holly, NC, part of CaroMont Regional Medical Center.  He joined our faculty in 2016. Dr. Murphy’s areas of interest and expertise include emergency medicine clinical operations, electronic health records, and information technology in the emergency department.

Nilesh Patel, MD Nilesh Patel, MD
Nilesh received his Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University/Quillen College of Medicine in 1999. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA in 2004. He has practiced community based EM for seven years in Chicago and Charlotte before joining the CMC Faculty in January of 2011. His interests include clinical teaching of Emergency Medicine.
David A. Pearson, MD, MS David A. Pearson, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dave received his BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida in 1997 and 1998, respectively. He completed medical school at Vanderbilt University in 2002, completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the Denver Health Medical Center in 2006 and a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in 2017. Dave joined Carolinas Medical Center as clinical faculty in 2006 and is currently the Chief of Quality, Patient Safety, and Innovation. His passions are graduate medical education, quality and patient safety, healthcare innovation, cardiac arrest resuscitation and healthcare for the homeless. He serves as core faculty for the residency and pediatric EM fellowship programs. In 2007, Dave established the Code Cool™ post-cardiac arrest resuscitation program at CMC which incorporates therapeutic hypothermia and provides cutting-edge post-cardiac arrest care. In 2008, Dave became the Medical Director of Shelter Health Services, a non-profit, free clinic for Charlotte's homeless women and children, and currently is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the clinic. The residents and faculty provide the major of volunteer physician hours and continue to fully support clinic operations. In 2015, he established the novel Team-Focused CPR program for inpatient cardiac arrests.
Amy Puchalski, MD Amy Puchalski, MD
Dr. Puchalski received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997 and moved on to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. There she completed her Pediatrics residency in 2000 and her Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship in 2003. For the past 10 years she has been an attending and part-time assistant professor in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Georgia Reagents University (Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta, GA. She developed interests in child abuse and neglect prevention as well as injury prevention while serving on the Board of trustees for the Children's Trust of South Carolina, a non-profit organization which aims to prevent child abuse and unintentional injuries.

Dr. Puchalski and her husband are both excited to be living in the Charlotte area now after relocating in August. Her husband is an ENT with a private practice in Columbia, SC and they have four children, ages two to 10 years old, who definitely keep them busy. She is looking forward to getting to know all of the faculty and staff in the department.

Stacy Reynolds, MD Stacy Reynolds, MD
Stacy received her medical degree from Drexel University in 2000. She completed residency in general pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2003 and 2005. She then went on to train in general emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine until 2008. Her interests are in health outcomes research and education.
Michael Runyon, MD, FAAEM Michael Runyon, MD, FAAEM
Mike worked full-time as a paramedic for five years before completing his undergraduate work at the University of West Florida in 1996, graduating with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science. He received his MD from the University of Florida in 2000 and completed his emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in 2003, serving as chief resident during his final year. He remained at CMC for a research fellowship, joined the Emergency Medicine Faculty in 2005, and currently serves as the Assistant Residency Director and the Director of Medical Student Education. Mike has an interest in international emergency medicine and he is currently involved in the implementation of a new emergency department at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Jessica Salzman M.D.
Jessica has been on faculty at Carolinas Medical Center since 2011. She earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2008. Jessica then went on to complete residency training at Carolinas Medical Center in Emergency Medicine serving her last year as Chief Resident. She accepted a clinical faculty position at CMC in 2011 and has since helped create the Medical Scribe program within the Emergency Department. She is dedicated to women’s health issues, particularly Domestic Violence and has become Medical Director for the Safe Alliance Medical Clinic within a local DV shelter. Outside interests include running, reading and spending time with loved ones.

Hendry Sawe, MD, MMED, MBA
Hendry R. Sawe received his medical degree at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2008. He completed EM residency training at MUHAS in 2013 in the program’s inaugural class, becoming one of the first locally trained emergency physicians. During his training he served as a chief resident.  He received his MBA degree from Mzumbe University in Dar es Salaam, in 2013. 

Dr. Sawe is currently the Head of Department at MUHAS, and serves as Research and EM program director. He is also the deputy editor-in chief of the Tanzania Medical Journal, serves as president of the Emergency Medicine Association of Tanzania (EMAT), the national professional association charged with disseminating emergency care in Tanzania, and is vice-president of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM). 

Dr. Sawe’s research interests include HIV, sickle cell disease, EMS, and emergency trauma care. 

Chad Scarboro, MD Chad Scarboro, MD
Dr. Scarboro received his BS in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. He completed medical school at Wake Forest University in 2007. He did an emergency medicine residency at East Carolina University ('10), and came to Carolinas Medical Center to complete his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship ('12). After completing fellowship, he joined CMC as a faculty member. Dr. Scarboro's major research interest is mild traumatic brain injury in the pediatric population. The focus of his research is identifying low-risk patients who may not warrant CT brain imaging. We are developing an electronic tool based on the PECARN head injury guideline to implement in our own electronic medical record which will provide a reference for clinicians who are considering a head CT for mild traumatic brain injury. We hope to more appropriately target patients who warrant CT brain imaging and provide reassurance when providers are appropriately not ordering CT imaging. As we expand this project, we also hope to identify ways to reduce radiation exposure.
Jonathan R. Studnek, PhD Jonathan R. Studnek, PhD
Jon came to CMC after completing his PhD in Epidemiology at the Ohio State University in 2008.Prior to that he was a paramedic in Albuquerque, NM and was a research fellow at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Jon is the Director of Prehospital Research and works closely with the Mecklenburg EMS Agency. Currently, he serves as the chair of the research committee for the National Association of EMS Physicians. His current research interests revolve around improving patient care in the prehospital setting. Current topics include out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, acute myocardial infarction, and the role of simulation in EMS education. He is also interested in collaborating with faculty and residents on projects that effect patients in the prehospital and hospital environment.

Doug Swanson, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
Doug received his medical degree from the University of South Florida and  joined the faculty in 1995 upon completing his residency here at Carolinas Medical Center. As an attending, he then also completed an EMS fellowship here in 2002. Doug is currently the Medical Director for MedCenter Air, Carolinas Healthcare System's specialty care transport service and the Mecklenburg EMS Agency, our county’s 911-system.  Additionally, he is the Medical Director of CMC's Event Medicine Team which provides medical coverage at Bank of America Stadium (NFL & NCAA), Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR), Quail Hollow Country Club (PGA), and other mass gathering venues.  Since 2008 Doug has been a physician consultant for NASCAR’s Medical Liaison Department.  In 2010 Doug became the program director for  the EMS Fellowship.  He is a member of the North Carolina’s EMS Advisory Council, a  Co-Chair of NCCEP's EMS subcommittee, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Air Medical Physician Association. Each spring he spends his afternoons coaching middle school baseball.

Vivek S. Tayal, MD, FACEP Vivek S. Tayal, MD, FACEP
Vivek is a 1989 graduate of the emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center. Vivek joined the faculty in the fall of 1993 after serving as chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. He was involved with Emergency Medicine (EM) education as a faculty member of the Joint Military Medical Centers Emergency Medicine Residency and research director (1989-92). He currently serves as the Chief of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound in the Department of EM at Carolinas Medical Center and has been active nationally in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Emergency Ultrasound Section, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Ultrasound Interest Group and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Emergency Ultrasound Section. He is the ACEP liaison to AIUM. He also teaches nationally for the Emergency Ultrasound Course. He directs Quality Improvement activities for the EM department including audits, documentation issues, and interdepartmental concerns. His academic interests include new avenues in ultrasonography, resuscitation, health policy and computerization of Emergency Department (ED) operations. He has administrative interest in health policy, medical informatics, airway management and quality improvement in the ED setting. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP), leading to President of NCCEP in 2006-2007. He completed the ACEP health policy fellowship at the Emergency Care Coordination Center in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response in the federal Department of Health and Human Services from 2009-2010.

Kenneth Vanderhave, MD
Ken graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in 1994 and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Cincinnati in 1998. He worked in the community, for the University of Michigan, for 5 years. He then moved to Pennsylvania State University-Hershey Medical Center for 3 years where he was Assistant Residency Director. In 2006, he returned to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, teaching the residents the excitement and tribulations of working nights. He also chaired the ED Quality Assurance Committee. In July of 2013, Ken joined the CMC Faculty. His interests include quality of patient care and clinical teaching of Emergency Medicine.

Cathy Wares, MD
Cathy Wares, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Cathy received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at Carolinas Medical Center in 2010 where she served as chief resident her final year. She joined the faculty in 2011 after spending one year in private practice. Her interests include resident education, therapeutic hypothermia and Emergency Department (ED) Quality Assessment and Improvement.
Anthony J. Weekes, MD, RDMS, RDCS
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Anthony graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Jacobi Medical Center’s EM residency program in New York. He served in EM residency leadership, emergency ultrasound directorship, and as an associate medical director in New York City and New Jersey before coming to Charlotte in 2008. He teaches emergency ultrasound at regional, national and international conferences. Anthony’s clinical research interests involve echocardiography, pulmonary embolism and critical care. He completed the Masters of Clinical Research program at Drexel University. He has been the regional director of multi-center investigations into the role of cardiac ultrasound in cardiac arrest resuscitation, directs the multi-center Pulmonary Embolism Short term Clinical Outcomes Registry and serves as an investigator and research advisory board member for the Code Pulmonary Embolism program at Carolinas Medical Center.
Sarah Weihmiller, MD
Sarah has joined the department after working for 6 years as an attending at AI DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

She grew up in Northern New Jersey. She majored for undergrad in Neuroscience and Behavior at Wesleyan University. She earned her medical degree from New York Presbyterian College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. She completed her Pediatric Residency along with a chief resident year also from Columbia University at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She completed her training after a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

She and her husband, along with their three children and their cat moved to Charlotte two years ago and are here to stay! She enjoys running, good meals, movies, and most of all, time with her family.