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Bryant Kendall Allen, MD
Jill Antoniazzi, MD
Andrew W. Asimos, MD
Vitaliy Belyshev, MD
Cortlyn Brown, MD
Mark J. Bullard, MD
David W. Callaway, MD
Lindsey Chaudoin, MD
Stephen Colucciello, MD, FACEP
Tyler Constantine, MD
Dalton Cox, MD
Sandra Craig, MD
Lia Cruz, DO
Adeline Dozois, MD
Sean Fox, MD
Denise Fraga, MD
Ann-Jeannette Geib, MD
Michael Gibbs, MD
Mary Grady, MD
Christopher Griggs, MD, MPH
Eric Hawkins, MD
Alan Heffner, MD
Jessica Hoglund, MD
Kathryn T. Kopec, DO
Margaret Lewis, MD

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

Faculty Biographies


 
Bryant Kendall Allen, MD
Assistant Program Director
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

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. After joining the general CMC faculty, Bryant became involved heavily in the residency training program, becoming the Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency didactic curriculum and an Assistant Residency Program Director. His academic interests include advancing trauma care and resuscitation, airway management and medical education, with an emphasis on non-traditional methods including his efforts with residency FOAM projects through EMGuidewire (www.emguidewire.com). Outside of the hospital, Bryant can be found with his wife, Mollie, and three wild sons, Ollie, Max and Finn. 
Jill Antoniazzi, MD
 
Jill Antoniazzi, MD, FACEP
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
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 clinical resident and medical student education.
Andrew W. Asimos, MD, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine
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, Michigan. In 1994, he joined the CMC faculty, after pursing 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 neurologic emergencies, particularly stroke and TIA.  He is the Director of Emergency Stroke Association Stroke Council’s Emergency Neurovascular Care Committee.
Vitaliy Belyshev, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Born in Russia, Vitaliy immigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in western Massachusetts. Vitaliy received his BS in Physics at the University of Massachusetts in 2009 and his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2015. During medical school, he spent a year living and studying in Germany. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Christiana Care Health Services in Newark, Delaware in 2018. He completed his Advanced Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in 2019. After his training, he joined the CMC faculty where he continues to actively participate in the ultrasound division serving as the Ultrasound Operations Director and heading the departments resuscitative TEE applications. Apart from ultrasound, his area of interests includes public policy, emerging technologies and administration.
Cortlyn Brown, MD Cortlyn Brown, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Cortlyn Brown graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and matriculated to the Yale School of Medicine where she received the Parker Prize given to the graduating student who has shown the best qualifications for a successful physician and the Grannum Prize given to an African American graduating student who has shown excellent academic achievement. She completed the NIH Howard Hughes Medical Research fellowship and received a certificate in Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) from Cornell University. Her research has affected change at the national level for patients who are primarily non-English speaking. She also held multiple local and national leadership positions including Student National Medical Association National Vice President and Strategic Planning Council Member, National Chair of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident and Student Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Co-Leader for the UCSF Emergency Medicine Diversity group, and Co-Leader for the UCSF Emergency Medicine Quality Improvement group. She completed her residency at the University of California San Francisco where she served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the highest institutional honors that is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the ideals of DEI. In addition to her DEI focused leadership roles, she also served as the Section Editor for the WestJEM and National Student Leader for the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Brown joined CMC faculty in 2020 as the department’s Vice Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Mark J. Bullard, MD Mark J. Bullard, MD, MS-HPEd
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Mark Bullard graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 2001, and subsequently completed his residency in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in 2004.   Dr. Bullard has studied simulation education at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston and completed his Master’s in Health Professions Education (MS-HPEd), with a focus on simulation, at Mass General Institute.  Dr. Bullard has been involved 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. Dr. Bullard has used a model of hands-on adult learning with guided discussion, debriefing and feedback to help define simulation as an educational modality within Atrium Health.  Currently, Dr. Bullard serves as the Medical Director of Carolinas Simulation Center, Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s simulation program and Director for Atrium Health’s Intern Simulation Common Critical Care Curriculum (4Cs).
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 Chief of Crisis Operations and Sustainability, 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 is The chief medical officer for Team Rubicon, a veteran lead disaster response organization and the co-founder 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
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Lindsey received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, and completed medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then moved to NYC for pediatric residency, chief residency, pediatric emergency fellowship and ultrasound fellowship at Columbia University/ Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. She worked in New York for the next 5 years before returning home to the south and her new home of Charlotte and CMC in 2018.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Her academic interests are in emergency ultrasound and education.
Stephen Colucciello, MD, FACEP Stephen Colucciello, MD, FACEP
Department Chief/Professor of Emergency Medicine
Steve joined our faculty in 1992, after working in a large county hospital and Trauma Center in south Florida. He trained in Emergency Medicine at the Colombia University Affiliated Hospitals and is the author or co-author of over 300 emergency medicine publications and has given more than 400 national and international presentations. He won a national award for presentations in emergency medicine. He is the editor or co-editor of eight emergency medicine textbooks and the founder and past editor-in-chief of an Emergency Medicine journal entitled "EM Practice." He is Vice Chair, the director of the Adult ED, and Trauma Coordinator for our department. His many research interests include use of evidence-based algorithms to improve care and reduce medical-legal risk in the ED.
Tyler Constantine Tyler Constantine, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Constantine graduated with a bachelor's degree from Colgate University 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 University 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.
Tyler Constantine Dalton Cox, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

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 clinical quality and patient safety. He currently serves as a leader of the EM QA Committee as well as leader of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Team.
Sandra Craig, MD, FACEP Sandra Craig, MD, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine
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.
Lia Cruz, DO Lia Cruz, DO
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Lia began her medical career in the northeast, where she earned her medical degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2012. She stayed in New Jersey to complete a residency in Pediatrics at Cooper University Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident during her graduating year. She then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. During her graduating year at St. Christopher’s, she served as both Chief Fellow and Junior Simulation Coordinator, spending additional training hours in medical simulation at Drexel University College of Medicine. She went on to develop a curriculum for fellow simulation and created a platform for interdisciplinary and multi-departmental simulation exercises to take place. In addition to simulation, she has particular interests in the areas of quality improvement and resident/fellow education.
Adeline Dozois, MD
Program Director, Global Medicine Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Originally from Bradenton, Florida, Adeline attended college at the University of Notre Dame and medical school at Vanderbilt University. Adeline then began her emergency medicine residency at CMC in 2015 where she engaged in research projects in neurologic emergencies and trauma in low-resource settings. She stayed on as CMC’s inaugural Global Health Fellow before joining the faculty in 2019. In her new role as director of the Global EM fellowship, she is committed to continuing to support CMC’s relationship with our Tanzanian partners. Her current research projects focus on studying the relationship between substance abuse in trauma in low and high-resource settings. Outside of work, Adeline enjoys running, learning foreign languages, and cyclically adopting and discarding new hobbies (right now it’s a rock-climbing; she's taking suggestions for the next one).
Sean Fox, MD Sean Fox, MD
Residency Program Director 
Professor of Emergency Medicine/Professor of Pediatrics

Sean 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. He has received several teaching awards including the Outstanding Teacher Award from the graduating Emergency Medicine class of 2009 and 2015, the W. Elliott White Community Teaching Award from the graduating Pediatric class of 2010, the Outstanding Academician Award in 2011, and the Excellence in Resident Education Award in 2013.  Additionally, the American College of Emergency Physicians bestowed the National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award to Dr. Fox in 2014. Currently he is the program director of the Emergency Medicine residency and works in both the Pediatric and Adult emergency departments. Outside the clinical realm, he encourages continued educational endeavors via electronic media by authoring and managing several websites, including www.PedEMMorsels.com, www.EMGuideWire.com, and www.CMCEdMasters.com.
Denise Fraga, MD Denise Fraga, MD, MPA
Program Director, Ultrasound Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Fraga grew up along the Texas-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Notre Dame, her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and a master of public policy degree from the University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs. She completed her emergency medicine training at the University of Maryland and an ultrasound fellowship at Vanderbilt. Dr. Fraga is also the EM Ultrasound Fellowship Director. Her academic interests include ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and teaching ultrasound in resource limited areas. Dr. Fraga has worked internationally in Colombia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Guyana and Guatemala. She continues to travel regularly to Guatemala to teach ultrasound.
  Ann-Jeannette Geib, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
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
Department Chair
Professor of Emergency Medicine

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 emergency medicine research program. He was also instrumental in a number of academic institutional initiatives at Maine Medical Center 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. During the past decade he also served as the Vice President of Research for Atrium Health for a span of 5 years. For the past seven years Mike has also been the Medical Director of the Atrium Health Emergency Medicine Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship.

Mike’s 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. Mike has served as faculty for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly and the ACEP Teaching Fellowship for over 20 years.  More recently, Mike was instrumental in guiding the Atrium research strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic and he currently serves as Steering Committee Co-Chair of the multisite COVID-19 Community Research Partnership.
Mary Grady, MD Mary Grady, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Mary received her BA in International Studies from Seattle University in 2005.  She volunteered in migrant farm community in Washington State and taught English in East Africa prior to studying medicine.  She received her medical degree from New York Medical College in 2014.  She completed her residency in Pediatrics at NYU in 2017 and her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from Carolinas Medical Center in 2020.  Mary’s interests include pediatric emergency ultrasound and medical education.
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
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
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. He then completed 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. Dr. Hawkins 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 C. Heffner, MD, practices adult critical care and emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, where he is Professor and Co-Director of Adult Critical Care and Director or ECMO Services. Dr. Heffner is a well-recognized national speaker and instructor on acute critical illness.
lJessica Hoglund, MD Jessica Hoglund, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Jessica is originally from Toms River, New Jersey, but has lived most of her life here in Charlotte. She spent some time in Columbia, South Carolina, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina and her Medical Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in 2020, where she spent her final year as chief resident, and stayed on as faculty after graduation. Her interests include neurologic emergencies and medical student education.
Kathryn T. Kopec, D.O. Kathryn T. Kopec, D.O.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Kathy is originally from Clarkston, Michigan. She did her undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Dayton and her medical school at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency and Medical Toxicology fellowship at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Following fellowship, she worked at Duke University before becoming faculty here at Atrium Health. Her areas of interests are: the agitated patient, global toxicology, medical education. Kathy enjoys traveling, sports, movies, reading and trying new restaurants.
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. After years in Charleston, Margaret moved to Charlotte for an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center which she completed in 2012 and then joined CMC as ultrasound faculty.  Margaret currently directs ultrasound education for the Charlotte Branch of UNC School of Medicine as well as continuing ultrasound education. Margaret has other roles in undergraduate medical education including working with UNC to oversee the fourth year of medical school at Charlotte and running the Transition to Residency course. Her focuses include ultrasound in medical student education, resident education, and gaming in education.
Emily MacNeill, MD Emily MacNeill, MD
Associate Program Director
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Emily 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 pediatric quality work, diversity, inclusion and equity as well as residency administration and education.   She currently serves as the Director for Inclusion and Equity for the Division of Medical Education and the Associate Residency Director for the Emergency Medicine residency program.
Christyn Magill, MD Christyn Magill, MD
Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Christyn received her BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 from Georgia Institute of Technology and her medical degree from University 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. She joined the faculty at CMC as Associate Program Director of the PEM Fellowship in 2017 and was appointed as the Program Director in July 2019. She has particular interest in the use of ultrasound in pediatric emergency applications, fellow and resident education and violence prevention in urban pediatric populations.
John Manning, MD John Manning, MD, FAMIA, FACEP
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
John is an innovative, usability-focused informatician developer with skills in design and video editing. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College (2012); completed EM residency at Carilion Clinic / Virginia Tech Carilion (2015); and completed fellowship in Clinical Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2017).

Clinical Informatics (CI) is a new specialty of medicine “that transforms healthcare” (per the ACGME) that held its first board exams in 2013. CI is uniquely multidisciplinary and is a career available to any specialty of medicine. As one of the inaugural classes of ACGME-accredited CI fellowships, John was one of the founding board members of AMIA’s CI Fellows (ACIF) and served as their first secretary. He is also the lead author of the “KOI Pond,” which is an open publication that defines informatics practice based on setting (internal, external, policy) and focus area (knowledge, operations, innovation).

John harnesses informatics to create user-focused dashboards and visualizations for clinicians, all the while bolstering opportunities for innovation and human factors to improve bedside care. These efforts have been internationally recognized, including keynote talks at HL7® FHIR® DevDays. He is also the world’s first (and currently the only) healthcare person to be designated a Google Developer Expert (GDE) in the programming language Dart/Flutter, of which ~8 Dart/Flutter GDEs exist on this continent and ~80 exist in the world. He is skilled at livecoding in Flutter while lecturing and explaining its core concepts...and in building apps that connect Flutter to the global standard for healthcare interoperability: FHIR® (pronounced “fire”). He is a recipient of the 2021 Wake Forest School of Medicine Entrepreneurship Award.

Also...he juggles fire.
  Harvey Meyers, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Pendell received his medical degree from Duke University in 2016. He then completed EM residency training at Stony Brook University Hospital in 2019 after which he stayed on for a one-year Advanced Resuscitation Training program. His research and educational interests include ED critical care, emergency electrocardiography and acute coronary occlusion. He is co-editor of Dr. Smith's ECG Blog and occasional guest author on EMCrit through which he contributes to the worldwide free open access medication movement. His primary research focus is to improve the understanding and treatment of Occlusion MI (acute coronary occlusion).
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
Program Director, Medical Toxicology Fellowship

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Murphy 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, 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 served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency of Medicine and Division of Clinical Toxicology at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2012-2013 and then joined the CMC faculty in 2013. She is the Director of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program and routinely teaches residents from all specialties, pharmacy students, and pharmacy residents. She specifically enjoys the field of Pediatric Toxicology and nursing education. Her research interests focus on novel antidotes for drug-induced shock. National endeavors include peer review for national journals, past editorial board member for the Journal of Medical Toxicology, peer review for AAPCC NPDS, and national/international lecturer.
Nilesh Patel, MD Nilesh Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
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
Chief - Quality, Patient Safety, and Innovation
Assistant 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, Emergency Medicine residency at Denver Health Medical Center in 2006, and a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in 2017. He serves as core faculty for the residency and pediatric EM fellowship programs. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics. His passions are quality of care, ED operations, healthcare innovation and technology, graduate medical education, cardiac arrest resuscitation, cardiovascular emergencies, and healthcare for the homeless. He currently serves as the medical director for Carolinas Medical Center Adult ED, Atrium Health’s post-cardiac arrest resuscitation program, and J. Lee Garvey Chest Pain Network. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shelter Health Services, a non-profit, free clinic for Charlotte’s homeless women and children, where the residents and faculty provide the majority of volunteer physician hours and continue to fully support clinic operations. He is always pursuing innovative approaches of emergency care delivery that improve patient-oriented outcomes.
 Puchalski Amy Puchalski, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Amy 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.  Currently she is the Associate Program Director of the PEM Fellowship and helps to run the PEM Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee.
Stacy Reynolds, MD Stacy Reynolds, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Division Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Stacy serves as the Division Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine since 2017.  She 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. She served as the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship director from 2010 until June 2019.  She served on the Subboard of Pediatric Emergency Medicine from 2014 to 2020 and served as Chair the Subboard of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 2020.  She remains active with the American Board of Pediatrics and serves as a content expert for maintenance of certification.  Her academic interests include telemedicine and human trafficking.  She is the Medical Director for a grant funded response team called the Atrium Health Human Trafficking Emergency Medical Advocacy Team.
Annie Rominger, MD Annie Rominger, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Annie received her medical degree and masters of public health from the University of South Florida in 2006 and 2009. She completed her a residency in general pediatrics at the University of South Florida in 2009 and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and masters of clinical investigation at the University of Louisville in 2012. Dr. Rominger joined the CMC faculty from The University of Louisville in 2020. At the University of Louisville, she was the Associate Research Director and Global Heath Director for the PEM division. She has mentored numerous resident and fellow scholarly projects in addition to guiding junior faculty members' research projects. She was a core faculty member of the PEM fellow Scholarly Oversight Committee and the fellow evidence-based medicine curriculum. Annie has an interest in ultrasound, particularly in resource limited settings. She developed a longitudinal ultrasound educational curriculum for local providers in Chiapas, Mexico and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has also been an instructor at multiple national and international ultrasound conferences. Annie has interest in education, ultrasound and global health.
Michael Runyon, MD, FAAEM Michael Runyon, MD, MPH
EM Research Director
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Mike worked full-time as a paramedic for five years before completing his undergraduate work at the University of West Florida in 1996, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science. He received his MD, with honors, 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 served for several years as Assistant Residency Director and the Director of Medical Student Education. Mike founded the CMC Global Emergency Medicine Division and helped to develop the first emergency department and emergency medicine residency program in Tanzania, where he serves as an Honorary Lecturer at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam. He received his MPH from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2015 and currently serves as the CMC EM Chief of Academic & Faculty Affairs.
Jessica Salzman, MD Jessica Salzman, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Jessica has been on faculty at Atrium Health’s 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 Atrium Health’s 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. Her non-clinical work is concentrated on intimate partner violence and sexual assault with a focus on nonfatal strangulation. She serves as the Medical Director for Atrium’s Domestic Violence Healthcare Project, the hospital’s IPV advocacy team as well as Atrium’s Charlotte Metro Area SANE program. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, she also serves as the Medical Director for Atrium’s Community Paramedicine program at the Mecklenburg County COVID hotel which provides medical care to vulnerable patients isolating. 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
Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Department

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Chad 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 (2010) and came to Carolinas Medical Center to complete his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship (2012). 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. He also has an interest in simulation and leads simulation education for the fellowship and has developed programs for multidisciplinary education targeting community emergency departments within the Atrium system.  The primary goal of this work is to provide education around resuscitation principles for high risk, low frequency pediatric patients in a safe learning environment.  Additionally, as the medical director he is involved in many administrative and operational initiatives both within Levine Children’s Hospital and across the healthcare system.
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.
Danielle Sutton, MD Danielle Sutton, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Danielle did her medical school training at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and then stayed on for residency in general pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine in Augusta. Most of Dr. Sutton's research in fellowship centered around pre-hospital medicine and quality improvement, however, she also has a strong interest in orthopedic trauma and sports medicine.
Doug Swanson, MD, FACEP, FAEMS Doug Swanson, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, FAMPA
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Doug received his medical degree from the University of South Florida in 1992 and joined the faculty in 1995 after completing his residency at Carolinas Medical Center. As an attending, in 2002, he completed the EMS fellowship at CMC.  Currently Doug is the Medical Director for MedCenter Air, Carolinas Medical Center’s specialty care transport service, and the Mecklenburg EMS Agency, our county’s 911-system. Additionally, he is the Medical Director of Atrium Health’s Event Medicine Team which provides medical coverage at Bank of America Stadium (NFL, NCAA, MLS, concerts), 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.  Doug served as the program director for  the EMS Fellowship for 10-years during which time the program achieved ACGME accreditation (2013).  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
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Tayal is a graduate of the University of Virginia (BA), Medical College of Virginia-VCU (MD) and the Emergency Medicine Residency at Carolinas Medical Center/Charlotte Memorial in 1989. Vivek served as chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, where he was involved with EM education as a faculty member of the Joint Military Medical Centers Emergency Medicine Residency (1989-92),, research director and ultrasound program initiation with an ATL Ultramark 4. Dr. Tayal joined the CMC faculty in the fall of 1993, and he serves as Chief of the Division of Emergency (Point-of-Care) Ultrasound in the CMC. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine with faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery/Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. In addition to the being Chief of the Ultrasound division, he directs departmental quality assessment activities for the CMC EM department. He has been active nationally in the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Section (Chair 2000-2001, 2007-2008), SAEM Ultrasound Interest Group/Academy, AIUM Emergency Ultrasound Section and contributed to the majority of Ultrasound Guidelines and Policies in Emergency Medicine during the last 20 years. He was the lead author of the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines (2001, 2008, 2016). He contributed to the ACEP US Imaging Compendium, the ACEP Standard Reporting Guidelines, AIUM FAST guideline, ASE-ACEP Focused Cardiac guideline and multiple other statements and policies. He served on the ABEM Clinical Ultrasonography Task Force establishing Emergency US subspecialty development. He served on the AIUM Board (2017-2019), and he serves on the Clinical Ultrasound Accreditation Program board as Chair. He teaches nationally for the Emergency Ultrasound Course. He has also served for 10 years on the NCCEP Board, serving as President in 2006. He also completed a Health Policy Fellowship in the office of Emergency Care Coordination Center in HHS in 2009-2010. He is author of the textbook Ultrasound Program Management published by Springer in 2018. He is a reviewer for over 10 national medical journals, and published over 50 refereed articles, letters, and chapters. His academic interests include new avenues in ultrasonography, resuscitation, quality improvement and health policy. He leads a division that provides medical direction, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, APP, nursing, and system-wide Ultrasound issues.
Kenneth Vanderhave, MD Kenneth Vanderhave, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
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 Catherine Wares, MD, FACEP
Assistant Program Director
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. She serves as an Assistant Program Director for the residency, Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director, and the Director of Simulation for the Charlotte Campus. Her interests include bedside teaching of residents and medical students, curriculum development, and simulation based medical education.
Anthony J. Weekes, MD, MSc
Director, Emergency Medicine Research Division

Professor of Emergency Medicine
Anthony graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then Jacobi Medical Center EM residency program in New York. His niche in education  is emergency ultrasound  and he was the emergency ultrasound fellowship director at CMC for 11 years.  After obtaining the Master of Science degree in Clinical Research at Drexel University, he became the director of the emergency medicine research division.  His research is focused on echocardiography, pulmonary embolism and critical care. He has been the regional director of multi-center investigations  of cardiac ultrasound in cardiac arrest resuscitation, and the principal investigator for the multi-center Pulmonary Embolism Short Term Clinical Outcomes Registry and the Clinical Outcomes in Pulmonary Embolism Research Registry at Atrium Health.
   

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