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PGY-5

Matthew Braswell, MD 

Matthew Braswell, MD

Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Undergraduate school: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical school: The University of North Carolina
Career interest: Matched into Foot and Ankle fellowship at HSS in New York NY 
Best thing about Charlotte: Being back with my entire extended family
Interests outside of the hospital: Family/friends, fishing, sports/exercise and music.

Samuel Cohen-Tanugi, MD

Samuel Cohen-Tanugi, MD

Hometown: Paris, France
Undergraduate school: Stanford University
Medical school: Columbia University
Career interest: Matched into hand fellowship at U of Utah 
Best thing about Charlotte: Charlotte is clearly a vibrant, growing city with an affordable real estate market, close to arguably the most beautiful part of the Appalachian Trail and home to the U.S. National White Water Center.
Interests outside of the hospital: Backpacking, crafts, mindfulness meditation, swing dancing, reading, and most importantly, friends and family!

Nicholas Johnson, MD

Nicholas Johnson, MD

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Undergraduate school: The University of Oklahoma
Medical school: The University of Oklahoma
Career interest: Matched into adult reconstruction fellowship at OrthoCarolina 
Best thing about Charlotte: It’s the perfect size and location. Great weather!
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my family and friends, hiking, exercising and pick-up basketball.           

Katherine Li, MD

Katherine K. Li, MD
Former CMC Research Fellow

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate school: The University of Texas
Medical school: Baylor College of Medicine
Career interest: Matched into adult reconstruction at Anderson Clinic, Arlington, VA
Best thing about Charlotte: The variety of food and the 5 percent less humidity than Houston during the summer.
Interests outside of the hospital: Running and traveling.

 Elaine Shing, MD

Elaine Shing, MD, PhD

Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Undergraduate school: Wake Forest University
Medical school: Wake Forest University
Career interest: Matched into Sports fellowship at U of Utah 
Best thing about Charlotte: I’ve spent the last 11 years in Winston-Salem, so Charlotte is going to be my first chance to live in a big city with a wealth of opportunities. I love how cosmopolitan, progressive, clean, and safe it is despite being really affordable. There’s always something to, delicious restaurants to try and new gyms to check out. 
Interests outside of the hospital: Crossfit, nutrition, meditation, yoga, traveling, watching really good historical fiction, spending time with my family, friends and new husband!

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PGY-4

Olivia Rice, MD 

Olivia Rice, MD
Former CMC Research Fellow

Hometown: Alexandria, MN 
Undergraduate school: University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Medical school: The University of Iowa
Career interest: Trauma
Best thing about Charlotte: It’s the perfect fusion of natural beauty, historical grandeur and state of the art, city glamour. There’s something here for everyone. 
Interests outside of the hospital: I love listening to self-improvement audiobooks, golfing and exploring North Carolina.

 Alexander Hysong, MD

Alexander Hysong, MD

Hometown: Bethesda, MD 
Undergraduate school: Vanderbilt University
Medical school: Vanderbilt University
Career interest: Hand
Best thing about Charlotte: Great food, beautiful parks and plenty to do when we are not at work.
Interests outside of the hospital: Working out, watching Netflix, trying new restaurants and reading fantasy books.

 Josef Jolissaint, MD

Josef Jolissaint, MD

Hometown: Woodstock, MD
Undergraduate school: Brigham Young University
Medical school: University of Maryland
Career interest: Adult reconstruction
Best thing about Charlotte: Quality of life and affordability, proximity to the mountains and beach and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my wife and kids, playing sports, woodworking and participating in triathlons           

 S. Lou Posey, MD

S. Lou Posey, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate school: United Stated Air Force Academy
Medical school: Vanderbilt University
Career interest:Hand
Best thing about Charlotte: Great food, breweries and a beautiful part of our country.
Interests outside of the hospital: Family, good food, friends and college football.            

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PGY-3

Landon Bulloch, MD 

Landon Bulloch, MD

Hometown: Anderson, SC
Undergraduate school: Clemson University 
Medical school: University of South Carolina
Career interest: Pediatric orthopaedics, pediatric spine, orthopaedic oncology
Best thing about Charlotte: Growing up in a small town, it’s the perfect size upgrade and it has everything you could want.
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my dog, Orange Theory and amateur house flipping.

 Alexander Dombrowski

Alexander Dombrowsky, MD

Undergraduate school: University of Alabama
Medical school: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Career interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: Charlotte has all of the benefits of a large city with great food, awesome local breweries and endless activities while still being an affordable, comfortable place to live.
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my wife and dogs, golf, home improvement projects, cooking and hanging out with friends and family.

 William Haynes

William (Bryce) Haynes, MD

Undergraduate school: The Ohio State University
Medical school: Emory University School of Medicine
Career interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: There are plenty of great restaurants, outdoor activities to do and a large airport that makes getting away for the weekend easy.
Interests outside the hospital: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, hiking and fishing.

 Julia Mastracci

Julia Mastracci, MD

Undergraduate school: University of Virginia
Medical school: University of Virginia
Career interest: Undecided
Interests outside the hospital: Running (slowly), hiking and camping, and exploring Charlotte with my husband and dogs.

 Virgenal Owens

Virgenal Owens, MD

Undergraduate school: Mercer University 
Medical school: Medical College of Georgia
Career interest: Spine, Hand & Upper Extremity, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Best thing about Charlotte: Charlotte has a ton of options for fun activities to do on any given day. Parks, trails, museums and art, restaurants and breweries, sports, you name it, it's probably got it. Huge plus, the cost of living is very reasonable for a resident's salary.
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my wife (who is an EM resident at CMC), playing basketball, exercising, playing video games, eating at as many new restaurants as possible, spoken word poetry and a good nap.

 Michael Schallmo

Michael Schallmo, MD

Undergraduate school: Duke University 
Medical school: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Career interest: Leaning toward spine, sports or oncology.
Best thing about Charlotte: Amenities of a large city, but with a good cost-of-living and relatively close proximity to a number of outdoor activities (e.g., mountains, lakes, ocean, snow sports, etc.).
Interests outside of the hospital: Weight lifting, cycling, rock climbing and snowboarding.

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PGY-2

 Benjamin Averkamp

Benjamin Averkamp, MD

Undergraduate school: Loyola University
Medical school: University of South Carolina - Greenville
Career interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: The warm climate where we can still experience seasons, big city amenities with pro sports and plenty of great food options, and numberous outdoor activies all within a short drive of the city.
Interests outside of the hospital: Outdoor activities, including skiing and basketball.

 Ainsley Bloomer

Ainsley Bloomer, MD

Undergraduate school: Washington and Lee University
Medical school: University of North Carolina
Career interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: Its home! Charlotte has a little bit of everything from professional sports (Go Panthers!) and plenty of restaurants and breweries to easy access to any outdoor activity. It has something for everyone and is only going to continue to get better. To top it all off, the people are pretty awesome here too.
Interests outside of the hospital: Yoga, painting, horseback riding, football, anything outdoors, catching up with friends, and traveling when I get the chance.

 Kirby Bonvillain

Kirby Bonvillain, MD

Undergraduate school: Nicholls State University
Medical school: Louisiana State University
Career interest: Sports or Hand but certainly open to all subspecialties
Best thing about Charlotte: Awesome livability, in particular, affordability, despite being a very populous city.
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my fiancée and our two boys; riding dirt bikes and exploring trails; working out.

 Andrew Rees

Andrew Rees, MD

Undergraduate school: Brigham Young University
Medical school: Vanderbilt University
Career interest: Undecided – considering hand, pediatrics and spine
Best thing about Charlotte: Super comfortable place to live on a resident salary. Big city amenities, small city feel and great system of parks/greenways that make getting outside/exercising very convenient.
Interests outside the hospital: Hiking, rock-climbing, horseback riding, travel.

 Rob Turk

Rob Turk, MD

Undergraduate school: University of Redlands
Medical school: University of California
Career interest: I love all of ortho so I'm keeping a very open mind....but sports and spine are at the top of my list right now.
Best thing about Charlotte: I have yet to have bad food at any place in Charlotte (including the hospital cafeteria)- so the consistently great food and diverse selection is a big win for the city in my mind. Also, I love the city skyline and how there are amazing views of it from multiple different neighborhoods around the hospital.
Interests outside of the hospital: Basketball, reading, working on my golf swing, and finding the best wheat beers & Tripel selection in the city.

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PGY-1 Interns

 

Aseel Dib, MD

Undergraduate school:
Medical school: University of Alabama
Career interest: Sports, peds, hand, who knows keeping an open mind!
Best thing about Charlotte: Outdoor activities, food scene, proximity to mountains and beach, and a big airport to travel around!
Interests outside of the hospital: cooking, traveling, hanging with friends/family. All things active: running, teaching yoga & pilates, outdoor hikes!

 

Katherine Drexelius, MD

Undergraduate school:
Medical school: University of Colorado
Career interest: undecided, but most interested in hand, spine, and trauma.
Best thing about Charlotte: US National Whitewater Center!! So much to do there - stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, running, biking and live music in the summer. A must-visit!
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time outside with my corgi, friends, and fiancé, working out, Gonzaga basketball, jalapeño margaritas, listening to Ted Radio Hour podcasts

 

James Frix, MD

Undergraduate school: 
Medical school:Med College of Georgia
Career interest: Undecided subspecialty, but I would love to be involved in teaching and innovation long-term.
Best thing about Charlotte: It is such a kid and family friendly place. We are less than 15-20 minutes from everything, and the traffic is negligible. It is impossible for a kid to be bored in this city.
Interests outside the hospital: Chasing my kids around.

 

Maria Kammire, MD

Undergraduate school: 
Medical school: UNC SOM
Career interest: Undecided.             
Best thing about Charlotte: This city has everything - plenty of good restaurants, great breweries, and lots of options for outdoor activities. There really is something for everyone here.
Interests outside the hospital: Hiking, running, and spending time with my friends and family.

 

Ryan Serbin, MD

Undergraduate school:
Medical school: ETSU Quillen
Career interest: Can’t say enough great things about Charlotte. Running on the light rail and little sugar creek greenway, live music at the Whitewater Center, fun outdoor breweries, and the proximity to the beach and mountains.
Best thing about Charlotte: I have yet to have bad food at any place in Charlotte (including the hospital cafeteria)- so the consistently great food and diverse selection is a big win for the city in my mind. Also, I love the city skyline and how there are amazing views of it from multiple different neighborhoods around the hospital.
Interests outside of the hospital: Triathlons, backpacking, cycling, and hanging with my fiancé, dog, and friends/family.

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Research

Nainisha Chintalapudi, MD

Undergraduate school: University of North Carolina
Medical school: New York Medical College
Career interest: Trauma or Pediatrics
Best thing about Charlotte: There is a great mix of stuff to do both within Charlotte and in the surrounding area from bars and restaurants to hikes and other outdoor activities. After living in NYC, the cost of living here was also a huge plus.
Interests outside the hospital: Amateur mixologist, plant mom, art (looking at other people’s and making my own), hiking, running on the greenway, journalism/news podcasts.

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