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photo David Allenger, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Marie Belmonte, DO
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Elaina Furr, DO
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Alex Gonzalez, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Shayne Greenberg, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Kristen Hancock, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Courtney Kohne, MD, MBA
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Taelor Lee, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Evelyn Murray, DO
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Dom Putala, DO
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Shane Sterling, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Zach Taylor, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Kimberly Telford, DO
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Tyler Wenger, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Jared Wilson, DO
Resident
Phone: 828-771-3500
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Resident PGY2

Resident PGY3

Faculty


photo Stephanie Call, MD, MSPH
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Phone: 828-771-3500 Fax: 828-412-4171
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Medical School: University of Maryland at Baltimore

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Chief Resident: Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Fellowship: General Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Past faculty appointments: University of Alabama at Birmingham (Associate Program Director) University of Louisville (Associate Program Director) Virginia Commonwealth University (Program Director, Associate Chair)

Dr. Stephanie Call was recruited to start the Internal Medicine Training Program at MAHEC in the fall of 2019.  Dr. Call is a nationally recognized educator, recently receiving the national Associate of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Distinguished Medical Educator Award.  She was also a recipient of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award - one of the highest honors bestowed by the ACGME.  She is recurrently recognized by her learners and institutions, having received numerous teaching awards from each of the medical universities with which she was affiliated, including a recent University-wide Distinguished Teacher Award and an award recognizing her leadership in graduate medical education.  Dr. Call was also recognized as Working Mother of the Year in 2012 for demonstrating that you don’t have to choose between a fulfilling career and a wonderful personal life (And her three daughters, Alex, Katie and Emma, agree!).

Dr. Call is a trained facilitator in the Stanford Clinical Teaching Framework and has significant expertise in faculty development in clinical teaching and assessment, including running teaching workshops as far as Qatar and Brazil.  She is also trained in several innovative teaching methods and has led studies in enhancing learner engagement at both the GME and UME levels.  She has recently spoken nationally and internationally on milestones, education updates, evaluation and feedback, innovative curriculum design, wellness and resilience, reflection and other subjects.  Her favorite teaching topics are bedside physical examination, evidence-based medicine, diagnostic reasoning and resilience/reflection.

Serving on committees with AAIM, APDIM, ACP, Dr. Call was a founding member of the National Program Directors Survey Committee and completed a four-year term on the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Council. She served as a member of the writing tasks force for the development of the AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency Project and for the ACGME Milestones 2.0 project.

I truly believe that things happen for a reason. I am passionate about what I do. I love teaching, I love serving people, and I love working with others to develop innovative approaches to clinical care and clinical teaching. I also love the mountains and the region of Western North Carolina where I have had a home for over 10years. As I was working to determine my ‘next steps’ in my career, serendipity stepped in and presented a unique opportunity for me in joining MAHEC to build this program. At risk of sounding like a cliché, it was a bit ‘magical’. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity.

I could not be more excited to partner with the MAHEC organization, the community, the talented faculty members, and the trainees in creating a unique program designed to train well-rounded internists that are focused on serving their community as physicians, leaders and teachers.

I have been hiking, kayaking and traveling in Western North Carolina for years. I am excited to make Asheville my true home base for travel and adventure. When I am not here, you can find me traveling with my husband and my three girls … we will usually be in a National Park or overseas!


photo Taylor Fie, MD, MPH
Internal Medicine Residency Program Assistant Director
Phone: 828-771-3500 Fax: 828-412-4171
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Nancy Kubiak, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine Faculty, Medical Director & Associate Residency Program Director
Phone: 828-771-3500 Fax: 828-412-4171
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Undergraduate: Texas A&M University

Medical School: Baylor University, College of Medicine

Internship: Internal Medicine, Primary Care, University of Colorado

Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Mississippi

Chief Resident: Internal Medicine, University of Mississippi

Past faculty appointments: University of Louisville (Associate Program Director, Medical Director)

Dr. Nancy Kubiak has a long history of involvement in graduate medical education in Internal Medicine, having served as an Associate Program Director and as the director of an Internal Medicine Resident and Fellow Outpatient Practice.  She has been repeatedly recognized for teaching excellence by her past institutions and trainees, and led curricular innovations in both primary care and in the foundations of quality improvement. She is joining MAHEC as an experienced educator, associate program director and medical clinical director.

It seems like my whole life has been preparing me for this opportunity to come to Asheville and work with our new internal medicine residency. I have always loved outpatient medicine and resident education. I am excited to use my experience to create a great outpatient practice for learning and patient care in a way that prepares residents to become excellent, well rounded internists.  

I love learning alongside residents and other professionals and working in teams to create opportunities to learn internal medicine, quality improvement, and patient care that improve outcomes in learners and in patients. One of the reasons I chose to come to MAHEC was the singular focus on their mission. Everyone focuses on preparing the next generation of excellent physicians to provide exceptional primary care to every individual, no matter what his or her circumstances may be. My career has been spent working to improve care of the underserved. I was thrilled to find a vibrant, thoughtful, and excellent organization that shared those goals, and honored that they chose to hire me for this position.

My husband, Alan and I are proud of our sons Mark and Scott and look forward to exploring Western North Carolina. We love traveling and our high energy dogs, Lola and Jake. We are excited to join and invest in the Asheville community and experience all the great outdoor and cultural events the area has to offer.


photo Caroline Mueller, MD, M.Ed, FACP, FAAP
Internal Medicine Residency Program Associate Director
Phone: 828-771-3500 Fax: 828-412-4171
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Undergraduate: University of Illinois

Medical School: University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Master's Degree in Education: University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Past faculty appointments: Professor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati Program Director of the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program in Cincinnati Program Director of the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program in Cincinnati

For 30 years Dr. Caroline Mueller has been a primary care physician, and her goal was nurturing residents in their knowledge, skills, and relationships with patients over their years of training in both the ambulatory and inpatient settings. She was the first resident to train as a med-peds resident at the program in Cincinnati, so she knows what is involved to be a resident who is blazing trails. She was the Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency for many years, during which time the residency became one of the most successful in the country, but it was the opportunity to provide a challenging yet secure training environment that motivated her most. To be able to say "I have your back" to young physicians who are pushing themselves to be their best is a great honor. Other roles included ward team attending, student clinic attending, and humanism in medicine preceptor.

The Internal Medicine Residency at MAHEC is an amazing opportunity for all of us!  It is rare to have the chance to build something that will last for generations to come, and impact thousands of lives for the better. MAHEC is an ideal place for this to happen as they have created quite a few training programs, and all of them have been very successful. Their approach is inclusive, caring, dedicated and open. These are people who deeply care for their community and the patients they serve. It is an honor to be able to join them in the endeavor.

Outside of work, I love all things natural including wild spaces, gardens, plants, mountains, streams. I enjoy hiking, running, kayaking, biking and my dogs.


photo Josh Baru, MD
Specialty Core Faculty, Palliative Care

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Undergraduate: Amherst College

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Residency: University of Chicago Hospital

Fellowship: Ethics Fellowship, MacLean Center for Medical Ethics, University of Chicago

Current Faculty Appointments: MAHEC Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Director 

The best things about working at Mission Hospital are the staff and the patients. The physicians at Mission Hospital are incredibly intelligent, invariably hailing from many of the best training programs in the country, but laid back.  They are compassionate and patient centered.  They are able to balance their work and their lives outside of work, approaching both with equal passion. The variety among the patient's life experiences is also unique and fascinating.  Some patients come from the far flung hollers of the Appalachian Mountains while others are CEOs who have retired to Asheville.  The variety in their life experiences and backgrounds, not to mention the complexity of their medical problems, makes for endlessly interesting work.

Residents make us better doctors.  Their curiosity forces us to question our assumptions.  Their energy inspires us. Residents improve the care of our patients.  Their intelligence helps make diagnoses.  Their creativity helps solve problems.  Their compassion helps our patients feel better and live healthier lives. Working with residents makes me feel more engaged and excited.  It motivates me to continue to grow. 

Living in Asheville is wonderful! I love the beauty— turning a corner and seeing clouds hanging over our wise old mountains, mist rising off the lake.  I love meeting friends at a brewery with our kids— dropping a picnic blanket and letting the kids run around as we hang out.  I love the food.  I love the fact that we can be on a world class bike trail in 20 minutes.  I especially love the people who are interesting, engaging and friendly.  


photo Rebecca Bernstein, MD
Internal Medicine Faculty, Continuing Professional Development Medical Director
Phone: 828-771-3500 Fax: 828-412-4171
MAHEC Internal Medicine
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Undergraduate: Indiana University

Medical School: New York Medical College

Residency: Montefiore Medical Center, Primary Care and Social Medicine

Dr. Rebecca Bernstein has worked in WNC as an internal medicine hospitalist for the past 12 years. She has taught MAHEC family medicine residents on the inpatient teaching service. She served as medical director of the inpatient diabetes program creating a unique team of providers caring for patients with inpatient hyperglycemia and diabetes.  She also served at chairperson of the Mission Health Diversity Committee, educating healthcare workers on implicit bias and identifying local healthcare disparities.

Over the past 12 years, I have had the chance to work with MAHEC by teaching residents, speaking at conferences, and advising the interns of the Minority Medical Mentorship Program. MAHEC’s philosophy on education and community involvement is outstanding. Their commitment to racial health disparities is an important part of healthcare. I look forward to being an active part of closing the gap in health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations as well as helping future generations understand that racial equity is a key part of our community’s health.

I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to teach internal medicine residents in MAHEC’s new residency. Acting as teaching faculty not only contributes to the future of medicine but will make me a better clinician. I welcome the challenge to build a successful internal medicine residency that will serve WNC for years to come.

I am a big fan of hobbies when I have the time. I play a couple of string instruments including the bass guitar and banjo. I love to bake, make kombucha, sew and garden. I live with my son, dog and two small tiger kitties. We enjoy biking, sailing, camping, and just sitting around a firepit with friends and family.


photo Mark Hellreich, MD
Specialty Core Faculty, Pulmonary and Critical Care

Asheville Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates, P.A.
30 Choctaw Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Undergraduate: Hamilton College

Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Residency: Emory University, Internal Medicine  

Fellowship: Duke University, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Faculty appointments: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Asheville Regional Campus

I have practiced in Asheville since completing my fellowship training in 1987. Since I became the 4th member of my group, we have grown to 22 physicians, in addition to 8 advanced practitioners! My time is spent fairly evenly divided between the practice of outpatient pulmonary and sleep medicine, inpatient pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine. Several of our group members participate in the Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Panel/Clinic, and perform advanced pulmonary procedures, including Navigational and Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Bronchoscopy. 

I have very much enjoyed being the Critical Care Selective Site Director for the 4th year medical students at the Asheville Regional Campus of the UNC School of Medicine. These students have all spent their first 2 years of medical school in Chapel Hill, and elected to spend their last 2 years here in Asheville. I look forward to helping to structure a robust teaching service, integrating medical students with our incoming house staff. 

Between residency and fellowship, I was the trip doctor on a one month trekking and white water expedition in Nepal, and then worked for several months as a volunteer doctor in India. My greatest blessings in this life are my family and friends, my ability to help many people less fortunate than myself, and my time traveling and being outdoors. 


photo Calvin Bard, MD
Core Faculty, Hospitalist MAHEC Inpatient Service

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Undergraduate: University of Texas - Austin

Medical School: University of Texas - Southwestern

Internship & Residency: Baylor University Medical Center - Internal Medicine

Past Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine Program Director Internal Medicine Residency, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine.

I have been a full time hospitalist for 3 years. Before that I was a hybrid teaching hospitalist and outpatient internist for over 20 years. I was trained with the mantra "Do one, see one, teach one" and firmly believe teaching makes one a better clinician and am looking forward to having IM residents at Mission Hospital!

I enjoy camping and hiking with my wife and dogs, mountain biking (when I get a bike!) cooking, reading, seeing friends, gardening, and keeping up with our adult children who live/work in Boston, Nashville, and Atlanta.

 


James Bates, MD
Core Faculty, Hospitalist MAHEC Inpatient Service

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

photo Rhoda Brosnan, MD
Specialty Core Faculty, Cardiology

Asheville Cardiology
5 Vanderbilt Park Drive
Asheville, NC 28803

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

Medical School: Med University of South Carolina

Internship: University of Texas Southwestern

Residency: University of Texas Southwestern

Chief Residency: University of Texas Southwestern

Fellowship: Duke University, Cardiology

Faculty Appointments: University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Cardiology exposure during Internal Medicine training is critically important.  Asheville Cardiology Associates is a large subspecialty practice that provides the only tertiary Cardiology care for a large portion of Western North Carolina.  We see an incredible array of pathology and are fortunate enough to have access to advanced imaging and procedural technology to care for them locally. We have always tried to maintain an academic feel to our practice. Case Presentations and Cardiology Grand Rounds occur every Tuesday and we have an active Research program in addition to our busy practice.  My partners come from training programs all over the country to practice at ACA and in the Mountains of Western NC. IM training has been a missing piece.  We are excited to add that to our model and look forward to having Interns and Residents on Rounds and in Conference.


Stephanie Erway, MD
Core Faculty, Hospitalist MAHEC Inpatient Service





photo Jacqueline Halladay, MD, MPH
Faculty, Research and Scholarship

Mountain Area Health Education Center
121 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Undergraduate: Virginia Tech

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Fellowship/MPH: Preventive Medicine, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill/Gilling’s School of Global Public Health, and Senior Research Fellow, The Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Past and Current Faculty Appointments: University of Rochester School of Medicine, and Dentistry
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Dr. Halladay is the Research Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Co-Director of the North Carolina Network Consortium statewide practice-based research network (www.ncnc.unc.edu), Senior Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Chair of Research at the UNC Health Sciences at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). She has led or participated the design and implementation of numerous practice and health system-level randomized and observational trials funded by the NHLBI, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and private foundation. Her research experience primarily includes using community based participatory research methods, testing implementation strategies - specifically practice facilitation activities- to enhance outcomes in patients with chronic diseases. Additionally, much of her work includes performing practice and health system-based activity-based costing analyses.

Like many in my large family, I engage in athletic and musical activities. I have hundreds of pictures of my beloved Welch Corgi on my cell phone. I love the vibe of Asheville, the friendliness of its people and their pets, and of course the views that I am privileged to see and absorb during early AM runs and PM walks. 


Trent Hester, MD
Associate Program Director, Mission Hospital Inpatient

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Bryan Hodge, DO
Faculty, Rural Health

Mountain Area Health Education Center
121 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

photo Benjamin Hulkower, MD
Core Faculty, Hospitalist MAHEC Inpatient Service

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Undergraduate: BS in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill, 2004-2008

Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, 2009-2013

Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Chief Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

In 2017, I had the privilege of moving back to Asheville with our growing family to work at Mission Hospital as a Hospitalist, where I have thoroughly enjoyed working as an attending on the hospitalist teaching service with MAHEC residents.

High-quality, evidenced-based patient care and teaching is at the center of everything we do at the Mission Hospital Medicine program and MAHEC. Internal Medicine residents training here will have a unique opportunity to learn from world-class educators at an academic center with state-of-the-art facilities yet still maintain the comfort and support typically associated with smaller community-based residency programs. I enjoy working with residents because of their eagerness to learn and willingness to put themselves out there and ask great questions. This allows me to teach core concepts of medicine that I hope will last a lifetime. Quite frequently I am challenged to refresh my own medical knowledge and to stay up-to-date with the most recent medical literature. Working with residents makes me a better and more well-rounded physician.

Asheville has an amazing combination of access to outdoor activities as well as world-class restaurants, art studios, and music venues, not to mention the opportunity to work in a nationally recognized health system. My hobbies include soccer, hiking, playing with my kids, and a great deal of dad jokes.


photo Brian Johnson, MD
Core Faculty, Hospitalist MAHEC Inpatient Service

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Undergraduate: Rhodes College, Memphis TN

Graduate: University of Tennessee, Memphis

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Utah, SLC

Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Utah, SLC

Chief Resident: Internal Medicine, University of Utah, SLC

I knew I wanted to be a career Hospitalist while on my very first inpatient teaching rotation while in medical school. I have always enjoyed learning together the practice of Internal Medicine, whether it be on teaching rounds or in an interactive classroom setting. I reluctantly left that warm teaching atmosphere and came to Asheville NC in order to be closer my family, because of the strong reputation of Mission Hospital and its staff, and for the many recreational and life opportunities that WNC has to offer.

My perfect day outside of the hospital starts with a cool morning trail run to a trout-filled mountain stream and ends sharing a craft beer, food truck meal and bluegrass band with family or friends. Now I am very excited that my perfect day in the hospital will again include the wonderful opportunity to share my 10+ years of experience in Hospital Medicine with eager Internal Medicine interns and residents.


Scott Joslin, MD
Core Faculty, Hospitalist MAHEC Inpatient Service

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

photo Suzanne Landis, MD
Faculty, Health Disparities

MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Medicine Pediatric Internship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Internal Medicine Residency, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

MPH-Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UNC-CH, CH, NC

Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Palm Beach County Health Dept, West Palm Beach, FL

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, UNC-CH, CH, NC

Background and clinical practice:

  • Assistant professor, School of Public Health and School of Medicine, UN-CH, CH, NC
  • Tenured Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UNC-CH, CH, NC
  • Started Project Access in Asheville, NC, an organized charity care program providing free comprehensive medical care to low income uninsured people.
  • Clinical practice of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at UNC-CH, MAHEC in Asheville, NC, and at Care Partners PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Asheville, NC. Decades of teaching with medical students, residents, etc.
  • Program and Grants Committee, the Dogwood Health Trust, Asheville, NC

I am excited to share my passion for community health with IM residents through the development of unique experiences with the Dogwood Health Trust, a regional community health foundation focused on improving health status.

Asheville is my home now after more than 30 years. I raised my family, found great satisfaction professionally. I love to cycle, primarily road, but also mountain biking. I own 6 bikes! I also enjoy hiking, paddling, tennis, reading, and lately gardening. Baking is quite fun, especially when I can share my sticky buns on hospital rounds with residents.


photo Charles Mahan, MD
Faculty, Site Director, VA Medical Center

Charles George VA Medical Center
1100 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805

Undergraduate: Duke University

Medical School: University of South Florida

Residency: Internal Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland Oregon

Fellowship: Infectious Diseases Fellowship, Case Western/University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH

I have a wide range of medical interests. I started my career doing both laboratory and clinical research in HIV, immunology, and tuberculosis.  More recently I have focused my efforts on medical student, resident and faculty education at the VA Hospital.  I also remain involved in recruitment for multiple multi-center infectious disease research studies.  I am currently Chief of the Department of Medicine.

I am a passionate teacher. I love the practice of medicine and sharing its wonders with IM students and residents.

I try to maintain a healthy work-life balance. I continue to do medical writing- I am co-author of Medical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple and author of Are You Afraid of Snakes- A doctor’s exploration of alternative medicine.  I also am an avid hiker, biker, kayaker, and family man.  I have a wife and three boys.


Melissa McKay, MD
Core Faculty, Hospitalist MAHEC Inpatient Service

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Christina McQuisten, MD
Core Faculty, Hospitalist MAHEC Inpatient Service

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Creighton Mitchell, MD
Specialty Core Faculty, Endocrinology

Asheville Endocrinology Consultants
750 Alliance Court
Asheville, NC 28806

photo Heather North, MD
Specialty Core Faculty, Rheumatology

Pardee Hospital
705 B 6th Ave. West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

Residency: IM Residency at a large clinically-oriented program in Connecticut at Hartford Hospital

Fellowship: Rheumatology Fellowship at Brown University, Roger Williams Hospital with one additional year of Clinical Research

After residency, Dr. North spent 2 years in the US Air Force as an internist, and then went on for additional training in Rheumatology.  After the Air Force commitment was completed, she spent many years in private multispecialty practice on the Coast of Mississippi. Dr. North is currently in an employed position with Pardee UNC.  

Teaching residents Rheumatology is an important aspect of their training which is not readily achieved in the hospital setting.  I am glad to be able to provide exposure to rheumatology patients to enhance the physicians’ confidence in recognizing and treating people with systemic autoimmune disorders and musculoskeletal diseases.  (Who knows, maybe we’ll find a budding rheumatologist, too!)

When Dr. North is not practicing medicine, she is an avid tennis player and reader, enjoys western NC mountain life and loves to travel.


photo Paul Rogers, MD
Faculty, Simulation Center

MAHEC Simulation Center
119 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Medical School: University of Arkansas School of Medicine

Residency: University of Virginia Internal Medicine Residency

Fellowship: National Institutes of Health Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Past Faculty Appointments: Vice Chair of Education Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Program Director for Internal Medicine Critical Care University of Pittsburgh, Director of Medical Student Education Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Critical Care Faculty Member, and Director of the SICU at VA Pittsburgh

Dr. Rogers is the Medical Director of MAHEC’s Simulation Center. MAHEC has a world class Simulation Center with state-of-the-art equipment that gives learners an opportunity to acquire complex skills and practice management of complex problems in a safe environment so that they are better prepared to manage patients in the real world.

I am very glad to be a faculty member and work in such a remarkable institution.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, reading, hiking and gardening.


photo Matthew Volk, MD
Specialty Core Faculty, Nephrology

Mountain Kidney & Hypertension Associates, PA
10 McDowell Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Medical School:  Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Residency: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Nephrology Fellowship: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Volk has been a part of Mountain Kidney and Hypertension since 2012.  He sees patients in clinic, at several outpatient dialysis facilities, and at the hospital.  He is presently the medical director of the Mission Hospital inpatient dialysis unit.  He has particular interest in management of hyponatremia.

Dr. Volk has always had an interest in teaching, and is excited to be a part of this residency program.  He firmly believes that the best way to understand most illnesses requiring hospitalization is from the viewpoint of the kidneys.  A sound education in this area is critical to any training program.

Away from work, Dr. Volk loves to spend time with his family, run in the beautiful neighborhoods of North Asheville, and make tasty desserts.


photo James Whitehouse, MD, MHS
Specialty Core Faculty, Infectious Diseases

Mission Infectious Disease Associates
900 Hendersonville Road Suite 205
Asheville, NC 28803

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine

Internship: Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Residency: Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Assistant Chief Resident: Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Fellowship: Infectious Disease and International Health, Duke University Medical Center

Although I was born in Madrid, Spain and raised in the South Pacific (Kwajalein, Marshall Island), I am a long term resident of North Carolina who has been fortunate to call Asheville home since 1999.   Mission ID has provided me the perfect practice opportunity with a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient infectious diseases as well as the continuity of HIV care and the excitement of Travel and Tropical medicine.  

Our practice has a long relationship with MAHEC through teaching residents on ID rotations as well as speaking regular at conferences.  I am excited to be part of new MAHEC IM residency and helping to prepare the next generation of excellent physicians.  MAHEC, Mission, Asheville and WNC provide an ideal medical environment and community for training as well as the perfect city and mountains to live in.

Infectious diseases and Infection Prevention are two of my great passions.  However, I love to make ample time for golfing, landscaping, hiking, driving down back of scenic country roads and listening to books and podcasts.  Asheville has been the ideal place to raise 2 boys who equally cherish the sunrises over Looking Glass Rock, the Peregrine falcons at Devils Courthouse and the sunsets at Craggy Gardens.