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Jill Antoniazzi, MD
Bryant Kendall Allen, MD
Kathryn T. Kopec, DO
Erin Elizabeth Noste, MD
P. Daniel Patterson, MPH, PhD
Jerry Wayne Snow, MD
Andrew W. Asimos, MD
Michael C. Beuhler, MD
Mark J. Bullard, MD
David W. Callaway, MD
Catherine Carlson, MD
Stephen Colucciello, MD
Tyson Cook, MD
Randolph Cordle, MD
Sandra Craig, MD
Sean Fox, MD
Lee Garvey, MD
Michael Gibbs, MD (Chair)
Christopher Griggs, MD, MPH
Eric Hawkins, MD
Alan Heffner, MD
William P. (Russ) Kerns, MD

Margaret Lewis, MD
Emily MacNeill, MD
Sarah Terez Malka, MD
J.P. McBryde, MD
Nilesh Patel, MD, MD
David A. Pearson, MD
Maria T. Pelucio, MD
Amy Puchalski, MD
Stacy Reynolds, MD
Michael Runyon, MD
Chad Scarboro, MD
Jonathan R. Studnek, PhD
Doug Swanson, MD
Vivek S. Tayal, MD
Cathy Wares, MD
John A. Watts, PhD
Anthony J. Weekes, MD

Faculty Biographies

Jill Antoniazzi, MD
Jill Antoniazzi, MD

Jill received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hahnemann University in 2002 and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in 2005. She returned to the faculty in July 2008 after three years of private and academic practice in Chicago. Her interests include injury prevention and patient safety.

Bryant Kendall Allen, M.D
Bryant Kendall Allen, M.D

Bryant completed a BS in Mathematics at Birmingham-Southern College before attending medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB/UASOM). He completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at Carolinas Medical Center in 2015, where he served as chief resident in his final year. Bryant is excited to join the CMC faculty and remain in Charlotte with his wife, Mollie, and son Oliver. His academic interests include resident/medical student education, ultrasound and simulation.

Andrew W. Asimos, MD, FACEP Andrew W. Asimos, MD, FACEP

Andrew received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. In 1994, he joined the CMC faculty, after pursuing a one-year fellowship in Emergency Medicine Administration at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Wayne State University, during which he completed the program on Management in Healthcare at the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. Andrew's major academic and research interests include neurologic emergencies, particularly stroke and TIA. He is the Director of Emergency Stroke Care at Carolinas Medical Center and an appointed member to the American Stroke Association Stroke Council's Emergency Neurovascular Care Committee.

Michael C. Beuhler, MD Michael C. Beuhler, MD

Michael completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at North Shore University Hospital in 2000 and completed his Medical Toxicology training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Michael joined the CMC faculty in 2002 as the Medical Director of the Carolinas Poison Center and is actively involved with resident and specialist education as well as a toxicology consultation service. He has written and lectured on several topics in medical toxicology with a special focus on molecular mechanisms of action. He is currently also serving as the Region 4 ACMT/ATSDR Director. His current research interests include toxicosurveillance and mushroom toxicity.

Mark J. Bullard, MD Mark J. Bullard, MD

Mark received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2001 and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in 2004. After spending nearly two years in private practice in Charlotte, Mark returned as faculty in 2006. Mark currently serves as Medical Director of Carolinas Simulation Center and the Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s simulation program. Mark is active throughout Carolinas HealthCare System in the development and implementation of multiple educational curricula using high-fidelity medical simulation as a vehicle to train residents and other medical professionals in a consistent, safe and efficient environment. In 2012, Mark was named as a Fellow for CHS’s Center for Faculty Excellence and is working to educate, advance and foster medical simulation and debriefing as an educational modality within the system. In addition to medical simulation, Mark is an active member of the Emergency Department’s Division of Global Medicine and his other interests include residency education, HIV/AIDS, and hematologic disorders.

David W. Callaway, MD David W. Callaway, MD, MPA

Dr. Callaway is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center where he serves as the Director of the Division of Operational and Disaster Medicine and Medical Director of Carolinas MED-1. Dave joined our faculty in 2011. Prior to CMC, he served as a physician supporting the United States Marine Corps and was a Chief Resident at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, Boston. In 2008, he was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship from the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government to study leadership, national security and disaster response. Dr. Callaway currently serves on the Defense Health Board Subcommittee on Trauma and Injury as well as the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care- two of the key U.S. advisory bodies for battlefield trauma care. He is the Co- Chairman of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, a best practices R&D group charged with translating battlefield lessons learned to civilian high threat prehospital medicine. Callaway has extensive civilian and military overseas experience in Iraq, Kuwait, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Burma, El Salvador and throughout Africa. In 2012, The World Economic Forum selected Dave as a Young Global Leader (YGL) based upon his innovative work in disaster, humanitarian and crisis medical response. His areas of interest are high reliability operations, innovation in disaster response, and crisis zone medicine.

Catherine Carlson, MD, MS, MA Catherine Carlson, MD, MS, MA

Dr Carlson is from Colorado, and attended college, graduate and medical school there. She left her home state for residency and fellowship training and most recently moved to Charlotte after completing her critical care fellowship training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Carlson is a fan of both the Broncos and the Steelers and also loves to watch hockey. She will primarily work as an Intensivist with the Pulmonary & Critical Care group but is thrilled at the opportunity to continue to work in emergency as well.

Stephen Colucciello, MD, FACEP Stephen Colucciello, MD, FACEP

Steve joined our faculty in 1992, after working for many years in large county hospitals in south Florida. He trained in Emergency Medicine at Colombia University Affiliated Hospitals. He has a strong interest in emergency medicine education and speaks frequently at national and international meetings on such topics as Emergency Department violence, trauma management, and cardiovascular emergencies. In 1992, Steve was elected American College of Emergency Physicians' (ACEP) National Speaker of the Year. He is an assistant chair, the director of Clinical Services, and Trauma Coordinator for our department. His research pursuits at Carolinas Medical Center include cardiovascular emergencies and trauma management. He is an editor of a textbook on trauma and past editor-in-chief of an Emergency Medicine journal entitled "EM Practice." Steve was also named one of the “Best Doctors in America” 2010.

Tyson Cook, MD Tyson Cook, MD

Tyson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah and earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Upon completion of his residency in Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, he accepted a position in community practice with Shelby Emergency Associates. After practicing community-based EM for almost two years, he returned to Carolinas Medical Center as clinical faculty in 2011. His interests include travel, malpractice and clinical teaching of Emergency Medicine.

Randolph Cordle, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FAAEM, PEM Randolph Cordle, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FAAEM, PEM

Dr. Cordle completed his undergraduate work at The Ohio State University in 1988 and medical school at University of Cincinnati in 1992. Dr. Cordle then completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine through Methodist Hospital and Indiana University. He has since served on numerous local, state and national committees dealing with all aspects of pediatric emergency care. He also served as the President of the Idaho Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. His major interests are the expansion and improvement of pediatric emergency care with an emphasis on the critical role played by preventative health initiatives and the continuity of the child's primary care home. He has a special interest in child maltreatment, resuscitation, sedation and analgesia as well as educational methods and post-residency continuing education. He has written and lectured on numerous topics in Emergency Medicine with a special focus on pediatric emergency care. He serves as the Medical Director of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Sandra Craig, MD, FACEP Sandra Craig, MD, FACEP

Sandy attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia and completed her training in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in July 1990. She joined the CMC Emergency Medicine faculty in 1990 and served as the associate residency director and director of the resident conference curriculum from 1991 until June 1999.Sandy stepped away from residency leadership in 1999 in order to start a family and see three beautiful daughters through their preschool years. In July of 2010, Sandy returned to residency leadership, assuming the role of Residency Program Director. Sandy is a member of the federal Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and a staff emergency physician for Carolinas Medical Center's mobile disaster response vehicle, Carolinas MED-1. She has been a faculty participant and judge at the annual SAEM CPC competition, a lecturer for the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly since 1993, and has served on the Board of the Council of Residency Directors (CORD).Current areas of interest include electrocardiography (especially tachydysrhythmias), dysnatremias, renal stone disease and appendicitis.

Sean Fox, MD Sean Fox, MD

Dr. Fox received his medical degree and completed a combined residency in EM/Peds at the University of Maryland. In his fifth year of residency, he was Chief Resident and developed an interest in teaching medical students and residents. With that interest he completed ACEP’s Teaching Fellowship focusing on curriculum development with innovative methods. Recently he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award from the graduating Emergency Medicine class of 2009 and the W. Elliott White Community Teaching Award from the graduating Pediatric class of 2010. Currently he is the director of the Emergency Medicine residency didactic curriculum and works in both the Pediatric and Adult emergency departments. In 2014, he was one of only three academic emergency physicians nationwide to receive the American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award.

Lee Garvey, MD, FACEP Lee Garvey, MD, FACEP

Lee is a 1991 graduate of the Carolinas Medical Center EM Residency Program. Following graduation, he began his career with our faculty. Prior to medical school, Lee was a PhD candidate in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Cincinnati where his dissertation project centered on the mechanism of cardiac muscle contraction. He is the director of resident academic projects, and his current research interests relate to STEMI system development, chest pain evaluation, and management of ischemic cardiac emergencies. Lee is the medical director for the Chest Pain Evaluation Center in CMC's Emergency Department and serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Chest Pain Centers where he served as President and Chairman of the Accreditation Committee. He currently chairs the SCPC's International Accreditation committee and has been involved with the accreditation of chest pain centers in Germany and Abu Dhabi. Lee has been active in the NC state-wide program for STEMI care, and is the current vice chair of the AHA's Mission:Lifeline ECC task force. He was a member of the Coordinating Committee of the NIH's National Heart Attack Alert Program and a member of ACEP's Scientific Review Committee for more than a decade. In the summer of 1997, Lee was a visiting scientist at St. George's Hospital in London, England, where he worked on a research project related to electrocardiography.

Michael Gibbs, MD Michael Gibbs, MD (Chair)

Mike received his medical degree at New York Medical College and then went on to complete training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Mike joined the CMC faculty in 1993 and in the ensuing nine years he served as Medical Director of MedCenter Air and as Residency Program Director from 1999 to 2002. In 2002 Mike was recruited to become Chief of Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine. During his nine year tenure in Maine Mike helped build a new emergency department, expand a nationally recognized residency program, and grow a successful clinical research program. He was also instrumental in a number of academic institutional initiatives including a major investment in all residency programs, the creation of a Simulation Center, and the forging of a new medical school relationship with the Tufts University School of Medicine. Mike returned home to Charlotte in October of 2011 as Chair of Emergency Medicine. His academic interests include trauma, airway management, and medical errors. He is nationally recognized as a clinical educator and advocate for patient safety and academic excellence.

Christopher Griggs MD, MPH Christopher Griggs MD, MPH

Christopher Griggs MD, MPH graduated from Emory College, Rollins School of Public Health, and Emory School of Medicine. He completed Emergency Medicine residency training at Boston Medical Center this year. His current research focuses on the use of prescription monitoring programs in the Emergency Department setting and he has interests in health policy and opioid abuse.

Eric Hawkins, MD, MPH

Eric comes to us from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he pursued his undergraduate, masters in public health, and eventually his medical school training before completing his residency in emergency medicine here at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in 2010. He left CMC to work in the community for a year before returning to complete his EMS Fellowship and eventually joined the clinical faculty here in 2012. He has interest in prehospital care, EMS education, injury prevention, and disaster preparedness and currently serves as the assistant medical director for CMC Special Events Medicine and the Center for Prehospital Medicine.

Alan Heffner, MD Alan Heffner, MD

Alan received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, completed training in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center and critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Alan practices adult critical care and emergency medicine and has special academic and clinical interests in shock, cardiovascular resuscitation, sepsis, post-cardiac arrest care, airway management and neurocritical care. Alan is the Medical Director of the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) Intensive Care Unit and the Carolinas Medical Center/Levine Children's Hospital Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program.

William P. (Russ) Kerns, MD William P. (Russ) Kerns, MD

Russ completed undergraduate training in biology and chemistry from Randolph-Macon College in 1980 and medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in 1985. He then trained in Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in 1988. After one year of private emergency medicine practice, he accepted an academic faculty position at Carolinas Medical Center. Russ was the first physician to complete a medical toxicology fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in June 1994.

Russ's professional goal is to promote Emergency Medicine through the sub-specialty practice of Medical Toxicology. He directs the toxicology division, toxicology fellowship training program, and resident toxicology rotation. His research endeavors have included new antidotes, cardiovascular toxins, decontamination, kinetics of toxic alcohols, and crotaline snake envenomation. National efforts include journal and textbook contributions, manuscript review for emergency medicine and toxicology journals, Feature Editor for the Journal of Medical Toxicology and service to the American College of Medical Toxicology (Board of Directors, Co-Chair Research Committee, and Education Committee).

Kathryn T. Kopec, D.O. Kathryn T. Kopec, D.O.

Kathy is joining the department and the division of medical toxicology after two years working at Duke University. She is originally from Clarkston, Michigan. Kathy did her undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Dayton and medical school at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. She is moving to the Charlotte area with her golden doodle, Kramer Roosevelt. Kathy enjoys traveling, sports, running, movies and good food.

Margaret Lewis, MD Margaret Lewis, MD

Margaret received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2002. She completed medical school in 2008 and Emergency Medicine residency in 2011, both at the Medical University of South Carolina. She then completed an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in 2012 and joined CMC as ultrasound faculty. Her focuses include ultrasound in medical student education, resident education, remote education, as well as international medicine.

Emily MacNeill, MD Emily MacNeill, MD

Emily MacNeill comes to us from Indiana University where she completed a combined residency in emergency medicine and Pediatrics. She attended medical school at Indiana University after completing a Bachelor of Science and Biology at Brown University in Rhode Island. Her interests include residency administration and education, as well as pediatric injury research. She currently serves as the Associate Fellowship Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine program and the Assistant Residency Director for the Emergency Medicine residency program.

Sarah Terez Malka, MD Sarah Terez Malka, MD

Sarah Terez Malka MD (who goes by her middle name, Terez) completed a combined residency in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University, where she served as Chief Resident in her final year of training. She attended medical school in Israel at Ben Gurion Medical School for International Health and also worked as an EMT with the Israeli National Ambulance Service. Dr. Malka serves on the medical advisory board for First Descents, a non-profit organization providing outdoor experiences and support for young adults with cancer. Her interests include wilderness medicine, disaster response, communication skills and professionalism, and medical education.

J.P. McBryde, MD J.P. McBryde, MD

J.P. joined our faculty in July 2003 after spending 18 months practicing Emergency Medicine (EM) in New Zealand. He is residency-trained in EM from Cook County Hospital in Chicago, where he was chief resident in 1995-1996. He completed a Sports Medicine fellowship here at Carolinas Medical Center in 1996-1997. J.P. is board-certified in both emergency medicine and sports medicine. His interests include international medicine, sports related injuries and patient advocacy.

Erin Elizabeth Noste, M.D Erin Elizabeth Noste, M.D

Erin was born in San Diego, CA where she grew up swimming and playing water polo. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for her undergraduate degree where she also played water polo. After a year of working in clinical research and traveling in Eastern Europe, Erin went to medical school at the University of California, Davis. She made the move out east for residency at Carolinas Medical Center and continued on with fellowships in Operational and Disaster Medicine and EMS. Erin is married to Todd Noste, who is studying mechanical engineering and is also a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska during the summer.

Nilesh Patel, MD Nilesh Patel, MD

Nilesh received his Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University/Quillen College of Medicine in 1999. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA in 2004. He has practiced community based EM for seven years in Chicago and Charlotte before joining the CMC Faculty in January of 2011. His interests include clinical teaching of Emergency Medicine.

P. Daniel Patterson, MPH, PhD P. Daniel Patterson, MPH, PhD

Dr. P. Daniel Patterson (Daniel) earned his undergraduate degree at Appalachian State University followed by his MPH and PhD at the University of South Carolina. He also earned an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He has completed a fellowship in Health Services Research (at UNC Chapel Hill Cecil G. Sheps Center) and a fellowship in Patient Safety (at the University of Pittsburgh) supported by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation. Dr. Patterson also completed a career development training program in clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh supported by a five-year K12 grant mechanism. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed research papers as well as many abstracts and several book chapters. He has received numerous research grants from local, foundation, and federal sources. His research has addressed safety, quality, and performance in the emergency medicine, including the prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as well as Emergency Department (ED) settings. Dr. Patterson is also an active nationally registered paramedic clinician. Search for his publications on using “patterson pd” in the search window.

David A. Pearson, MD, MS David A. Pearson, MD, MS

Dave received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1997 and 1998, respectively. He completed medical school at Vanderbilt University in 2002 and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the Denver Health Medical Center in 2006. Shortly thereafter, Dave joined Carolinas Medical Center as clinical faculty and is currently the Associate Program Director of the residency. His focuses are resident education, post-cardiac arrest resuscitation, and healthcare for the homeless. In 2007, Dave established the Code Cool™ post-cardiac arrest resuscitation program at CMC which incorporates therapeutic hypothermia and provides cutting-edge post-cardiac arrest care. In 2008, Dave became the Medical Director of Shelter Health Services, a non-profit, free clinic for Charlotte's homeless women and children, and currently is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the clinic. The residents and faculty provide the major of volunteer physician hours and continue to fully support clinic operations.

Maria T. Pelucio, MD, FACEP Maria T. Pelucio, MD, FACEP

Maria joined the clinical faculty in 1994 after completing her residency at George Washington/Georgetown University where she served as chief resident during the 1993-94 academic year. Maria has a long-term interest in international medicine, learning and teaching medical Spanish, and hopes to increase resident exposure to overseas work experiences. Her recent interests include issues of domestic violence identification, documentation, and counseling referral in the emergency department.

Amy Puchalski, MD Amy Puchalski, MD

Dr. Puchalski received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997 and moved on to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. There she completed her Pediatrics residency in 2000 and her Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship in 2003. For the past 10 years she has been an attending and part-time assistant professor in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Georgia Reagents University (Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta, GA. She developed interests in child abuse and neglect prevention as well as injury prevention while serving on the Board of trustees for the Children's Trust of South Carolina, a non-profit organization which aims to prevent child abuse and unintentional injuries.

Dr. Puchalski and her husband are both excited to be living in the Charlotte area now after relocating in August. Her husband is an ENT with a private practice in Columbia, SC and they have four children, ages two to 10 years old, who definitely keep them busy. She is looking forward to getting to know all of the faculty and staff in the department.

Stacy Reynolds, MD Stacy Reynolds, MD

Stacy received her medical degree from Drexel University in 2000. She completed residency in general pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2003 and 2005. She then went on to train in general emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine until 2008. Her interests are in health outcomes research and education.

Michael Runyon, MD, FAAEM Michael Runyon, MD, FAAEM

Mike worked full-time as a paramedic for five years before completing his undergraduate work at the University of West Florida in 1996, graduating with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science. He received his MD from the University of Florida in 2000 and completed his emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in 2003, serving as chief resident during his final year. He remained at CMC for a research fellowship, joined the Emergency Medicine Faculty in 2005, and currently serves as the Assistant Residency Director and the Director of Medical Student Education. Mike has an interest in international emergency medicine and he is currently involved in the implementation of a new emergency department at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Chad Scarboro, MD Chad Scarboro, MD

Dr. Scarboro received his BS in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. He completed medical school at Wake Forest University in 2007. He did an emergency medicine residency at East Carolina University ('10), and came to Carolinas Medical Center to complete his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship ('12). After completing fellowship, he joined CMC as a faculty member. Dr. Scarboro's major research interest is mild traumatic brain injury in the pediatric population. The focus of his research is identifying low-risk patients who may not warrant CT brain imaging. We are developing an electronic tool based on the PECARN head injury guideline to implement in our own electronic medical record which will provide a reference for clinicians who are considering a head CT for mild traumatic brain injury. We hope to more appropriately target patients who warrant CT brain imaging and provide reassurance when providers are appropriately not ordering CT imaging. As we expand this project, we also hope to identify ways to reduce radiation exposure.

Jerry Wayne Snow, M.D. Jerry Wayne Snow, M.D.

A native of Missouri, Jerry grew up in the southeast region known as the “Bootheel”. He completed his undergraduate degree at Arkansas State University in 1998 and is 2002 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Jerry completed Emergency Medicine Residency at Indiana University in 2005. Jerry was employed with Indiana University Health Physicians, for eight years and worked in community settings including Greenfield, Kokomo, and Carmel, Indiana. While at Howard Regional Hospital, he was awarded 2008 Physician of the Year and was nominated in 2009. He continued to work ED shifts at the Indiana University EM Residency program at Methodist Hospital and Eskenazi Health, participating in resident and student

Jonathan R. Studnek, PhD Jonathan R. Studnek, PhD

Jon came to CMC after completing his PhD in Epidemiology at the Ohio State University in 2008.Prior to that he was a paramedic in Albuquerque, NM and was a research fellow at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Jon is the Director of Prehospital Research and works closely with the Mecklenburg EMS Agency. Currently, he serves as the chair of the research committee for the National Association of EMS Physicians. His current research interests revolve around improving patient care in the prehospital setting. Current topics include out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, acute myocardial infarction, and the role of simulation in EMS education. He is also interested in collaborating with faculty and residents on projects that effect patients in the prehospital and hospital environment.

Doug Swanson, MD, FACEP Doug Swanson, MD, FACEP

Doug joined the clinical faculty in 1995 after completing his residency at Carolinas Medical Center. As an attending, he completed an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fellowship here in 2002. Doug is the Medical Director of the Mecklenburg EMS Agency, North Carolina’s largest volume EMS agency and the Medical Director of MedCenter Air, Carolinas HealthCare System's specialty transport service. In addition, he is the Medical Director of CHS’s Events Medicine Team which provides medical coverage at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Wells Fargo Championship along with other mass gathering events. He has been a physician consultant for the Medical Liaison Department of NASCAR since 2008. Doug is a long-standing member of the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians’ EMS Committee and is currently the Chairman of the Committee. Additionally, Doug serves as an North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP) representative to the North Carolina EMS Advisory Council. Beginning in 2010, Doug has also served as the Medical Director for Carolinas MED-1, a mobile emergency department deployed during disaster relief efforts and mass gathering events.

Vivek S. Tayal, MD, FACEP Vivek S. Tayal, MD, FACEP

Vivek is a 1989 graduate of the emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center. Vivek joined the faculty in the fall of 1993 after serving as chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. He was involved with Emergency Medicine (EM) education as a faculty member of the Joint Military Medical Centers Emergency Medicine Residency and research director (1989-92). He currently serves as the Chief of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound in the Department of EM at Carolinas Medical Center and has been active nationally in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Emergency Ultrasound Section, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Ultrasound Interest Group and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Emergency Ultrasound Section. He is the ACEP liaison to AIUM. He also teaches nationally for the Emergency Ultrasound Course. He directs Quality Improvement activities for the EM department including audits, documentation issues, and interdepartmental concerns. His academic interests include new avenues in ultrasonography, resuscitation, health policy and computerization of Emergency Department (ED) operations. He has administrative interest in health policy, medical informatics, airway management and quality improvement in the ED setting. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP), leading to President of NCCEP in 2006-2007. He completed the ACEP health policy fellowship at the Emergency Care Coordination Center in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response in the federal Department of Health and Human Services from 2009-2010.

Cathy Wares, MD
Cathy Wares, MD

Cathy received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at Carolinas Medical Center in 2010 where she served as chief resident her final year. She joined the faculty in 2011 after spending one year in private practice. Her interests include resident education, therapeutic hypothermia and Emergency Department (ED) Quality Assessment and Improvement.

John A. Watts, PhD John A. Watts, PhD

John joined the Emergency Medicine faculty at CMC in September 1994, and is the Director of the Preclinical Research Laboratories. He has a PhD from the University of Maryland, trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Hershey Medical Center, and was a faculty member for 15 years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has been awarded research grants from the NIH, the American Heart Association and from the pharmaceutical industry. John's current research examines mechanisms of injury to the pulmonary vasculature and causes of cardiac dysfunction resulting from pulmonary embolism. John uses pharmacological, biochemical, molecular and physiological approaches to examine the changes in cardiovascular function that occur during this stress.

Anthony J. Weekes, MD, RDMS, RDCS Anthony J. Weekes, MD, RDMS, RDCS

Anthony's Emergency Medicine (EM) residency program was at Jacobi Medical Center in New York. Anthony has served in EM residency, ultrasound directorship, and associate medical director positions. He is the current emergency ultrasound fellowship director. His academic interests include echocardiography applications and critical care.

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