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Feb 8 2012

NCMB gets two new physician members; Governor reappoints Camnitz, Lennon

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The NC Medical Board is pleased to welcome two new physician members, Dr. Shiva K. Rao of Roanoke Rapids, and Dr. Cheryl Walker-McGill of Charlotte. The Governor has also reappointed Dr. Paul S. Camnitz, of Greenville, and Ms. Thelma C. Lennon, of Raleigh, a public member of the Board. Their three years terms run November 1, 2011, to October 31, 2014.


Shiva K. Rao, MD, of Roanoke Rapids, graduated from Karnataka Medical College in Hubli, India, and completed a master’s degree is surgery from the University of Bombay. Dr. Rao completed residency training in general surgery at Bronx Lebanon Medical Center in New York City and a fellowship in general surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Conn. Dr. Rao is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He currently practices general surgery in Roanoke Rapids and is a past chief of medical staff at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids. Dr. Rao is former chair of the North Carolina Medical
Society (NCMS) International Medical Graduates Section. He was an NCMS Leadership Scholar in 2003 and received the American Medical Association’s Foundation Leadership Award in 2005.


Cheryl Walker-McGill, MD, 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. Dr. Walker-McGill is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Walker-McGill is president of American Health Strategy Institute for Quality Improvement, an organization dedicated to developing strategies for improving health and healthcare outcomes in high-risk, high-cost patient populations. In addition, she is medical director for Concentra, Daimler Trucks, NC, and she is the allergist for the Carolinas Medical Centers -Myers Park asthma clinic in Charlotte. Dr. Walker-McGill is currently an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Paul S. Camnitz, MD, 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 a residency in general surgery and served as Head and Neck Surgery Resident. 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 of the Brody School of Medicine.


Thelma C. Lennon earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University and her master’s degree from Boston University in guidance and counseling. She 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 NC 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 NC 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. From 1996 to 2000, Ms Lennon was
the first NC state president for AARP and was selected as an alternate delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.

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