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Faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program

The following are  members of our teaching faculty here at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia. Click on a name below to view more information about each faculty member.

Directors
John R. Bucholtz, D.O., Director, Medical Education and Director, Family Medicine Residency

Associate Directors

Janine Burgher-Jones, M.D. Sharan 

Emokpare, M.D.

Albert H. Eaton, Ph.D., M.Div. Marie Trenga, M.D.
Gregory Foster, M.D. Howard Vigrass, M.D.
R. Clark Gillett, M.D. Michael F. Walsh, M.D.
Larry Crane, M.B.A., M.S.H.A Carlos Wise, M.D.
Vibhuti Ansar, M.D. Jagdish Shukla, M.D.

Teaching Faculty

Richard Allen, M.D. David Levine, M.D.
Kendall Handy, M.D. Vincent Nicolais, M.D.
Richard Scott Hannay, M.D. Rotimi Samuel, M.D.
Demetrice Hill, M.D. Drew Waldman, M.D.
Jefferson C. Jones, II,  M.D. Joseph Zanga, M.D.

Hospitalists

Bernadette Blount, M.D. Beata Majewski, M.D.
Amit Bawa, M.D.  Ike Nwaobi, M.D. 
Jude Emokpare, M.D. Trina Parker, M.D.
Yolene Fervil, M.D. Rotimi Samuel, M.D.
Sukant Gupta, M.D. Leilani Shivers, M.D.
Aileen Huynh, D.O.  

Directors

John R. Bucholtz, D.O.

Title/Positions: Director of Medical Education; Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
Medical School/Year: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1982
Undergraduate School/ Year: Washington and Jefferson College, B.S. Chemistry, 1978
Internship/Year: Martin Army Community Hospital, Ft. Benning, Georgia, 1985
Residency/Year: Martin Army Community Hospital, Ft. Benning, Georgia, 1988
Fellowships/Year: Faculty Development, UNC Chapel Hill, 1990
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Computers in Medicine, Life long learning and Certification
Hobbies: Gardening, Tennis, Computers, Yoga
E-mail: John.Bucholtz@crhs.net

Vibhuti Ansar, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency; Program Director, Transitional Year Residency
Medical School/Year: American University of Caribbean School of Medicine, 2001
Undergraduate School/Year: University of California, Davis, 1995, B.A., Classics, B. S., Genetics
Internship/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 2003
Residency/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 2006
Fellowships/Year: National Institute for Program Director Development Institute, 2010
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Cost-Effective Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Diabetes
Hobbies: Stargazing, Arts and Crafts, Puzzles, Outdoors, Her Two Boys
E-mail: Vibhuti.Ansar@crhs.net



Associate Directors

Janine Burgher-Jones, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Medical School/Year: Medical College of Georgia, 1986
Undergraduate School/ Year: Georgia State University, 1982, B. S., Biology
Internship/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 1987
Residency/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 1989
Fellowships/Year: Addictionology, 1991-1992; Faculty Development, 1994-1995
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Women’s Health, Pain Management, Chemical Dependency, Mental Health
Hobbies: Reading, Sports, Beach, Cooking, Baking, Travel
E-mail: Janine.BurgherJones@crhs.net

Albert H. Eaton, Ph.D., M.Div.

Title/Positions: Director of Behavioral Science
Medical School/Year: Bethel Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, 1984; Fuller Theological Seminary, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 1995
Undergraduate School/ Year: Oregon College of Education, B.A., Psychology, 1979
Internship/Year: National Naval Medical Center, 1994
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Models of mental health utilization in primary care. Psychoneuroimmunology and mind-body interactions.
Hobbies: Outdoor Activities, Backpacking, Sailing, Photography
E-mail: Albert.Eaton@crhs.net

Gregory A. Foster, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency;
Director, Geriatrics Education
Medical School/Year: Emory University School of Medicine, 1986
Undergraduate School/ Year: Haverford College, 1980, B.A., Classical Tradition
Internship/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 1987
Residency/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 1986
Fellowships/Year: Mount Sinai, School of Medicine, NY, Geriatric Medicine, 1991; National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship, 2002
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Medical Ethics, Chemical Dependency
Hobbies: Gardening, Running, Raising Rhode Island Reds, Enjoying Family
E-mail: Greg.Foster@crhs.net

R. Clark Gillett, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency
Medical School/Year: University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1977
Undergraduate School/ Year: University of Virginia, B. S., Biology, 1971
Internship/Year: Carilion Health Systems, 1977
Residency/Year: Carilion Health Systems, 1980
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Diabetes, Lipid Management, Cardiovascular Disease, Pediatrics
Hobbies: Running, Gardening
E-mail: Clark.Gillett@crhs.net

 


Larry Crane, M.B.A., M.S.H.A

Title/Positions: Educational Advisor
Medical School/Year: The University of Alabama at Birmingham, M.S.H.A., 2001; The University of Alabama at Birmingham, M.B.A., 2000.
Undergraduate School/ Year: UNC- Chapel Hill, B.A., International Studies, 1984.
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Grant Writing, Practice Management, Continuous Quality Improvement
Hobbies: His children, Boy Scouts, Running, Swimming, Cycling, Camping, Hiking, Tennis, Soccer, Travel
E-mail: Larry.Crane@crhs.net

Sharan Emokpare, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency
Medical School/Year: Saba University School of Medicine, 2007
Undergraduate School/ Year: University of British Columbia, 2002, B.S., Bio-Chemistry
Internship/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 2007
Residency/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 2010
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Currently an “Undifferentiated Pluripotent Stem Cell”
Hobbies: Travel, Reading for Pleasure
E-mail: Sharan.Sekhon@crhs.net

 


Marie Trenga, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency
Medical School/Year: Brown University, 1985
Undergraduate School/
Year:
Brown University, 1981, B.A., French Civilization
Internship/Year: Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Columbia University, 1986
Residency/Year: Highland Hospital, University of Rochester, 1988
Fellowships/Year: Faculty Development Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1992
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
ADHD, Autism, Geriatric Medicine, Biofeedback, Computers in Medicine
Hobbies: Residential renovation, Gardening, Needlework, Horseback Riding
E-mail: Marie.Trenga@crhs.net

Howard Vigrass, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency
Medical School/Year: University of Saskatchewan, 1962
Undergraduate School/
Year:
University of Saskatchewan, 1958
Internship/Year: Baylor University Medical Center, 1963
Residency/Year: The Medical Center General Practice Residency Program, 1963 - 1965
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Rheumatology Arthritis, Family Medicine
Hobbies: Cow Farmer, Research and Study of Cow Pox
E-mail: Howard.Vigrass@crhs.net

Michael F. Walsh, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency
Medical School/Year: University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, 1975
Undergraduate School/ Year: Catholic University of America, 1971, B.S. Medical Technology and Biology
Internship/Year: Jacksonville Naval Regional Medical Center, 1975
Residency/Year: Jacksonville Naval Regional Medical Center, 1978
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Research, Hypertension, Evidence Based Medicine, Travel Medicine
Hobbies: Fly Fishing
E-mail: Michael.Walsh@crhs.net

 


Carlos Wise, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency
Medical School/Year: Morehouse School of Medicine
Undergraduate School/
Year:
Talladega College, 1990, BS Biology
Internship/Year: Ft. Benning, Martin Army Community Hospital, 1998
Residency/Year: Ft. Benning, Martin Army Community Hospital, 2000
Hobbies: Reading, Running, Music
E-mail: Carlos.Wise@crhs.net

Teaching Faculty

Richard Allen, M.D.

Title/Positions: Associate Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical School/Year: University of Florida College of Medicine, 1977
Undergraduate School/
Year:
Tuskegee Institute, 1973, B.S., Biology
Internship/Year: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1978
Residency/Year: Madigan Army Medical Center, 1983
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Infectious Disease
Hobbies: Traveling, Trumpet Music, All Gator Sports
E-mail: Richard.Allen@crhs.net

 


Kendall Handy, M.D.

Title/Positions: Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical School/Year: University of Alabama School of Medicine, 1985
Undergraduate School/
Year:
Alabama A&M University, 1981, B.S., Zoology
Internship/Year: Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1986
Residency/Year: Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1989
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Pre-Natal Care, Pre-Eclampsia
Hobbies: Tennis, Reading, Golf, Ice Cream
E-mail: Kendall.Handy@crhs.net

 


Richard Scott Hannay, M.D.

Title/Positions: Medical Director of Surgical Intensive Care
Medical School/Year: Medical College of Georgia, 1996
Undergraduate School/
Year:
University of Georgia, 1992, B.S., Biology
Internship/Year: West Virginia University Medical Center, 1997
Residency/Year: West Virginia University Medical Center, 2001
Fellowships/Year: Surgical Critical Care, Emory University, 2008
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Management of Severely Injured Patients, Trauma Systems Development

 


David Levine, M.D.

Title/Positions: Neonatologist
Medical School/Year: Ohio State College of Medicine, 1973
Undergraduate School/
Year:
Case Western Reserve University, 1970, B.S., Chemistry
Internship/Year: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1973
Residency/Year: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1974; Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, 1975
Fellowships/Year: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Neonatology, 1978; Oxford University, NIH Fetal Physiology, 1980
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Neonatal Respiratory Disease, Quality Improvement
Hobbies: Travel, Theater
E-mail: David.Levine@crhs.net

 


Vincent Nicolais, M.D.

Title/Positions: Chief of Internal Medicine, Director of Critical Care Medicine
Medical School/Year: University of Boogna, Italy, 1975
Undergraduate School/
Year:
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA,
1968, B.S., Biology
Internship/Year: Westchester County Medical Center, NY, 1977
Residency/Year: Westchester County Medical Center, NY, 1979
Special Areas of
Medical Interest:
Critical Care Teaching, Medical Ethics
E-mail: Vincent.Nicolais@crhs.net

 


Joseph Zanga, M.D.

Title/Positions: Chief of Pediatrics
Medical School/Year: Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, 1971
Undergraduate School/ Year: Fordham University, 1966, B.S., Biology
Internship/Year: Loyola University, 1972
Residency/Year: Medical College of Virginia, 1974
Fellowships/Year: University of Rochester, Ambulatory Pediatrics, 1975
E-mail: Joseph.Zanga@crhs.net

 


Hospitalists

Bernadette Blount, M.D.

Title/Positions: Hospitalist
Medical School/Year: Medical College of Georgia, 2004
Internship/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 2005
Residency/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 2007
E-mail: Bernadette.Blount@crhs.net

 


Jude Emokpare, M.D.

Title/Positions: Hospitalist
Medical School/Year: Saba University School of Medicine, Netherlands-Antilles, 2006
Internship/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 2007
Residency/Year: Columbus Regional Medical Center, 2009
E-mail: Jude.Emokpare@crhs.net

 


Yolene Fervil, M.D.

Title/Positions: Hospitalist
Medical School/Year: University of Miami School of Medicine, 1997
Internship/Year: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, 1998
Residency/Year: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, 2001
E-mail: Yolene.Fervil@crhs.net

 


Aileen Huynh, D.O.

Title/Positions: Hospitalist
Medical School/Year: Western University of Health and Sciences, Pomona, CA, 2003
Internship/Year: John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, 2004
Residency/Year: John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, 2006
E-mail: Aileen.Huynh@crhs.net

 

 


Rotimi Samuel, M.D.

Title/Positions: Hospitalist
Internship/Year: North General Hospital, NY, 1995
Residency/Year: North General Hospital, NY, 1997
E-mail: Rotimi.Samuel@crhs.net

 


Leilani Shivers, M.D.

Title/Positions: Hospitalist
Medical School/Year: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 1987
Internship/Year: Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1988
Residency/Year: Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1990
E-mail: Leilani.Shivers@crhs.net
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