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Welcome from the Chair and Program Director

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the CMC Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program!

Our residency program dates back to the 1960s, and we have a long history of training high quality internists, hospitalists, academicians, and future subspecialists.

Some of the unique opportunities we would like to mention include:

  • Diverse curricular options, with flexibility to 'tailor' a residency to your specific needs
  • A faculty made up of true clinician educators who are devoted to teaching and genuinely invested in the training of our residents
  • Strong emphasis on individual instruction and mentorship with a faculty: resident ratio of nearly 1:1
  • Fellowship opportunities in gastroenterology
Dr. Scott Furney, Chair of the Department of Medicine Dr. Scott Furney is the Chair of the Department of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan in the prestigious Inteflex Program, graduating with Honors. During medical school, he earned the honor of being inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Furney then completed his internship and residency at the University of Michigan as well, earning "Resident of the Year" honors in his final year. He was also chosen to be chief resident at the University of Michigan after completing his training.

He stayed on faculty in Ann Arbor, becoming medical director of the General Medicine inpatient services. In 1997, he completed training at the Stanford Faculty Development Program in Clinical Teaching and has been a strong proponent of the "resident as educator" since that time. He joined the faculty at Carolinas Medical Center in 2002, and was named the Vice-Chair of the Department in 2005 before being named Chair in 2008. He is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a member of UNC-Chapel Hill's prestigious Academy of Educators. He has recently been named a Master Fellow in the Center for Faculty Excellence in Carolinas HealthCare System.

Dr. Furney is deeply committed to education at all levels and is known by the residents as a strong proponent of evidence-based medicine and bedside physical exam skills. He has received numerous teaching awards throughout his career and maintains a constant presence in all aspects of our teaching program. He has been a great addition to the CMC faculty and serves as a role model as a consummate clinician and educator.

Dr. Matt Blackwell, Associate Residency Program Director

Dr. Matt Blackwell serves as residency program director. He graduated summa cum laude from Furman University where he was a Herman W. Lay scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a member of the prestigious men's honor society, Quaternion. Dr. Blackwell received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. During medical school, he was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Merck Manual Award at graduation for academic excellence throughout medical school.

Dr. Blackwell completed his internship and residency at Carolinas Medical Center and was chosen to serve as chief resident during his final year of training. Upon completion of his residency, he received the Marvin M. McCall Outstanding House Officer Award. Dr. Blackwell joined the faculty at Carolinas Medical Center as an attending physician in 2006. He served as an associate program director for over five years prior to accepting the residency program director position. He completed a two-year faculty development fellowship in general medicine and quality improvement at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009.

Dr. Blackwell is involved with every detail of the Internal Medicine Residency and committed to resident and medical student education and mentoring. His other interests include quality improvement, safe transitions of care, oversight of morning report, and curriculum development. Dr. Blackwell is also a strong advocate for departmental team building through his coaching of the departmental softball team. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Blackwell is actively involved at his church, and he enjoys Atlanta Braves baseball, college football, golf, hiking, and singing. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their two young boys, Andrew and Thomas.

Dr. Steve Cochran, Associate Residency Program Director Dr. Steve Cochran holds the position of Associate Residency Program Director. He grew up in California before attending the University of Notre Dame, graduating with honors in 1993. Dr. Cochran received his medical degree from Indiana University in 1997 before proceeding south to the Carolinas. After completing his Internal Medicine residency at Wake Forest University, he remained to complete fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Cochran joined the faculty at Carolinas Medical Center in 2003 and has continued to serve in both the intensive care and inpatient general medicine environments since that time.

Dr. Cochran has strong clinical interests in critical care and resident education. He is actively involved in teaching ICU procedures, use of ventilators and hemodynamic support. The residents have valued his role in their education enough to honor him with the ‘Outstanding Faculty Award for House Staff Teaching’ in 2011. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Cochran’s hobbies include any and all sports, family life with his wife and three young children and a sometimes pathologic obsession with Notre Dame athletics.

Dr. Suneet Kaur Dr. Suneet Kaur holds the position of Associate Program Director. She grew up in Buffalo, New York and attended a six year combined medical program through Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital through the University of Rochester and briefly joined the faculty of the Primary Care program in Rochester, NY. She then went on to complete a fellowship at Duke University/Durham VA in Women’s Health that included a Masters in Health Services Research. During that time she published several abstracts and papers regarding passive smoke risk to women as well as chronic pain in women. Dr. Kaur worked as a hospitalist at Durham Regional Hospital prior to accepting a position at Carolinas Medical Center in 2008 as Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC school of Medicine. Currently, she has an active faculty practice through the Myers Park Clinic.

Dr. Kaur has been involved in resident and medical student education since medical school, and recently has been coordinating the ambulatory clinic curriculum for the residency program since 2009. Besides her commitment to education and curriculum development, Dr. Kaur is committed to serving her community as a teacher and role model. Other hobbies include, traveling, hiking, classical Indian music and most of all, spending time with her husband, 3 children and extended family.

Dr. Kristi Moore Dr. Kristi Moore holds the position of Associate Residency Program Director. She has a background in sports medicine after graduating from the Honors Program at East Tennessee State University with a double major in athletic training and biology. She went on to receive her medical degree Magna cum Laude from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Moore completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Maryland and VA Medical Centers in Baltimore, Maryland, after which she was selected to serve as Chief Resident at Mercy Medical Center, a University of Maryland-affiliated hospital in Baltimore. She spent her year as Chief Resident heavily involved in education and advocacy for the residency program. Afterwards, she remained in Baltimore for several years as an attending academic hospitalist before travelling south to Charlotte, NC in 2012 to join the faculty at Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Moore is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Moore’s clinical interests include resident and medical student education, consultative medicine, mentoring, and transitions of care. She co-coordinates the medical grand rounds series for the Department of Internal Medicine and is very involved in the Morning Report and conference seriefs, all while frequently attending on the inpatient general medical services. When not in the hospital, she enjoys photography, hiking, and, most of all, spending time with her husband, Chris, and two young children, Allie and Isaiah.

On behalf of Drs. Blackwell, Cochran, Kaur, Moore, and Furney, we thank you for visiting our website. We are true proponents of team based medicine here at Carolinas Medical Center, and we would encourage you to find out about us and being part of the team! Please be sure to check out the information about our curriculum, resident benefits and the resident testimonials. We would love to have you contact us with any questions about our website or the program.

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