Tell us about why you choose the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina and why it made the top of your list:
I attended Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina for medical school. While I had been accepted into a D.O. program in Virginia, after evaluating the two programs, locations, and cost – East Carolina was the better option for me. Also, my beautiful wife, Lorie and I both wanted to stay in North Carolina. ECU offered a top-notch education where I made strong professional connections and life-long friends.
Where did you complete your residency?
For my residency program, I attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Both my wife and I grew up in North Carolina and our families are here. When I applied for residency programs, we had a six-month-old baby boy and knew we would need help from the grandparents from time to time. Norfolk was relatively close, a cool little city on the water, and a short drive to the beach.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
Initially, I chose medicine because I thought it fit my skill set as I was always good in the science courses and anatomy at UNC Chapel Hill was probably my favorite undergraduate class. For a short time, I thought I might go into veterinary medicine. After an internship, however, I learned that I am wildly allergic to animals, so it seemed humans would be a better fit. Being challenged motivates me, and there is no shortage of challenges in the medical field. Medicine is ever-changing and I learn something new every day.
What about becoming a physician was attractive?
At UNC, I was on the wrestling team and by nature am a competitive person. Medicine is a uniquely competitive field that requires resolve and commitment from beginning to end. I was excited about the challenge of medicine initially, but quickly realized I loved being able to help others. To have an impact with patients and their families when they need it most has been extremely rewarding.
How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?
Emergency medicine physicians are like the MacGyver’s of the medical field. At the heart of it, we are problem solvers who take on anything and everything. I enjoy the day-to-day challenge and the unpredictable nature of the emergency department.
What do you enjoy most about your day to day practice?
Time moves quickly in the emergency department and every day is different. The fast pace environment works for me and almost every day there is a case, outcome, or interaction I find rewarding. I also enjoy the camaraderie I share with patients, nursing staff, and other healthcare professionals.
What led you to practice with MEMA
MEMA is what an emergency medicine group should be. We are a group of like-minded physicians who have come together to provide the highest quality emergency care possible. We are physician-owned and operated, therefore, we can adjust quickly to provide the best care to our patients. As colleagues and friends, we look out for each other’s interests. We cover shifts for one another when family members are sick or speed bumps in life happen and we have fun working together.
Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you?
A few years ago, I took care of a gentleman in his late 30’s who was presented to the emergency department to be in cardiac arrest. He was a local farmer and was in his fields working when his symptoms began to occur. By the time he got to us, there was no heartbeat. With the help of EMS and the nursing staff in the ED, we were able to regain a heartbeat. He had a pacemaker placed in the hospital and is now back farming. I ran into him at a hospital banquet about a 1 year later and while he did not remember me from the emergency department, I will never forget him.
Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations?
I am a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
Have you received any awards or been recognized from your peers?
I was recognized at the annual Hearts and Heroes banquet in Cabarrus County for the case I mentioned about the young farmer who went into cardiac arrest. The majority of the cardiac arrest survivors do not remember what happened to them and the Hearts and Heroes banquet gives them a chance to meet the providers that cared for them.
What was your dream job when you were a child?
I went through many phases as a kid deciding on what I wanted to be when I grew up. In middle school, I was determined to be a professional skateboarder and later on, I remember wanting to be a high school wrestling coach.
What about Charlotte excites you?
Charlotte’s continued growth and diversity is exciting. I grew up in a rural area, so I love living here, where on any given night I can eat at a new restaurant or go hear great live music. I enjoy sports too, so we catch the Knights and Panthers games as often as possible.
Do you have any hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?
I am very active and enjoy pretty much any activity outside. Particularly, I enjoy fishing, mountain biking and running. I’ve been doing the Blue Ridge Relay with teams for several years now and have a few marathons under my belt. Also, I enjoy my family, so simply spending time with my wife Lorie and two sons Anderson and Bennett is my favorite hobby.
Secret powers, hmmm? I’ll keep those quiet for now…