LEAD Health Care Conference Highlights

If you did not join us for the LEAD Health Care Conference this year in Raleigh, we’re sorry you missed the education, inspiration and fun. Just be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s conference – Oct. 3-4, 2019 in Raleigh. For more photos, be sure to check out our Facebook page!

To illustrate why you won’t want to miss next year’s gathering, here are a few highlights from this year’s conference.

  • The PAC Breakfast featured legislators (l-r) Rep. Nelson Dollar, Rep. Josh Dobson, Rep. Verla Insko, and Sen. Mike Woodard. Rep. Greg Murphy, MD, (not pictured here) moderated the panel.

    The PAC breakfast brought together five North Carolina legislators from both sides of the aisle to discuss current legislative issues that impacts health care. Rep. Greg Murphy, MD, (R-Pitt) moderated the conversation with his colleagues, Rep. Josh Dobson (R-Avery, McDowell, Mitchell); Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake); Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange) and Sen. Mike Woodard (D-Caswell, Durham, Person). The group touched on the opioid crisis, health care costs, the State Health Plan and Medicaid transformation.

“The panel discussion provided great insight into the current medical legislative issues, but even more about the insight and perspectives of the assembly members,” commented William Ferrell, MD.

  • Opening keynote speaker Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine, offered her thoughts on “Breakthrough to Brave.” She inspired the crowd with stories of her personal challenges as a surgeon, wife, mother and health care system leader as well as insights on how she strives to empower others to discover their strengths and find balance in the challenging world of health care.
  • Conference participants contributed 326 pounds of non-perishable food items to the InterFaith Food Shuttle.
  • After some great food from the Angus Barn, LEAD attendees took to the dance floor.

    LEAD offered lots of time to mingle and dance with colleagues at the Angus Barn Pavilion on Thursday evening and at the Friday night LEADership Dinner.

  • At the conclusion of the Annual Business meeting, the NCMS Board of Directors held an Open Forum during which several members brought issues and ideas to their attention. The Board is reviewing the suggestions and will report back. Watch the Bulletin and your email for updates.
  • Immediate Past President of the AMA, David Barbe, MD, updated members at the Annual Business Meeting about the AMA’s current initiatives.
  • This year, nearly 40 students and residents representing medical schools throughout the state competed in the NCMS’ Annual Scientific Poster session. Thank you to the judges – Darlyne Menscer, MD; Marian Cranford, PA-C; Neelima Kamineni, MD; and Khalil Tanas, MD. Special thanks to poster competition chair, Eileen Raynor, MD, FACS. Congratulations to the winners listed below!

The Thursday evening event at the Angus Barn Pavilion featured entertainment by The Speculations, a talented group of health care practitioners with a passion for classic rock.

Resident Vignettes:

  1. Vahini Chundi, MD, Cone, “Trench Fever Bacteria as a Cause of Culture Negative Endocarditis”
  2. Michael Gergel, DO, Southeastern Regional, “An Atypical Presentation of HELLP Syndrome in the 2nd
  3. Lezau Wolf, DO, MHS, Harnett Health, “Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES).”

Student Vignettes:

  1. Carissa Sedlacek, MS, Campbell University, “From Paresis to Full Functional Recovery: An Off-Label Use of Intravenous Immunoglobulins with Methylprednisolone to Treat Neuralgic Amyotrophy.”
  2. Katherine Gushanas, Campbell University, “Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type with Autonomic Dysfunction and Tryptase Excess: A Case Report.”
  3. Bradley Dorius, Campbell University, “A Review of Postmenopausal Uterine Cyst Formation and Diagnostic Procedures.”

Residents and students shared their clinical experiences and research during the Scientific Poster Session.

Student Research:

  1. Dylan Flood, Brody School of Medicine, “Prevalence and Causation of Stunting in the Palajunoj Valley, Guatemala.”
  2. Mauricio Barretto, UNC School of Medicine, “Investigation of Cytokines as a Biomarker for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant.”
  3. Whitney Green, Brody School of Medicine, “Electronic Cigarette Awareness, Use, Perception and the Effects of a School Based Intervention in Urban North Carolina.”


Related Links:

 Dr. Timothy J. Reeder Sworn In As NCMS’ 165th President

2018 T. Reginald Harris Award Goes to Dr. Karen Smith

Dr. David S. Johnson Receives 2018 E. Harvey Estes Physician Community Service Award

Your NCMS Election Results


Mark your calendar now – Oct. 3-4, 2019 – to join us for the 2nd Annual LEAD Health Care Conference.


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