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Resident PGY1


photo Jeff Gaskins, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

I was born in Charleston, SC, and raised in a small rural community in the heart of the Francis Marion National Forest, which is just outside of Charleston. I grew up doing construction work with my family, and that allowed me to gain valuable experience and an appreciation for working with my hands. I have also always been very interested in biology, chemistry, and physics, so majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of South Carolina allowed me to combine all of my interests with my background in building things. After college, I earned my medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. In medical school, I fell in love with being in the OR. I find surgery to be the most interesting specialty because I get to work with my hands and help people at the same time.

I am very happy that I will complete my surgical training at MAHEC. The program and the people are all excellent, and I love the area. I have spent many vacations in the mountains, so I feel very fortunate that where I used to vacation is now my home. In my spare time, I love to fish and to just be outdoors in general.


photo Mark Khalil, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

My name is Mark Khalil and I was born and raised in South Carolina. I was born three months after my parents immigrated to the United States from Egypt; however, I primarily grew up in a small, Greenville-neighboring town called Easley. Secondary to being raised in an Egyptian household located in the deep south, I am a self-proclaimed Southern-Egyptian.

I attended Clemson University for my undergraduate studies, where I attained a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and a passion for serving people. I attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville, and I am very excited to join the MAHEC general surgery residency family.

General surgery was an obvious specialty choice for me because I was unequivocally amazed by surgical procedures, technique, and pathology. I was also very attracted to the way a surgeon can serve and care for patients in a very unique and meaningful way; being someone patients can trust in a moment of their life that is frightening and uncertain. I am so fortunate to undergo my surgical training at MAHEC in the beautiful city of Asheville – a special place where I am certain I will be able to simultaneously be trained to be an excellent surgeon and enjoy life.

Outside of work, my wife Anna and I enjoy any and all outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, flat-water kayaking, playing with our sassy pit-lab mix, Dragon; as well as sharing life and meals with people, exploring breweries, and ping-pong.


photo Katie Korneffel, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

My name is Katie and I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am one of three siblings and the only person in my immediate family who isn’t an engineer, parents included. I went to the University of Dayton for undergrad (go flyers!) where I became a volunteer EMT and discovered my passion for medicine and patient care. I then moved to northwest Ohio for medical school at the University of Toledo and quickly found myself drawn to the hands-on and patient-centered nature of surgery. While I love Ohio and my family there, I was very ready for my next adventure somewhere new!

I first fell in love with Asheville and MAHEC/Mission Hospital when I did a rotation here as a 4th year medical student. The mountains and the excellent program drew me here, but the people made it feel like home. I am incredibly grateful and excited to be a part of the MAHEC team and I’m looking forward to training with the best colleagues and mentors!

In my free time, I love hiking, road biking, running, rock climbing, and anything else that involves the outdoors! I have been an avid snow skier my whole life, even dabbling in ski racing for a short time, and love slalom water skiing as well. I’m extremely excited for the outdoor opportunities Asheville will bring me and can’t wait to start exploring!


photo Amanda Stastny, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

My name is Amanda Stastny and I’m excited to be joining the MAHEC Rural General Surgery Residency Program. I grew up in Anderson, SC, and later traveled up the road to attend college at Clemson University, where I majored in bioengineering. After graduating in 2016, I started medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. I’m thrilled to be coming closer to home but also to experience living in Asheville, NC. I’m looking forward to exploring the hiking and fishing in the area as well as relaxing and spending time with my dog, Maeve, at the breweries and parks around town.


photo Luke Tidwell, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

My name is Luke Tidwell. I was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. I went to the University of South Carolina where I first became interested in healthcare. After graduating from undergrad, I worked in the Surgical Department and immediately fell in love with the surgical medicine. I also obtained a Master’s in Pharmacology before getting my medical degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

Going into medical school, I knew that I wanted to be a surgeon and cannot wait to start my journey in Asheville. The community at MAHEC is really what makes the program special. They are incredibly supportive and I am lucky that I was chosen to be a part of the Asheville family.

Growing up in the mountains, Asheville was a natural fit for me. I enjoy hiking, camping, and just about anything that gets me out of the city. I am excited to get to know the city more and experience the booming culture.

Resident PGY2


photo Keith Anderson, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

My name is Keith Anderson, and I grew up in Memphis, TN, the Home of Blues and Birthplace of Rock n Roll. I earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and dabbled in club tennis and club gymnastics at Yale University before returning down South to attend the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill (I definitely missed the warmer climate!).

I am ecstatic to join MAHEC’s program as I pursue surgical training in the beautiful city of Asheville! The residency is a true gem in that it is not only new and dynamic, but also involves working with many skilled surgeons and handling a large patient volume. I feel fortunate that Dr. Schurr invited me to be a part of the team. My interests include trauma/critical care, medical education, and social determinants of health.

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, trying new restaurants, exploring breweries, and binge-watching television shows.


photo Katie Decker, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

My name is Katie Decker, and I’m so excited to be joining the MAHEC General Surgery Team. I grew up in Nashville, TN, and my family spent many wonderful vacations in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. I am absolutely thrilled to be moving back to the area.

I started my undergrad degree at the University of Hawaii and finished at University of California, Davis with a degree in biology. I attended medical school at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. I am interested in acute care, critical care, and trauma surgery.

I have a seven-year-old daughter, and as a family we love hiking, swimming, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. We are so excited to make Asheville our home.


photo Cyan McFarlane, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

I was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, but grew up in Phoenix, AZ. I attended NYU for college, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry and psychology. During my undergraduate career, I became involved with the Alternative Breaks (AB) program and became interested in social justice issues. Splitting my time between science-heavy coursework and the AB program, I realized my interests in surgery expanded beyond the walls of a hospital. I wanted to have more experience understanding the intricacies of the U.S. healthcare system and was moved to apply for an AmeriCorps position with Philly Health Corps.

After spending a year in Philadelphia, I chose to continue my pursuit of public health issues in medical school and attended the Medical School for International Health in Israel, which incorporates global health courses into all four years of its curriculum—culminating in a two month global health clerkship, which I completed in Vellore, India.

MAHEC’s dedication to health equity in Western North Carolina initially drew me to the program. I wanted to train at a program that combined excellent surgical training with a strong commitment to the community it serves. I am excited to join the MAHEC team and work with an incredible group of attendings and residents over the next five years.


photo Julie Rajotte-Caron, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

My name is Julie Rajotte-Caron. I’m ecstatic to be part of the MAHEC surgery family! I can’t wait to experience this beautiful city and meet all of its amazing people.

I’m originally from Quebec, Canada. I obtained my bachelor of science in nursing during my time in the Canadian Military. I completed 8 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and experienced several areas of healthcare including community health, global health, tropical diseases, teaching, primary care and healthcare management.

The Army has permitted me to work in emergency and trauma care as part of international coalitions in austere environments. I was challenged to develop my clinical skills in conditions of extreme fatigue requiring personal and professional growth during several deployments abroad such as in the Philippines and El Salvador. My passion for the Army will always stay. As I always say: my heart is green!

I have always been interested and drawn toward performing technical procedures that involve using my hands. Surgery residency is the next step in my adventure. Specifically, my interests are global surgery, rural surgery, breast surgery, and plastic surgery.

Outside of work, I like to spend time with my wonderful husband. We try to visit a new country every year. I also enjoy hot yoga, hiking, biking, baking, and outside circuit training.


photo Natalie Reed, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Hi! My name is Natalie Reed and I am excited to complete my surgery residency at MAHEC. I am originally from eastern North Carolina, and I attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergraduate and medical school. I was lucky enough to spent part of my medical school experience at MAHEC and love Asheville and the western part of the state. The supportive community of MAHEC surgery combined with the case load made MAHEC a great residency choice.

In my free time, I love hiking, running, drinking beer, reading, and doing ceramics.


Resident PGY3


photo Matt Wagner, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
I grew up the youngest of four siblings in a Navy family in Virginia Beach, VA. After spending four years in the cold winters at Harvard studying biomedical engineering, I decided that serving patients was my true passion, and I moved back south to attend medical school at Duke. (Fun fact: I road-tripped with friends to watch Duke win the 2015 NCAA Championship in Indianapolis.) While at Duke, I met my wife, who is from North Carolina and was attending Wake Forest at the time. She later moved to Durham, and we got married during my third year. 
 
I knew I loved surgery on the first day of my surgery rotation, and after getting very involved in the Duke vascular surgery department during my second and third years, going into surgery was a no-brainer. As a Navy officer with a few years of service owed after medical training, I wanted a place that offered great hands-on general surgery training to prepare me for my military service. I also cared about finding a tight-knit residency program focused on serving the surrounding community. Of all of the places that interested me, truly nothing compared to the surgical experience of MAHEC, and when paired with the community of faculty and residents, I saw this program as an opportunity that I just could not pass up. 
 
In my free time, I enjoy playing hockey and soccer, weight lifting, watching college and pro sports, and playing the drums. My wife loves to run and cook, so I enjoy running with her and then eating delicious home-cooked meals. We also enjoy sharing those meals with others—we love opening our home and sharing our lives with people around the table. We are excited to build a life in Asheville, not only because it is a beautiful place that holds incredible surgical opportunity, but also because it offers opportunities to spend time together doing the things we love.

Resident PGY4


photo Tim Merino, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
I was born and raised in northern California in a small town called Oroville. After high school I lived in Argentina for a year and then attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, majoring in biology with a psychology minor. My wife and I also lived in Durham, NC for several years after graduation and I worked as a web developer before moving to Nashville for medical school at Meharry Medical College. Most recently, I completed my intern year as a surgery prelim at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga before joining the General Surgery Residency program at MAHEC in Asheville, NC.
 
I love the versatility and interactive nature of surgery and I am extremely blessed to be training as a surgeon. My end goal is to practice general surgery with a career focus on medical missions. When I’m not busy practicing surgery and studying medicine, I enjoy being outdoors, reading, running, and spending time with my beautiful wife and two sons.

photo Rachel Morris, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

My name is Rachel Morris and I’m thrilled to be a part of the inaugural cohort of general surgery residents at MAHEC. I first fell in love with western NC as a child visiting the mountains every year with my family and affirmed my love while working at a nearby camp and conference center for seven (yes, seven) summers. While I’ve lived all over the southeast and traveled as far as Cebu City in the Philippines, North Carolina has always been my home. Tar Heel Born (in Charlotte), Tar Heel Bred!

I had the distinct pleasure of attending undergrad at Presbyterian College in South Carolina, which—by virtue of its small student body—afforded me the opportunity to form meaningful, lasting relationships with educators and mentors. There, I majored in fine arts and minored in biology and chemistry, joined the Student Volunteer Services to give back to the community, formed life-long friendships, and learned to play the bagpipes. After college, I took the winding trail to medical school, taking six years to discern my future career. During that time, I traveled to the Philippines to work with social justice organizations, recruited young adults throughout the US to take a year for volunteer work at home and abroad, and spent three years with the American Red Cross in blood collections, where I met thousands of people all over NC.

UNC School of Medicine was an obvious choice when applying to medical schools, and I was privileged to be selected to spend my third year in the longitudinal program in Asheville through MAHEC and Mission. I’ve been interested in surgery since before I started medical school and had the chance to work in a rural hospital in Linville, NC through the longitudinal program. During this time, I fell further in love with being in the OR, working with my hands, and having the opportunity to dramatically change someone’s quality of life for the better from a single surgery. When I heard there was a surgical residency program opening in Asheville, I knew that it was the perfect fit.

I am excited to be back in a beloved community and equally as excited to learn from amazing providers whom I am lucky to have as mentors. I am eager to work with the medical students here for their clerkships and am interested in education being part of my future practice. The view of the mountains outside the window on a tough day (or any day) doesn’t hurt either. I’m currently interested in working in western NC as a general surgeon after residency, but I’ve also found that I really enjoy trauma and critical care. I look forward to exploring that and the many mountain trails in the coming years here in beautiful Western NC.

In my free time, I love hiking, camping, trivia, watching Jeopardy, biking, running, swimming (hoping to complete my first triathlon before I graduate), karaoke (usually in my car), exercising my fine arts major through drawing and pottery, baking (and watching “The Great British Bake Off”), being an aunt and godmother to children (and dogs), and spending time with my own eccentric cat, Madeline.


photo Andrew O’Neill, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

I am excited to be part of the MAHEC team and to work at Mission Hospital in such a special place with a community of excellent physicians and staff. Combine that with the beautiful mountains and various outdoor opportunities and I believe it is truly the best of both worlds.

I am originally a Northerner, spending most of my childhood in Ohio and New York. I attended Furman University in Greenville, SC and am excited to come back to the area after spending 5 years in the Western Carolinas. I went to medical school in Boca Raton, FL at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. I immediately recognized my love of surgery the first day I spent in the OR and I look forward to training here for the next 5 years.

My interests outside of medicine include CrossFit, running, cycling, playing drums/guitar, family, friends, music, cooking, eating good food, and watching movies.


photo Sarah Waterman, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Although I was born and raised in Vermont, I fell in love with North Carolina when I came to Chapel Hill for my Masters in Public Administration and fell back in love when I had the opportunity to do an away rotation at MAHEC/Mission Hospital as a 4th year medical student. Although I interviewed at many programs for General Surgery, I could never quite shake the MAHEC experience and am thrilled to be completing my surgical residency here at MAHEC.

My first career was in disaster management and response which left me deeply interested in prehospital care, disaster preparedness, and community health. As a busy hospital with a strong community presence and large rural catchment area, MAHEC stood out to me as the perfect place to learn the art of surgery without sacrificing my interest in community involvement and activism. I plan to pursue rural general surgery after graduation.

Outside of the hospital, I’m one of those crazy runner types who runs at 3 am before work and I’m always in training for something. Asheville has plenty of greenways and trails to keep me busy but in a pinch, I can also be found on my trusty treadmill. When I’m not running, I’m enjoying a craft beer or home cooked meal on the back porch with my husband Will, our son Oliver (born August of my third residency year) and our two rescue pups, Watson and Tinker.

Resident PGY5


photo Harold Campbell, MD, MPH
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

I am from New Orleans—born and raised in Louisiana. I have also lived for some time in Washington, DC and Paris, France. I am excited to be joining the new General Surgery Residency here in Asheville, NC.

Previously, I studied French Literature and Biology at Louisiana Tech University. I completed my Master of Public Health at Tulane University and went to medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. I am most interested in global surgery, rural surgery, public health, and health systems research. On a personal note, I love running, traveling when I can, practicing languages (French, Arabic, and Spanish), and spending time with my wife and two children.


photo Brian Charnock, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

I was born in Durham, NC, and grew up outside of Charlotte, NC, before moving to Nashville, TN, where my parents still live. I was an economics major and played varsity soccer at Harvard before returning to the south to work in the Durham/Chapel Hill area for 5 years prior to attending medical school at UNC Chapel Hill. I met my wife while in medical school and we decided to remain in Chapel Hill (at UNC) to start my general surgery residency training while she finished PA school at Campbell University.

We have two dogs and love to spend time with them—walking, hiking, swimming, cooking outdoor meals, and playing fetch. I enjoy golf, although I’m not very good, and play pickup/recreational soccer games when time allows. I am an adamant Liverpool (English premier league soccer team) supporter and watch as many live games as possible. My wife and I also enjoy scuba diving, snow skiing, rock climbing, cooking new recipes, and traveling to new places together. She is originally from Hendersonville, NC and this is where her parents still live.

Asheville is a perfect place for us to start our lives together because the city and surrounding area offers opportunities for us to pursue many of our leisure activities and is a return home for her. It is a place I look forward to calling home alongside her.

MAHEC is the ideal residency program for me because it is a great fit for both my personal life and my professional goals. The opportunity to train under surgeons with the knowledge, experience, and skill of Dr. Schurr as well as the other faculty members at MAHEC is one that I value greatly. Additionally, building a new program alongside outstanding faculty members is a once in a lifetime opportunity that not many residents are afforded. Together, I hope we can create a longstanding and excellent residency program which is special not only to future MAHEC trainees, but also to patients of Western North Carolina.


photo Marco Duverseau, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

My name is Marco and I am very excited to start a career at MAHEC and meet new people. I grew up in the lovely country of Haiti and I have traveled a lot before getting to this point in my life. I attended undergrad at the University of Tampa in Florida. From there, I went back to the Caribbean for medical school at Ross University and came back to the states for rotations in Florida, Michigan, Chicago, etc. before finally matching in a preliminary surgery year at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This tropical boy has yet to get used to these frigid temperatures!

I entered the world of surgery because my parents back home are also physicians—an Orthopedic Surgeon and Anesthesiologist—so I was exposed to medicine very early on. When I am not drooling over the awesomeness of surgery, I find myself eating or cooking since food is a special passion of mine. I particularly enjoy cooking for others and having them enjoy the wide variety of foods I make. I am sure this will bring me many friends in Asheville! I also enjoy travelling and hope to be able to organize food trips. I am fluent in 4 languages, so that definitely helps.


photo Danielle Fontaine, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-771-4229
Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

I was born in Ontario, Canada, but moved to Northeast Ohio early in life and remained there for most of my education. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Youngstown State University as a part of a combined B.S./M.D. program through Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), where I went on to obtain my M.D. I also obtained a Bioethics Certificate during my time at NEOMED, and was very involved with a student organization whose mission was to start a student-run, free clinic.

I began my surgical training as a General Surgery Intern at Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and am so excited to be completing my surgical education with MAHEC. My areas of interest include surgical and medical student education, quality improvement, and trauma/critical care.

Outside of work, I love to bake (cupcakes are my favorite!), read, and create nice things for people to wear—I crochet, make jewelry, and sew. I am also excited to be continuing my training in a place with such a great arts community and with so many opportunities for outdoor activities.

Faculty


photo Michael Schurr, MD
Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
Phone: 828-771-4229 Fax: 828-258-2097
Offsite


Dr. Schurr is a general and critical care surgeon with Mission Hospital and is the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Schurr attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Wisconsin. He completed a fellowship in trauma and critical care at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He has held numerous academic positions, at the University of Wisconsin from 1995–2011 and Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado from 2011 – 2014.

Dr. Schurr has been an active clinician and teacher since he completed his fellowship, teaching students, residents, and fellows. He has published over 60 articles and has ongoing clinical trials underway at Mission Hospital.

photo Courtney Sommer, MD
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Courtney Sommer, MD is a general surgeon at Mission Hospital in Asheville. She also serves as the Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery Residency. Dr. Sommer graduated Medical School from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed her Residency in General Surgery at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. Sommer went onto complete a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Washington. Dr. Sommer’s focus of patient care is in General Surgery and Trauma.


photo Paul Ahearne, MD, FACS
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Paul Ahearne, MD, FACS is a general surgeon at Mission Surgery in Asheville. Dr. Ahearne graduated both Medical School and his Residency in General Surgery from Duke University School of Medicine. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. Ahearne completed a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Ahearne’s focus of patient care is in Surgical Oncology, Pancreatic and Hepatic Surgery, Melanoma, GI Malignancy, Soft Tissue Sarcoma and Robotic Surgery for Rectal Cancer.

photo Colin Bird, MD
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I am happy to call Asheville my home since 2014. As one of two colon and rectal surgeons serving western North Carolina, I am privileged to care for this community, often treating conditions that many don't even feel comfortable talking about with their closest friends and family. Be it an anal fissure, hemorrhoids or rectal cancer, my goal is to provide compassionate care and provide excellent surgical outcomes when surgery is necessary.


photo Alan Bradshaw, MD
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Alan Bradshaw, MD is a general surgeon and President of Mission Surgery in Asheville. Dr. Bradshaw graduated Medical School at Texas A&M College of Medicine and completed his Residency in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. Bradshaw went onto complete an Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Fellowship at Emory University in Georgia. Dr. Bradshaw maintains a number of executive roles in his profession to enhance the well-being and care of patients in Asheville. Since 2013, Dr. Bradshaw has served as Chief of Surgery at Mission as well as Chair of the Executive Proceduralists Administrative Committee. Dr. Bradshaw’s focus of patient care is in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery: Reflux, Colon, Hernia, and Bariatric Surgery.

photo Joseph Buell, MD
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Joseph F. Buell, MD, MBA, FACS is the Chief of General Surgery for the Mission Health, HCA North Carolina Division. Dr. Buell received his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed a general surgery residency at University of Maryland Medical System and Shock Trauma Center. Dr. Buell has completed two fellowships, the first in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Center at the National Institutes of Health and the second in hepatobiliary and transplantation at University of Chicago. Dr. Buell subsequently earned his master of business administration at Tulane University where he was director of the Transplant Institute prior to coming to Mission.

Dr. Buell has had a long track record of clinical trials and funding from industry, the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense. His areas of clinical research include the application of bio-innovation and biotechnology, healthcare delivery and disparity, and basic science research in abdominal wall platforms, bio-protectants, and genomic markers of disease status. Dr. Buell was a pioneer in the area of minimally invasive surgery and continues his work in laparoscopy and robotic liver and biliary surgery. His clinical areas of specialty are complex surgical oncology, hepatobiliary surgery, and complex abdominal reconstruction.

photo Elaine Chan, MD, FACS
General Surgery Faculty

Offsite


Elaine Chan, MD, FACS, is a general surgeon at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Dr. Chan graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, NY and completed a general surgery residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, NY.  After graduating from residency, Dr. Chan subsequently completed a fellowship in Trauma Surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA as well as a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Ryder Trauma Center Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. After fellowship, Dr. Chan served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.


photo Anne Marie Conquest, MD
Trauma Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-213-1995
Offsite


Anne Marie Conquest, MD is a general surgeon at Mission Hospital. Dr. Conquest graduated Medical School at Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed her Residency in General Surgery at East Carolina University School of Medicine. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. Conquest went on to complete a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Conquest has held several academic positions, since 2012 she has served as an adjunct instructor for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Conquest was also an Instructor of Surgery at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine from 2006-2007. Currently, Dr. Conquest serves on the Trauma Performance Improvement Committee and the Transfusion committee at Mission Hospital.

photo Michael Douglas, MD
Vascular Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-213-9090
Offsite


Michael Douglas, MD is a vascular surgeon at Asheville Radiology-Carolina Vascular. Dr. Douglas graduated from Medical School at Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia and completed his Residency in General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. Douglas completed a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  Before joining the Carolina Vascular team, Dr. Douglas worked for Asheville Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons, P.A. from 1999-2002.

photo Thomas Eisenhauer, MD, FACS
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-693-7230
Offsite


Thomas Eisenhauer, MD, FACS is a general surgeon at Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville where he also serves as Chief of Surgery. Dr. Eisenhauer graduated medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed his Residency in General Surgery at Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. Dr. Eisenhauer serves as a clinical instructor for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and has been actively involved in training residents in MAHEC’s Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency.

photo Stuart Glassman, MD, FACS
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-693-7230
Offsite


Stuart Glassman, MD, FACS is a general surgeon at Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville. Dr. Glassman graduated both from medical school and his Residency in General and Vascular Surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Glassman has extensive experience in colonoscopy and upper endoscopy as well as the modern diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders. His focus of patient care remains in general, laparoscopic and peripheral vascular surgery.

photo Dwight Graham, MD, FACS
Pediatric Surgery Faculty

Offsite


Dwight Graham, MD, FACS is a pediatric surgeon at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. Dr. Graham graduated from Medical School at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed a Residency in General Surgery at the University of Virginia. Upon residency graduation, Dr. Graham went on to complete a Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington.

photo Lance Griffin, MD
General Surgery Faculty

Offsite



photo John Henretta, MD
Vascular Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-213-9090
Offsite


John Henretta, MD is a vascular surgeon at Asheville Radiology-Carolina Vascular. Dr. Henretta graduated Medical School at the Medical College of Virginia and completed a Preliminary Internship and Residency in General Surgery at East Carolina University School of Medicine. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. Henretta completed Fellowships in Endovascular and Vascular Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  Before joining the Carolina Vascular team, Dr. Douglas worked for Asheville Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons, P.A. from 1999-2002.


photo Red Hoffman, MD
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Red Hoffman, MD is a general surgeon at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Dr. Hoffman graduated Medical School from Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine and completed her Residency in General Surgery at Maricopa Integrated Health System. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. Hoffman went onto complete a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of North Carolina, and an additional Fellowship in Palliative Care at Mountain Area Health Education Center. Dr. Hoffman’s focus of patient care is in General Surgery, Palliative Care, and Trauma.

photo David Humphrey, MD
Wound Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-713-6878
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David Humphrey, MD is the Medical Director of the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center at Mission Hospital. Dr. Humphrey graduated Medical School at the University of Missouri and completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University.  Dr. Humphrey has been actively involved in academia since 2007, serving as Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina and as the Medical Advisor of ACLS at Mission Hospital since 2001.

photo Scott John, MD
Surgical Simulation Center Director, General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Scott John, MD is a general surgeon at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Dr. John graduated Medical School from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA and completed his Residency in General Surgery at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. John went onto complete a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Dr. John’s focus of patient care is in General Surgery and Trauma.


photo Allison Johnson, MD
Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-456-8633
Offsite


Allison Johnson, MD is a general surgeon at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, North Carolina. Dr. Johnson graduated Medical School at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed both a Residency and Fellowship in General Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Before joining Haywood Surgical Associates, Dr. Johnson served as an Advanced Trauma and Life Support Instructor at Mississippi Medical Center. During Medical School, Dr. Johnson was actively involved as a leader for women in surgery, serving as Co-President for both Women Interested in Surgical Experiences (WISE) and American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).

photo Joshua Judge, MD
General Surgery Faculty

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photo Jonas Karlsson, MD
Trauma Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-213-1994
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Jonas Karlsson, MD is a general surgeon at Mission Hospital. Dr. Karlsson graduated from Medical School at the Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica and completed a Preliminary General Surgery Internship at the Mayo Clinic as well as a Residency in General Surgery at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. Karlsson went on to complete a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Karlsson has experience in teaching as he served as an Instructor of Surgery at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 2012-2013.

photo Lemuel Kirby, MD
Vascular Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-213-9090
Offsite


Lemuel Kirby, MD is a vascular surgeon at Asheville Radiology-Carolina Vascular. Dr. Kirby graduated Medical School at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and completed a Residency in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina. Upon Residency graduation, he went on to complete a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia/Georgia Baptist. Dr. Kirby has shown an avid involvement in the community of Asheville by becoming the Founding Medical Director for the Haywood Street Respite, an 8 bed facility in downtown Asheville that provides a safe place for homeless adults to recover following discharge from the hospital. Dr. Kirby has become an active teacher and researcher, teaching students and residents as well as contributing to a number of research studies and publications.

photo Michelle Kiser, MD
Pediatric Surgery Faculty

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Michelle Kiser, MD is a pediatric surgeon at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. Dr. Kiser graduated Medical School and completed her Residency in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Upon residency graduation, Dr. Kiser went on to complete a Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. In addition to being a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Kiser also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health.

photo John Kogoy, MD
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-693-7230
Offsite


John Kogoy, MD is a general surgeon at Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville. Dr. Kogoy graduated medical school at Marshall University and completed his Residency in General Surgery at Mount Carmel Health System in Ohio.

photo Tammy Kopelman, MD
General Surgery Faculty

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Dr. Kopelman is a general and critical care surgeon with Mission Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine and remained at the University of Miami to complete her residency in general surgery as well as both her fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and her fellowship in Trauma and Emergency General Surgery. She has held academic appointments at the Medical College of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in addition to being faculty at Greenville Memorial Hospital (1997-2002) and the University of Arizona Medical School while faculty at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona (2003-2018). Dr. Kopelman’s focus on patient care is in Surgical Critical Care, Emergency General Surgery, and Trauma.


photo Douglas MacMillan, MD
Vascular Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-213-9090
Offsite


Douglas MacMillan, MD is a vascular surgeon at Asheville Radiology-Carolina Vascular. Dr. MacMillan graduated Medical School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After graduation, Dr. MacMillan completed an Internship in Medicine at Beth Israel – Deaconess Medical Center in Boston before beginning his Residency in General Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. MacMillan stayed at Emory University to complete a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery. Dr. MacMillan has been with Carolina Vascular since 2006.

photo Richard Massen, MD
Trauma Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-213-1994
Offsite


Richard Massen, MD, is a general surgeon at Mission Hospital. Dr. Massen graduated Medical School at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York. He also completed a Residency in General Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine as well as a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Trauma Services Team at Mission Hospital, Dr. Massen worked as a general surgeon at Holy Cross Hospital in New Mexico from 2007-2013 and at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center from 2005-2007.

photo Katherine Mastriani, MD
Trauma Surgery Faculty
Program Director, Critical Care Surgery Fellowship
Phone: 828-213-1994
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Katherine Mastriani, MD is a general surgeon at Mission Hospital. Dr. Mastriani graduated from Medical School at the University of South Carolina and completed her Surgical Residency as well as a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Palmetto Health University of South Carolina. Dr. Mastriani is an active educator, having served as a lecturer on Surgical Hepatobiliary Disease for each group of medical students in their core surgery rotation at Palmetto Health University of South Carolina from 2012-2014.

photo Ioanna Mazotas, MD
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
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Ioanna Mazotas, MD is a general and endocrine surgeon at Mission Hospital. Dr. Mazotas graduated medical school with honors at Washington University School of Medicine and completed her general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Upon graduation, Dr. Mazotas went on to complete a fellowship in endocrine surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Mazotas’ focus of patient care is endocrinology and surgical oncology.

photo Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS is a general surgeon at Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville. McAlister graduated medical school from Michigan State University School of Human Medicine and completed her residency in general surgery at Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center. Upon residency graduation, Dr. McAlister went on to complete a fellowship in breast surgery at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. McAlister’s focus of patient care remains in breast surgery.


photo Lindsee McPhail, MD
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Lindsee McPhail, MD is a general surgeon at Mission Hospital in Asheville. She also serves as the Surgical Simulation Center Director for the General Surgery Residency. Dr. McPhail graduated Medical School, Residency (General Surgery) and Fellowship (Minimally Invasive Surgery) from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

photo Alfred Mina, MD
Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-456-8633
Offsite


Alfred Mina, MD is a general surgeon at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, North Carolina. He graduated from Medical School at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed a Residency in General Surgery at Williams Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Mina has held several previous positions including running his own private practice from 2003-2008. He has been actively involved as an educator, teaching 3rd Year University of North Carolina Medical Students during their surgical clerkships in Asheville. Dr. Mina is currently serving on the Haywood Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and is President of the Haywood County Medical Society. His professional field of focus is in laparoscopic surgeries, cancer surgeries, and venous reflux.

photo Lachlan Noyes, MD, FACS
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-693-7230
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Lachlan Noyes, MD, FACS is a general surgeon at Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville. Dr. Noyes graduated medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his Residency in General Surgery at Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Before joining Pardee in 2011, Dr. Noyes served as Chief of Surgery at Naval Hospital in Pensacola, FL.

photo David Price, MD, FACS
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-693-7230
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David Price, MD, FACS is a general surgeon at Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville. Dr. Price graduated medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and completed his Residency in General Surgery at Carraway Medical Center.

photo Kolandaivelu Ramaswamy, MD, FACS
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
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Kolandaivelu Ramaswamy, MD, FACS is a general surgeon at Mission Surgery in Asheville. Dr. Ramaswamy graduated Medical School from Madras Medical College in Chennai, India and completed his Residency in General Surgery at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital (Grace) in Michigan. Dr. Ramaswamy’s focus of patient care is in Emergency General Surgery.

photo Joshua Rudd, DO
Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-456-8633
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Joshua Rudd, DO is a general surgeon and Director of the Outpatient Wound Care Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, North Carolina. He graduated Medical School at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed a Residency in General Surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Iowa. Dr. Rudd is an active educator of future residents, serving as an adjunct instructor for General Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. His area of focus is in Minimally Invasive Surgery and he spends one day a week performing venous ablations in the Vein Clinic at Haywood.

photo William Shillinglaw, DO
Trauma Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-213-1994
Offsite


William Shillinglaw, DO is a general surgeon as well as the Medical Director of Trauma Surgery at Mission Hospital. Dr. Shillinglaw attended Medical School at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a Residency in General Surgery at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. Upon Residency graduation, Dr. Shillinglaw completed a Fellowship in Trauma Surgery/Critical Care at the University of Maryland, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Dr. Shillinglaw has held numerous positions, most recently as Service-Line Leader, Trauma Surgery Service at Mission Hospital from 2004-2009 and Co-Medical Director, Trauma Surgery Service at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Michigan from 1998-1999. Since becoming a clinician, Dr. Shillinglaw has been actively involved in research. During the past 5 years he has studied Recombinant Factor Xa Inhibitor Antidote (Annexa-4) (2015), Inhaled Amikacin Solution BAY41-6551 as Adjunctive Therapy in the Treatment of Gram-Negative Pneumonia (INHALE 1) (2014) and Efficacy and Safety Study of Intravenous Progesterone in patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (SyNAPSe) (2011). 

photo Peeter Soosar, MD, FACS
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Peeter Soosar, MD, FACS is a general surgeon at Mission Surgery in Asheville. Dr. Soosar graduated medical school from Louisiana State University Medical Center and completed his Residency in General Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Soosar’s focus of patient care is in general surgery, bariatric surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery.

photo Kent Williamson, MD
Vascular Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-213-9090
Offsite


Kent Williamson, MD is a vascular surgeon at Asheville Radiology-Carolina Vascular. Dr. Williamson graduated Medical School at Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed a Preliminary Internship, as well as his Residency in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery at Oregon Health & Sciences University. Before joining the Carolina Vascular Team, Dr. Williamson served as Chief for the Department of Surgery at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon from 2012-2016. While in Oregon, Dr. Williamson was an active teacher, serving as Clinical Assistant Professor for the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Oregon Health & Sciences University.

photo Katherine Yancey, MD
General Surgery Faculty
Phone: 828-252-3366
Offsite


Katherine Habenicht Yancey, MD is a general surgeon at Mission Surgery in Asheville. Dr. Yancey graduated from medical school from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, TN, and completed her general surgery residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Yancey remained at Wake Forest for two years, completing a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery in 2016. Dr. Yancey’s professional interests remain in Medical Student and Surgical Resident Education, as well as Bariatric Surgery. She is one of four surgeons who work with the Mission Weight Management Center.

photo Melissa Zoumberos, MD
General Surgery Faculty

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Melissa Zoumberos, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained colon and rectal surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum. Dr. Zoumberos is skilled in the latest traditional and minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures, and has expertise in treatment for colon and rectal cancer, complicated diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal pathology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and exploring western North Carolina.