Meet Our Team

Carolinas Medical Center

Executive Leadership Team Members

  • Barry Brasfield, MD
    • Chief Medical Officer
  • Chuck Court, MD
    • Chief of Strategy and Operations
  • Thomas Wherry, MD
    • Chief Executive Officer

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


  • Kim Blasius, MD
    • Director of Education

General Anesthesiologists

  • Jeff Plotkin, MD
    • Director of Transplant,
      Hepatobiliary and Trauma Anesthesiology
  • Jenny Dhingra, MD
    • Director of One Day Surgery
  • Matt Draughon, MD
    • Acute Care Anesthesia and Trauma Director
  • Ian Cohen, MD
    • Director of Post Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Joshua Marr, MD
    • Director of Information Technology
  • Philippe Ball, MD
    • James Boswell, MD
      • Patrick Brooks, MD
        • Omar Gafur, MD
          • Steven Leder, MD
            • Lindsay Lewis, DO
              • Areg Mekerian, MD
                • Sandeep Narayan, MD
                  • Florin Orza, MD
                    • Daniele Parise, MD
                      • Kevin Powell, MD
                        • Brent Toland, MD
                          • Waleed Sayedahmad, MD

                            Pediatric Anesthesiologists

                            • Leo Gendzel, MD
                              • Director of Pediatric Anesthesia
                            • Janish Jay Patel, MD
                              • Vice Chief of Anesthesia, Central Division
                                Pediatric Pre-operative Director
                            • Kim Blasius, MD
                              • Director of Education
                            • Scott Hines, MD
                              • Benjamin Pruden, MD
                                • Ravi Sanghani, 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 of Anesthesia, Central Division,
                                                Peri-operative Medical Director
                                            • Jeremy Bennett, MD
                                              • Director of Cardiac Transplant Anesthesia
                                            • Kyle Campbell, MD
                                              • Randall Joe, MD
                                                • Lisa Newsome, MD

                                                  Obstetric Anesthesiologists

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

                                                          Preoperative Clinic

                                                          • 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

                                                                          General Anesthesiologists

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

                                                                                    Cardiac Anesthesiologists

                                                                                    • Sanjay Anand, MD
                                                                                      • Mahesh Sardesai, MD

                                                                                        Atrium Health Union

                                                                                        • Gary Dove, MD
                                                                                          • Union Medical Director
                                                                                        • James Crowgey, MD
                                                                                          • Joshua Howell, MD
                                                                                            • Anirudha Kulkarni, DO
                                                                                              • Gwen Parker, 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

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

                                                                                                            Atrium Health Cleveland and Kings Mountain

                                                                                                            • James Masters, MD
                                                                                                              • Cleveland Medical Director
                                                                                                            • Bruce Caldwell, DO
                                                                                                              • David Easley, MD
                                                                                                                • Jill Kaufman, MD
                                                                                                                  • Tonya Powers, MD
                                                                                                                    • Tyce Regan, MD
                                                                                                                      • Brett Cleveland, MD