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Dec 14 2012

Board elects officers to lead in 2013

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The NC Medical Board officers for the coming year begin their terms November 1. William A. Walker, MD, of Charlotte, will serve as president; Paul S. Camnitz, MD, of Greenville, will serve as president-elect and Cheryl Walker-McGill, MD, of Charlotte, will act as secretary/treasurer. Two at-large members have also been named: Eleanor Greene, MD, of High Point, and Thelma C. Lennon, a public member, from Raleigh. Together, the officers serve on the NCMB’s Executive Committee, which sets Board priorities and handles governance responsibilities. Officer terms expire October 31, 2013.

William A. Walker, MD, President
William A. Walker, MD, of Charlotte, earned his BA in chemistry and psychology and his MD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He completed his internship and residency training in general surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Throughout his career, Dr. Walker has served in a number of administrative and professional positions, including as president of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society. He currently serves on the North Carolina Medical Society’s Physician-Hospital Relations Committee, is Medical Director of the operating room at Presbyterian Hospital and is president of Charlotte Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates. Dr. Walker served on the Federation of State Medical Boards Editorial Committee from 2009-2011, and currently serves on the FSMB’s Audit Committee.

Dr. Walker is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He is an active member of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society and the North Carolina Medical Society. He is the recipient of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society’s President’s Award. He has coauthored numerous publications and given presentations across the United States.

Dr. Walker was appointed to the Medical Board in 2007. In 2011, he was named president elect of the NCMB. In the past, he has chaired the Board’s Licensing, Allied Health, Policy and Disciplinary Committees in addition to serving on a number of other board committees.

Paul S. Camnitz, MD, President Elect
Dr. Camnitz attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both English and Chemistry. He earned his medical degree at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and did his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the same institution, finishing in 1979.

Dr. Camnitz is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He currently practices at Eastern Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat/Head and Neck Surgery in Greenville. He is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery and Head of the Division of Otolaryngology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where he has been selected by the graduating medical school class as “Outstanding Teacher” 12 times and in 2003 was named a "Master Educator" by the faculty. He received the Outstanding Professor Award from the Family Medicine Department in 2004 and the Bernie Vick Outstanding Professor Award from the Department of Surgery in 2003. Dr. Camnitz has received many other honors, including the Distinguished Service Award of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which was bestowed in 2006.

Dr. Camnitz is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of its North Carolina chapter and a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of numerous professional groups, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the North Carolina Medical Society, among others. Dr. Camnitz has served as chief of staff at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and has served on the boards of numerous other health care and civic organizations in Pitt County.

Dr. Camnitz was appointed to the Board in 2008. In the past, he was chairman of the Board’s Continued Competence Committee and Review Committees. He currently chairs the Policy Committee and serves on the Disciplinary and Continued Competence Committees.

Cheryl Walker-McGill, MD, Secretary/Treasurer
Cheryl Walker-McGill, MD, MBA earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in allergy-immunology at Northwestern University. In addition, she earned a master of business administration from the University of Chicago. Dr. Walker-McGill is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Dr. Walker-McGill is president of American Health Strategy and Quality Improvement Institute in Charlotte, an organization dedicated to developing strategies for improving health and healthcare outcomes in high-risk, high-cost patient populations. In addition, Dr. Walker-McGill is medical director for Daimler rucks, NC, with oversight of the Gastonia and Mount Holly facilities. She has significant experience in clinical medicine, physician education, community health education and health economics.

Dr. Walker-McGill is currently an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and an adjunct professor at the Wingate Graduate School of Business.. Previously, she served on the faculty at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. She was honored as a pioneer by the Duke University Baldwin Scholars Program. Dr. Walker-McGill is a recipient of the Chicago Public School System Distinguished Achievement in Asthma Education Award and of the National Medical Association Floyd J. Malveaux Award in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Dr. Walker-McGill is chair of the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Section of the National Medical Association. She is immediate past president of the Charlotte Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Society and chair-elect of the Committee for the Underserved of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Dr. Walker-McGill was appointed to the Board in 2011. She currently serves on the Continued Competence, Allied Health and Review Committees.

Eleanor E. Greene, MD, MPH, At-large member
Eleanor E. Greene, MD, of High Point, earned a BS degree in medical technology from the former Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now Wake Forest University School of Medicine) in Winston-Salem, NC. She received her MD and a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She currently practices with Cone Health Medical Group at Triad Women’s Center in High Point.

Dr. Greene is a member of the North Carolina Medical Society, Doctors for America, North Carolina Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, and the National Medical Association, where she served on the Board of Directors, Finance and Health Policy Committees. She serves on the Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency. She served on the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control on the Board of Directors of the Healthy Start Foundation, completing two terms on each. Dr. Greene is past president of the Old North State Medical Society, and continues to serve on its current Executive Committee. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Greene is the first physician from High Point, NC, and the first African American female physician to serve on the NC Medical Board. She speaks on the topic of Women’s Health and Women in Medicine at numerous church and community forums. Dr. Greene recently served as moderator for a conversation on Women’s Health and the Affordable Care Act featuring the Department of Health and Human Services Director, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Dr. Greene was appointed to the Board in 2010. She currently serves on the Disciplinary, Licensing and Policy Committees.

Thelma C. Lennon, At-large member
Ms. Lennon earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University. She earned her master’s degree from Boston University in guidance and counseling and did further study of the subject at Harvard University. She also completed graduate study in adult education at North Carolina State University. During her professional career, Ms. Lennon served in education as an instructor and dean of students at a number of academic institutions. Before retiring, she worked as director of guidance and counseling for the North Carolina Department of Education.

Since her retirement, Ms. Lennon has devoted much of her time to volunteer activities focusing on health and education. She has served as a counselor at the North Carolina Department of Insurance’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), a member of the Board of Directors of the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, and as chairman for the Alliance for Medical Excellence. She is also a member of the Wake County Community Advisory Council for Nursing Homes and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. From 1996 to 2012, Ms Lennon was the first North Carolina state president for AARP and was selected as an alternate delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.

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