Governor names Karen Gerancher, of Winston-Salem, to NCMB; Reappoints Pamela Blizzard, of Raleigh

Raleigh, NC, March 2010: R. David Henderson, executive director of the North Carolina Medical Board, has announced that Gov Purdue recently appointed Karen Gerancher, MD, of Winston-Salem to the Board. He also announced the reappointment of Pamela Blizzard, of Raleigh, as a public member. Mr. Henderson said: “Dr. Gerancher and Ms. Blizzard are fully committed to the work of the Board and to the health and safety of the people of North Carolina.  We look forward to working with Dr. Gerancher and to the continued, dedicated service of Ms. Blizzard.”

Karen Gerancher, MD
Karen Gerancher, MD, of Winston-Salem, graduated from Florida State University Summa Cum Laude, earning a BS in biology. After studying Art and Italian language in Florence, Italy, she earned a graduate certificate, masters in biology/genetics from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, and her MD from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC.

Dr. Gerancher currently serves as medical director for the Forsyth County Health Department’s Family Planning Clinic. She is assistant professor, section head of gynecology and residency program director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gerancher is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is also a member of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics/Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the North American Society for Pediatrics and Adolescent Gynecology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She is an appointed member of the CME Committee and serves on the Nurse-Physician Communication Committee for Novant Health, Forsyth Medical Center.  She also participates in the Committee for Improvement of OB/GYN Patient Care in the Emergency Department at Forsyth Medical Center.

Dr. Gerancher is the recipient of numerous awards including the Resident Advocate Award, the Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award and the University Medical Guild Memorial Award for Excellence. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is active in the maintenance of certification process.

Pamela Blizzard
Pamela Blizzard earned her bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Brown University in Providence, RI, and her MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, CA. She began her professional career at Hewlett Packard Company in Sunnyvale, CA, as a financial accountant in the Instrument and Optoelectronic Divisions, and later became an international product manager in the Personal Computer Division. Ms. Blizzard was founder and chair of the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Charter High School (RCHS) from 1998-2001. RCHS has been named the “9th Best High School in America” numerous times since 2005 by Newsweek magazine. She currently serves as executive director and founder of the Contemporary Science Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, where she established and now directs its science education non-profit programs.

Ms. Blizzard served as a member of the North Carolina State University Institute for Emerging Issues, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Working Group from 2006 to 2007. From March 2005 to 2006 she was a member of the State Board of Education’s E-Learning Commission and the Curriculum and Instruction Subcommittee, which was charged with creating an online learning strategy for the State of North Carolina.

She serves on the Board’s Disciplinary, Licensing and Best Practices Committees.

The North Carolina Medical Board is the agency responsible for licensing, monitoring, disciplining and guiding the health care practitioners it regulates to ensure their fitness and competence.

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