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Tyler Atkins, MD
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Tyler Atkins, MD  PGY7

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Medical School: Indiana University

Undergraduate Education: Indiana University, BA Biology, Chemistry

Academic Honors: Admitted to Phi Beta Kappa Society as an undergraduate, elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as a Junior medical student. Awarded Julius M. Goodman Scholarship in Neurosurgery as a senior medical student.

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? The large number of faculty who now dedicate themselves to the education of residents trained at many of the most respected residency programs in the country. The high volume and range of cases that are performed offer an amazing clinical learning environment. With many of the faculty also participating and actively leading ambitious clinical research projects, there is great opportunity for clinical research. Finally, the city of Charlotte, itself, as a medium-large metropolitan area offers a great place to live with much to do in town and is just a few hours from both ocean and mountains.

What have you enjoyed most so far? The early clinical experience has been invaluable and the faculty have all proven to be very excited about having residents and teaching. Carolinas Medical Center is a wonderful place to work as a resident with immense resources, a high level of resident support, and very helpful and skilled hospital staff from nurses to surgical techs. The numerous midlevel providers have also proved a highly valuable resource to my education and adjustment to the hospital.

What are your personal hobbies? I enjoy spending time with my wife exploring the city's restaurants and parks, as well as rock climbing at a local indoor climbing gym, hiking and mountain biking.

Jonathan Parish, MD
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Jonathan Parish, MD  PGY6

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Medical School: Indiana University

Undergraduate Education: Indiana University, BS Biology; Minors in Business Management, Spanish and Chemistry

Academic Honors: Elected to Gold Humanism Honor Society, elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, awarded Julius M. Goodman Scholarship in Neurosurgery as a senior medical student.

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? The operative experience first and foremost attracted me to this residency program. There are very few residency programs that offer the volume and complexity of cases that Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) provides. The amount of responsibility and autonomy given to me as an intern has helped me strengthen my clinical decision making as well as develop my technical surgical skills. The surgeons at CMC have trained all over the country and are highly involved in regional and national organized neurosurgery societies. When searching for residency programs, I knew I wanted a program with high-level training as well as a program that would be conducive to having a life and hobbies outside the hospital. The faculty at CMC are family oriented and encourage a positive work-life balance.

What have you enjoyed most so far? I have really enjoyed the work environment at CMC. The faculty and staff promote a collaborative team environment but encourage residents to have primary direction of patient care.  Furthermore, the faculty, staff and residents have a great relationship and residents are treated extremely well by the hospital staff and administration. The city of Charlotte is incredibly friendly and welcoming which has made it very easy to make friends. There is an endless amount of entertainment and activity to take advantage of from mountain biking and great hiking trails to walking food tours and free concerts. There is always something new and fun to do in the city. We have really enjoyed trying all of the great local restaurants and breweries. There are also a lot of great cities within a short drive of Charlotte. We have already made weekend trips to Charleston, Asheville and Savannah.

What are your personal hobbies? My wife and I try to stay as active as possible. We enjoy road cycling on the weekends, running, walking our dog Henry, snow skiing in Park City and traveling when possible. We also have enjoyed checking out the U.S. National Whitewater Center, located 20 minutes from uptown Charlotte, which has kayaking, zip lining, ropes courses and whitewater rafting. We bought a house in Charlotte and enjoy hosting cookouts with our friends and residents from other programs. Being from Indiana, I am a die-hard IU basketball and Colts fan.

My wife and I welcomed our daughter, Chloe, in 2018.

Vincent Rossi, MD
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Vincent Rossi, MD  PGY5

Hometown: Tremont, IL

Medical School: Rush University

Undergraduate Education: Southern Methodist University, BA Biology, BS Economics

Academic Honors:  Phi Betta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism National Honor Society

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? I was fortunate enough to have done a month long sub-internship at Carolinas Medical Center prior to applying. This allowed me to experience first-hand how special the training environment is within the program.  I was captivated by the infinite learning opportunities available to me. This training program is unique in that it entails one of the largest, most respected private practice neurosurgery groups in the country operating in a level 1 trauma center with a large multi-state catchment area. This provides a training opportunity that will allow for the development of technical excellence in all aspects of neurosurgery while giving the trainee exposure to a diverse set of pathology. The large attending-to-resident ratio allows for an unparalleled early operative experience while simultaneously requiring early ownership in managing neurosurgical patients.

What have you enjoyed most so far? Outside of the tremendous clinical and training experiences, I have most enjoyed getting to know the residents and faculty. The neurosurgical faculty at Carolinas Medical Center are deeply invested in the success of this program and are sincerely interested in the well-being of their residents.  In addition, every employee of Carolinas Medical Center is extremely welcoming and helpful. This creates an enjoyable work environment that makes it a pleasure to help take care of patients and their families every day.

What are your personal hobbies? I spend my free time playing pick-up basketball, biking, and running to explore the many miles of trails that Charlotte has to offer.  I also enjoy trying out the newest restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops in Charlotte. In addition to all of the exciting aspects within the Charlotte city-limits, I have started traveling to destinations within driving distance of Charlotte such as Asheville, Charleston and the Outer Banks.

David Peters, MD
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

David Peters, MD  PGY4

Hometown: Waterloo, IA

Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Undergraduate Education: Indiana Wesleyan University, BS Biology; Minor in Business Administration

Academic Honors: Elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, President of Alpha Omega Alpha University of Iowa Class of 2017, Jensen-Albrecht Scholarship for Excellence in Neuroscience as a medical student, NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? After completing my interviews, I was convinced that the operative experience at CMC was among the very best in the country. The ratio of attendings to residents is higher than any other program in the country, and the entire spectrum of neurosurgical treatment is covered. There are always cases available that have the appropriate level of complexity suitable for your current experience, interests, and growth. In addition, the opportunities for clinical research are immense. I believe that the wealth of opportunity at CMC creates a very high ceiling for resident growth and allows them to quickly improve and advance. Furthermore, I strongly felt like it was a group of faculty and residents that would be easy to get along with and fun to work with.

What have you enjoyed most so far? I have really enjoyed the culture of the program. Our attendings have a tremendous amount of experience and accomplishments, yet remain down to earth, approachable, fun to work with, and committed to the success of the residency program. Likewise, my co-residents are a small but fantastic group that have taught me a lot and been very fun to be around. I have also learned a lot from the mid-level providers, who have been very friendly, helpful, and great to work with. I could not be any happier with the training program at CMC.

What are your personal hobbies? I am a huge fan of both the NBA and college basketball, and I enjoy playing basketball as well. I love anything outdoors including camping, skiing, hiking, biking, and wakeboarding. I also enjoy playing the piano.

Graham Mulvaney, MD
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Graham Mulvaney, MD  PGY3

Hometown: Durham, NC

Medical School: The University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Undergraduate Education: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS Biomedical Engineering; Minor in Chemistry

Academic Honors: Founder and President of UNC AANS Medical Student Chapter, John B. Graham Medial Research Society

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? During my sub-internship at CMC, I was impressed by the pathological variety and operative volume managed by one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in the country and a wide catchment area. I was attracted by the importance placed on early operative experience and clinical autonomy, and the patient-centered, collaborative culture connected with my core values. There was an infectious energy and commitment to excellence in all aspects that resonated with me and was exemplified by the impressive clinical and surgical acumen of the current residents. Finally, the flexibility available during the residency, and the genuine encouragement to actively pursue my career goals made this program stand out among the others.

What have you enjoyed most so far? The clinical and operative opportunity at Carolinas Medical Center has been nothing short of amazing. Taking leadership in patient care is a major focus, and autonomy and decision-making are emphasized at an early stage. The diverse and respected training backgrounds of our attendings, the high attending/resident ratio, and the belief and commitment put into this program have created a truly special and unique residency. The mid-level providers have also been a tremendous support and bring a wealth of experience in the clinical care of neurosurgical patients. Finally, the culture of the program has been great, and I have greatly enjoyed working with and learning from everyone.

What are your personal hobbies? I enjoy spending my free time watching college basketball and the English Premier League and enjoy playing soccer as well. I am an avid fan of music and enjoy playing saxophone for all types of musical genres including rock, pop, reggae, and jazz. Since moving to Charlotte, I have greatly enjoyed exploring the music and sports scene, in addition to the variety of wonderful restaurants and breweries.

Steve Monk, MD
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Steve Monk, MD  PGY2

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt University; BA in Economics and Molecular & Cellular Biology, Minor in Chemistry

Academic Honors: SEC Academic Honor Roll, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship, Delta Tau Delta Fischbach Medical Scholarship

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? The training environment at CMC is simply unparalleled. Residents experience the full spectrum of neurosurgical cases and receive an unusual amount of autonomy both in the operating room and in general patient care from the start of intern year. The program seamlessly combines the advantages of a Level I trauma center with a private practice neurosurgery group to equip residents with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be leaders in the field. The high attending-to-resident ratio provides immense case volume, allows for direct mentorship and fosters a collegial culture in which residents are truly viewed as colleagues.

What have you enjoyed most so far? Being fully immersed in all aspects of neurosurgical care including clinic, floor procedures, operations and endovascular procedures.

What are your personal hobbies? College football (Anchor Down and Geaux Tigers), golf, disc golf, outdoors and reading.

Rebecca DeCarlo

Rebecca DeCarlo, MD
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Rebecca DeCarlo, MD  PGY1

Hometown: Gainesville, GA

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Undergraduate Education: University of North Georgia, BS Biology, Psychology

Academic Honors: Dean’s Clinical Honor Society, honored at the White House for her work developing protocols for COVID-19 contact tracing with the Georgia Department of Public Health

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? What attracted me to the residency program at Carolinas Medical Center was a combination of early hands on operative experience and enjoying the people that I would be working with for 7 years. The residents work well together as a team and the attendings lead from the front when it comes to patient care. We have frequent discussions about how to ethically care for our patients and also how to best work together with a multidisciplinary team.

What have you enjoyed most so far? So far, I have most enjoyed the operative experience that I feel is so unique at our program. As a new intern I already have had the opportunity to solo scrub cases with attendings and begin to develop my operative skills. Our attendings are attentive teachers in the OR and take the time to explain decision making while also ensuring familiarity with the anatomy. I additionally love the intensive care opportunities afforded by our program. I enjoy early involvement in the management of very sick patients and am gaining the confidence and skills to manage these critical individuals with neurosurgical bedside procedures.

What are your personal hobbies? I enjoy outdoor activities like paddle boarding, hiking, and biking. There are several beautiful lakes a short drive from Charlotte and I can’t wait to try white water paddle boarding at the White-Water Center. There are many hiking trails near Charlotte as well and one of my favorites so far has been Crowders Mountain State Park. Charlotte additionally maintains many greenways for cycling that traverse more rural wooded areas and also uptown shops, restaurants and breweries. I take every opportunity I can to ride a new trail and stop to try the special at one of the many breweries.