Anthony J. Caprio, MD, CMD

Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Division of Aging
Department of Family Medicine, Carolinas HealthCare System

Anthony J. Caprio, MD, is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. In 2005, he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill where he served as the Medical Director for a continuing care retirement community and for a specialized geriatric medicine unit at UNC Hospital. Dr. Caprio is a former recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions. He is a graduate of the Teaching Scholars Program and the National Institutes of Health K30 Clinical Research Curriculum at UNC- Chapel Hill.

In 2012, Dr. Caprio joined the Carolinas Healthcare System and serves as the medical director for the Division of Aging in the Department of Family Medicine. In addition to his role directing the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program, Dr. Caprio teaches UNC medical students, CHS Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents, and other health care professionals. He completed the Clinical Teaching Certificate Program from the Center for Faculty Excellence at Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Caprio is a past recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” award in the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Caprio cares for older adults in outpatient, inpatient, and long-term care settings. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a certified medical director at a local continuing care retirement community, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Dr. Caprio has a history of leadership in state and national organizations. He is a graduate of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Leadership College, chair of the NCMS Ethical and Judicial Affairs Task Force, member of the American Geriatrics Society Ethics Committee, former President of the Durham-Orange County Medical Society, and Executive Committee Member for the North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communication and education about end-of-life care. He has also served on several task forces for the NCMS and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine related to opioid prescribing, substance abuse, and mental health for older adults.

 His interests include medical education, end-of-life decision making, palliative care, medical ethics, fall prevention, and prescribing practices for older adults.

Darlyne Menscer, MD

Director of Geriatric Education
Department of Family Medicine, Carolinas HealthCare System

Darlyne Menscer, MD, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and has been at Carolinas Medical Center since completing her family medicine residency in 1982. She has continued as faculty for the family medicine residency since that time. In 1986-1987, she completed a part-time fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she maintains her Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine.

She has a special interest in geriatrics, hospital medicine and medical politics, and has served as president of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society and president of the North Carolina Medical Society. Dr. Menscer is chair of the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) and a board member of the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Sindy McCrystle, RN, ANP-C, MSN

Director, Division of Aging
Department of Family Medicine, Carolinas HealthCare System

Sindy McCrystle, RN, ANP-C, MSN, is Director of the Division of Aging, Department of Family Medicine. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing at Duke University and her Masters of Science in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner training in adult primary care from Simmons College in Boston in 1979. She maintains certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has specialized in clinical geriatrics and geriatrics education throughout her career. She has combined administrative and clinical skills to start innovative programs including the original certified home care program in the North End of Boston.

She completed a mini-fellowship on geriatric curriculum development at Duke University and created a Geriatric elective for medical students through the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was elected to the Academy of Educators at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2008. She was the clinical leader representing Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy for Medicare Innovations Collaborative (Med-IC), a three-year collaboration with six hospitals across the country and with geriatric leadership from Johns Hopkins and Mt. Sinai.

She has special interest in multi-cultural and spiritual aspects of care and end of life care for older adults.

Other Faculty

Jonathan McKinsey, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Carolinas Medical Center- Northeast Medical Director, Senior Behavioral Health Unit, Carolinas Medical Center- Northeast

J. George Thomas, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Carolinas Rehabilitation

Sanjay Iyer, MD
Chairman, Department of Neurology, Carolinas Medical Center Co-Medical Director, Neurosciences Service Line, Carolinas HealthCare System

Robert David Mitchell, MD
Medical Director, Northeast Neurology, Carolinas HealthCare System Associate Medical Director, Neuroscience Service Line, Carolinas HealthCare System

Douglas Kirsch, MD
Medical Director, Carolinas Sleep Services, Carolinas HealthCare System

Beata A. Skudlarska, MD
Executive Medical Director, Geriatric, Palliative and Hospice Care, Carolinas HealthCare System

Daniel E. Haggstrom, MD
Co-Director, Senior Oncology Clinic, Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System

Beth Elisa Susi, MD
Carolinas Palliative Care and Hospice Group, Carolinas HealthCare System

Shay E. Phillips, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, BC-ADM
Assistant Professor/Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Department of Family Medicine, Carolinas HealthCare System

Allison Bickett, MS
Associate Director of Behavioral Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Carolinas HealthCare System

Hazel Tapp, PhD
Research Director, Department of Family Medicine, Carolinas HealthCare System

Rachel Seymour, PhD
Associate Director of Orthopedic Clinical Research, Carolinas HealthCare System Co-Director of Carolinas Trauma Network Research Center of Excellence, Carolinas HealthCare System