If you've ever attended an NCAFP event,
then you know we only invite the best of the best.

Check out this year's fantastic line-up of expert presenters. 

Meet Our Expert Speakers

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Nichole Johnson, MD
Program Chair | Family Physician, Novant Health Steele Creek Family Medicine
Dr. Nichole Johnson grew up as an Army brat and moved several times in early childhood before her family settled in Lacey, WA.  She moved across the country after high school to attend Johnson C. Smith University, where she graduated with a degree Biology and Chemistry.  Dr. Johnson earned her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2010, and completed her residency at Carolinas Medical Center Family Medicine-Urban Track.  She has been with her current practice, Novant Health Steele Creek Family Medicine since 2013.  Professional interests include pediatrics, women's health, and underserved care/addressing healthcare disparities. Outside of work, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs (Ogler and Lena), as well as hiking, backpacking, and playing sports.  
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Victoria Kaprielian, MD
Program Vice-Chair | Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Medical Education, Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine | Campbell University
Dr. Kaprielian is a family physician educator with more than 2 decades of experience in all levels of medical education. In her current role she oversees professional development programs for Campbell University School of Medicine faculty and staff, as well as providing teaching and curriculum development effort for several medical student courses. Before joining the School of Medicine in 2013, she served in multiple roles at Duke University in both education and clinical quality & safety. She designed and implemented multiple innovative courses for the School of Medicine, and played a prominent role in redesign of the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Kaprielian is well versed in education in several health professions. She has served as Interim Chief of the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, and was 2015 Chair of the Board of the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants. She has played a prominent role in developing interprofessional education programs for health professions students at Duke and Campbell.
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Ben Aiken, MD
Family Physician, Mission Health
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Janalynn Beste, MD
Program Director and Chair, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
I attended medical school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and completed residency at the East Carolina University Family Medicine Residency.  I am currently the program director and chair for the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Residency in Family Medicine in Wilmington, NC.  Previously I was the residency director for the family medicine residency at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  I have been in family medicine residency education for over 20 years, with 15 years as either an associate director or director.  I have a strong interest in maternal-child healthcare as well as physician wellness.  I am currently a speaker for the Board Review Express Course with the American Academy of Family Physicians.  My husband is the OB/Gyn program director in Wilmington, and we have 2 great kids, ages 15 and 17.
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Jonisha Brown, MD
Family Physician, Atrium Health CMC - Elizabeth Family Medicine
Jonisha Brown is a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. As faculty she works in the family medicine outpatient and inpatient setting as well as the inpatient behavioral health setting serving both adult and pediatric patients. She earned her medical degree from Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 2010 and continued on to complete her residency training in family medicine at Carolinas Medical Center where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Brown obtained her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to entering the medical profession, Dr. Brown spent time as a middle and elementary school teacher as well as a mentor and tutor for school age children in various settings. Dr. Brown grew up both domestically and abroad as a member of an active duty military family. In her spare-time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, traveling and experiencing cultures through food, conversation and entertainment.
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Erin Carey, MD, MSCR
Division Director and Fellowship Director of UNC Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, University of North Carolina Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Erin Carey is the Division Director and Fellowship Director of UNC Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at the University of North Carolina Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her bachelor of liberal arts and doctor of medicine in a combined BA-MD program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 2006. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 2010 and a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Pelvic Pain at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. Carey also received a master of science in clinical research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health in 2012 and completed a fellowship in Pain Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. Dr. Carey is a NIH-funded clinical scientist and collaborates across disciplines in her pain research interests. She uses a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and treatment of gynecologic pain syndromes, including lifestyle modifications, medication management and surgical intervention.
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Josh Carpenter, MD
Family Physician, HomeTown Direct Care - Shelby
Dr. Joshua Carpenter is a Board Certified Family Physician practicing Direct Primary Care at HomeTown Direct Care in Shelby and Cherryville, NC. He is a native of Duncan's Creek in Rutherford County, NC. He attended The Brody School of Medicine at ECU before completing his Family Medicine Residency at Cabarrus / NorthEast Medical Center. He is married to Megan, and they have a 3 year old daughter, as well as a son due any day now. His professional interests include: preventative medicine, primary care procedures, and physician autonomy. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and generally having a life outside of medicine.
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Jewell Carr, MD
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Lisa Cassidy-Vu, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine | Program Director, FMR Program, Wake Forest University School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr Lisa Cassidy-Vu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She received her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio.  Dr Cassidy-Vu then completed her residency at Moses Cone Family Medicine Residency Program in Greensboro, North Carolina, and carried out a one-year obstetrical fellowship/junior faculty position at The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro.  Prior to her position with Wake Forest, she served as faculty at the University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency program.

Dr Cassidy-Vu has many interests including obstetrics, women’s health, adolescent medicine, and procedural medicine. She is actively involved in teaching residents and medical students. Dr Cassidy-Vu recently completed a post-masters certification in nutrition and is working to expand nutrition and culinary medicine education in her department.

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Aubrey Cuthbertson
Program Manager, North Carolina Medical Society

Aubrey is a Florida native who moved to North Carolina for her undergrad studies at Meredith College. After completing her studies, majoring in Mass Communication. After falling in love with North Carolina and its people, she decided to stay in the state and make it her new home.  Aubrey has been with the North Carolina Medical Society since 2017, and with the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation since February of 2019 in the capacity of Program Manager where she manages leadership development program offered by Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership. She further applies her skills and background in interpersonal communication to curriculum development. In addition, she further on the Young Alumnae board as the Class of 2014 representative. 

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Shannon Dowler, MD
Chief Medical Officer, NC Medicaid

Dr. Shannon Dowler recently joined North Carolina Medicaid as the Chief Medical Officer. Her professional experience includes twenty years of service in public and community health, with a focus on providing care in safety net roles including leadership in a regional health system leading ambulatory quality and safety, and as well as leading a federally qualified health center. At the national level, she has served on ACOG as the FM representative on the Committee for Adolescent Health, and is completing a four year term on the Commission on the Health of the Public and Science for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Dowler has enjoyed a clinical interest and developed expertise in the area of sexual health and sexually transmitted infections and speaks at the local, state and national level to both professional and lay audiences. Known by the Moniker Rap DrD, her most recent Rap Video, STDs Never Get Old, enjoyed brief viral international acclaim.

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Carolyn Dunn, MD
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Agricultural and Human Sciences, North Carolina State University

Dr. Dunn is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of nutrition and department head for the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at NC State University. She has been on faculty at NC State University since 1990 and has served as department head since 2013. Dr. Dunn has over 25 years of experience in the area of nutrition education. She and colleagues create cutting-edge, nationally acclaimed nutrition education materials including the national award-winning Color Me Healthy for children ages four and five. She and colleagues created Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, a 15-week evidence- based weight management program that has reached over 30,000 participants in both in-person and online formats. Most recently, she and colleagues created Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes, a CDC recognized Diabetes Prevention Program. Her current research focuses on using distance technology to deliver health promotion interventions. She brings a wealth of knowledge of evidence-based strategies to address obesity as well as a depth of understanding of how to implement these strategies at the community level. Dr. Dunn and colleagues have published their work in top nutrition education journals and presented nationally and internationally. Dr. Dunn has worked with groups across the country on nutrition and physical activity education. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force. She is the lead author for North Carolina’s Plan to Address Obesity that was released in December of 2019 and is the past chair of Eat Smart, Move More, North Carolina. She is past chair of Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina, a 100-agency coalition that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play and pray. She is a member of Sigma Xi the scientific research society and the Academy for Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension. She is a 2016 graduate of the Food Systems Leadership Institute. She received her BS in nutrition at Meredith College and MS and PhD in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist. She is also a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist. Carolyn is a nutritionist, foodie, and avid cook. She tries to balance all three of these loves. Her passions are travel, art, design, and cooking.

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Sandra Farland, RN, MD
Assistant Professor, Wake Forest Family Medicine
Sandra grew up on a tobacco farm in Southwestern Virginia. She received a degree in nursing from MCV/ VCU in Richmond, Virginia and continued on to complete her medical degree there as well. In 2006 she and her husband, Andrew, started residencies at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and never left (but thankfully Sandra did graduate in 2009). Sandra is an assistant professor, does full non-ob Family Medicine, with special interest in coding, EMR efficiency, and becoming an all around rockstar. Sandra and Andrew currently reside in Winston Salem with their two children and enjoy all things Star Wars and comic books. Sandra is an avid yard-saler and is likely wearing less than $10 in clothing and accessories currently (and is fully clothed!)
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Jonathon Firnhaber, MD
Associate Professor | Vice Chair of Academic Affairs | Residency Program Director, Department of Family Medicine Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Dr. Firnhaber has worked with the Department of Family Medicine at East Carolina University since 2006 and has served as Residency Program Director since 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at ECU, he spent 13 years in military and private practice, including time in solo practice. His clinical interests include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and office-based procedures. Outside of medicine, he enjoys biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife and two daughters: a soon-to-be dentist and aspiring physician.
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Katherine Galluzzi, DO
Professor & Chairperson, Department of Geriatrics Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Galluzzi is a graduate of Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. She completed an internship at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals - University Medical Center in Stratford, New Jersey, a family practice residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Camden, a faculty development fellowship in the Department of Community Health at Temple University, and a geriatric faculty preceptorship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Kate Galluzzi, D.O. has been practicing geriatric medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for twenty years. She is a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, the local Area Agency on Aging, Past President of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society (POFPS), representing family physicians holding the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, and a former President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society.
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Eric Gish, DO
Associate Dean of OMM Intergration & Associate Professor OMM, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Gish joined the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine family in June of 2017 as the Associate Dean for Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Integration and Associate Professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Additionally, he became the Program Director for the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Residency program in May 2019.

Dr. Gish began his career in academics as a Teaching Assistant and as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow in OMM at UNTHSCFW-TCOM. Upon graduation in 1998, Dr. Gish was awarded the Wayne O. Stockseth Award for excellence in OMM and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Sports Medicine. Dr. Gish completed a family medicine residency at Suncoast Hospital in Largo, Florida in 2001 and was awarded the Resident Instructor of the Year Award for his teaching of OMM integration.

After leaving a successful private practice, Dr. Gish helped to establish two osteopathic medical schools by serving as founding Chair of the Department of OMM at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) as well as founding Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM). He engaged in all phases of curricular development at both institutions including a 7 campus clinical campus system which spans 3 states.


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Megan Heiar
Vice President, Population Health, Atrium Health

Megan currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for Population Health at Atrium Health. She supports strategy development and the implementation of value-based care models across the organization.  Megan is also responsible for Atrium Health Employer Solutions programming and leads the Population Health Integration work with new system partners. Megan has been with Atrium Health for 24 years and served many roles throughout the organization. Megan is married with 3 children and resides in Huntersville, NC.  She has an undergraduate degree in Clinical Science and a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, Ithaca NY.   Megan also holds an MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute, Strayer University.


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Doug Henley, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Family Physicians

Douglas E. Henley, MD, serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP is the medical specialty organization representing 134,600 family physicians and medical students nationwide. He also serves on the board of trustees of the AAFP Foundation, the charitable arm of the AAFP.

Henley has served on the board of directors of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative since its founding and is the immediate past Board Chair. He was a founding member of the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance Steering Committee, and now serves on the Steering Committee of the Core Measure Collaborative, and the Friends of the NQF. He previously served as a commissioner on the American Health Information Community chaired by then HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and was one of the inaugural commissioners of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

Henley has been an AAFP member and volunteer since 1973. He served on the AAFP Board of Directors from 1991 to 1997, serving as Board chair from 1993 - 1994 and 1996 - 1997, and as president from 1995 - 1996. He has also served on the AAFP’s delegation to the AMA since 1997.  He is a proud past President of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.

Prior to assuming the position of executive vice president, Henley was in private practice for 20 years in his hometown of Hope Mills, N.C.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, and the university’s family medicine residency program, is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.  Henley is a Fellow of the AAFP, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

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Michael Ison, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine | Div. Infectious Diseases Professor of Surgery | Div. Organ Transplantation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Michael G. Ison is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Department of Surgery, Division of Organ Transplantation, at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently the Medical Director of the Transplant & Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Service at the Northwestern University Comprehensive Transplant Center. Dr. Ison earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa before completing an internal medicine residency and a general medicine research fellowship at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He then completed an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and a transplant infectious diseases fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Additionally, he is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the American Society of Transplantation.

During Dr. Ison’s fellowship, his research focused on the immunopathogenesis of influenza and its treatment in immunosuppressed and hospitalized patients. He studied the development of influenza antiviral research and the pharmacokinetics and outcomes of treatment with oseltamivir, zanamivir, and rimantadine in hospitalized patients. Dr. Ison continues to be a leader in the research of respiratory viruses and has been first author of three prospective interventional studies in hospitalized patients, as well as a lead investigator for studies to determine how to prevent and treat influenza in immunocompromised patients.

He is a member of the IDSA and World Health Organization influenza treatment guideline committees. Dr. Ison is also Co-Chair of the Antiviral Group of the International Society of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses.

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Susan Keen, MD
M3 Family Medicine Clerkship Director, East Carolina University - Family Medicine Center
Susan Keen is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine. She completed medical school at the Brody School of Medicine and finished her Family Medicine Residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (currently Vidant Medical Center). She has been the Family Medicine Clerkship Director for the past 5 years and also serves on the Brody School of Medicine Executive Curriculum Committee. Her special interests include community preceptor recruitment and retention, competency-based curriculum development, and service-learning.
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Edward Kim, MD
Chair, Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics, Donald S. Kim Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research | Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health

Edward S. Kim, MD is Chair of Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics, Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Office, and the Donald S. Kim Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research at the Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Kim was previously at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where he was a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Section of Head and Neck Medical Oncology and Director of Clinical Research Operations in the Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology. Dr Kim received his Bachelor of Science and medical degrees from the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) at Northwestern University, his residency at Baylor College of Medicine, and his fellowship in medical oncology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Kristin Kirkland, MD, MPH
PGY2, NHRMC Residency in Family Medicine
Kristin is from Wichita, KS; went to Kansas State University before matriculating at their rival, KU, for medical school. She completed an MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health prior to completing her 4th year at KU. Her special interests within Public Health include Human Trafficking prevention, intervention, and treatment. While at Hopkins she worked with a restorative organization for trafficking survivors and created a basic hygiene curriculum for the clients there. She and her husband couples' matched at New Hanover Regional and they are both currently PGY2s in their respective programs. He is a surgeon. They have two dogs at home: Scout and Shark (yes, Shark!). Within the discipline of Family Medicine, Kristin is interested in continuing to fight human trafficking as well as practicing broad-spectrum family medicine in the future.
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Davida Kruger, MSN, APN-BC, BC-ADM
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Henry Ford Health System | Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Bone Disorders

Ms. Kruger has been a certified nurse practitioner in diabetes at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, for more than 35 years. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Boston College, in Boston, MA. Her role includes both clinical practice and research, and she is board-certified in both primary care and advanced diabetes management. Ms. Kruger has been a co-investigator on numerous studies of diabetes interventions and care, including the National Institutes of Health-funded multicenter EDIC and ACCORD trials. She lectures extensively throughout the United States on maximizing outcomes in diabetes and diabetes management. She is a past Chair of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Research Foundation and has served on the ADA Research Policy Committee. She is also an ADA Past President, Health Care and Education. She has published more than 50 abstracts, articles, and chapters on diabetes management and authored the 2006 second edition of The Diabetes Travel Guide. She has also served as editor-in-chief of two American Diabetes Association (ADA) journals, Diabetes Spectrum and Clinical Diabetes.

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Lisa Larkin, MD
Owner and President | Founder & CEO, Ms.Medicine | Lisa Larkin MD & Associates

Dr. Lisa Larkin is a board-certified internist, business owner, and entrepreneur practicing internal medicine and women’s health in both academic and private practice since 1991 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and then completed an internal medicine residency with the University of Chicago Hospitals, Pritzker School of Medicine, in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Larkin is owner and President of Lisa Larkin, MD, and Associates, an independent multi-specialty internal medicine and women’s health Direct Primary Care practice, as well as founder and CEO of Ms.Medicine, a concierge women’s healthcare organization. Dr Larkin is also founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Cincinnati Sexual Health Consortium, and serves as Director of Women’s Corporate Health for TriHealth. She formerly (2012-2016) served as Associate Professor and Division Director of Midlife Women’s Health at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and as Director of the UC Health Women’s Center. Dr. Larkin is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), and is certified as a menopause clinician by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Additionally, she serves on the board of directors of ISSWSH and the board of trustees of NAMS.

Dr. Larkin is passionate about raising the standard of evidence-based care for women and devotes considerable time to women’s health advocacy efforts. Most recently, she launched a direct-to-consumer breast cancer risk assessment and prevention program. Considered a national expert in menopause management and sexual medicine, Dr. Larkin is also well known as a clinician and community educator, publisher, lecturer, and expert media resource. Her work has led to publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Menopause, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and OBG Management.


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Mark McNeill, MD
Family Physician, Trillium Family Medicine
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Anthony Mancini, MD
Head, Division of Pediatric Dermatology | Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago | Northwestern University Feinberg School of Me

Anthony J. Mancini, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Head of the Division of Pediatric Dermatology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where he directs the division’s pediatric dermatology fellowship training program. Dr. Mancini received his medical degree at the University of Arizona, and trained in pediatrics, pediatric dermatology, and dermatology at Stanford University, California. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Mancini’s clinical and research interests include infantile hemangiomas, atopic dermatitis, exanthems of childhood, and neonatal skin maturation and skin disorders. He has published 215 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, books, and book chapters. He is coauthor of Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology (3rd, 4th, 5th, and the upcoming 6th editions), coeditor of the AAP publication, Pediatric Dermatology – A Quick Reference Guide (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions), and Pediatric Section Editor of Dermatology (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions). Dr. Mancini is the past President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, where he also served for 10 years as Secretary-Treasurer, and past Chair of the 2017 World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology. He previously served on the AAP Executive Committee of the Section on Dermatology, the AAP Super CME Planning Group, and the AAP PediaLink Pediatric Dermatology Project Team. Dr. Mancini is an author of the upcoming AAP Clinical Practice Guidelines on Infantile Hemangiomas.

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Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD
Associate Professor and Residency Program Director, Duke Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP is Associate Professor, and Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Duke University's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is a Member at Large of the Executive of the World Organization of Family Doctors, and Liaison to the World Health Organization.

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Kevin Oeffinger, MD
Director, DCI Center for Onco-Primary Care, Duke University
Dr. Oeffinger is a family physician, the founding Director of the Duke Center for Onco-Primary Care, and the Director of the Supportive Care and Survivorship Center at Duke Cancer Institute. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine with secondary appointments in the Departments of Community & Family Medicine and Population Health Sciences. Dr. Oeffinger has a long-standing record of NIH-supported research in cancer screening and survivorship and serves as the chair of the American Cancer Society Cancer Screening Guideline Panel.
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Jay Patel, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine - Atrium Health

Dr. Patel is a current clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Atrium Healthcare. He also serves as the family medicine clerkship director for the UNC School of Medicine, Charlotte Campus. His current interests are in medical student and resident education, increase to primary care access, and under-served medicine.

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Nicholas Pennings, DO
Associate Professor and Chair of Family Medicine/Health Center Director, Campbell University

Nicholas Pennings, DO is board certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine as well as a fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association. He is an associate professor and chair of family medicine at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM). He serves as the director of the Campbell University Health Center. Dr. Pennings is an executive director of clinical education for the Obesity Medicine Association. Dr. Pennings is a champion for advancing the education of current and future health professionals by:

  • Incorporating obesity education into the medical school curriculum at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Co-Authoring core curriculum for obesity education, serving as a steering committee member of the Obesity Medicine Education Collaboration
  • Developing obesity education content for the Obesity Medicine Association
  • Researching the relationship between endogenous insulin production, insulin resistance and weight gain.
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Melanie Phelps, JD
SVP Health System Innovation/Deputy General Counsel, North Carolina Medical Society
 Melanie Phelps serves as senior vice president, health system innovation, and deputy general counsel for the North Carolina Medical Society, where she has been employed for over 19 years. Melanie focuses on a wide variety of health policy issues and represents the interests of the medical community in public and private forums. She provides research on legislative and regulatory matters and general legal and policy guidance on many of the issues impacting health care, but focuses most of her attention on issues related to the transition to value-driven health care, improving health and connecting the traditional health care system with community health partners to address determinants of health. Melanie also serves as adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Academic Education at the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. Melanie currently serves on the Board of Directors of PCPI, which is a multiple stakeholder community including providers, patients, professional societies, health plans, and vendors united for the advancement of measurement science, quality improvement and clinical registries. She currently is a member of the NC Institute of Medicine. Melanie also serves on the on the Executive and Steering Committees of the North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care. Prior to joining the North Carolina Medical Society in May 2000, she worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in the Government Affairs Department for over 5 years. Melanie received her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law (evening program) in May 2000 and her NC law license in August 2000. In March 2013, she received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, Office of Continuing Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Communications and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations.

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Dave Richard
Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid
Dave Richard is the Deputy Secretary for NC Medicaid, where he leads North Carolina’s $14 billion Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs for DHHS. Richard’s vision for Medicaid is to ensure a sustainable, person-centered and innovative Medicaid program for more than 2 million North Carolinians who use Medicaid. As the programs undergo transformation to even better fit the needs of the state’s residents, he is committed to improving the health and well-being of all residents by working closely with Medicaid stakeholders. Prior to leading Medicaid, Richard was the Deputy Secretary for DHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services and the State Operated Healthcare Facilities divisions. He joined DHHS in May 2013 as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Richard had previously led The Arc of North Carolina, an advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as its Executive Director for 24 years. Richard has a bachelor’s degree in education from Louisiana State University.
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Tammuella Chrisentery-Singleton, MD
Chief, Hematology and Director of the Hemophilia Treatment Center, Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine
Dr. Singleton serves as a Pediatric Hematologist, Director of MCAM’s Hemophilia Treatment Center and as Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology. Dr. Singleton will work out of MCAM’s new Slidell, Louisiana office location and will focus on serving children and adults with Hemophilia and Sickle Cell Disease across Louisiana and the Mississippi Coast. A Louisiana native, Dr. Singleton is a Cum Laude graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans for her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine - New Orleans for her Medical Degree (M.D.). She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and her Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/National Cancer Institute combined training program. Dr. Singleton also completed a Baxter/National Hemophilia Foundation fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine and is board certified in Pediatrics and in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology by the American Board of Pediatrics. Prior to joining MCAM, she spent six years at Louisiana State University School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of New Orleans in their Pediatric Hematology/Oncology division and the last eleven years in Tulane’s Pediatric Hematology division, Sickle Cell Center of Southern Louisiana and the Louisiana Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders. Dr. Singleton has authored numerous publications, served as a subject matter expert speaker around the world, and as the principal investigator on numerous studies pertaining to Hemophilia. Dr. Singleton treats adults and children with rare hematological conditions with a focus on transitional care. She also has significant training and expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound in hemophilia patients. She is currently an Ambassador for the American Society of Hematology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cycling, fishing, and cooking.
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Karen Smith, MD
Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP, is a graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine. She trained at National Congress of Family Physician Residents, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, Duke University, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, and Fellow American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Smith has been practicing since 1992, with a private practice in Raeford, North Carolina since 2003. Dr. Smith’s practice specializes in family medicine.
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Slade Suchecki, DO
Family Physician, MDVIP
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Brian Unwin, MD
Section Chief, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Carilion Clinic
Dr. Brian Unwin is a geriatrician in Roanoke, Virginia and is affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
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Thomas White, MD
Family Physician, HomeTown Direct Care
Dr. White was born and raised in Cherryville NC, attended Duke for his undergraduate and medical educations, and completed his Family Medicine residency in Charlotte NC. After serving on the residency faculty and practicing in Charlotte, he returned to his hometown of Cherryville in 1988 to open Cherryville Primary Care. In March of 2015, he opened a solo independent direct primary care practice, aptly named Hometown Direct Care. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2015 he served as President of the North Carolina of Family Physicians. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology, a fellow of the National Lipid Association, and is President of the Southeast Lipid Association.
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Eugene Wright, MD
Consulting Associate Dept of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine, Duke Southern Regional AHEC

Dr. Eugene E. Wright, Jr. holds appointments as Consulting Associate in the Department of Community and Family Medicine and the Department of Medicine of Duke University Medical Center and as Clinical Associate Professor at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM). He has taught and precepted medical students and Family Medicine residents and has been involved with the Diabetes and Obesity Fellowship Training program at the Southern Regional AHEC in Fayetteville, NC.

Clinically, Dr. Wright has practiced at The Care Clinic, a clinic for underserved and uninsured patients run by Catholic Charities and local community philanthropic efforts, where he has served primarily patients with diabetes and at the Bladen Medical Associates (BMA) Elizabethtown office. BMA is a rural outpatient clinic Affiliated with Cape Fear Valley
Health System that serves the patients of Bladen County in southeastern North Carolina. He is currently working with the Charlotte AHEC in Performance Improvement.

Dr. Wright serves and has served on several advisory and editorial boards to include Clinical Diabetes and as a content reviewer for UpToDate. Dr. Wright has served on the Planning Committee of the Clinical Conference of the ADA since 2009 and served as Co-Chair 2012, 2013 and 2018. He is currently the inaugural chair of the ADA Primary Care Interest Group and serves on the ADA/AHA Know Diabetes by Heart Science Advisory Group. Dr. Wright serves as an adviser and consultant to Abbott Diabetes Care, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Voluntis. Dr. Wright has published several articles on diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management and has given presentations at national and international meetings on new treatments for diabetes. Dr. Wright has an undergraduate BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Hospital in 1981.

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Kim Yu, MD
Director, Quality and Performance, Ambulatory and Urgent Care, Vituity, Vituity

Born in England, Dr. Kim Yu graduated from Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, UK and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where she started her involvement in the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Yu is the current Chair for AAFP’s Global health Member Interest Group, Convener of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) Special Interest Group in Health Equity, and has served as the past Chair and president for the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

Clinically, Dr. Yu was in solo private practice as a family physician for over ten years prior to joining Covenant Hospital in Urgent Care where she worked for over five years. She currently works as Director for Quality and Performance for Vituity’s Ambulatory and Urgent Care Division, comprised of over twenty five urgent care centers around the USA, serving on Vituity’s Joy in Medicine, Patient Safety and Advocacy Committees and living out her personal motto, to #InspireCreateLead.

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