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

  • Blake Paterson, MD
    • Director of Neuroanesthesia,
      PACU Director
  • 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
  • Philippe Ball, MD
    • James Boswell, MD
      • Patrick Brooks, MD
        • Ian Cohen, MD
          • Scott Frank, MD
            • Omar Gafur, MD
              • Steven Leder, MD
                • Joshua Marr, MD
                  • Areg Mekerian, MD
                    • Sandeep Narayan, MD
                      • Florin Orza, MD
                        • Kevin Powell, MD
                          • Bret Todd, DO
                            • 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

                                              Cardiac Anesthesiologists

                                              • Amit Yajnik, MD
                                                • Director of Cardiac Anesthesia
                                              • Deepu Ushakumari, MD
                                                • Chief of Anesthesia, Central Division,
                                                  Peri-operative Medical Director
                                              • Sanjay Anand, MD
                                                • Jeremy Bennett, MD
                                                  • Kyle Campbell, MD
                                                    • Randall Joe, MD
                                                      • Lisa Newsome, MD
                                                        • Mahesh Sardesai, MD

                                                          Obstetric Anesthesiologists

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

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

                                                                                              Atrium Health Union

                                                                                              • Gary Dove, MD
                                                                                                • Union Medical Director
                                                                                              • James Crowgey, MD
                                                                                                • Anirudha Kulkarni, DO
                                                                                                  • Gwen Parker, MD
                                                                                                    • Tony Wright, MD

                                                                                                      Atrium Health Lincoln

                                                                                                      • Alan Gwertzman, MD
                                                                                                        • Lincoln Medical Director
                                                                                                      • Megan Lofton, MD
                                                                                                        • Karl Talts, MD
                                                                                                          • Carrie Zhang, MD

                                                                                                            Atrium Health Kings Mountain

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

                                                                                                                        Atrium Health Stanly

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

                                                                                                                            Atrium Health Cleveland

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