Leadership Team

Leading by example - one vision, one focus.

Over four decades, MAHEC has developed national models of care and a reputation for educational excellence. Our patients receive exceptional healthcare from providers who are highly qualified and extremely dedicated. Our faculty mentor and train the best and the brightest in medicine to become leaders in WNC and beyond, Instilling not only a passion for learning and medical excellence, but a love for the mountains and the people who live here. As a result, many MAHEC graduates stay in WNC to become great physicians and dentists for you and your family.

The timing is perfect. Our nation’s healthcare is transforming, and for the first time, there is recognition that we must have a stronger primary care foundation. We are catching up with research that documents how an investment in primary care leads to a healthier community and cost-effective healthcare. MAHEC is poised as a leader in the center of these changes, and we remain committed to:

•    high quality, compassionate healthcare;
•    excellence in medical residencies, fellowships, and student education; and
•    innovation and leadership for healthcare in WNC and beyond.

We are unique. As a medical teaching center, we embrace quality, creativity, and change. We celebrate 42 years since the incorporation of MAHEC, and our vision grows ever bolder.

-- Jeff Heck, MD, MAHEC President and CEO
 

Anywhere you look in Western North Carolina, and throughout the state, you will see the nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, Family Physicians, Geriatricians, and Hospice/Palliative Medicine Physicians who trained in the MAHEC Division of Family Medicine. We passionately pursue the goal of improving the health of the people of the region through patient care, research, community service, and innovation in the delivery of medical education and health services. WNC currently has an estimated shortage of 140 primary care physicians, and the need will increase as access to primary care expands with healthcare reform, and as our population ages. That is our challenge. It is a privilege to work for MAHEC, with the dedicated teachers and practitioners who support our culture of service, compassion, and mentorship for the next generation of healthcare leaders.

-- Steve Hulkower, MD, Director, Division of Family Medicine


Women’s health care is the key to the forward motion of the healthcare system and the further development of our society and culture. Healthy women build healthy communities.  It is our vision to create a region of women empowered to live a healthy lives rich in opportunities As we train future physicians in OB/GYN we are dedicated to ensuring those physicians have skills to work in multidisciplinary teams, collaborate, consult and lead the healthcare system to patient centered care.  The MAHEC OB/GYN department is full of experts, healers, teachers, and lifelong learners and we are privileged and honored to be serving the women of Western North Carolina.

-- Beth Buys, MD, Director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology



W. B. Yeats once said “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” MAHEC is dedicated to providing continuing education programs and meaningful conferences to inspire professionals. Our goal is to light that fire and empower individuals through knowledge, skills and innovative learning to deliver quality care to their patients. Our majestic campus setting in the Western North Carolina Mountains combined with state of the art facilities provides an ideal background for in person participants, our teleconferencing and web-based services allow participation from virtually anywhere. The Division of Regional Services is committed to serving our healthcare professionals and the WNC community and I am inspired to be a part the MAHEC team working together to achieve our vision.

-- Frank Castelblanco, RN, DNP, Director, Division of Regional Services


This quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes hangs in my office, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  These words strike at the heart of who we are as individuals and as healthcare providers at MAHEC.  The entire dental healthcare team is dedicated to providing excellent oral care for our patients and first class advanced training and education for our residents.  We believe we have within us the compassion, dedication, and skills necessary to meet the needs of our patients and our residents in today’s ever changing healthcare environment.
 

Ed Coryell, DDS, Director, Division of Dentistry and Dental Residency Program

 

MAHEC Board of Directors

At-Large Members    
Melissa Himelein, PhD
Mr. Clifton Metcalf
Mr. Kenneth Partin
Joseph Pino, MD

Representing Mission Health System Board    
Mr. Charles Ayscue
Jill Hoggard Green, PhD
William Hathaway, MD
Susan Mims, MD, MPH
Janice Brumit
Ronald Paulus, MD

Representing Pardee Hospital Board
Mr. Jay Kirby

Representing Western Carolina Medical Society Board
Al Mina, MD
Henry McDade, MD
Brian Moore, MD

Representing Western North Carolina Health Network Board
Heather Gates
Alan Stiles, MD

MAHEC President/CEO
Jeffery E. Heck, MD