About the Board

Board Members

The Board consists of 13 members appointed by the Governor.  Board members may serve no more than two consecutive three-year terms.

Timothy E. Lietz, MDPresident

Timothy E. Lietz, MD
Timothy E. Lietz, MD

City: Charlotte
Term ends: October 31, 2019
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Certification: American Board of Emergency Medicine
Professional Background:
Dr. Lietz currently practices in Charlotte with Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates, where he is President and CEO.

Barbara E. Walker, DOPresident Elect

Barbara E. Walker, DO
Barbara E. Walker, DO

City: Kure Beach
Term ends: October 31, 2019
Specialty: Family Practice and OMT
Certification: American Osteopathic Board of General Practitioners
Professional Background:
Dr. Walker is a contracted Family Physician with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) in Wilmington. Previously, she was Program Director of the Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency at NHRMC. Dr. Walker retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel in 2006, serving tours in both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Walker is recognized as an advocate for and leader of the osteopathic medical profession in North Carolina. She has served as a trustee of both the American Osteopathic Association and of Campbell University.

Bryant A. Murphy, MD, MBASecretary/Treasurer

Bryant A. Murphy, MD, MBA
Bryant A. Murphy, MD, MBA

City: Chapel Hill
Term ends: October 31, 2020
Specialty: Anesthesiology
Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology
Professional Background:
Dr. Murphy practices medicine at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill in the Department of Anesthesiology, where he is the Vice Chairman for Clinical Operations. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the UNC School of Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Murphy chaired the Anesthesiology section of the National Medical Association and is an NC delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Eleanor E. Greene, MD, MPHPast President

Eleanor E. Greene, MD, MPH
Eleanor E. Greene, MD, MPH

City: High Point, NC
Term ends: October 31, 2018
Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professional Background:
Dr. Greene practices with Triad Women’s Health and Wellness Center in High Point. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency and as a member of the NC Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.

Debra A. Bolick, MD

Debra A. Bolick, MD
Debra A. Bolick, MD

City: Hickory
Term ends: October 31, 2019
Specialty: Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry
Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Professional Background:
Dr. Bolick currently practices adult general psychiatry at the Hickory VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. She was in private practice for 17 years prior to joining the VA. Dr. Bolick is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is board certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Bolick serves on the American Psychiatric Association’s Assembly Executive Committee as Deputy Representative for Area 5, the Southern region.

A. Wayne Holloman

A. Wayne Holloman
A. Wayne Holloman

City: Greenville
Term ends: October 31, 2019
Professional Background:
Mr. Holloman is one of the Board's three public members. He is retired from marketing ladies apparel in the wholesale market throughout the southeastern United States. Maintained regional offices in Charlotte and Atlanta. Currently owns and manages Holloman Properties and Investments in the Greenville area. Mr. Holloman currently serves on the East Carolina University Foundation, where he serves on the audit and real-estate committees.

Venkata Jonnalagadda, MD

Venkata Jonnalagadda, MD
Venkata Jonnalagadda, MD

City: Greenville
Term ends: October 31, 2018
Specialty: Psychiatry
Certification: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Professional Background:
Dr. Jonnalagadda is Associate Chief of Staff for the Greenville Health Care Center, overseeing the eastern region of the state for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Durham. Dr. Jonnalagadda is a partner in private practice with Greenville Psychiatric Association, P.A. She also serves on the adjunct teaching faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Jonnalagadda works as a clinical psychiatrist with the VA. She is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Michaux R. Kilpatrick, MD, PhD

Michaux R. Kilpatrick, MD, PhD
Michaux R. Kilpatrick, MD, PhD

City: High Point, NC
Term ends: Oct. 31, 2020
Specialty: Neurological Surgery; Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery
Professional Background:
Dr. Kilpatrick practices at Regional Physicians Neurosurgery in High Point, an affiliate of UNC Health Care, where her practice includes diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of spine, brain and peripheral nerve disorders in adults. Dr. Kilpatrick also performs evaluations of work-related injuries, personal injury care and independent medical evaluations. Dr. Kilpatrick graduated from University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed her neurosurgery residency at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Kilpatrick earned a Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Varnell McDonald-Fletcher, PA-C, Ed.D

Varnell McDonald-Fletcher, PA-C, Ed.D
Varnell McDonald-Fletcher, PA-C, Ed.D

City: Durham
Term ends: October 31, 2018
Specialty: Colorectal surgery
Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Professional Background:
Ms. McDonald-Fletcher has experience working in neurosurgery, orthopedics, and neuro-oncology. Currently, she specializes in colorectal surgery and practices at the VA Hospital in Durham, where she has administrative and clinical responsibilities. Ms. McDonald-Fletcher earned degrees in biology and chemistry at North Carolina Central University and completed her training as a physician assistant at Duke University. Ms. McDonald-Fletcher also completed the PA Surgical Residency Program at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University.


Shawn P. Parker, JD, MPA

Shawn P. Parker, JD, MPA
Shawn P. Parker, JD, MPA

City: Raleigh
Term ends: October 31, 2021
Professional Background:
Mr. Parker practices law with Smith Anderson in Raleigh, where he is a member of the Health Care team, advising clients on health care policy, legislative advocacy, executive strategy, and regulatory guidance concerning business planning of organized medicine. Previously, Mr. Parker served as a managing partner for a public policy consulting firm working with clients in government agencies and the private sector.

Jerri L. Patterson, NP

Jerri L. Patterson, NP
Jerri L. Patterson, NP

City: West End
Term ends: October 31, 2018
Specialty: Pain Management
Professional Background:
Ms. Patterson is a founding member of Integrated Pain Solutions, a private practice serving the Sand Hills region of NC and part of the Triangle, and has more than 15 years experience in pain management. She completed her training as a nurse practitioner at Duke University and is an active member of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses.

John W. Rusher, MD

John W. Rusher, MD
John W. Rusher, MD

City: Raleigh
Term ends: Oct. 31, 2020
Specialty: Pediatrics
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Professional Background:
Dr. Rusher practices with Raleigh Pediatric Associates, where he is a partner. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of General Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Dr. Rusher is board certified in Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Rusher practiced law in Raleigh for six years before training to be a physician.

Ralph A. Walker, JD

Ralph A. Walker, JD
Ralph A. Walker, JD

City: Greensboro
Term ends: October 31, 2020
Professional Background:
Judge Walker, one of the Board's three public members, is the former director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. A former trial lawyer, prosecutor, and county attorney, Judge Walker served as a Guilford County superior court judge and as a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. In addition, he has served as chair of the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and currently is a member of the Rules Review Commission.