Robert Perz Memorial Scholarship
Campbell Veasey, MSPH, a third-year MD student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was awarded the Robert Perz Memorial Scholarship at the Class of 2024’s White Coat Ceremony.
Perz, who graduated in the MD Class of 1984, passed away in a cycling accident in May 1988, a few days short of completing his pediatric anesthesia fellowship.
The scholarship, established by the Class of 1984, is awarded annually to a rising third-year medical student whose personal values and qualities reflect those of Perz. The recipient is selected by classmates. Students are encouraged to select a classmate who excels not only in their pursuit of the path of medicine but who also maintains varied interests outside of medicine. Even as a student, Perz made time to be a triathlete, pilot, cyclist, wood craftsman and friend. The scholarship is not based on financial need.
“I’m extremely humbled to receive the Robert Perz Memorial Scholarship,” said Veasey. “I’ve been blown away with gratitude to be chosen by my classmates to honor the incredible memory of Dr. Perz. I’ve truly never felt so supported by a school or community before. My plan is to work toward improving our nation’s primary health care system by using public health programming to deliver more equitable care to underserved and vulnerable populations. In addition to my academic side, I do hope to continue a work-life balance with all my camping and adventures in North Carolina!”
“Campbell is kind, humble, gracious and engaging to everyone – regardless of their role within the school,” said Yenya Hu, MD, PhD, assistant dean of academic excellence and assistant professor of general internal medicine. “He is a model physician-in-training.”
Three Third-year Students Named Albert Schweitzer Fellows
Caroline Minnick, Annie (Maddy) Thurman and Siena Hapig-Ward, third-year MD students at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, have been named 2022-23 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows. These students will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health and developing lifelong leadership skills.
Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities.
Minnick will lead a cohort-style infant safety training and support sessions to foster improved confidence and establish a support network for underserved and at-risk young mothers. Kimberly Montez, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, will serve as her academic mentor.
Thurman and Hapig-Ward will launch free ophthalmology services at a community center for people experiencing homelessness, expanding on a 2021-22 Schweitzer Fellowship project. Matthew Giegengack, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology, will serve as their academic mentor.
School Ranks Second in NC for Graduates Practicing in Underserved Areas
U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) ranked Wake Forest University School of Medicine second in the state for producing graduates who practice in medically underserved areas, also known as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). HPSAs are used to identify areas and population groups within the U.S. that are experiencing a shortage of health professionals. HPSAs – identified using a list of geographic identifiers available from the Health Resources and Services Administration Data Warehouse – can be whole counties, a combination of Census Bureau tracts or minor civil divisions.
For this ranking, USNWR worked with the Robert Graham Center, a division of the American Academy of Family Physicians, as the data provider to calculate the percent of 2013- 2015 medical and osteopathic school graduates practicing in HPSAs. USNWR divided the number of physicians practicing direct patient care in HPSAs by the total number of physicians that graduated from each medical and osteopathic school. The analysis was based on allowing six to eight years to pass since graduation to arrive at location and specialty.
School Selected for 2022 STARS Program
Third-year medical students Alexa Lacy and Palak Patel were selected to represent the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the 2022 Choosing Wisely STARS (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship) program, sponsored by Dell Medical School.
Lacy and Patel will have an opportunity to engage with other students and faculty from around the country in learning about value-based care. They are both strongly committed to understanding how costs of care impact their patients and have recently co-authored a perspectives piece in JAMA Oncology on this topic. They share a goal of ultimately integrating their learning from STARS into the School of Medicine’s curriculum so that future medical students can benefit from this program.
Little Envelope, Big Impact: Match Day 2022
Samuel S. Ho, MD ’62, Honolulu, Hawaii, has published a new novel titled “Why Be a Good Samaritan in a Dog-Eat-Dog World.”
Julian R. Taylor, MD ’69, Ahoskie, N.C., retired in January from Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center as one of its longest serving and most beloved physicians. Taylor, who attended medical school as a Reynolds Scholar, came to Hertford County in 1974, after serving as a general medical officer in the U.S. Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and completing a family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. He chose to work in Ahoskie through family ties – both of his parents were born in Hertford County (his father was one of its first health department sanitarians) and his wife, Jerrie Jenkins Taylor, is from Colerain. When Taylor joined Ahoskie Family Physicians, it was a busy traditional family medicine practice where he cared for all ages, from newborns to the elderly, as well as practiced obstetrics. As the medical community in Ahoskie grew, the practice eventually was able to focus on adult primary care. Around the same time, Ahoskie Family Physicians transitioned to what is now Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center as a way to better meet the substantial medical need in Hertford County. Although there were more services available, cost prevented many people from getting the care they needed. Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, like RCCHC, receive federal funding that allows patients to be seen regardless of their ability to pay, as well as access to the 340b discount drug program, allowing for lower prescriptions prices. RCCHC Chief Medical Officer Geniene Jones, MD, said, “Dr. Taylor has been a reminder to us all of what a family medicine doctor should be: kind, caring, intelligent, persevering and dedicated. I pray for him much rest and joy in this new phase of his career and life.” In January, Ahoskie Mayor Weyling White declared it Dr. Taylor Day “for his vision and four decades of dedication to his patients and community in Northeastern North Carolina.”
James H. Bradford, MD ’75, Statesville, N.C., has retired after 42 years of serving his community as a cardiologist. Since 1980, he has treated cardiovascular diseases and conditions, doing all he could to ensure the health and wellbeing of Iredell County residents. Bradford stated “the advancements of technology, understanding of diseases and treatment of diseases have revolutionized since I’ve been in practice. You can’t even begin to compare the difference between cardiac care then and what it is now.” In his 42 years as a cardiologist, Bradford found applying what he’s learned to helping people most rewarding. “No matter whether you’re in the office or the hospital, my relationship with patients has not changed. I think that’s the beauty of practicing medicine,” he said.
Richard L. McCoy, MD ’75, Rock Hill, S.C., received in October 2021 an alumni service award from Winthrop University. He received the Algeron Sydney Sullivan award, which recognizes a Winthrop alumnus for selfless dedication of time, energy and talent in service to others. Upon his retirement in 2001 as a pediatric physician, McCoy enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at Winthrop. Since 2004, he has been an adjunct professor teaching in the health care management program.
Garland W. Yarborough, MD ’75, Mequon, Wis., published a book in November 2021 titled “Following My Dreams.” The work is a memoir that shares the journey of a young boy born and raised in poverty in Oklahoma who struggles in school but through hard work and continued commitment to his goal, grows up to become a successful doctor.
Edwin L. Robey, MD ’80, Williamsburg, Va., and daughter, Catherine L. Robey, MD ’19, Norfolk, Va., – both urologists – got to spend a couple days together in the OR. Catherine is now in her fourth of five years of urology residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School and is enjoying the work.
Gerald Marshall Isbell III, MD ’82, Dallas, Texas, has retired from the private practice of gastroenterology after 31 years at Medical City Dallas, where he served as both section chief and medicine chair. He was a founding/managing partner of Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT) and Digestive Health Management (DHM). DHAT/DHM comprised over 80 gastroenterologists practicing throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex by the time private equity acquired it in 2020. Isbell began a part-time faculty position with the Division of Digestive Disease at UT Southwestern Medical School in April, working in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic. He spends his spare time visiting children in San Francisco and New York City or working on his ranch in Valley Mills, Tex.
Craig M. Greven, MD ’83, Winston-Salem, N.C., the Richard G. Weaver Chair in Ophthalmology, professor, senior vice president of clinical operations and president of University Group Practice, has been recognized for his ongoing investment in students, residents, fellows and faculty through the James Edwin Byrum Jr., MD ’68, Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Greven is the award recipient in the clinician educator category. He has been a Wake Forest University School of Medicine faculty member for 32 years and has been the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology for 17 years. He has mentored more than 65 ophthalmology residents, 11 fellows and numerous faculty members and has doubled the size of the faculty and prioritized expanding the demographics of the department. He has fostered multiple early career faculty from assistant to associate professor and several to the rank of full professor. The Byrum Award memorializes Byrum, who passed away in 2011. During his 37-year career at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Byrum helped train more than 200 emergency medicine physicians.
David M. Alpeter Jr., MD ’86, Darien, Conn., and daughter, Lindsey Alpeter, MD ’20, Washington, D.C., together at her wedding in November at Boca Grande on the gulf coast of Florida. He remarked it was an honor to be “father of the bride.”
Holly Jean Coward, MD ’88, Winston-Salem, N.C., clinical associate professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine, was part of the groundbreaking ceremony in April for the new Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness at Senior Services on Shorefair Drive in Winston-Salem. At the new center, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist will have significant space to provide primary care geriatrics, consultations for people having memory difficulty, and counseling for families who are traveling the journey of memory loss.
Thomas G. Folk, MD ’91, High Point, N.C., was one of the recipients of the 2021 John and Melinda McConnell Clinical Excellence Awards. These awards recognize amazing physicians and advanced practice professionals who inspire patients and colleagues every day with their clinical acumen, compassion, professionalism and overall excellence.
Garfield A. D. Clunie, MD ’96, New York, N.Y., was installed in August as president of the National Medical Association. In early fall, he moved on from his position at Mount Sinai to become associate professor and inaugural vice chair for diversity, equity and inclusion in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University Langone Health.
Suzanne E. Mitchell, MD ’97, Danvers, Mass., has joined Care Dimensions, the largest hospice and palliative care organization in Massachusetts, as a staff physician serving patients residing at their homes north of Boston and at Care Dimensions’ Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She works with an interdisciplinary care team of nurses, social workers, chaplains and aides, including complementary therapies, in very diverse communities. Board certified in family medicine and palliative and hospice medicine, Mitchell is the director of research at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, in Worcester and is a consulting scientist with the serious illness care team at Ariadne Labs, supporting research and dissemination of the Serious Illness Care program across the U.S. and worldwide. She is also a member the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the American Diabetes Association.
Thomas H. Marshburn, MD ’89, Pearland, Texas, became the official commander of the International Space Station in March. He was given the keys by Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplevov.
R. Paul Rieker Jr., MD ’97, MBA, Raleigh, N.C., attended the White Coat Ceremony on May 1 with his father, Robert P. Rieker, MD, House Staff ’84, to honor the MD Class of 2024, which includes his daughter, Madeline Rieker. Three generations of the family are proud to wear their white coats.
Alice A. Basinger, MD ’00, PhD, Norfolk, Va., has joined Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters as a medical geneticist. She was previously at Cook Children’s Physician Network as a metabolic geneticist. She specializes in metabolic disorders, newborn screening and congenital disorders of glycosylation. Basinger completed a fellowship and her residency at the University of North Carolina. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkley.
Michelle L. Mellion, MD ’01, South Easton, Mass., has been appointed senior vice president, head of clinical development at PepGen Inc., a company developing the next generation of oligonucleotide therapeutics with the goal of transforming the treatment of severe neuromuscular and neurologic diseases. Mellion is double board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology, has over two decades of clinical development experience and spent the first part of her career treating people living with muscular dystrophies before transitioning to industry to focus on drug development in neuromuscular and neurological indications. She has extensive experience in evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular and neurological indications, having worked in both academic and commercial settings. Most recently, she served as executive medical director at Fulcrum Therapeutics, where she led the design and implementation of Phase I/II/III clinical trials for the company’s novel treatment of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. While leading clinical development efforts at Fulcrum, she also worked as an attending physician affiliated with Tufts Medical Center, specializing in neurology as a member of their pediatrics department. Mellion has also held leadership roles at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Biogen, where she facilitated the preclinical translation and clinical development of treatments for pain, multiple sclerosis and other indications.
Heidi Doss Riney, MD ’02, Atlanta, Ga., has assumed the role of chief medical officer (CMO) of global sleep health leader Nox Health [noxhealth.com]. As CMO, she will lead all medical programming and health care innovation across business units and play a supportive role in medical device technology development. Riney is one of the country’s leading experts on the intersection of sleep and health.
Lt. Col. U.S. Army, retired, L. Andrew Evans, MD ’03, Paducah, Ky., retired from the U.S. Army Reserves on April 1, 2022, after 22 years of service including 14 years as an active-duty Army physician. After completing his urology residency at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium at Brooke Army Medical Center, he completed tours of duty at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Fort Campbell, Ky., before transitioning into the Reserves and civilian urology practice. Evans currently specializes in erectile dysfunction and male incontinence with Baptist Health in Paducah.
Christopher T. Whitlow, MD ’04, PhD ’04, MHA, Winston-Salem, N.C., chair and tenured professor of radiology, professor of biostatistics and data science and professor of biomedical engineering, has been named chair of the Department of Radiology for the Atrium Health academic enterprise.
Andrew Woods Ritting, MD ’07, Fountainville, Pa., has joined Bucks County Orthopedic Specialists as a hand and upper extremity specialist. Ritting will provide orthopedic care including minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures, shoulder replacement, trauma care, carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery for arthritis and microsurgery. Ritting said his interest in orthopedics started after sustaining a serious knee injury playing soccer and was confirmed by volunteering at Doylestown Hospital. He calls it professionally and personally gratifying to return to the place where his passion for orthopedics began. He completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed an orthopedic hand and upper extremity fellowship at the University of California-Irvine.
Benjamin C. Wood, MD ’07, Raleigh, N.C., has joined The Aspen Group as chief medical officer of Chapter Aesthetic Studio, where he will use his extensive knowledge as a board-certified plastic surgeon and his expertise in nonsurgical aesthetic treatments to further develop and fine-tune training and treatment protocols. In his new role, he will oversee and facilitate training at Chapter University and work to expand the company's credentialing program to provide continued learning opportunities for providers. In addition, he will regularly evaluate protocols to align with the newest technology and nonsurgical treatment options.
David M. Shelburne, MD ’08, Winston- Salem, N.C., was one of the recipients of the 2021 John and Melinda McConnell Clinical Excellence Awards. These awards recognize amazing physicians and advanced practice professionals who inspire patients and colleagues every day with their clinical acumen, compassion, professionalism and overall excellence.
Maxwell K. Langfitt, MD ’09, Winston- Salem, N.C., an orthopaedic surgeon with Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery with Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been named executive medical director for perioperative services at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center. In this role, Langfitt manages and coordinates the activities required to provide a safe and supportive environment for patients and teammates. He will lead alongside nursing, anesthesia and subspecialty leadership for the operating room and post-anesthesia care unit clinical services. “We are excited to have Max serve in this new role,” said Matthew Cline, MD ’09, Davie Medical Center’s chief medical officer. “He has been a valued member of our team since the beginning, and we look forward to his continued contributions and leadership at Davie Medical Center.”
Roy E. Strowd III, MD ’09, MEd, MS ’20, Winston-Salem, N.C., associate professor of neurology and hematology and oncology and assistant dean for undergraduate medical education, has been appointed editor of Neurology: Education, the newest journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The journal provides neurology practitioners, clinical educators and trainees with peer-reviewed education research articles, curriculum innovations, evidence-based teaching and commentaries to enhance teaching and learning in neurology and neuroscience. Although designed for clinical educators, the journal will be free to readers worldwide and be an online-only journal with issues compiled two to four times per year. Strowd also is the associate editor and section editor for the AAN’s Resident & Fellow Section of Neurology, where he manages the education portfolio for the journal. He has produced over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and more than 30 are specific to medical education. The AAN is the world’s largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals and is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care.
Brian Shackleford, MD ’16, Greensboro, N.C., served as a webinar panelist for the discussion “Strategies to Respond, Manage and Mitigate the Spread of Monkeypox,” hosted by the American College Health Association’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Coalition.
Benjamin David Smart, MD ’22, Fountain Hills, Ariz., is attending the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, for a Master of Science in Medical Science degree before applying to psychiatry residency.
MD Class of ’89 Members of the MD Class of 1989 attended the Dean’s Leadership Circle/Hawthorne Hill Society dinner in May. Left to right: Melanie Adams, MD; J. Simmons Riggan III, MD; Cathy Snyder Riggan, MD; Douglas Allen Fein, MD, MPH
Thomas B. West, MD ’81
Johnnie Ford Jr., MD ’83
Kathryn Ashton Grice, MD ’85
Stanley N. Tennant, MD ’78
Immediate Past President
Melanie Adams, MD ’89
Tammy Marie Allen, MD ’02
John Alexander Black, MD ’81
M. Jennings Clingan, MD ’06
Paul G. Colavita, MD ’79
T. Arthur Edgerton, MD ’81
Michael T. Flanagan, MD ’93
Lindsay Carter Gray, MD ’99
Elizabeth McCurdy Hueman, MD ’02
A. Kakra Hughes, MD ’99, PhD
Janel Darcy Hunter, MD ’10
Brittany Lynn Lambertus, MD ’15
Kenneth F. Mattucci, MD ’64
C. Douglas Maynard, MD ’59
Wyman T. McGuirt, MD ’96
Charles C. Pitts Jr., MD ’16
R. Paul Rieker Jr., MD ’97, MBA
James D. Sink, MD ’75
Brett T. Starr, MD ’14
Scott L. Vogler, MD ’98
Louis Weinstein, MD ’72
MD Student Representatives
Meron Fessehaye, MD Class of 2023
Katherine Rae Salisbury, MD Class of 2024
Madison Hanley Read, MD Class of 2025
Lydia L. Faber, MD Class of 2026
Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS
Lisa M. Marshall
Beth A. Alexander
Teri C. Lemons, MAEd
Remembering those who have recently passed, through July 31, 2022.
William Gardner Montgomery, MD ’52
Winston-Salem, N.C., July 1, 2022
Thomas Joseph Walsh Jr., MD ’58
Darien, Conn., April 24, 2022
Victor Wang-Ta Ng, MD ’59
Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., May 21, 2022
Robert Henry Fleming, MD ’60
Raleigh, N.C., July 19, 2022
Lewis William Thompson, MD ’60
Tulsa, Okla., June 15, 2022
William “Bill” Henry Biggers, MD ’61
Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 26, 2022
Louis Pikula Jr., MD ’61
Winston-Salem, N.C., June 27, 2022
Harry Lee Galloway, MD ’62
Whiteville, N.C., March 5, 2021
Ray Marshall Woodlief, MD ’64
King and Queen, Va., Jan. 7, 2022
Alfred Lee Baker, MD ’66
Chicago, Ill., March 1, 2022
David Walter Fieselman, MD ’67
Marco Island, Fla., Nov. 15, 2020
Samuel Nowell Smith Jr., MD ’68
Roanoke, Va., July 17, 2022
Irving Barefoot Elkins, MD ’69
Debary, Fla., Feb. 17, 2022
Lynn Mixon Hale, MD ’69
Winston-Salem, N.C., May 6, 2022
William Herbert Shoemaker Jr., MD ’73
Charleston, S.C., Jan. 7, 2022
Bahnson “David” Hall, MD ’74
Salisbury, N.C., May 13, 2022
Norman S. Cohen, MD ’76
Stephen Mart Fall, MD ’77
Boise, Idaho, Oct. 3, 2020
Elbert Andrew Rudisill Jr., MD ’77
Hickory, N.C., Jan. 28, 2022
Charles R. Ellis, MD ’82
Charleston, S.C., Feb. 4, 2021
Linda Lee Farmer, MD ’97
Auburn, Ala., Feb. 15, 2022
U.S. News & World Report Rankings
The School of Medicine’s PA program remains ranked No. 7 in the country.
Crandall Awarded for Education Excellence
Sonia Crandall, PhD, MS ’03, professor of PA Studies at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2022 Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) Career Educator Award. This award is the SGEA’s highest accolade given to distinguished medical educators with a strong record of educational service, leadership and scholarship. The SGEA promotes the continuum of successful medical education by providing a forum for discussing the concerns of the medical education profession, serving as a resource, and acting in an advisory capacity to the Group on Educational Affairs and the Association of American Medical Colleges.