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John P. Franko, MD
Senior Academic Chair of Primary Care
Chair of Family Medicine

John P. Franko, MD serves in Atrium Health as the Senior Academic Chair of Primary Care and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Franko will work in partnership with Dr. Zeev Neuwirth to integrate education, research and professional development activities across the Primary Care Division. This includes building on the success of Atrium Health’ excellent record of preparing our current and future primary care workforce for the rapidly changing health care environment. 

Dr. Franko comes to us from East Tennessee State University where he has served as the Chair of Family Medicine for the past nine years. Prior to his tenure at ETSU, Dr. Franko was a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia serving in a variety of roles at various times including Vice Chair for Clinical Operations, Residency Program Director and Medical Director. He also spent time in private practice in the Danville, VA area as part of being a National Health Service Corps Scholarship recipient for medical school.

Dr. Franko is a native of Richmond, VA, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, medical degree from the University of Virginia and did his residency in Family Medicine at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital program (now the Carilion Health System) in Roanoke Virginia. His academic interests have centered around evidence based medicine, curriculum development and evaluation methods. He has practiced broad spectrum family medicine which has included care of infants and children, adolescents, women’s health and procedures.

Dr. Franko is known in national Family Medicine organizations for his work in leadership development. He has been part of designing and managing three national leadership fellowships in Family Medicine and providing guidance and mentorship to many fellows. He has also helped design, as well as manage/administer, a variety of research projects from clinical care to educational effectiveness. 

Academics and medical education appeal to Dr. Franko because he has always loved both the challenge and responsibility of teaching students and residents. He enjoys instructing people about learning and, more importantly, learning correctly. He also points out that he grows by continuously discovering new and effective ways to teach.

As he continues to practice, he especially appreciates the breadth of this specialty, which allows him to learn new things and pursue many different interests within the medical world. Dr. Franko also loves the relationships that he builds with colleagues, staff, and patients. Dr. Franko looks forward to developing collaborative goals with the rest of the faculty as he learns more about the success of the Department of Family Medicine. In his free time, he also enjoys sports, exercising, and being active in any way possible especially by playing golf! 



David C. Slawson, MD
Vice Chair for Education and Scholarship
Professor of Family Medicine

Dr. Slawson serves as the Vice Chair for Education and Research. He comes to us after serving as the B. Lewis Barnett, Jr., Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Information Sciences for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Slawson is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral training in family medicine at the University of Virginia. He holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Hong Kong and is an international lecturer in evidenced-informed decision making and information mastery. Dr. Slawson is the proud father of four children including triplets. He has a passion for hiking and fly-fishing for native brook trout in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Dael M. Waxman, MD

Dael M. Waxman, MD
Vice Chair of Family Medicine
Director of Behavioral Medicine

Dael Waxman, MD, attended medical school at the University of Kansas and residency in family medicine at the University of Arizona. He has completed two fellowships: one in Faculty Development at the University of Arizona and one in Family Systems Medicine at the University of Rochester in New York. He served on the faculties of the University of Texas-Galveston and the University of Connecticut prior to joining this Department of Family Medicine in 1996.

He has enjoyed many roles since that time including: Director of Maternity Care, Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine and, most recently, Interim Chair. His professional interests include: integration of mental health in primary care, physician-patient communication, professional well-being, and mind/body medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Waxman enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys travel, long distance running, and photography.



Allison K. Bickett, PhD
Behavioral Medicine Director

Dr. Allison Bickett received her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and presently serves as the Associate Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine within Atrium Health. She splits her time between Elizabeth Family Medicine and Union Family Practice, where she assists in developing and teaching the Longitudinal Behavioral Medicine curriculum. She supports and evaluates residents in the advancement of their mental health knowledge and clinical interviewing skills, including motivational interviewing and active listening. Allison is interested in exploring the relationship between mental health and chronic disease, and presently serves as the Primary Investigator in a study examining the prevalence of, association between, and effective treatments for, anxiety and type 2 diabetes mellitus in a primary care setting.


 Matthew Alexander, PhD Matthew Alexander, PhD
Senior Behavioral Medicine Educator

Dr. Alexander received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Michigan. In the seven years between undergraduate and graduate school, Dr. Alexander pursued a career as a singer-songwriter with stops in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

His special interests are: collaboration between mental and physical health providers, couples counseling and stress reduction. He lives in Charlotte with his wife and his two children.


Michele Birch, MD

Michele Birch, MD
Medical Student Education Director
Integrative Medicine Director

Michele Birch, MD, received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine. She then migrated farther south to Carolinas Medical Center for her Family Medicine residency, acting as Co-Chief Resident in her final year.

After residency, she worked in private practice for five years at Carmel Family Physicians. While there, she also served as a community preceptor for residents and medical students, which cemented her true love for teaching. Thus she joined the Urban Track site in 2006 and joined the faculty at the main site. While a faculty member, she completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona College of Integrative medicine. 

She is now the Director of Integrative Medicine for the residency, overseeing residents and medical students teaching in Integrative Medicine. She is also the Director of Medical Student Clerkship rotations for all of the third and fourth year family medicine rotations.

She and her husband are proud parents of their son. Outside of work, she enjoys running, bicycling, and anything outdoors.



Dellyse Bright, MD
Residency Program Director

Dellyse Bright, MD, hails from Baltimore, MD, and is passionate about women’s health, pediatrics and obesity. She earned her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC). She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, then completed her residency training at the University of Maryland's Department of Family Medicine. 

Prior to coming to Charlotte, she lived in Columbia, SC, where she cared for the underserved at a community health clinic. The Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program was her home for the next seven years where she served as a core faculty member involved in medical student and resident education. There, she was the director of Cabarrus Family Medicine Weight Management, a multi-disciplinary program. 

In 2013 she served as the Biddle Point Track Site Director/Associate Residency Director for Carolinas Medical Center's Department of Family Medicine and cares for patients at the CMC-Biddle Point office until taking the helm of Program Director in 2016.

Dr. Bright is a wife and a mother of four. She enjoys having fun with others, scrapbooking, fitness, and finds balance through her faith in God.


Anthony J. Caprio, MD

Anthony J. Caprio, MD
Geriatrics Fellowship Director

Dr. Caprio is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY). He then joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he served as the Medical Director for a continuing care retirement community and physician service leader for inpatient geriatric medicine.

Dr. Caprio joined the CMC Department of Family Medicine in 2012. Dr. Caprio is board certified in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Caprio developed the new Geriatrics Fellowship in 2015.  His interests include medical education, end-of-life decision making, palliative care, long-term care, and acute hospital care of the elderly. He is also interested in medical ethics, health care reform, and medical politics.

Outside of work, Dr. Caprio enjoys playing guitar and all kinds of electronic gadgets.

To view the Geriatrics Fellowship web site please click here


 Jewell Carr, MD

Jewell Carr, MD
Associate Program Director

Dr. Carr was born in Washington, DC, but North Carolina is her home. She grew up in Wilmington, N.C. and attended North Carolina A&T State University where she earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Food Science. She also received a B.S. in Biology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Carr graduated from The Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 2010. She then relocated to Charlotte where she completed her internship and residency in the specialty of family medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.

She has a strong interest in medical education and geriatric medicine.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as her two dogs, Henri and Audrey.


Alisahah Cole, MD

Alisahah Cole, MD
System Medical Director of Community Health

Alisahah Cole, MD, received her undergraduate degrees in Music and Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with her medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH, where she was a National Health Service Corp Scholar. Since serving the underserved had always been a priority for Dr. Cole, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, where she was part of the Urban Track program. During that time, she received the Bryant L. Galusha Intern of the Year award and served as Co-Chief Resident her final year.

After residency, she worked in a rural health clinic in Union, SC for four years. While there, she continued to enjoy her passion for teaching by precepting medical students, Nurse Practitioner students, and PA students. Her clinical interests include underserved medicine, community medicine, adolescent health and physician leadership.

Outside of medicine she enjoys reading, watching football and spending time with her two sons. 



Christina M. Garcia, DO, MPH
Biddle Point Track Site Director

Christina Garcia, DO, MPH received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from THE Ohio State University and her Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. While at Ohio University she also earned an African Community Health Certificate and was a Primary Care Associate where she spent an additional year as junior faculty teaching, tutoring and mentoring first- and second-year medical students and working on scholarly projects. She completed her residency training at Christ Hospital/ University of Cincinnati Family Medicine program.

After residency, Dr. Garcia moved to Chapel Hill, NC to pursue a Master in Public Health and a Global Health Certificate at University of North Carolina while providing care to the underserved at a Federally Qualified Health Center. She served in the National Health Service Corp for 2 additional years at the same FQHC prior to moving to Charlotte.

Currently, she serves as the Biddle Point Track Residency Site Director housed at Biddle Point Family Practice.  Her career interests include Global and Community Health, Maternity Care, Quality, and Population Management.

Outside of work, Dr. Garcia enjoys spending time with family and friends traveling, cooking, and staying active. 



Mary N. Hall, MD
Senior Vice President of Medical Education
Chief Academic Officer, Atrium Health
Professor, CMC Department of Family Medicine

Mary Nolan Hall, MD is responsible for all academic programs: undergraduate and graduate medical education, nursing & allied health, continuing education and ACP fellowships.  She is the Associate Dean of the Charlotte Campus of the UNC School of Medicine and is a Professor of Family Medicine at Atrium Health and at the University of NC at Chapel Hill.  Prior to joining the Division of Medical Education in 2011, Dr. Hall was the Chair of Family Medicine for 8 years.  In almost 3 decades at Atrium Health, Dr. Hall has served as director of medical student education, medical director of the Family Medicine Center and as the Program Director of the FM Residency program. 

Dr. Hall received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York in Binghamton and her Medical degree from Cornell University Medical Center.  She completed her residency in family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and fellowships in faculty development at MUSC and at the University of NC at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Hall is past president of the American Balint Society.  She is the President of the national Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). 

Dr. Hall is an inaugural member of the Atrium Health Physician Network Leadership Council, the Atrium Health Physician Executive Leadership Council and is currently on the Senior Executive team of the Atrium Health Medical Group Division.  She also very much enjoys her roles with the Atrium Health Women’s Executive Leadership Group and the Mentoring Program for Women on the Road to Success (MPWRS).

 Dr. Hall is married to David H. Hall, MD, a family physician practicing in Matthews, NC.  Their daughter Katherine received her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Education from Wake Forest University and is teaching High School Spanish.  Their son Andrew graduated from Duke University and is a PhD student in social psychology at Northwestern.  Dr. Hall and her family enjoy traveling, exercising and eating great food.


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Rebecca Hayes, MD
Medical Director, Elizabeth Family Medicine

Rebecca Hayes, MD, is a native Charlottean.  She graduated from her UNC Greensboro and received her MD from the Medical University of South Carolina.  

She then spent 8 years in the United States Navy, completing her Family Medicine Residency at Naval Hospital Bremerton.  In addition, she served at Camp Lejeune, NC and Pensacola, FL. 

After the completion of her military service she joined the faculty at Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program in Concord, NC where she served as the Director of Maternity Services. 

Dr. Hayes joined the CMC Department of Family Medicine in 2016 as Elizabeth Family Medicine’s Medical Director. Her interests include women’s health, maternity care, pediatrics, medical education, minor procedures, and quality improvement. Outside of medicine she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 sons, reading and watching movies.


Robert Jones, MD

Robert Jones, MD
Sports Medicine Faculty

Robert Jones, MD, received his undergraduate degree and played varsity basketball at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. In 1990 he graduated from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical System. Afterward, he finished a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at San Jose Medical Center / Stanford University in California.

Dr. Jones joined the faculty at Carolinas Medical Center, where he created and was the Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program until 2015. He is currently the Medical Director of Student Health at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

He has been the Team Physician for the USA Water Polo Men’s National Team. He also serves as the Executive Medical Director of the YMCA Health Centers in Charlotte.


Darin Kennedy, MD


Darin Kennedy, MD
Clinical Faculty

Darin Kennedy, MD, is a native North Carolinian and is glad to be home after several years away. A graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine, he completed his family medicine residency at Carilion Health System in Roanoke, VA in 2000.

He then embarked upon eight years with the United States Army as a family physician and flight surgeon, serving at Fort Hood, Fort Benning, and in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from deployment, he was invited to join the family medicine residency at Martin Army Community Hospital. He completed his military service in October of 2008 and returned home to North Carolina to work in the community as a clinician and teacher.

Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests include general practice, pediatrics, and minor surgical procedures. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, music, singing, playing guitar, and he is an acclaimed published author. 



Anthony Martin, MD
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Associate Director

Dr. Martin earned his medical degree at the Temple University School of Medicine in 2008 before completing his family medicine residency at The Reading Hospital and School of Medicine in 2011, where he served as the chief resident in his final year. Dr. Martin then completed his primary care sports medicine fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in 2012 and stayed on as a member of the faculty at Sports Medicine and Injury Care, the family medicine residency program and for the primary care sports medicine fellowship. Dr. Martin also serves as faculty for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is active in student and resident teaching.

Dr. Martin is the head team physician for East Mecklenburg High School and is also a team physician for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a former competitive boxer, he also enjoys fight coverage including boxing and mixed martial arts.

Dr. Martin is active in the sports community and still participates in intramural sports locally. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He lives in Charlotte and enjoys fighting sports, epic poetry and cooking.


Sveta Mohanan, MD

Sveta Mohanan, MD
Core Faculty

Dr. Sveta Mohanan is an assistant professor and core faculty at Atrium Health Family Medicine Residency. Her clinical practice is based at the Urban Underserved site, CMC Biddle Point. Dr. Mohanan has worked in underserved care for her entire career, domestically as well as internationally, with a focus on the care of HIV patients. She also has expertise in Women's Health, and performs the majority of contraceptive management procedures. She recently joined full-time faculty after greater than 10 years as a community preceptor and full-time clinician. She does full spectrum family medicine, as well as outpatient and inpatient care.

Dr. Mohanan is also engaged in research through the primary care research division at Atrium Health. Her special focuses are on vulnerable populations, patient access and involving learners in research throughout their careers. She has published involving shared decision-making. She is also passionate about the underserved internationally, and has provided medical care in various countries, including India, Belize, Nepal and others. 

Dr. Mohanan is forever angling for an upgrade on any flight, as she lives to travel. She also enjoys cooking, reading, exercising and beating everyone at jeopardy.


 Dupal Patel Dupal Patel, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Faculty

Dupal Patel, MD was born and raised in New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She then moved to Northeast Ohio for residency where she trained in Family Medicine at Cleveland Clinic - Fairview Hospital Residency Program. She continued her training by completing a fellowship in Geriatrics at Summa Akron City Hospital before joining the Center for Senior Health, where she worked for three and a half years honing her skills in geriatrics in a variety of settings. She specialized in interdisciplinary communication, cognitive assessments and post-acute care.

After enduring eight winters in Ohio, she and her husband decided to move closer to family and to fulfill her dream of teaching. Dr. Patel joined Atrium Health as staff at Elizabeth Family Medicine and key clinical faculty member of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship in 2018.

She is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Patel provides compassionate care for older adults in outpatient, acute and post-acute settings as well as teaches medical students, residents and fellows.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two young children, and rediscovering the world through their eyes.


 Fareeha Khan Fareeha Khan, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Faculty

Fareeha Khan, MD completed her medical school from Sindh Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. She went on to pursue a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011. In 2012 she started her Family Medicine residency training at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan. She completed her Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor VA hospital in 2016 and pursued an additional year of training as a Clinician Educator.

In October 2017 Dr. Khan joined Atrium Health as a Geriatric consultant on the Trauma service where she works in collaboration with Trauma surgeons in managing elderly patients admitted to CMC-Main. She also supervises Geriatric ACPs who provide care to elderly patients in the Emergency Department.

Additionally, Dr. Khan is a part of Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency program where she provides care to patients of all ages and precepts residents.

Dr. Khan has a special interest in fall risk assessment, delirium and medication management of elderly.


Jay I. Patel, MD, MPH
Clinical Faculty

Jay Patel is a clinical faculty member of Elizabeth Family Medicine. Originally born and raised in Shelby, NC, he moved to Chapel Hill, NC where he completed his undergraduate and medical training at the University of North Carolina. He then graduated from the CMC Department of Family Medicine’s urban site and served as Chief Resident in his final year. After his postgraduate training, he moved to his hometown serving as a community practitioner for one year before moving back to Charlotte. He has research interests in preventable ED utilization as well as prescription drug abuse. While away from work, he can be found in the mountains of NC, at one of the local breweries,  or sporting his love of the Tar Heels obnoxiously. 


Shay E. Phillips, BS, PharmD, BCPS

Shay E. Phillips, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, BC-ADM
Clinical Pharmacy Faculty

Shay E. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the Valdosta State University, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Florida A&M University, and completed residency training at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL. Dr. Phillips received the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties in 2006. Before joining the faculty, Dr. Phillips was an Assistant Professor at Hampton University School of Pharmacy in Hampton, VA. Her job responsibilities consisted of didactic lecturing in the Drug and Disease State Management curriculum and serving as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Sentara Ambulatory Care Center in Norfolk, VA.

She was awarded the Preceptor of the Year award for the 2005-2006 academic year; and in 2012 was awarded the Carolinas Medical Center Department of Family Medicine Faculty Teaching Award. Her interests include therapeutic management of anticoagulation, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. Dr. Phillips is published and has presented to colleagues on the local, state, and national level.

In her spare time, Dr. Phillips enjoys international traveling and spending time with family and friends.



David Price, MD
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Director

Dr. Price earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at Carolinas Medical Center. He completed his primary care sports medicine fellowship at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL and, after working in rural Australia for a short period, returned to Charlotte, NC to join the Carolinas Medical Center family medicine residency as a faculty member.

Active in teaching, Dr. Price is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 2015 transitioned from Co-Director to Director of the primary care sports medicine fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center. He also serves as medical director of athletic training in the Department of Sports Medicine and Special Events. In this role, he works closely with Charlotte Mecklenburg High School Athletics and is the team physician for Johnson C. Smith University.

Dr. Price has an avid interest in sudden cardiac death and is the medical director for Heart of a Champion Day, a high school athletic pre-participation screening program that includes non-invasive cardiac testing to identify athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death. He also has an interest in sports concussion and is the medical director of Carolinas Concussion Network. His funded research in these areas focuses on affected athletes.

Dr. Price is active in the sports community and enjoys treating endurance athletes. He speaks locally and nationally as an expert in the field of sports medicine. Dr. Price is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He lives in Charlotte with his wife and three children and enjoys triathlons, soccer, and music.



Shaista Qureshi, MD, MBBS, FAAFP
Associate Professor and Core Faculty
Director Obstetrics, Maternal/Infant and Women’s Health

Dr. Shaista Qureshi is originally from Afghanistan and has had a long journey in medicine. She received the President’s Scholarship throughout her medical school. She is residency trained in OB/GYN from Pakistan, psychiatry (NY Medical College), family medicine (Columbia University) and is fellowship trained in high-risk/operative OB/GYN (University of Texas). After fellowship, she started as Core Faculty at Boston University where she worked as a laborist for 8 years in one of the country’s best OB/GYN and family medicine collaborations. She taught labor and delivery to the OB/GYN, FM and ED residents. At Boston University, she received the Teacher of the Year award from the OB/GYN residents in 2013 and the Best Teacher award from the medical students in 2011. She moved to the University of Connecticut where she was Core Faculty and Director of Inpatient Medicine. She became one of the first family physicians to serve as a laborist in Connecticut and had full obstetric privileges, where she supervised OB/GYN and family medicine residents. She received the “Distinguished Teacher” award from UCONN medical students in her continuity practice.

She moved to Charlotte in 2016 and has been the Director of Obstetrics, Maternal/Newborn and Women’s Health and Core Faculty at our residency program. Dr. Qureshi speaks eight languages. She volunteers for two local shelter clinics in Charlotte that serve the indigent population. She is very passionate about women’s health, maternal/child and pediatric health as well as obstetrics and care of the culturally diverse population. She is an ALSO Faculty Advisor (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) and conducted the first ALSO course in over 15 years in 2016 at Atrium Health which, was very well received. She has been teaching ALSO courses nationally and internationally for the last 13 years. Dr. Qureshi served on the Continuing Medical Education committees of both Massachusetts and Connecticut Chapters of American Academy of Family Medicine. She has been actively serving on ethics committees for the last 17 years and is very interested in ethical principles related to patient care, shared decision making, as well as ethical issues in obstetric and newborn care. 
Dr. Qureshi sees patients at Elizabeth Family Medicine, supervises resident clinics (Diabetes, Derm, and Asthma) and procedure clinics (GYN, OB, Lumps & Bumps). Finally, Dr. Qureshi started the OB group visits at Elizabeth Family Medicine which has been very well received by the residents, patients and staff. 

In her spare time, Dr. Qureshi loves to spend time with her 9-year-old daughter. She loves to read and sing and has interests in personal wellness, yoga and meditation.


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Lindsay E. Shade, MHS, PA-C
Clinical Trials and Quality Director 

Lindsay Shade attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Chemistry.  In 2006 she graduated from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program with a Master of Health Sciences degree.  She has practiced in Family Medicine in Charlotte, NC ever since and enjoys cultivating relationships with her patients. 

Her special interests include pediatrics and women’s health as well as preventative health care.  Lindsay is also the Director of Clinical Trials and Quality within Carolinas Medical Center’s Department Family Medicine Research division.  Current projects focus on chronic disease management, improving participants’ outcomes, and using participatory methods including shared decision making.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing tennis, practicing yoga, making jewelry, and most of all watching Carolina basketball.



Benjamin F. Simmons III, MD
Union Track Site Director

Dr. Simmons grew up in Manassas and Hampton, Va.  He received his undergraduate education at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, and attended medical school at Howard University in Washington, DC.  After completing his residency training at Carolinas Medical Center Department of Family Medicine he was the lead physician at Atrium Health Urgent Care in Salisbury, NC.   During his time with the Division of Urgent Care he served as Physician Champion for Patient Experience and Medical Director of the Urgent Care ACP Fellowship.  He currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. His interests include performing and teaching procedures and healthcare and patient advocacy.  Dr. Simmons enjoys going to art museums, salsa dancing, and traveling.


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Holly Stegall, MD
Core Faculty

Dr. Stegall grew up locally in Polkton, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate education at Wingate University and attended medical school at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. After the completion of her residency training at Cabarrus Family Medicine, Dr. Stegall practiced in Anson County for a short while, honing her skills in rural and underserved care. Dr. Stegall joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2016. Her medical interests include performing and teaching procedures, maternity care, women’s health, pediatrics, inpatient medicine, and travel medicine. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her husband and extended family. 



Hazel Tapp, PhD
Family Medicine Research Department Director

Hazel Tapp, PhD, grew up in Wales and attended the University of Birmingham in England where she received her undergraduate and PhD degrees in Chemistry. After meeting her husband she moved to New York City to pursue a fellowship in biomedical research. They moved south, first to Florida then Charlotte.

Dr. Tapp currently serves as Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at Atrium Health, at the Center for Primary Care Research. Her research interests are in implementing improved delivery of care for patients with chronic diseases such as sickle cell disease, diabetes and asthma. As co-director of a practice-based research network (PBRN), the Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research, she works on several projects designed to use community based participatory research (CBPR) and implementation research to study improved outcomes for populations with chronic disease through implementation of evidence-based interventions. As PI on a PCORI patient-centered outcomes project designed to study the dissemination of shared decision making using participatory implementation strategies, Dr. Tapp is currently working with 4 Practice-based research networks and Medicaid across North Carolina to implement shared decision making for asthma patients across 30 practices. As a co-investigator on an AHRQ funded project to improve patient outcomes by improving quality of care for patients with asthma, she oversaw the development and implementation of a shared decision making toolkit across six ambulatory practices within Atrium Health. Also, in partnership with community members, patients, community organizational representatives, providers, and other research team members, Dr. Tapp helped develop and actively serve as a participating member of several community advisory boards (CABs) and patient advisory board (PAB).

In her spare time she enjoys family activities with husband and two sons. Dr. Tapp is also a big fan of marathon running and her running group, University City Road Runners.