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
  • Michael Hrycelak, MD
    • Director of Neuroanesthesia
  • 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, DO
                • Sandeep Narayan, MD
                  • Florin Orza, MD
                    • Daniele Parise, MD
                      • Nishita Patel, MD
                        • Kevin Powell, MD
                          • Waleed Sayedahmad, MD
                            • Brent Toland, MD
                              • Ben Trapp, MD
                                • Bernie Velardo, 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
                                                      • 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 and Kings Mountain

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