Saria Saccocio, M.D.
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Phyllis MacGilvray, M.D., FAAFP
Vice Chair of Academics
Phyllis MacGilvray, MD, FAAFP recently joined Greenville Health System as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine. She earned her bachelors from Clemson and medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. After completing her FM residency at University of Vermont (UVM), she taught as junior faculty at UVM and Eastern Virginia Medical School.
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While in Civil Service, Dr. MacGilvray focused on GME at Camp Lejeune FM Residency where she served as Assistant PD and PD before becoming the hospital’s Designated Institutional Official. The MacGilvray family moved to Texas in 2016 and Dr. MacGilvray held the position of Vice Chair for Medical Student Education in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health-San Antonio. As Associate Professor with UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine, she served on the Curriculum Committee, was Associate Clerkship Director, and was Director of FM elective rotations. Regionally, Dr. MacGilvray was active in the Texas Academy of Family Physicians’ Commission on Academic Affairs. Nationally, she is a member of the Prescribers’ Letter National Editorial Board Recommendations Panel, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She has written book chapters, a preclinical case for Case Files Collection, and presented at national conferences. Dr. MacGilvray completed the National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship in 2012 and the AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certification program in 2018. An active clinician-educator, her passions are caring for patients of all ages and stages of life, teaching and mentoring medical students and residents, and attracting students to careers in Family Medicine.
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.
Molly Benedum, M.D.
Associate Program Director
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.
Joel Amidon, M.D.
Dr. Joel Amidon is board certified in Family Medicine and is a core faculty. He hails from Rome, NY. He attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he studied biology and vocal performance. He attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts, West Indies. Residency brought him to Greenville and he is happy to now call Greenville his home with his wife. He has a strong interest in primary care with a focus on women’s health. In his spare time you can find Dr. Amidon hiking the Appalachian Trail, biking to Saluda and running the swamp rabbit trail.
Stephen M Carek, MD
Greetings everyone! I am Stephen Carek, one of the new faculty members at the Center for Family Medicine. I am originally from Charleston but fell in love with the upstate of South Carolina when I attended Clemson University for my undergraduate studies. After college, I attended MUSC for medical school and completed my Family Medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Following residency, I completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Away from work I enjoy spending time with my family, running (I am currently training for the Kiawah Island Marathon in December), Clemson football, and the occasional round of golf. My wife, Amanda, 21-month old daughter, Vivian, and girl #2, who is due in September (name TBD), are very excited to be a part of this community and look forward to knowing everyone in the program.
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.
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.
Sijie Joy Shen-Wagner, MD
Joy Shen-Wagner MD is the Director of Family Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Clerkship Director of 4th Year Medical Student at Greenville Health Systems/University of South Carolina Family Medicine Residency Program. She earned her bachelors in science in Biology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, medical degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, and completed her residency at Sutter Health in Sacramento, California. Previously she was a primary care provider and assistant professor at Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina, and an immediate care physician at White Wilson Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Her medical interests include empowering the family physician by increasing their diagnostic acumen and physician wellness through practice redesign. Her hobbies include hiking, painting and trying new cuisine.
Shannon Stark Taylor, PhD
Shannon Stark Taylor, PhD is a clinical health psychologist who serves half time as a faculty member in the Family Medicine Residency Program and half time as a Clinical Assistant Professor at USCSOMG. She teaches residents through hands-on clinical teaching, assisting with precepting, video review, research activities, and didactics. She is a native of Hickory, NC and a proud Furman University alum. She earned her M.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Arizona State University. She then returned to the Carolinas to complete a predoctoral internship in Behavioral Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Durham VAMC. Her interests include psychological interventions for physical health concerns (e.g., chronic pain, diabetes), doctor-patient communication, and health behavior change.