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North Carolina Medical Board welcomes new physician, public members; Two Board Members reappointed

In November, the North Carolina Medical Board welcomed two new members – Dr. Bryant A. Murphy, a Chapel Hill anesthesiologist and Ralph A. Walker, of Greensboro, a retired judge. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed both men to three year terms on the Board, beginning Nov. 1.

The Governor also reappointed Dr. Cheryl Walker-McGill, a Charlotte internist and preventive medicine specialist, who currently serves as Board President, and Dr. Pascal O. Udekwu, a Raleigh trauma surgeon, who serves as President-Elect of the NCMB.

All terms run from Nov. 1, 2014, until October 31, 2017.

Bryant A. Murphy, MD, MBA
Dr. Murphy practices medicine in at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill in the Department of Anesthesiology, where he serves as Vice Chairman for Clinical Operations. Dr. Murphy is also an Associate Professor at the UNC School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Murphy earned his BS degree from Duke University and his MD from the former Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. He completed postgraduate training in anesthesiology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and also completed a fellowship there in cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesiology. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, completing recertification in 2012. The same year, Dr. Murphy earned his MBA from George Washington University.
In 2012, Dr. Murphy chaired the Anesthesiology section of the National Medical Association. In addition, he is an NC delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Ralph A. Walker, JD, LLB
Judge Walker 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.
Judge Walker received his BBA degree from Wake Forest University and his LLB and JD degree from Wake Forest School of Law, and attended the National Judicial College.

Judge Walker serves on the governing board of Carolina Dispute Settlement Services, and is a member of the Wake County and Guilford County Bar Associations.

Cheryl Lynn Walker-McGill, MD, MBA
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, MBBS, MBA, MHA
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.