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A Warm Welcome From Our President

Providence Anesthesiology Associates (PAA) is an independent group of physicians who specialize in providing exemplary anesthesia care to the communities we serve. The way in which we practice and all of our decisions are guided by our commitment to provide remarkable perioperative care that is safe, reliable, value-driven, evidence-based, and measurably of the highest quality. 

In a rapidly changing and increasingly complex healthcare environment, it can be easy to lose sight of what is important. As physicians, it is our responsibility to always keep the patient at the center of our attention. We strive to better the health of our community, decrease healthcare costs, and improve the patient experience, one patient at a time. With our patients at the forefront of our minds, we always remain focused on our mission of extraordinary physician-led perioperative care. 

PAA is committed to constant improvement by actively soliciting feedback and listening to our hospitals, our peers, our patients, and to one another. Through continued expansion of clinical initiatives and programs such as PAA’s Long Lives Pathways, ERAS protocols, 360 Degree Evaluations, and our PAAQS Quality System, we will remain dedicated to consistency, excellence, and innovation across all platforms. We realize the challenges of healthcare today cannot be solved by working in silos, so PAA is collaborating within our industry and health systems to tackle complex issues. 

We work with our surgical colleagues and hospital administration to define and develop value-based models, combat the rising cost of healthcare, and address the opioid crisis facing our nation. Together we are making meaningful changes for the betterment of our patients and our communities. 

Additionally, at PAA, we deeply value the independent practice model. Independence affords autonomy, placing the physician in the driver’s seat, steering clinical advances, quality improvements, safety standards, and the overall patient experience. 

Private practices such as ours are willing and able to provide a better service by remaining nimble. We are able to quickly pivot, easily adapt and tailor our approach to the specific needs of our partners: hospitals, surgical colleagues, administrators, healthcare systems, community, and most importantly, our patients. 

We embrace both organic and intentional growth as we continue developing an expanding regional presence, across the Carolinas, in the years to come. It is our belief that there will always be a place for the independent anesthesia practice that understands the importance of providing exceptional service through evidence-based medicine and the highest quality and safety standards. 

I am often asked by colleagues and friends, both in Charlotte and throughout the country, “What is PAA’s secret to maintaining its independence?” And my answer is simple — quintessential service. Our service is guided by our core values of compassion, clinical excellence, high-reliability, physician leadership, autonomy, and strength through collaboration. 

With this model, not only have we been able to maintain our independence, we continue to thrive. 

It is an honor to serve our patients and our community, and we remain a committed partner to all those we are privileged to work alongside. 

We are an UNWAVERING PRESENCE.

Kevin Crosby, MD

Kevin Crosby, MD
Providence Anesthesiology Associates, President

PAA is a physician-led practice. Our leadership roles are filled by practicing anesthesiologists, allowing us a unique first-hand approach to the healthcare landscape and enabling us to make informed decisions that benefit our practice and our patients.

Kevin Crosby, MD

Charlotte

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Kevin Crosby, MD

President
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Furman University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Mayo Clinic, Internship and Residency

Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Matthew Dyer, MBA

Chief Excutive Officer

John J. Sandoval. MD

Charlotte

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John J. Sandoval, MD

Chairman of Anesthesiology, Novant Health Greater Charlotte Market
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of Denver

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of Colorado Health Science Center

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of Colorado Health Science Center, General Surgery Internship

University of Florida College of Medicine, Anesthesiology Residency

University of Florida College of Medicine, Chief Resident in Anesthesiology

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Cory Koenig, DO

Charlotte

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Cory Koenig, DO

Vice President, Operations

Chairman of the Recruitment Committee
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
South Dakota State University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Des Moines University

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Henry Ford Hospital, Internship and Residency

University of Michigan, CS Mott Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Francis Stranick, MD

Charlotte

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Francis Stranick, MD

Vice President, Business Development
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Creighton University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Creighton University

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Eastern Virginia Medical Center, Internship

Brown University, Residency, Pediatrics

Georgetown University, Residency, Anesthesia

George Washington University, Children’s National Medical Center, Fellowship, Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Fellowships

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pediatrics

Brian Kornrumpf, MD

Charlotte

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Brian Kornrumpf, MD

Vice President, Finance

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Lipscomb University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Internship and Residency

Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Transesophageal Echocardiography

Katie Yang, MD

Charlotte

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Katie Yang, MD

Vice President, Scheduling
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Duke University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Duke University

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Washington University, Internship and Residency

Washington University, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

G. Britton Harper, MD

Charlotte

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G. Britton Harper, MD

RECORDING SECRETARY
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of the South

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Geissinger Medical Center, Internship, Surgical

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Residency, Surgical

University of Virginia, Residency, Anesthesiology

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

William Askins, MD

Charlotte

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William Askins, MD

Chief, OR Manager
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of Notre Dame

MEDICAL EDUCATION
St. Louis University

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, Internship

University of Florida, Anesthesiology Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Kim Blumberg, MD

Charlotte

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Kim Blumberg, MD

Section Chief, Huntersville Ambulatory Surgery Center

Section Chief, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Baylor University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
The University of Texas Medical Branch

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Brooke Army Medical Center, Internship

Brooke Army Medical Center, Anesthesiology

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Ilka Theruvath, MD

Charlotte

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Ilka Theruvath, MD

Chair, Continuous Quality Improvement Committee

DOCTORATE / PH.D.
Medizinische Hochschule
POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Humboldt University, Internship and Residency

Anesthesia Medical College of Georgia, Residency

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Fellowship

Medical College of Georgia, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Echocardiography

Joseph L. Weidman, MD

Charlotte

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Joseph L. Weidman, MD

Section Chief, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Brigham Young University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Baylor College of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
George Washington University Hospital, Internship, Internal Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital, Residency

Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Transesophageal Echocardiography

Krishna Baddigam, MD

Charlotte

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Krishna Baddigam, MD

Personnel Committee
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MEDICAL EDUCATION
Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of Missouri, Internship

University of Missouri University Hospital, Residency

University of Washington School of Medicine, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pain Management

Darryl Malak, MD

Charlotte

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Darryl Malak, MD

Section Chief, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
United States Air Force Academy

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Resurrection Medical Center, Internship

Duke University Medical Center, Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Daniel Briggs, MD

Charlotte

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Daniel Briggs, MD

Section Chief, Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital

Section Chief, Novant Health Center City Outpatient Surgery Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine

Duke University Medical Center, Residency, Anesthesiology

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Richard Griggs, MD

Charlotte

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Richard Griggs, MD

Section Chief, Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center
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Chief of Surgery, Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Penn State University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Duke University Medical Center, Internship

Duke University Medical Center, Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Jonathan N. McMullen, MD

PAA Mobile

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Jonathan N. McMullen, MD

Section Chief, PAA Mobile
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Tulane University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Tulane Medical School

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Hospital of St. Raphael, Internship

Yale New Haven Hospital, Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Brendan Tribble, MD

Charlotte

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Brendan Tribble, MD

Co-Chief, PAA Mobile
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of California, Santa Barbara

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Northwestern University

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Naval Medical Center, Internship and Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Matthew S. Kozlowski, MD

Charlotte

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Matthew S. Kozlowski, MD

Co-Chief, PAA Mobile
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of Florida

MEDICAL EDUCATION
George Washington University School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of Florida, Internship and Residency

Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Transesophageal Echocardiography

Steven T. Hobgood, MD

Nash

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Steven T. Hobgood, MD

Section Chief, Nash General Hospital
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
East Carolina University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Duke University School of Medicine

Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Duke University Medical Center, Internship

Duke University Medical Center, Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Vaughn P. Nelson, MD

Salisbury

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Vaughn P. Nelson, MD

Section Chief, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Wake Forest University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
East Carolina University School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of Florida College of Medicine, Internship and Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Warren G. Mills, MD

Iredell

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Warren G. Mills, MD

Section Chief, Iredell Memorial Hospital
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Emory University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Medical College of Georgia

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Carolinas Medical Center, Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine

University of Florida, Residency, Anesthesiology

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Internal Medicine

Anesthesiology

Craig Barnette, DO

Watauga

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Craig Barnette, DO

Section Chief, Watauga Medical Center
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MEDICAL EDUCATION
Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of Kansas, Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Josef N. Mueksch, MD

Brunswick

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Josef N. Mueksch, MD

Division Chief, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Villanova University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Cooper University Hospital, Internship

Drexel University College of Medicine, Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Leon R. Shaw, MD, MPH

Halifax

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Leon R. Shaw, MD, MPH

Division Chief, Halifax Regional Medical Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of the Witwatersrand

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of the Witwatersrand

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of London, Internship

Stanford University Medical Center, Residency

University of California, Los Angeles, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Christopher G. Gunn, MD

Charlotte

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Christopher G. Gunn, MD

Section Chief, Mallard Creek Ambulatory Surgery Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Furman University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of Alabama School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Duke University Medical Center, Internship and Residency

Emory University Hospital, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Transesophageal Echocardiography

Willem Bok, MD, MBA

Charlotte

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Willem Bok, MD, MBA

Section Chief, Kimel Park Surgery Center
Section Chief of Ambulatory Surgery

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Duke University School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, MBA

Deaconess Hospital, Internship

Duke University Medical Center, Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Karen V. Slocum, MD, MPH

Charlotte

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Karen V. Slocum, MD, MPH

Section Chief, Edgewater Ambulatory Surgery Center
Secretary/Treasurer of the North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Boston College

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
George Washington University, Internship and Residency

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Fellowship

College

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

John Meyer, MD

Charlotte

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John Meyer, MD

Section Chief, Novant Health Charlotte Outpatient Surgery Center

Co-Chair, Marketing Committee
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Internship and Residency

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Kate Miller, MD

Charlotte

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Kate Miller, MD

Section Chief, Novant Health Midtown Outpatient Surgery Center
Chair, Clinical Practice Committee

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Baylor University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of Texas Medical School

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Yale University School of Medicine, Internship and Residency

Yale University School of Medicine, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Ashley A. McDonell, MD

Charlotte

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Ashley A. McDonell, MD

Section Chief, Ballantyne Surgery Center, Ballantyne Hospital (2023)

Section Chief, South Park Surgery Center

Subspecialty Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of North Carolina

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of North Carolina

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Maine Medical Center, Internship and Residency

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Stephen V. Mendoza, MD

Charlotte

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Stephen V. Mendoza, MD

Chair, Personnel Committee
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Texas A&M University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of Texas Health Science Center

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Brooke Army Medical Center, Internship

Brooke Army Medical Center, Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Freeman R. Jackson, MD

Charlotte

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Freeman R. Jackson, MD

Personnel Committee
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North Carolina Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists; Chair of the Political Action Committee

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of North Carolina Medical Center, Internship and Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Laura Gardner, MD

Charlotte

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Laura Gardner, MD

Section Chief, OB Novant Health Charlotte

Recruitment Committee
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
College of Charleston

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Medical University of South Carolina

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Medical University of South Carolina of Charleston, Internship

University of Chicago Medical Center, Residency

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Thomas Quigley, MD

Charlotte

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Thomas Quigley, MD

Associate VP, Scheduling
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Amherst College

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of Arizona, Internship, Internal Medicine

University of Arizona, Residency

Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Courtney Castoro, MD

Charlotte

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Courtney Castoro, MD

Subspecialty Chief, Cardiac Anesthesia
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
University of Arizona

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of Arizona

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Tuscon Hospitals Medical Education Program, Internship

University of Arizona, Residency

Mayo Clinic, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Stephanie Chismar, MD

Charlotte

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Stephanie Chismar, MD

Section Chief for Novant Health Pre-Surgical Services
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Pennsylvania State University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Medical University of South Carolina, Internship

Medical University of South Carolina, Residency

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Ilya Rubin, MD

Charlotte

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Ilya Rubin, MD

Section Chief at Ballantyne Surgery Center
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Personnel Committee, Alternate
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MEDICAL EDUCATION
Belarussian Medical University

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics, Internship and Residency

University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

James Benonis, MD

Charlotte

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James Benonis, MD

Section Chief, Matthews Ambulatory Surgery Center
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Case Western Reserve University

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Temple University School of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Internship

Duke University Medical Center, Residency

Duke University Medical Center, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Lauren Kokajko, MD

Charlotte

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Lauren Kokajko, MD

Co-Chair, Marketing Committee

Member, Clinical Practice Committee
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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Rhodes College

MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
University of Maryland, Internship and Residency

Children’s National Health System George Washington University, Fellowship

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesiology