Russ Kolarik, MD
Dr. Kolarik was raised in Canton, Ohio and attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate studies. He received his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine where he graduated AOA. He then completed his Med-Peds residency at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati Med-Peds Program. After residency, Dr. Kolarik completed a General Internal Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He then served as Associate Program Director for Med-Peds at UPMC until he took over as their Med-Peds Program Director in 2004. While in Pittsburgh, he also co-created and led one of the only general academic Med-Peds fellowship programs in the nation. In July of 2008, Dr. Kolarik joined the faculty of the Greenville Health System (GHS), now Prisma Health -Upstate as Med-Peds Program Director. Dr. Kolarik was elected to the Med-Peds Program Director’s Association Executive Committee in 2012 and served as President of this national organization for 2013-14. During his time on the MPPDA Executive Committee, Dr. Kolarik worked to develop internet resources for the MPPDA as well as helping to author the Textbook for Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors. Dr. Kolarik has also been appointed to the ACGME Review Committee for Internal Medicine for a six-year term starting in 2017. Dr. Kolarik’s academic interests include resident wellness, transitional care, medical care for young adults with special health care needs, and doctor-patient communication.
Meredith Eicken, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director
Dr. Eicken was raised in Atlanta, GA, and attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate studies where she majored in Spanish and Biology. She received her medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Societies. She completed her residency in Med-Peds at the Massachusetts General Hospital where she served as Chief Resident in her fourth year. She then completed the Kraft Fellowship in Community Health Leadership and earned her MPH in health policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has been recognized for her teaching, clinical care, and mentorship. She joined the GHS team in 2017 working in primary care at the Internal Medicine Clinic and Center for Pediatric Medicine. Her interests are in community and population health and care of vulnerable populations. Dr. Eicken was awarded the GHS Primary Care Teaching Award in 2018.
Sen Ravindran, MD
Associate Program Director
Dr. Ravindran received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then went to East Carolina University Brody School of medicine for his MD. Dr. Ravindran was awarded the Lily and GD Jackson Award which is presented to the most outstanding interns in the health system in his first year. He was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Resident Chapter by the USC School of Medicine class of 2013 and was also twice named Resident of the Year by the USC School of Medicine classes of 2015 and 2016. Dr. Ravindran was our Med-Peds Chief Resident in 2015 and is now working as a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial and Anderson Medical Center as well as serving as our first Associate Program Director for the Med-Peds residency program. His academic interests are in board preparation, quality improvement, mentorship and medical student and resident education.
Kelli DaSilva joined the Greenville Health System as Med-Peds Coordinator in the spring of 2008. Before joining GHS, Kelli worked as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Department of Urology at the Medical University of South Carolina for 5 years. Kelli is well known throughout GHS for her leadership, expertise with the New Innovations Residency Management software, incredible work ethic, and always for her wonderful sense of humor. She is also president-elect for the Association of Med-Peds Program Administrators for 2017-18.
Med-Peds Key Clinical Faculty
Gretchen Coady, MD
Dr. Coady received her BS in biology from Duke University and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2006. She completed her residency training at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts and was chief med-peds resident during her fourth year. She served in the United States Navy for 4 years, during which time she was stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, the USNS COMFORT, and US Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She is a native of York, SC and is very happy to be close to home again. She works as a hospitalist at Greer Memorial and also serves as a teaching attending at Greenville Memorial and the Children’s Hospital. She is interested in patient literacy and resident and medical student education.
Jeff Gerac, MD
Dr. Gerac graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 2004. He then completed his Med-Peds residency here in Greenville in 2008. Dr. Gerac served as Med-Peds chief resident here during his 4th year. Currently Dr. Gerac attends on the pediatric wards at Children’s Hospital and has worked at Greer Memorial as a Med-Peds Hospitalist as well. In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Gerac was awarded the John P. Matthews Jr. Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award as the pediatric attending who best demonstrated outstanding clinical care and dedication to resident education. Currently Dr. Gerac is also the lead physician for implementation of the EPIC Electronic Health Record at GHS. He has worked closely with our faculty to develop templates to assist with the transition of adolescents and young adults from pediatric to adult care settings throughout the Greenville Health System.
Mike Guyton-Nunley, MD
Michael Guyton-Nunley, MD, was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC, and completed his medical training at the University of South Carolina: School of Medicine in 2010. From there he completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with Greenville Health System (now known as Prisma Health) and upon graduation, practiced general pediatrics and adolescent medicine from 2014-2016. Knowing that he always wanted to pursue a specialty degree in adolescent medicine, he then completed his fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. This training affords him expertise in all things teenager and young adult, including reproductive health, sexual health, management of eating disorders, and care for the LGBT population. He continues to work closely with Girlology/Guyology, teaching healthy growth and sexual behaviors to young men of the community, as well as pursing his interest in teaching and medical education whenever he can. Mike currently lives in Greenville, SC with his husband and their dog, and joins Prisma Health as a specialist in Adolescent Medicine, also serving as an attending physician with the Eating Recovery Center of the Carolinas.
Sarah Hinton, MD
Dr. Hinton received her undergraduate degree from Wofford College, where she graduated summa cum laude, and her MD from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She completed her Med-Peds residency at GHS and served as chief resident in her 4th year. Following residency, she worked at a federally qualified health center in the Upstate, before re-joining GHS as the adolescent medicine rotation director. Her special interests include transitional care, underserved populations, community health and population health management. Dr. Hinton also serves as Medical Director for the GHS Transition from Pediatric to Adult Medicine Committee and works part time with the Center for Family Medicine.
Med-Peds Specialty Faculty
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 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 for three years. Scott then returned to the Greenville Health System to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship. He now serves as program director of the GHS Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and is currently employed clinically with the Department of Orthopedics and the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas at their Hillcrest location.
Lara Huber, MD
Dr. Huber received her undergraduate degree from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio where received a bachelor of science in biology. She then attended the Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine. She was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society during her time there. She completed a Med-Peds residency in 2011 and a Med-Peds Rheumatology fellowship in 2015 at the Medical University of South Carolina. She served as the Med-Peds Chief Resident for 2010-11 and the Rheumatology Chief Fellow for 2013-14 and 2014-15. She currently works as a Med-Peds Rheumatologist at GHS. She has both a pediatric and adult rheumatology clinic at the Patewood Medical Campus where she cares for patients and teaches residents. She also sees pediatric rheumatology hospital consults at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Manisha Patel, MD
Dr. Patel is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and she completed her Med-Peds residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania. She then completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Patel is the leader of the Children’s Hospital Adult Congenital Heart Disease clinical program at GHS. Dr. Patel grew up in Spartanburg, SC and has been excited to come back to the area to work. One of her passions is global outreach, and is she is fluent in Spanish. Most recently, she coordinated a medical mission in September 2010 to Jamaica where she screened 500 children for rheumatic heart disease. She has previously worked in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Botswana, and Bolivia. In her spare time, Dr. Patel also loves exercising and enjoying the many outdoor activities of Greenville with her husband, two young sons and her dogs.
Andy Burgess, MD
Dr. Burgess received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Alabama, Huntsville and his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Andy was well known in our program as a cheerful, hard-working resident who is tirelessly devoted to his fellow residents and to patients here in Greenville and across the globe. Andy participated in a medical mission trip to Brazil during the third year of his residency. After graduation, Dr. Burgess joined GHS Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and also serves as teaching faculty for the Clinical Decision Making course for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville.
Shannon Burgess, MD
Dr. Burgess is a graduate of the University of Alabama, Huntsville where received her degree in Mechanical Engineering. She then attended the University Of South Alabama College Of Medicine where she was the recipient of the Les Stockwell Med-Peds and the Medical Alumni Scholarships and was also president of the Student Assembly. During her time at GHS, she served as the Vice President of the GHS House Staff Senate in 2014 and also as President in 2015 and 16. After graduation, Shannon has joined GHS Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and serves as director of the 4th year Internal Medicine Clerkships for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville.
Rose Coady, MD
Dr. Coady is a native of South Carolina and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in biology. She was able to study abroad in Ireland during her four years there. She went on to the USC School of Medicine where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then completed her Med-Peds training at the University of Rochester and then was in private practice in North Carolina for several years before joining GHS Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in 2018. She is happy to come back home to the Upstate.
Brannan Jones, MD
Dr. Jones is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he received a degree in Biological Sciences and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then spent one year in the Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine before changing career paths to pursue Medicine. He then attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and stayed for his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency. While in residency, he was awarded the Med-Peds teaching resident of the year. After completion of his training, he joined GHS Pediatrics and Internal Medicine where he is given the opportunity to serve patients of all ages. Dr. Jones also will be working part time as a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital.
Drew Goldsmith, MD
Dr. Goldsmith is a 2008 graduate of the Mercer University School of Medicine and a 2012 graduate of the GHS Med-Peds program. Drew served as our Med-Peds Chief Resident in his 4th year and was 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. Drew now serves as one of our community Med-Peds faculty members and is the Medical Director of an ambulatory Med-Peds practice at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in Wren, South Carolina.
Gregg Johnson, MD
Dr. Johnson graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2004. He then completed his Med-Peds residency here in Greenville in 2008. After graduation, Dr. Johnson served as a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital for four years. Gregg now serves as one of our community Med-Peds faculty members while practicing outpatient Med-Peds at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in Wren, South Carolina. He is also very involved with global health trips with our Med-Peds residents.
Stephen Briggs, MD
Dr. Briggs received his undergraduate degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Stephen is also a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine where his peers recognized him with election into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is a 2014 graduate of the GHS Med-Peds residency program. During his residency, Stephen distinguished himself as a highly dedicated, intelligent resident with clear vision for his education, who was always willing to help his fellow residents.
Clay Crosby, MD
Dr. Crossby was born and raised in Easley, SC and obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where he was also a member of the Gold Humanism Society. As a resident, Clay was known as a consummate team player and compassionate physician, whose calm confidence inspired those around him to give their very best. He is the newest member of the Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Wren practice.
Jeremy Byrd, MD
Dr. Byrd is a 2005 Alpha Omega Alpha Graduate of the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and 2009 graduate of the GHS Med-Peds residency program. Dr. Byrd now serves as medical director of Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, our newly-formed Med-Peds ambulatory practice in Simpsonville, SC. He also serves as a teaching attending on the internal medical teaching service. Dr. Byrd has extensive experience with global health and continues to sponsor international health trips for GHS Med-Peds residents, including recent trips to Brazil and Honduras.
Nicole Gammon, MD
Dr. Gammon is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, KY where she was a member of the women’s varsity soccer team and then attended the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine where she graduated as a member of both the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and the Gold Humanism Society. During her residency, Nicole was always very dedicated to her patients and fellow residents and also served as the resident leader of the Med-Peds Student Interest Group for the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine, Greenville.
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, Dr. Moreira was a meticulous clinician and enthusiastic teacher with an interest in transitional care. Dr. Moreira serves as a Med-Peds provider and teacher at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, our Med-Peds practice at Hillcrest Hospital in Simpsonville, SC.
Amanda O’Kelly, MD
Dr. O’Kelly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She graduated from the GHS Med-Peds program in 2011. Dr. O’Kelly also served as the president of the GHS House Staff in 2010-11 and as the GHS Pediatric Chief Resident in 2011-2012. Currently, she was an Associate Program Director for the GHS Pediatrics Residency until 2016. She currently serves as the director of the Pediatric Simulation Center curriculum and works at our Med-Peds faculty practice at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine 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 at GHS, Dr. Putnam was awarded the Lily M. and G. D. Jackson Award, presented to the most outstanding interns at GHS and was an exceptional clinician and role model throughout her residency. Stefanie serves as Med-Peds faculty at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in Simpsonville, SC where she cares for many young adults with special health care needs from childhood.
Sarah Wells, MD
Dr. Wells received her Bachelor of Science, from the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL where she was a Presidential Scholar. She then entered the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield as the Landecker Memorial Award recipient as an outstanding female student entering the SIU first year class. During her residency, Sarah was known for being a very bright and thorough resident who was always willing to go the extra mile for her patients. She was also known to go the extra thousand miles on occasion to serve some of the world’s neediest patients on Global Health trips to Brazil, Mexico, and beyond. Dr. Wells has joined the Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine primary care Med-Peds practice in Simpsonville.
Katie Spinks, MD
Dr. Spinks received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Furman University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her MD from Medical University of South Carolina where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her four year residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Louisiana State University where she served as chief resident during her final year. She then worked at a federally qualified health center in the Upstate prior to joining GHS to work in primary care at GHS Medical Center Boiling Springs. Her interests include underserved populations and primary care and preventative services for adults and children.
Med-Peds Hospitalist Faculty, Greer Memorial Hospital
Elizabeth DeWald, MD.
Dr. Dewald is originally from Smyrna, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia in Athens for her undergraduate education. She then attended the Medical College of Georgia where she was a member of both the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and Alpha Upsilon Phi Service and Leadership Honor Society. She was also Merck Manual Award and the Woo Memorial Award – for academic achievement and service. Liz was known in our program for her extensive knowledge base, her strong work ethic, and for her infectious smile and sense of humor. Liz Dewald currently works as both a pediatric hospitalist at Anderson Medical Center and an adult medicine hospitalist at Greenville Memorial Hospital. At Anderson Medical Center, Liz will be working along side other med-peds graduates, Teresa Williams and Sen Ravindran.
Matthew Hindman, MD
Dr. Hindman graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2002, and finished his Med-Peds residency in Greenville in 2006, our program’s first graduating class. He was made a Greenville Health System (GHS) Leadership Fellow after undergoing an eight-month seminar designed to sculpt interprofessional leaders to support the transformation of healthcare delivery within GHS and one particular interest is Ethics. He completes Ethics consults at the Greenville Health System hospitals in addition to serving as a full time Greer Med-Peds Hospitalist. He is also director of Greer Memorial Hospital’s nursery and the co-director of the Greer Med-Peds Hospitalists Rotation with Sen Ravindran, our associate program director. His professional interests include ethics, cost-effective hospitalist medicine, and medical student and resident education.
Denny Myers, MD
Dr. Myers received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2008 where he was a Gold Humanism Honor Society recipient and completed the GHS Med-Peds program in 2012. During his residency training, Denny was as a dedicated clinician, patient advocate, and an enthusiastic role model and mentor for his fellow residents. Denny now serves as a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital.
Jim Suhrer, MD
Dr. Suhrer graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his Med-Peds training in 1986 at the St. Louis University affiliated Med-Peds program. He’s been practice over 30 years ranging from private practice in Med-Peds Private Practice (including daily inpatient rounds) from 1986-2000 in Russellville, KY and Aiken, SC to solely Med-Peds inpatient hospitalist since 2000. He joined the Greer Hospitalist group in 2007 and started part-time work as a physician advisor in 2016. As a physician advisor, he reviews charts and notes to assess appropriateness of admission, admission status and helps coordinate disposition with social work and the physician caring for the patient. His professional interests are improving processes that will aid providing high-quality, cost-effective hospitalist medicine and physician advising/faculty development.
Evan Williams, MD
Dr. Williams graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed his Med-Peds residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (M.U.S.C.) in Charleston, South Carolina. He started the hospitalist program Parkland Medical Center as part of Missouri’s BJC HealthCare organization and and was chief of staff from 2009 to 2011. He grew a hospitalist program to 7 hospitalist and 2 physicians assistants. He joined the Greer Memorial Hospitalist group in 2001. His professional interests and philosophy is high-quality, cost-effective, “minimalist” hospitalist medicine and work-life balance.
Teresa Williams, MD, MPH
Dr. Williams received her Bachelor of Science, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her Masters of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. She also received her MD degree from UAB, where she graduated cum laude and was a member of both the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Society. During her residency, Teresa served as our Med-Peds chief resident in her fourth year and also had the honor of serving as one of the two pediatric chief residents following graduation. Teresa is very interested in global health and spent a month at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya during her third year of residency and has long term plans to practice medicine in Africa. She currently works as both a pediatric hospitalist at Anderson Medical Center and an adult medicine hospitalist at Greenville Memorial Hospital
MD360 Urgent Care
Dr. Thornton 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. Candice is now practicing urgent care with the GHS MD 360 Convenient Care Group here in Greenville and coordinates a Med-Peds urgent care elective experience.