Meet Our Team

Carolinas Medical Center

Executive Leadership Team Members

  • Thomas Wherry, MD
    • Chief Executive Officer
  • Charles Court, MD
    • Chief of Strategy and Operations

Senior Advisory Board

  • Joseph Tobin, MD
    • Professor Emeritus and former Chairman,
      Department of Anesthesiology,
      Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Thomas Mann, MBBS MRCGP MBA
    • Managing Director, Direct Health First
  • Robert N Sladen, MBChB, FCCM
    • Allen Hyman Professor Emeritus of Critical Care Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center and College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, New York
  • William Greeley, MD, MBA
    • Professor Emeritus, Anesthesia/Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics,
      UPENN School of Medicine,
      Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics,
      Duke University School of Medicine


  • Kimberly Blasius, MD
    • Director of Education

General Anesthesiologists

  • Philippe Ball, MD
  • Bernie Velardo, MD
    • Director of Operations
  • Jeff Plotkin, MD
    • Director of Transplant,
      Hepatobiliary and Trauma Anesthesiology
  • Jenny Dhingra, MD
    • Director of One Day Surgery
  • Michael Hrycelak, MD
    • Director of Neuroanesthesia
  • Ian Cohen, MD
    • Director of Post Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Joshua Marr, MD
    • Director of Information Technology
  • Melody Herman, MD
    • Director of Acute Pain Service
  • Patrick Brooks, MD
    • Jace Carter, MD
      • Naucika DeSouza, MD
        • Omar Gafur, MD
          • Imran Hamid, MD
            • Lindsay Lewis, DO
              • Areg Mekerian, DO
                • Sandeep Narayan, MD
                  • Florin Orza, MD
                    • Brian Palank, MD
                      • Daniele Parise, MD
                        • Nishita Patel, MD
                          • Kevin Powell, MD
                            • David Rotberg, MD
                              • Loran Soliman, MD
                                • Ben Trapp, MD

                                  Pediatric Anesthesiologists

                                  • Janish Jay Patel, MD
                                    • CHIEF OF ANESTHESIA, CENTRAL DIVISION
                                      Pediatric Pre-operative Director
                                  • Kimberly Blasius, MD
                                    • Director of Education
                                  • Leo Gendzel, MD
                                    • Benjamin Pruden, MD
                                      • Kumar Sathyamoorthy, MD
                                        • Jeffrey Widelitz, MD

                                          Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologists

                                          • Laura Hastings, MD
                                            • Director of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
                                          • James Harrington, MD
                                            • Leo Martinez, MD
                                              • Norbert Rios, MD

                                                Cardiac Anesthesiologists

                                                • Amit Yajnik, MD
                                                  • Director of Cardiac Anesthesia
                                                • Deepu Ushakumari, MD
                                                  • Chief Medical Officer,
                                                    Peri-operative Medical Director
                                                • Jeremy Bennett, MD
                                                  • Director of Cardiac Transplant Anesthesia
                                                • Sanjay Anand, MD
                                                  • Kyle Campbell, MD
                                                    • Amany Gorgy, MD
                                                      • Randall Joe, MD

                                                        Obstetric Anesthesiologists

                                                        • Michael Worth, MD
                                                          • Director of OB Anesthesia
                                                        • Chad Rosen, MD
                                                          • Associate Director of OB Anesthesia
                                                        • Richard Geary, MD
                                                          • Katy Nicholas, MD
                                                            • Sonya Randazzo, MD
                                                              • Rob Worth, MD

                                                                Advanced Practice Providers

                                                                • Priscilla Haug, PA
                                                                  • Shannon Lane, NP
                                                                    • Andrew Patterson, PA
                                                                      • Megan Wilson, NP

                                                                        Atrium Health Mercy

                                                                        • Tim Malaney, MD
                                                                          • Mercy Medical Director
                                                                        • Joel Beachkofsky, DO
                                                                          • Bill Fortuner, MD
                                                                            • John Hamel, MD
                                                                              • Laura Moore, MD
                                                                                • Daniel Sucherman, MD
                                                                                  • Jeremie Walker, MD

                                                                                    Atrium Health Pineville

                                                                                    • Steven Galyon, MD
                                                                                      • Pineville Medical Director
                                                                                    • Srinivasan Adayapalam, MD
                                                                                      • Anthony Chillura, MD
                                                                                        • Mukesh Nigam, MD
                                                                                          • Rich Pagano, MD
                                                                                            • Scott Palmer, MD
                                                                                              • Mahesh Sardesai, MD

                                                                                                Atrium Health Union

                                                                                                • Anirudha Kulkarni, DO
                                                                                                  • Union Medical Director
                                                                                                • James Crowgey, MD
                                                                                                  • Joshua Howell, MD
                                                                                                    • Gwen Parker, MD
                                                                                                      • Alison Powell, MD
                                                                                                        • Tony Wright, MD

                                                                                                          Atrium Health Lincoln

                                                                                                          • Alan Gwertzman, MD
                                                                                                            • Lincoln Medical Director
                                                                                                          • Timothy Burke, MD
                                                                                                            • Megan Lofton, MD
                                                                                                              • Carrie Zhang, MD

                                                                                                                Atrium Health Stanly

                                                                                                                • Randy Efird, MD
                                                                                                                  • Stanly Medical Director
                                                                                                                • William Brown, MD
                                                                                                                  • Vimal Choudhari, MD

                                                                                                                    Atrium Health Cleveland

                                                                                                                    • James Masters, MD
                                                                                                                      • Cleveland Medical Director
                                                                                                                    • Bruce Caldwell, DO
                                                                                                                      • Brett Cleveland, MD
                                                                                                                        • Cliff Franklin, MD
                                                                                                                          • Tonya Powers, MD
                                                                                                                            • Tyce Regan, MD
                                                                                                                              • Ken Sauve, MD