Tell us about which medical school you attended and why it made the top of your list.
I wanted to stay in North Carolina and focus on Primary Care Medicine. I attended East Carolina University School of Medicine (now Brody School of Medicine).
Where did you complete your residency? How/Why did you end up choosing that location?
I started my residency in Charlotte, focused on Family Medicine for 2 years, and switched to complete my 3-year residency in Emergency Medicine at East Carolina University Emergency Medicine. It was a program I was familiar with and offered the opportunity to stay in North Carolina. With family being close, I was looking for a program that kept me in-state.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
My father was a doctor and practiced Family Medicine and then switched to Emergency Medicine. I always admired what he did, and I really enjoyed biology, so becoming a physician seemed a good fit.
What led you to practice with MEMA?
I wanted to stay in North Carolina, near (or on!) a lake, and I enjoyed the Charlotte area during my Family Medicine residency. MEMA has a very strong reputation in the Charlotte area and works with hospitals near Lake Norman. The group of hospitals and the stability of the group made it an easy decision.
Please share with us your journey of becoming a Medical Director.
I knew I wanted to be a doctor and the journey was straight-forward, going right through education and training to get here. I took a slight detoured because I thought I might enjoy Family Medicine more, but quickly realized I needed the faster pace and acuity of the Emergency Department.
Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you during your MEMA tenure?
I took care of a gentleman who turned out to have some lab abnormalities that I recommended him to follow up with a GI doctor. He did and was found to have a rare but treatable liver disease. He has since followed up with me (sought me out) and thanked me for making the diagnosis and saving his life. While I truly did not do either, it reminded me of the impact we can have on our patients.
As a Medical Director and Vice Chief of Staff, tell us more about what that role entails.
As the Medical Director at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center (NHMC), I am responsible for keeping the team up to date on ED protocols and procedures as well as reviewing and dealing with the patient experience, both the good and the bad. Also, there are many hospital committees with other Huntersville leaders I am involved with.
As Vice Chief of Staff, I serve as part of the NHMC Southern Piedmont Region (SPR) Board, help the Chief of Staff out when needed, I serve on the Novant Greater Charlotte Market Credentials Committee as well as their Executive Committee.
Have you received any awards or been recognized by your peers? If so, tell us about it!
I have been named one of Charlotte Magazine’s Top Docs in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
What was your dream job when you were a child?
Professional Athlete: I particularly liked baseball and basketball!
If you could share any advice for other physicians who are interested in becoming a Medical Director, what would that be?
Pay attention to the leaders in that position, what they are doing, and how they handle and present themselves. Take notice of what you think they do and don’t handle well and learn from that so you can do a better job. Get involved. Just because you aren’t in the position, doesn’t mean you can’t be involved and by letting someone know that it is a future desire of yours helps leaders to support your efforts.
What about Charlotte excites you?
I love the lake life and having access to a bigger city nearby. Charlotte’s climate can’t be beat, and I am able to be close to my family.
Do you have any hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?
I love to play golf and bowl, both of which I do on a weekly basis. I am a sports fanatic, love to take my boat out on the lake, and enjoy as much time with my family as I can get being that I am now an empty nester.