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WakeMed News Releases

January 11, 2013
Transitions 26 Teaching Faculty to WakeMed Employment

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 9, 2013) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to announce the promotion of John Perry, MD, to Vice President of Medical Education. In this role, Dr. Perry is responsible for all educational activities and programs for residents and medical students throughout the WakeMed system.

WakeMed has a well-established medical student and resident teaching relationship with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and is exploring future opportunities with additional medical student teaching programs including the Physician Assistant Program at Campbell University and the new Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Perry also continues to serve as the executive director of the Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC), which is based at WakeMed and supports the training of healthcare providers across a nine-county region. Dr. Perry also continues as a practicing physician with WakeMed Faculty Physicians Hospitalist program.

“Dr. Perry has been an exceptional leader in medical education with WakeMed for many years, and he has helped grow our residency program to be one of the very finest in North Carolina,” explains Dr. Bill Atkinson, president & CEO. “This newly created executive-level role emphasizes WakeMed’s continued commitment to health education, to our existing teaching relationship with UNC-Chapel Hill as well as to future relationships with the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine and others. The future of health care relies on having a talented pool of highly-trained and skilled health care workers across the health care continuum. Dr. Perry and his team will ensure WakeMed plays an integral role in leading the next generation of health care education throughout the region.”

Dr. Perry earned both his bachelor of science and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his residency in Primary Care and Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester, followed by a year as chief medical resident at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, NY. He then earned his fellowship in General Medicine from the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Va. Dr. Perry has a master of science degree in epidemiology from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Perry’s promotion coincides with 26 physicians transitioning from UNC School of Medicine employment to being WakeMed employees. For more than 40 years, WakeMed has served as the largest off-site teaching location for residents from the UNC School of Medicine. To facilitate the teaching program, these exceptional physicians have historically been employees of the UNC School of Medicine, although they worked exclusively at WakeMed and have played an integral role in the WakeMed system for years. Dr. Perry and the following physicians made the official transition to WakeMed employment on January 1.

• WakeMed Faculty Physicians – ENT: Esa Bloedon, MD; Brett Dorfman, MD; Michael Ferguson, MD; and Alan Marshall, MD.
• WakeMed Faculty Physicians – General Surgery/Trauma: Jeffrey Abrams, MD; Edmund Rutherford, MD; William Sullivan, MD; and Osi Udekwu, MD.
• WakeMed Faculty Physicians – Internal Medicine: David Gittelman, DO; and John Perry, MD.
• WakeMed Faculty Physicians – Maternal Fetal Medicine: Steven Wells, MD.
• WakeMed Faculty Physicians -OB/GYN: Karen Bash, MD; Seth Brody, MD; Darlene Esper, MD; Angela Gantt, MD; Thad McDonald, MD; Gregory Mohs, MD; Ritu Sandhu, MD; and Marili Witt, MD.
• WakeMed Faculty Physicians -Pediatrics: Stephen Leinenweber, MD.
• WakeMed Faculty Physicians - Neonatology: Ross Vaughan, MD, Thomas Young, MD; Stephen Kicklighter, MD; Michele Snyder, MD; Tara Bastek, MD and James Perciaccante, MD.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of Excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 8,300 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit

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