Our Med-Peds program was founded in 2002, with our first class of graduates finishing in 2006. Graduates from our program have gone on to a variety of careers in primary care and hospital medicine, as well as fellowship training. Residents from the categorical programs in pediatrics and internal medicine have also gone on to a variety of competitive fellowships upon graduation.
CLASS OF 2013
Matt Nicholson, MD Matt received his undergraduate degree in the biological sciences from the University of Georgia where he was the comically oversized anthropomorphic Bulldog Mascot “Spike” for several basketball seasons. Matt then received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. During his residency training, Matt distinguished himself as a thoughtful clinician, a highly knowledgeable and patient teacher, and an electronic medical record genius. Following graduation, we are very pleased that Matt has joined the GHS MD 360 Convenient Care Group here in Greenville, SC.
Cary Sanders Hefty, MD Cary is a graduate of Berry College in Rome, Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Science. She completed her medical school training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta where she received the MCG Descendant’s Scholarship. During her residency, Cary was a fantastic clinician, teacher, and leader with a strong interest in global health. Cary was already on a medical mission trip to Haiti when the earthquake of 2010 struck, and was immediately able to provide relief and solace to those in need. Cary has now working in a rural Med-Peds Primary Care practice in Washington, Georgia.
Joy Smith, MD Joy is a graduate of Bob Jones University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She completed her medical school training at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. During her intern year she was awarded the 2010 Lily M and G.D. Jackson Award - presented to the most outstanding interns in the Greenville Health System. Joy was also awarded the most outstanding resident teacher by the USC School of Medicine Class of 2013, and served our program as our Med-Peds Chief resident for 2012-13. Joy is now working as a Med-Peds hospitalist in Jackson, Mississippi.
Candice Thornton, MD Candice is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, where she received her bachelor of arts. She then attended Medical School at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. During her residency, Candice was a careful clinician, a responsive leader, and an active teacher. She also has a passion for global health, and participated in a medical trip to Brazil. Following graduation, we are very pleased that Candice has also joined the GHS MD 360 Convenient Care Group here in Greenville.
CLASS OF 2012
Drew Goldsmith, MD Dr. Goldsmith is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. He completed his medical school training at the Mercer University School of Medicine in 2008. During his residency at GHS, Drew distinguished himself in many ways. His intern year, he was the sole recipient of the GHS-wide Lily M. and G.D. Jackson Award, was named resident teacher of the year by the USC School of Medicine. Drew was also nominated to the resident chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Drew served as our Med-Peds chief resident in his 4th year and went on several medical mission trips to Haiti and Trinidad. Drew was also the winner of the national Med-Peds Program Director’s Walter Tunnessen Award given to the 4th year Med-Peds resident nationwide who best demonstrates the values of dedicated patient care, excellent teaching, and patient advocacy. After graduation, Drew will be starting a brand-new community Med-Peds practice in Wren, South Carolina. www.HeritageWren.com
Carole Mercer, MD Dr. Mercer is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She completed her medical school training at the Mercer University School of Medicine in 2008. While a Med-Peds resident Carole was a compassionate clinician and a strong advocate for her patients and fellow residents. She participated actively in medical mission trips during her residency and provided relief to a variety of medically needy populations in Brazil. Following graduation Carole will also be joining the Med-Peds hospitalists at Greer Memorial Hospital.
Denny Myers, MD Dr. Myers graduated magna cum laude and received his undergraduate degree in the biological sciences from Clemson University, and his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina where he was a Gold Humanism Honor Society recipient. During his residency training, Denny was as a dedicated clinician, warm-hearted patient advocate, and an enthusiastic role model and mentor for his fellow residents. Following graduation, Denny will be joining the Med-Peds hospitalists at Greer Memorial Hospital.
CLASS OF 2011
Scott Annett, MD Dr. Annett received his B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Richmond where he was also a member of the men’s varsity soccer team. He then went on to receive his MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Scott also performed exceptionally well as a resident for us and served as our Med-Peds chief resident for 2010-11. Upon graduation Scott joined a Med-Peds hospitalist practice at Maury Regional Medical Center outside of Nashville, TN.
Andy Bowe, DO Dr. Bowe received his undergraduate degree in the biomedical sciences from the Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and his DO from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. During his residency training, Andy distinguished himself as a caring clinician, an enthusiastic teacher, and an outstanding role model. Andy is now a neonatology fellow at the University of Virginia.
Nancy Cox, MD Dr. Cox received her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia. She completed her medical school training at the Mercer University School of Medicine in 2007. During her residency, Nancy was an outstanding clinician and dedicated teacher and advocate for her fellow residents and students. Following graduation, Nancy returned to Georgia to honor a commitment to the underserved patients of rural Georgia with Physician’s Health Group, a multi-specialty primary care group affiliated with Jefferson Hospital in Louisville, GA.
Amanda O’Kelly. MD Dr. O'Kelly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University. She is also an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine where she was named a Carolina Medical Scholar and received a full-tuition merit-based scholarship. During her residency, Amanda quickly distinguished herself as an exceptionally dedicated clinician, teacher and leader. Amanda served admirably as the president of the GHS House Staff for 2010-11 and as pediatric chief resident in 2011-2. Amanda now is an Associate Program Director of the GHS Pediatric Residency Program and also works with Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, our outpatient Med-Peds faculty practice in Simpsonville, SC.
CLASS OF 2010
Heather Moreira, MD - Dr. Moreira received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia where she graduated magna cum laude and her MD from Mercer University School of Medicine. During her residency training, Heather distinguished herself as a meticulous clinician and enthusiastic teacher. Following graduation, Heather joined Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine which is our first Med-Peds practice at Hillcrest Hospital in Simpsonville.
Stefanie Putnam, MD - Dr. Putnam is a magna cum laude graduate of Furman University where she majored in both music and pre-medical studies. She completed her medical school training at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in 2006 where she was the president of the Brody Chapter of the AMA medical student section. During her intern year, Stefanie was awarded the Lily M. and G. D. Jackson Award, presented to most outstanding interns in the Greenville Health System and continued to be an exceptional clinician and role model throughout her residency. Following graduation, Stefanie joined Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in Simpsonville and will continue to be an important part of our residency program.
Zach Stone, MD - Dr. Stone received his B.A. in psychology from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He then went on to receive his M.D. degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Zach also performed exceptionally well as a resident for us and served as our Med-Peds chief resident during his 4th year. After graduation Zach joined a Med-Peds faculty practice affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Moody, Alabama.
CLASS OF 2009
Jeremy Byrd, MD - Dr. Byrd completed his medical school training at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine where he graduated AOA in 2005. After graduation, Jeremy will be staying at GHS to start an adult medicine practice at Hillcrest Hospital in an office that is planned to serve as a Med-Peds faculty practice. He will also serve as an attending on the medical teaching service, will work as a pediatric provider in the Center for Pediatric Medicine, and will also continue to sponsor international health trips for GHS residents.
Heather Hawthorne, MD - Dr. Hawthorne joined the GHS Med-Peds program after completing medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and served as one of our Med-Peds chief residents. After graduation, Heather completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and now works as a pediatric oncologist Children's Hospital of Orange County in Irvine, California.
George Petro, MD - Dr. Petro joined the GHS Med-Peds program after graduating AOA from Mercer University School of Medicine in 2005. Following graduation George returned to his hometown of Dahlonega, GA to practice primary care Med-Peds.
Sharon Wondrachek, MD - Dr. Wondrachek joined our program after graduating from the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. Sharon also served as one of our Med-Peds chief residents this year. After graduation, Sharon joined the UMG Internal Medicine office in Patewood and will also care for pediatric patients with Greenville Pediatrics part time.
CLASS OF 2008
Jeff Gerac, MD - Dr. Gerac is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 2004. Jeff served as Med-Peds chief resident here during his 4th year. Currently Jeff is a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital. Jeff also attends on the pediatric wards at Children’s Hospital.
Gregg Johnson, MD - Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina in 2004. He served as a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital from 2008-2012 and now practices primary care Med-Peds with Drew Goldsmith at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Wren.
Stephanie Reckenbiel, DO - Dr. Reckenbiel completed her medical school training at Oklahoma Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. After residency, Stephanie completed a sports medicine fellowship program here at GHS. She is currently working in primary care Med-Peds in Oklahoma.
Jerrod Reynolds, MD - Dr. Reynolds is a graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He is currently working in private practice in Charleston, SC.
CLASS OF 2007
Lisa Darby, MD - Dr. Darby is a 2003 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. After completion of her Med-Peds residency, Lisa undertook a fellowship program in vascular medicine here at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Wes Jones, MD - Dr. Jones is a 2003 graduate of the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. After completing his first two years of Med-Peds training at the University of Tennessee, he transferred to Greenville and graduated in 2007. Wes served as a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital until 2010 and now practices Med-Peds hospital medicine in North Carolina.
Christa McCann, MD - Dr. McCann graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2003. Upon graduation, she went into private practice at the Eastside University Medical Group in Greenville, SC.
Lydia Nichols, MD - Dr. Nichols graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2003. After completing her Med-Peds residency program at GHS, Lydia undertook a second residency in anesthesiology at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA.
CLASS OF 2006
Stephanie Anderson, MD - Dr. Anderson is a 2001 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina in Columbia. Stephanie then undertook a Developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
Matt Hindman, MD - Dr. Hindman is a 2002 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Matthew was a founding member of the Med-Peds Hospitalist Group at Greer Memorial Hospital where he continues to work and direct the Med-Peds hospitalist rotation for our residents.
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