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Board elects officers to serve in 2014-2015

Image for Board elects officers to serve in 2014-2015 The NC Medical Board elected officers for the coming year at the July meeting of the Board. Officers begin their terms November 1. Cheryl Lynn Walker-McGill, MD, of Charlotte, will serve as president; Pascal Osita Udekwu, MD, of Raleigh will serve as president-elect and Eleanor Greene, MD, of High Point will act as secretary/treasurer. Two at-large members have also been named: Timothy E. Lietz, MD of Charlotte, and Michael J. Arnold, 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, 2015.

Cheryl Lynn Walker-McGill, MD, MBA, President
Dr. Walker-McGill, MD, is a Medical Director for Daimler Trucks, NC, Gastonia and Mt. Holly facilities. Previously on faculty at the Northwestern University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Walker-McGill is currently an adjunct professor at the Wingate Graduate School of Business in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her current activities include corporate health and wellness, developing strategies for improving quality of healthcare delivery in targeted populations and healthcare provider education.

Dr. Walker-McGill serves on the board of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society and the Old North State Medical Society. Dr. Walker-McGill is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Walker-McGill earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University. She completed her residency and subspecialty training at Northwestern University and she received her MBA from the University of Chicago. Dr. Walker-McGill resides in Charlotte, NC and she is married to Dr. Paul A. McGill.

Pascal Osita Udekwu, MD
Dr. Udekwu has practiced at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh since 1991. He completed residency training in pediatrics and in general surgery at the University of Chicago, a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Pittsburgh, and earned a master’s degree in business administration and health administration from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC.

Dr. Udekwu holds multiple leadership roles including Director of Trauma, Vice Chairman of Medical Staff Quality Improvement and Director of Surgical Critical Care, all at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. He is also Associate Director of the Surgical Residency Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Udekwu currently serves as an adjunct professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and is an adjunct professor at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is triple-board certified with certifications from the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Surgery—Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Udekwu has authored numerous papers and abstracts for scholarly journals and is a member of several professional organizations. He is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and of the American College of Chest Physicians and is actively interested in regional and national Health Policy.

In addition, Dr. Udekwu served in the United States Army Reserve from 1988-2005 deploying to Bagram Afghanistan as Chief of Surgery in 2003. He currently serves as a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

Eleanor E. Greene, MD, MDH
Dr. 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 Bethany Medical 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 serves on the Review, Executive and Policy Committees.

Timothy E. Lietz, MD
Dr. Lietz currently practices with Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates in Charlotte and serves as President and CEO and is a member of the practice’s Board of Directors. He is former Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine for the Southern Piedmont Region of Novant Health.

Dr. Lietz earned his medical degree from the Ohio State University School of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He completed an internship with the Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Internal Medicine and residency training with the same institution’s Department of Emergency Medicine. He served one year as chief resident.

Dr. Lietz is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is a member of the North Carolina Medical Board and of the NC Academy of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Michael J. Arnold, MBA
Mr. Arnold, of Wake Forest, has worked as a policy, research and public affairs professional at high levels of state government for more than two decades, first serving nine years as a university administrator and on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and then later as a high-ranking senior official in the Executive branch of state government.

In addition to his on-going role as an adjunct faculty member at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Mr. Arnold currently serves as Senior Advisor for Policy & Government Relations to Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. Prior to that, Mr. Arnold served as Senior Advisor for Policy and Research with Governor Beverly Perdue. He also served in the same role during Perdue’s term as Lt. Governor.

Mr. Arnold has also worked as Senior Research Director for the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund, which was one of three entities created by the NC General Assembly to invest North Carolina’s portion of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Prior to that, he served in a public affairs and development role for the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh, one of the state’s largest health education centers.

Mr. Arnold earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and a master of business administration from the same institution. He also earned a certification in Nonprofit Management, with an emphasis on communications and strategic planning from Duke University.