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Oct 31 2008

Governor fills four NCMB seats

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R. David Henderson, executive director of the North Carolina Medical Board, has announced that Governor Easley has named Dr. Paul S. Camnitz, a Greenville ENT surgeon, and Dr. William Foster, a Raleigh ophthalmologist, as physician members of the Board. Dr. Camnitz replaces Dr. Ralph C. Loomis of Asheville. Dr. Foster replaces Dr. H. Arthur McCullough of Charlotte. The Governor also has reappointed Dr. Donald E. Jablonski of Etowah, an osteopathic physician, and Ms. Thelma C. Lennon of Raleigh, who serves as a public member of the Board.

“Drs. Camnitz and Foster are fully committed to the work of the Board and to the health and safety of the people of North Carolina, as are Dr. Jablonski and Ms. Lennon,” Henderson said. “We look forward to working with Drs. Camnitz and Foster and to the continued dedicated service of Dr. Jablonski and Ms. Lennon.”

Paul S. Camnitz, MDDr. 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 completed an internship in internal medicine at Stratford on Avon Hospital in Stratford, England, before returning to North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, where he completed residency training in general surgery and served as Head and Neck Surgery Resident.

Dr. Camnitz 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. Dr. Camnitz has received many other honors, including the Distinguished Service Award, bestowed upon him in 2006 by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Dr. Camnitz is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the North Carolina Medical Society, among others.

William W. Foster, MD
Dr. Foster took his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at the same university. He did an internship in medicine/neurology/psychiatry at North Carolina Baptist Hospital and completed residency training in ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was chief resident. He went into the private practice of ophthalmology in Raleigh in 1976 and founded the Raleigh Eye Center in 1979.

Dr. Foster is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the North Carolina Society of Ophthalmology and the North Carolina Medical Society. He has been an assistant professor at North Carolina State University, where he taught a graduate level course on the structure, function and diseases of the eye. He has also been an assistant clinical professor at the Department of Ophthalmology at the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he taught eye disease and eye surgery to residents at Dorthea Dix Hospital in Raleigh.

Donald E. Jablonski, DO
Dr. Jablonski took his undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, with graduate study at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. He received his DO degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did his internship at Lakeview General Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he served as chief intern.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators, and the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association. He is a fellow of several professional groups.

Dr. Jablonski has practiced in Florida and Ohio, as well as North Carolina. He is a preceptor for medical students at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine and at Duke University School of Medicine. He was appointed to the Board in 2005. He chairs the Board’s Licensing Committee and serves on the Disciplinary, Best Practices and Executive Committees.

Thelma C. Lennon
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. 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.

Ms. Lennon is currently a counselor at the N.C. 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 chairman for the Alliance for Medical Excellence. She is a member of the Wake County Community Advisory Council for Nursing Homes and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. From 1996 to 2000, she 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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