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

  • 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
    • Patrick Brooks, MD
      • Jace Carter, MD
        • Omar Gafur, MD
          • Melody Herman, MD
            • Lindsay Lewis, DO
              • Areg Mekerian, MD
                • Sandeep Narayan, MD
                  • Florin Orza, MD
                    • Daniele Parise, MD
                      • Nishita Patel, MD
                        • Kevin Powell, MD
                          • Waleed Sayedahmad, MD
                            • Brent Toland, MD
                              • Ben Trapp, MD

                                Pediatric Anesthesiologists

                                • Leo Gendzel, MD
                                  • Director of Pediatric Anesthesia
                                • Janish Jay Patel, MD
                                  • Vice Chief of Anesthesia, Central Division
                                    Pediatric Pre-operative Director
                                • Kimberly 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
                                                • Sanjay Anand, MD
                                                  • Kyle Campbell, 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
                                                          • Alison Powell, MD
                                                            • Rob Worth, MD

                                                              Advanced Practice Providers

                                                              • Priscilla Haug, PA
                                                                • 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

                                                                                            • 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