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Preliminary PGY-1

  Andrew Maduneme, MD
Specialty: Interventional Radiology
Hometown: Austin, TX
College: Texas Tech University
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Hobbies: Basketball, football, hanging with family, movies, music
Why you came to CMC: The surgery program is fully loaded with excellent residents and faculty. The faculty treats residents like colleagues and teach in a very constructive manner. The culture here is great and very, very supportive going against conventional fears associated with surgery residencies. The services are robust and roles among them are clearly defined so learning at this hospital goes far beyond surgery and medicine. Also, the caseload is high volume, so if you want to get your hands dirty as early as day one, this is the place to be!

Categorical Intern Class of 2024

  Michael Avery, DO
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
College: East Carolina University
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies: Watching and playing basketball, hanging out with my dog Pongo, reading, doing the daily jumble
Why you came to CMC: I spent a lot of time at this hospital during undergrad and medical school and I got to witness firsthand the amazing residents they produce. I always wanted to be one of them. Plus, it's my hometown.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Undecided
  Jessica Bilz, MD
Hometown: Snellville, GA
College: University of Georgia
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Hobbies: Hiking, Tennis, Group fitness classes at the Dowd, trying the newest restaurants, traveling
Why you came to CMC: The resident culture here is incredible, the attendings are dedicated to the residents, and the surgical volume and operative experience is tremendous.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Minimally Invasive, Rural General Surgery
  Joshua Davis, MD
Hometown: Norman, OK
College: The University of Oklahoma
Medical School: The University of Oklahoma
Hobbies: Eating tacos, petting my dog, running, racquetball, hiking, camping, skiing and reading
Why you came to CMC: Strong surgery residency with amazing operative exposure. As a fourth year rotating medical student, I was impressed by the culture at CMC. Faculty are dedicated to teaching, support early operative experience and appropriate clinical autonomy. Cohesive group of residents who are easy to get along with, are good teachers and help you succeed. Also, Charlotte is an amazing city with no shortage of things to offer.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Undecided
  Michael Katzen, MD
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
College: University of South Florida
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Hobbies: Gym, Guitar, Eating everything in sight
Why you came to CMC: I did a rotation here as a fourth year medical student and fell in love with this program. The operative volume and breadth of pathology are on par with top academic institutions, yet the culture feels more like a community hospital. The residents, faculty, and staff get to know each other to create a truly enjoyable work environment. In addition, Charlotte is a fantastic up-and-coming city that is really easy to live in and has a ton of things to do.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Undecided           
  Matthew Marturano, MD
Hometown: Palatine, IL
College: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Tulane University
Hobbies: Playing and watching soccer, Baseball, Eating and thus cooking, playing with my golden retriever Cliff, Traveling
Why you came to CMC: This place has the most impressive group of residents who provide amazing mentorship. Impressive work-life balance while still developing unmatched surgical skills. This is truly a place that will allow me to become whatever type of surgeon I would like to be in the future.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Undecided
  Kaylee Smith, MD
Hometown: Bow, NH
College: University of New Hampshire
Medical School: University of South Florida
Hobbies: Running, hiking, the beach, wine, Patriots football
Why you came to CMC: Great operative experience from intern to chief year with graduates equally pursuing strong fellowships or going straight into practice, the camaraderie and respect within the residency, and amazing work life balance in an awesome city.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Colon and rectal surgery, plastic surgery

PGY-2 Class of 2023 

Dr. Anderson  Meshka Kamal Anderson, MD
Hometown: Coral Springs, FL (born in Montego-Bay, Jamaica)
College: University of South Florida
Medical School: University of Florida
Why you came to CMC: Clinical diversity, reputation of outstanding training, environment focused on education, research opportunities and the overall sense of community
Surgical Fields of Interest: Robotic/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Endoscopy, Endocrine and Metabolic Surgery          
 Dr. Ayuso Sullivan “Sully” Ayuso, MD
Hometown: Austin, TX
College: Emory University
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Hobbies: Distance running, playing basketball, skeet shooting, imitation, cooking mean steaks, road trips and looking at maps
Why you came to CMC: I chose CMC because it provides the unique opportunity to care for a variety of patient populations under one roof. Additionally, the residency program is committed to producing clinically excellent surgeons and has faculty who are willing to provide mentorship in whatever area of surgery I ended up pursuing.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Army - General Surgery, eventually Thoracic or Minimally Invasive
 Dr. Burton Shakira W. Burton, MD
Hometown: Bronx, NY
College: Spelman College
Medical School: Drexel University School of Medicine
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, group fitness classes, watching movies, attending plays and concerts
Why you came to CMC: I was very impressed with the vast surgical experience CMC had to offer. It was important for me to be a part of a program where residents had a decent work life balance and enjoyed each other’s company both in and outside of work. I also wanted to live in a city that had decent weather and made living easy. The surgery program at CMC provides great opportunities for professional growth through wonderful leadership and mentorship.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Trauma, Surgical Critical Care
 Dr. Jeck Lauren Alexis Jeck
Hometown: Jupiter, FL
College: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida State University
Hobbies: Running, making delicious home cooked food, driving my Jeep, weightlifting, trying new breweries, going to baseball games, and spending time with my adorable nieces
Why you came to CMC: Everyone at CMC seems to genuinely enjoy going to work each day and I want to learn from people who love their job! CMC has amazing attendings and everything a training surgeon needs to reach their absolute full potential. It’s an added bonus that Charlotte is one of the greatest places to live!!
Surgical Fields of Interest: Bariatrics, Minimally Invasive
 Dr. Robinson Jordan Robinson
Hometown: Naperville, IL
College: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Graduate School: Master’s in Public Health, Northwestern University
Hobbies: Reading, Sports, Movies, Philosophy
Why you came to CMC: I felt that CMC would be the best place for me to grow as both a person and a physician. I also had some inside information from a friend already training here who loved it. There seemed to be a rare balance of surgical rigor and personal warmth that made CMC the right fit.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Plastic Surgery, Surg Onc
Dr. Rossi Isolina Ruth Rossi
Hometown: Tremont, IL
College: Southern Methodist University
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Hobbies: Horseback riding, running, basketball
Why you came to CMC: I was looking for a general surgery training program that would prepare me to come out of training ready to either go straight into practice or focus on a fellowship of choice. CMC is nationally renowned for preparing its surgical residents in all of the sub-specialties. I'm incredibly grateful to join a compassionate group of residents at the hub of some of the most advanced surgical care in this part of the country. Moving to a land of warmer winters and great barbeque was just a perk!
Surgical Fields of Interest: Rural general surgery                           

PGY-3 Class of 2022 

Maloney, Sean LC.jpg Sean Maloney, MD
Hometown: Quincy, MA
College: Lehigh University
Medical School: University of Massachusetts
Research fellowship: Division of GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery (2018-2019)
Hobbies: Golf, Cooking and Video Games
Why you came to CMC: I came to CMC for the people, the location and the benefits of the job.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Pediatric Surgery
  Leslie Okorji, MD
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
College: University of Texas at Dallas
Medical School: Northwestern University
Hobbies/Activities: Watching lots of sports, playing soccer, exercising, leisurely reading, exploring and trying new things
Why I chose CMC: CMC gave me the perfect combination of a top-notch program which is flexible in terms of research and extracurricular requirements, has a very collaborative atmosphere and is in a vibrant city. The best parts of this program are the volume and complexity of cases, superb resident autonomy, the opportunities to do any type of extracurricular activity you desire (research, global health, et cetera), and the camaraderie both within residents and between residents and attendings. Oh, and we have awesome benefits; as my co-residents will tell you I have been well fed and taken care of. The city of Charlotte completes the package. It has so much to offer, whether it be outdoor activities, nightlife, restaurants, breweries, arts and so on. And it is a very livable and affordable city.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Colorectal surgery, Global surgery
Pickens, Ryan LC.jpg  Ryan Pickens, MD
Hometown: Asheville, NC
College: Lee University
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research fellowship: Division of Hepato-pancreato-biliary Surgery (2018-2019)
Hobbies: Camping, backpacking, soccer, playing with my two boys, grilling amazing food
Why you came to CMC: Strong history of residents being accepted to pediatric surgery fellowships from a hybrid program, with an incredible pediatric surgery faculty and case volume without fellows. High volume research opportunities in the surgery department. Finally, the collegial environment amongst faculty and residents is unmatched.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Pediatric Surgery
  Andrew "Brett" Sorah, MD
Hometown: Bristol, TN
College: East Tennessee State University
Medical School: East Tennessee State University
US Navy: 2012-2017
Internship: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Flight Surgeon (2014-2017) Naval Aerospace Medical Institute
Hobbies: Hiking, Skiing, Shooting, anything involving the outdoors.
Why you came to CMC: Early operative experience with great surgical volume and variety, acuity of patients, busy trauma service, and excellent camaraderie. The location doesn’t hurt either.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Trauma, Surgical Critical Care
  Robert “Grant” Willis, MD
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
College: Samford University
Graduate: Master of Science in Medical Sciences from Mississippi College
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Hobbies: Spending time with family, fly fishing, and becoming a better surgeon
Why you came to CMC: Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is dedicated to excellence in patient care for all patients throughout the Carolinas, and the operative breadth and volume has created a strong department of Surgery with world leading Surgeons in their respective fields. This environment is full of hard working and energetic Surgeons to learn from and to train alongside. The volume demands a certain level of autonomy with appropriate supervision across all levels of resident training. There is a congenial disposition amongst the house staff residents that fosters resident resilience, and it has been apparent from the interview process through July 1st of my PGY1 year to the present. I choose CMC for the ideal training environment and unique resources CMC has to offer to residents and surgeon’s in training.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Cardiovascular Surgery

PGY-4 Class of 2021 

  Michael Arnold, MD
Hometown: Rockledge, FL
College: Emory
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Physician Assistant Degree: Barry University
Hobbies: Surfing, Brewing, Hanging out with my wife and two kids
Why you came to CMC: The overall feel of this residency program. Everyone here has the goal of becoming excellent surgeons regardless of the specialties they have chosen. Additionally, everyone is hard working, but willing to help each other out to make sure everything is completed.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Pediatric Surgery   
Genz, Mike LC.jpg Michael Genz, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: Miami University of Ohio
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Hobbies: Table Tennis, Cooking, Craft Brewing, Exercising, Mountain Biking and Cycling
Why you came to CMC: The surgical environment along with the daily interactions and teamwork within the residency.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery/Endocrine Surgery
  Angela Kao, MD
Hometown: Bloomington, IL
College: Georgetown University
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Hobbies: Eating, Traveling and Running
Why you came to CMC: I was looking for a surgical residency able to provide a truly balanced training experience, where after 5 years I could feel confident going immediately out into private practice or pursuing a competitive surgical fellowship. CMC definitely surpassed my expectations with the amount of early operative exposure, complexity of cases, faculty dedicated to mentorship and academic opportunities. I also was looking for an environment that would support my growth as a surgeon and was drawn to how genuinely happy the residents were with the program. The department culture and camaraderie between residents is unparalleled and made me feel really supported from day 1 of intern year. Charlotte is also just a wonderful place to spend the last 5 years.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Pediatric Surgery
  William "Buck" Lyman, MD
Hometown: Signal Mountain, TN
College: University of Tennessee
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis)
Hobbies: Golf, hunting, fishing, grilling/smoking (Memphis dry rub fan), following college football (Tennessee Volunteers), proud dog father of a bluetick coonhound.
Why I chose CMC: I did an away rotation here as a 4th year medical student and was extremely impressed with CMC over the course of the month. I noticed the way the way that the residents worked together to get the work done (chiefs helping interns with notes, etc.). I was also impressed with the wide variety of backgrounds of all of the attendings which led to an extreme amount of variety in the way procedures were done. I felt that the numerous strong service lines and the opportunity to learn from faculty who had trained all over the country would be a huge benefit to my future career. Also, it didn't hurt that Charlotte is a great place to live, and my wife loved the city when we visited.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Colorectal Surgery         
 Mallah, Mike LC.jpg Mike M. Mallah, MD
Hometown: Kuwait City, Kuwait
College: University of North Carolina
Med School: University of North Carolina
Hobbies: Running, skydiving, scuba diving, global travel, spoken word poetry, salsa dancing
Why I choose CMC: There are the obvious incredible perks of the program such as yearly national conference travel, educational text and software funding, and additional numerous minor benefits which support me while I focus on patient care. Not to mention how happening Charlotte is as a city—nightlife, restaurants, rooftop bars, art exhibitions—while not being overwhelming the way a bigger city would be. There are no crazy traffic jams, subway delays, or crazy high rents/mortgages. But the true reason I ranked CMC #1 was because, as a medical student, Dr. Green and Dr. Sachdev went out of their way to support and mentor me during a very difficult life decision. Looking forward to 5 years of the most extensive and exhaustive training, I knew those are the kind of people I wanted in my corner and I found them here at CMC.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, Global Surgery, Surgical Education
Warren, Everett LC.jpg Y. Everett Warren, MD
Hometown: Robersonville, NC
College: North Carolina State University
Graduate School: Master’s in teaching at American University (Teach for America in 2010)
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hobbies: Being outdoors, kayaking, road trips, cooking, kickball, Harry Potter, Knitting
Why you came to CMC: Close-knit group of residents, feels like a family. Early and ample operative experience. Supportive faculty and safe learning environment. Research opportunities. Free perks from the hospital also make it a great place to work.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Surgical Critical Care, Trauma           
 Yelverton, Sam LC.jpg Samuel Yelverton, MD
Hometown: Jackson, MS
College: Mississippi College
Medical School: University of Mississippi
Hobbies: Hanging out with my wife and dogs, fly fishing, fly tying, hunting and video games
Why you came to CMC: I chose CMC because I want to do general surgery and wanted a residency that could equip me with a high case volume along with variety so I could go into community surgery straight out of residency. The fellowship among residents and attendings was huge for me as well. I wanted the people I worked with to be people I would be friends with and not just coworkers.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery


PGY-5 Class of 2020 

Baker_Brett_LC.jpg Brett Baker, MD
Hometown: Morganton, NC
College: Wake Forest University
Medical School: Wake Forest University
Hobbies: Fly Fishing, hanging out with family, sewing up facial lacerations, grilling, outdoor activities and racquetball.
Why you came to CMC: CMC provided an opportunity for a wide exposure to all surgical fields that I was interested in. The volume of the cases is substantial which made me feel that I would leave this residency as a strong surgeon. I also enjoy the camaraderie and the friendships I have built with my fellow residents. Everyone is here to help each other, which creates a fantastic working environment.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Plastic Surgery          
Calarese, Adam LC.jpg  Adam W. Calarese, MD
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
College: Boston College
Medical School: Drexel University
Hobbies: Professional Guitarist, Recording Artist, spending time with family, friends and loved ones. I also enjoy seeing shows, dive bars, music and anything outdoors.
Why you came to CMC: I decided to come to CMC to enjoy the wide breadth of surgical experience offered here, the enormous case volume and the weather in Charlotte, all unmatched.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Vascular and Cardiac Surgery
Fellowship: Carolinas Medical Center, Vascular Surgery
Fruscione_Mike_LC.jpg Mike Fruscione, MBA, MD
Hometown: New York, NY
College: Columbia University
Medical School: St. George’s University
Prior Career: Mergers and Acquisitions Investment Banking in NYC
Hobbies: Marathon Running, Rebuilding Classic Cars, Cooking, Spending time with wife and daughter along with our two pugs
Why you came to CMC: Mentorship from senior residents, fellows and attendings has made a difference in my education, developing operative skills and planning a career after residency. As a PGY II, I had the opportunity to become involved in many research projects and have been supported in my academic interests through conferences and academic summits. As the major hospital in and beyond the city of Charlotte, we have the opportunity to see routine, complicated and rare diseases and use cutting edge technology for surgical intervention. My fellow residents are not only my colleagues, but also my friends. There is a unique camaraderie among the surgical residents that extends beyond the hospital. My wife and daughter enjoy Charlotte very much; on my days off we use every opportunity to enjoy Charlotte and nearby attractions.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Transplant Surgery
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery
 Motz_Benjamin_LC (1).jpg Benjamin Motz, MD
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
College: Auburn University
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, all sorts of outdoor activities while spending time with my wife and dogs and trying out local breweries.
Why you came to CMC: I really like the camaraderie of the residents across all levels of training. I feel this fosters better communication between residents of different levels and allows lower-level residents to gain hard-learned knowledge from their superiors rather than having to make common mistakes themselves. We also have excellent working relationships with our attendings, oftentimes working 1-on-1 with them, which is great for gaining clinical expertise in the broad variety of subspecialties practiced here.
Research: Division of Surgical Oncology, focusing on clinical outcomes research.
Surgical Fields of Interest: HPB
Fellowship: Carolinas Medical Center, HPB Surgery
Sherrill_William_LC.jpg William Sherrill III, MD
Hometown: Davidson, NC
College: Clemson University
Medical School: West Virginia University
Hobbies: Clemson Football, Running, Cycling, Fishing, Cooking, Golf, Tennis and visiting the new breweries that continue to open in Charlotte.
Why you came to CMC: From the moment I interviewed at this program, I could tell something was different. My fellow residents are the greatest components of this program. Everyone treats each other with respect and are always there to help no matter if the issues are work related or personal. I enjoy coming to work and interacting with my surgical family every day. Additionally, my goal from residency was to graduate as a competent surgeon with the surgical ability to move directly into my career if that is what I decided to do. Residents here operate early and frequently, and gain autonomy quickly, which is exactly what I was looking for in a program.
Surgical Fields of Interest: Robotics, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Fellowship: Washington University/Barnes-Jewish, Advanced GI/MIS Surgery


  Maria Baimas-George, MD
Hometown: Hingham, MA
College: Colgate University
Medical School: Tulane University
Hobbies: Painting, running, biking, medical illustrations
Why you came to CMC: The tight knit group of residents who are always supportive, the operative case volume and early autonomy. I also enjoy working with exceptionally skilled attendings and the exposure to a wide variety of cases
Surgical Fields of Interest: Pediatric, HPB, Colorectal
  Sharbel Elhage, MD
Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
College: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Hobbies: Running, Cycling, Climbing, Backpacking, Fishing and any other outdoor activities
Why you came to CMC: The camaraderie between the residents and the great clinical exposure. There is also a premium placed on getting to the operating room and there are always available cases.
Research: Carolinas Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgery Program, focus on abdominal wall reconstruction, minimally invasive surgery, and resident education
Surgical Fields of Interest: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vascular Surgery
Michael Watson, MD
Hometown: Magnolia, DE
College: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: University of Virginia
Hobbies: When I’m not at the hospital I like to unwind by going on hikes, running, or playing soccer. I love to make it to yoga during the week with other residents (and attendings too). I try to travel on weekends to see friends and family.
Why you came to CMC: I love the family atmosphere and the camaraderie between all the residents. We’re truly a family here. I also love the autonomy and responsibility that I have at CMC. Residents really take ownership of our patients in many aspects of their care from preop to the operating room and through discharge. We also have so many opportunities to operate with experts in surgery and be a co-surgeon rather than simply an observer. I know that I’ll be an amazing surgeon when I graduate.
Research: HPB Surgery Division, focusing on resident education, surgical robotics, and predictive analytics
Surgical Fields of Interest: Colorectal Surgery, Surgical Oncology