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Irfan Asif, M.D.Vice Chair of Academics and Research
Dr. Asif is the Vice Chair of Academics and Research, as well as, the Sports Medicine Fellowship Director in the Department of Family Medicine. He has completed the prestigious National Institute for Program Director Development (NIPDD) fellowship program through the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. He has served as a team physician for all levels of athletics, including high school, collegiate, and professional sports programs. He is also the Associate Editor for Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach.
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He is a dedicated member of American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), currently serving on the Board of Directors, and has provided service on the Research, Fellowship, Public Relations, and Annual Meeting Program Planning (Program Chair 2014-2015) Committees. His research has earned honors within sports medicine (2010 AMSSM Best Overall Research Award, 2011 Harry L. Galanty Young Investigators Award) and primary care as a whole (2014 UT GSM Excellence & Leadership in Clinical Research, 2012 Society of Teachers for Family Medicine Best Overall Research Paper). Current investigations explore several domains within sports cardiology, such as the epidemiology of sudden cardiac death in high school and collegiate athletes, a prospective multi-site ECG screening study across all three NCAA divisions, and understanding the psychological impact of cardiovascular screening in young athletes. These scientific contributions have been highlighted internationally during invited lectures to the Spanish Olympic Committee in 2012, the 2014 International Olympic Committee World Conference on the Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, and a special seminar on Exercise as Medicine in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Asif was also selected for the 1st AMSSM Traveling Fellowship Program (2014) and recently completed a tour of the high level and Olympic sports programs in Australia.
As a teacher, Dr. Asif is committed to education and has been awarded the STFM Resident Teaching Award (2010) and the University of Tennessee Faculty Teaching Award (2012). He has served as the chair of the AMSSM Sports Medicine In-Service Training Exam (ITE) subcommittee, which writes the ITE yearly to prepare sports medicine physicians to pass the Sports Medicine CAQ Exam. Currently, he is the chair of the AMSSM Fellowship Committee.
Aside from typical orthopedic conditions, such as knee and shoulder injuries, he enjoys caring for medical conditions in athletes and physically active individuals such as sports concussions, cardiac arrest, heat illness, and many others. He is proficient in musculoskeletal ultrasound and many new treatment modalities in sports medicine.
Molly Benedum, M.D.
Dr. Molly Benedum is a board-certified family physician and core faculty member. Born in Milwaukee, WI, she moved to Winston-Salem, NC in grade school and is now proud to call the Carolinas home. She received her Bachelor of Science magna cum laude in biology from Furman University, and then went on to earn her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her family medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. During residency, she discovered a love for medical student and resident education, and was awarded the Resident Teacher Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr. Benedum is passionate about excellence in undergraduate and graduate medical education with a focus on shaping the next generation of primary care physicians.
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Dr. Benedum joined the faculty at GHS in 2014. She cultivates strong interests in women's, adolescent, and reproductive health, with special focuses on group visits for prenatal and well-child care, as well as care for diverse and underserved populations including work with the LGBT community and with the free clinic. She has a particular teaching interest in medical student education. She teaches a first-year clinical reasoning class at the medical school, as well as acting as a mentor and advisor for medical students and supervising students on their clerkships. She also has interests in evidence-based medicine, health care policy and innovations in primary care.
Dr. Benedum is passionate about excellence in undergraduate and graduate medical education with a focus on shaping the next generation of primary care physicians. She was recently awarded the Golden Peach Award for Excellence in M3 education, and she is currently completing a faculty development fellowship at UNC.
Drew Albano, M.D.
Dr. Albano is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) with a Certificate of Additional Qualification (CAQ) in Sports medicine. He specializes in the evaluation and management of the full spectrum of sports related injuries and ailments. Dr. Albano is an alumni of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his medical degree. Following medical school, he completed a one year rotating internship at Southampton Hospital on Long Island and a Family medicine residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. During his final year of residency, Dr. Albano served as chief resident.
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After residency, he completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he worked closely with the Philadelphia Phillies organization under the tutelage of the physicians and surgeons of the Rothman Institute. Upon completing fellowship, Dr. Albano joined the Rothman Institute practicing primary care sports medicine before relocating to Greenville as a member of the GHS Department of Family Medicine and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
In his leisure time, Dr. Albano enjoys high intensity interval training, golf and delicious craft beer with his wife. He is actively expanding his hobbies to include cooking, and woodworking.
Tich Changamire M.D., ScD, MBAAssociate Program Director
I have been with GHS since 2015 serving as the associate director for the residency program and the medical director of the Center for Family Medicine. My interests broadly include patient care, medical education, as well as healthcare management and leadership. Clinically, I am interested in lifestyle related diseases (diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery, obesity) and preventive medicine.
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My healthcare management and leadership interests make me wrestle with how to 1) develop effective physician leaders, 2) improve access to and quality of care of large populations, and 3) make health systems more operationally efficient and financially stable.
I am a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe (MD), Harvard University (ScD), and Stanford University (MBA). I completed my residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, after which I served on the faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
John Emerson, M.D.
Dr. John F. Emerson is a board-certified Family Physician and serves as a core faculty member with the Family Medicine Residency Program. He is an Assistant Professor with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine- Greenville. He also serves as the Clerkship Director for the 3rd year Family Medicine clerkship and is the faculty advisor for the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). He is originally a native of Brooksville, FL and completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL in 2005 where he also competed as a varsity athlete on the cross country, track and field, and swim teams. He completed his undergraduate medical education at the University of South Florida- Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, FL in 2011 and then moved to the Carolinas for his Family Medicine Residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC in 2014. He completed an Academic Development and Research Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in June of 2015. Since joining faculty, he has received the "Golden Peach Award" for excellence in 3rd year medical student education in the spring of 2016. Interests in primary care medicine include innovative health care delivery, primary care research, research in medical student and resident education, global health, integrative medicine, and hospital medicine.
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We live in a time where the future of medicine is filled with uncertainty and is undergoing rapid transformation. The field of family medicine is at the forefront of this transformation, and the core principles of what constitutes family physicians provide them with a unique opportunity to steer the revolution of healthcare delivery. I strongly believe that the future of healthcare starts with primary care that is delivered efficiently, cost effectively, and provides excellence in quality. In order for family medicine to lead the charge creating the healthcare of the future, we need to provide the foundation for innovation through the education of our future leaders, family medicine residents. I am excited about the opportunity to work for a residency program and medical school that strives for excellence and am passionate about providing a great learning experience for the residents and students that I will mentor and teach.
Vincent E. Green, M.D.Family Medicine Program Director
Dr. Green has been a practicing Family Physician for 17 years. He has been with Greenville Health System since 2009. He is a physician with Laurens Family Medicine and he is the Medical Director of the GHS Laurens Medical Campus. Dr. Green is also a member of the My Health First Network Board of Managers and Chairman of the MHF Laurens/Newberry/ Abbeville Local Steering Committee. Since joining GHS he has held a number of medical staff leadership positions at Laurens County Memorial Hospital including Chair of the Department of Medicine, Medical Director of Case Management, Medical Director of the Infection Control Team, and Chief Elect of the LCMH medical staff. Prior to joining GHS, Dr. Green spent 8 years as a full time faculty at the West Jersey-Memorial Family Practice Residency at Virtua Health where he was also Physician Administrator for the residency based practice. He held a number of medical staff leadership positions while with Virtua Health System as well.
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A native of New Jersey, Dr. Green is a 1991 graduate of Rutgers University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. He attended The Medical College of Pennsylvania where he earned his medical degree in 1995. Dr. Green did his family medicine training at the West Jersey Family Practice Residency Program where he served as Chief Resident. Following graduation from residency he worked in a solo family practice for 3 years prior to becoming a full time residency faculty at Virtua Health.
Dr. Green enjoys teaching residents and students. His areas of interest include preventive health, population based patient care, geriatrics and inpatient medicine. He is a resident of Simpsonville where he lives with his wife and two sons.
R. Bruce Hanlin, M.D.Vice Chair Medical Staff Affairs and Quality
Dr. Hanlin is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Hanlin was the Program Director of the Greenville Health System Family Medicine Residency for 13 years. He is currently the Vice Chair of Medical Staff Affairs and Quality for the Department of Family Medicine. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians since 2012.
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Dr. Hanlin is from South Carolina. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Furman University. He received his M.D. degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He did an internship in the Air Force at USAF Hospital Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. He then served as a Flight Surgeon at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi for four years. After leaving military service, Dr. Hanlin completed his last two years of Family Medicine residency at Medical Center East (now St. Vincent’s East) in Birmingham, Alabama. He stayed there for three years as full-time teaching faculty. Dr. Hanlin then moved to a Federally Qualified Rural Health Center in Jonesville, SC (pop. 1,400), where he practiced rural medicine for two years. His practice included inpatient, outpatient, and nursing home work. Dr. Hanlin joined the faculty of the Greenville Health System Family Medicine Residency full-time in 1996. He served as the Program Director from 2002 – 2015. Dr. Hanlin has a passion for teaching, and he has taught residents and medical students full-time for over 22 years. He received the Academy of Distinguished Educators Distinguished Mentor Award from Greenville Hospital System in 2008.Dr. Hanlin has been married for 31 years. His wife, Susie, frequently reminds him that Greenville is the best city they have lived in throughout their travels. They have two wonderful grown children, who also live in Greenville. Dr. Hanlin and his wife have attended Grace Church in Greenville for eight years. Dr. Hanlin’s special interests in medicine include patient safety and quality improvement. He has mentored multiple resident quality improvement projects, three of which have won awards at the SC AHEC Resident Scholarship Symposium. Dr. Hanlin’s hobbies include flying, photography, and meteorology.
Laura Johnson, M.D.
Dr. Johnson graduated from Drury University in Springfield, MO in 2007, and earned her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. She completed dual-residencies in Internal Medicine (medicine for adults) and Pediatrics (medicine for kids) at the Greenville Health System/University of South Carolina in 2015. Joining the faculty with the GHS Family Medicine Program, Dr. Johnson looks forward to sharing her passion for high quality hospital medicine on the inpatient Family Medicine Teaching Service, as well as bringing her love of pediatric care to the outpatient and inpatient settings.
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Her interests include international medicine and physical diagnosis, as well as advocating for improved recognition and care of victims of human trafficking. Outside of the office and hospital, Dr. Johnson enjoys reading Victorian literature and bicycling around the Upstate.
Bobby Masocol, M.D.
Dr. Robert Masocol is a board-certified family medicine physician who recently completed his residency training at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. He is originally from Rocklin, California (just outside Sacramento) and participated in a variety of sports and outdoor activities. He received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at U.C. Irvine and an M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Greenville Health System/Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and subsequently joined as faculty at the Center for Family Medicine.
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He has served as team physician for Blue Ridge High school athletics, North Greenville University, Greenville Drive and USA Karate. He has also provided medical coverage for endurance events such as the Paracycling World Championships, Ironman triathlons, and the Collegiate Club National Championship Triathlon. Currently, he serves as team physician for Berea High school. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound, fracture care, medical education and primary care. Dr. Masocol will take the lead in educating medical students and residents in our new Lifestyle Medicine clinic. He enjoys an active lifestyle and looks forward to snowboarding each winter. He is married and has one child.
Ross M. Muller, M.A.Consultant Behavioral Medicine
Mr. Muller is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Supervisor for Professional Counselors in South Carolina.
Mr. Muller graduated from Furman University in 1974 with a BA in Psychology, and from Wake Forest University in 1976 with a MA in Psychology. He entered the mental health field in 1973 and 1974 working as a residence counselor for the psychiatric residential treatment program for children at Marshall I. Pickens Hospital (MIPH). His Psychology Internship in 1974-1976 was at the Developmental Evaluation Clinic of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, where he also worked in 1977 after a stint supervising a group home for children with behavior disorders in Greensboro, North Carolina. He returned to Greenville, SC in 1978 to be a treatment team leader in the psychiatric residential treatment program at MIPH, then the lead behavioral therapist, and then Clinical Manager of the program until 1994.
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From 1994 to 2003 Mr. Muller worked at The Brownell Center of Marshall I. Pickens Hospital, providing psychotherapy to adults and families with anxiety and mood disorders, and to children with attention and behavior disorders as well. From 1998 to 2013 Mr. Muller also was an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Education at Furman University, teaching classes about emotional and behavioral disorders in children and youth and classroom behavior management to Masters of Education degree candidates.
In 2003 Mr. Muller started a private practice in Greenville where he continues to provide psychotherapy to adults, children, and adolescents with anxiety, mood, and behavior disorders. In 2004, he also joined the staff of the Center for Family Medicine as the Behavioral Health Consultant where he provides co-counseling with the family medicine residents to patients.
Mr. Muller enjoyed Little League Coaching in the 1980s when his children were young. Currently he enjoys gardening, meditation, Tai Chi, playing with his grandchildren and being with his wife of 40 years.
Sara Ryder, M.D.
The field of pediatrics provides a special opportunity for a physician to see a new life blossom into a distinct individual. The intricacies of pediatric growth and development, unique pathology, and each child's unmatched personality make this a rewarding population to care for. Impacting a child early in life can have profound effects on health moving into adulthood, and family medicine physicians naturally lend themselves to be an excellent group of providers for this patient population. In order to facilitate this, we need to provide our family medicine residents with a strong pediatric foundation. I am excited to be part of both the Pediatric and Family Medicine residency programs at GHS and look forward to providing a fulfilling pediatric experience for residents and medical students.
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Sara Ryder is a native of Muncy, PA. She completed her undergraduate work at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA and subsequently received her medical school education at the Milton S. Hershey Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA in 2011. From there, Sara completed her Pediatrics residency training at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC in 2014 and went on to serve as Chief Resident for their Pediatric Residency Program. Interests within pediatrics include ambulatory pediatrics, global health, dermatology, and resident and medical student education.
Terrell Stone, M.D.
Dr. Stone is a native South Carolinian who attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. and obtained his undergraduate BS degree in Biology and Medical Technology. He entered the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and received his MD degree in 1986. His long association with the Greenville Hospital System began as a family medicine resident serving between 1986-89. Upon completion of his residency he entered active military duty with the United States Air Force and served overseas at Hahn AFB in Germany during Operation Desert Storm. After returning stateside, he directed the family medicine clinic at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, N.C.
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A desire to pursue family medicine in a rural practice setting led Dr. Stone to establish Saint Matthews Family Practice in Saint Matthews, S.C. in August of 1992. Dr. and Mrs. Stone operated this solo family medicine practice for 16 years and were recognized by the South Carolina Rural Health Association as the Outstanding Rural Practice of the Year in 2004 and Business of the Year by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce in 2006. During these years this office trained many family nurse practioners, physician assistants and medical students on family medicine rotations.
Dr. Stone returned to Greenville S.C. in October 2009 to practice family medicine with the University Medical Group. Desiring to pursue a career in academic medicine, he joined the Family Medicine Residency Faculty fulltime in June 2011. His interests continue to be in rural medicine and teaching family medicine. Dr. Stone received the Family Medicine Teaching Award for 2014-2015 given by the graduating resident class. He enjoys working on quality improvement projects in the office, point of care testing, hospital medicine and research projects with a focus on diabetes and the treatment of cholesterol. He sees a bright future for family medicine and advocates for the Patient-Centered Medical Home.