ECU physicians named best of the best

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Dec 182013

Forty-nine physicians from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 “Best Doctors in America” list.

The annual list is compiled by Best Doctors Inc., a Boston-based group that surveys more than 45,000 physicians across the United States who previously have been included in the listing asking whom they would choose to treat themselves or their families.

Approximately 5 percent of the physicians who practice in the United States make the annual list. A partial list of the state’s best doctors is in the December issue of “Business North Carolina” magazine. The full list is online at

The ECU physicians on the list are Dr. William A. Burke, dermatology; Drs. Jon Firnhaber, Susan Keen, Greg W. Knapp, Lars C. Larsen, Tae Joon Lee, Gary I. Levine, Kenneth Steinweg and Ricky Watson, family medicine; Drs. Paul P. Cook and Keith M. Ramsey, infectious diseases; Dr. Nathan Brinn, pediatrics and internal medicine; Drs. Mary Jane Barchman and Paul Bolin, nephrology; Drs. Raymond Dombroski and Edward R. Newton, obstetrics and gynecology; Drs. David Hannon and Charlie J. Sang Jr., pediatric cardiology; Dr. Glenn Harris, pediatric diabetologist; and Dr. William E. Novotny and Ronald M. Perkin, pediatric critical care; Dr. Susan Boutilier, pediatric neurology and sleep medicine; and Dr. John Gibbs, neurology.

Also listed are Dr. Michael Reichel, pediatric developmental and behavioral problems; Dr. David N. Collier, pediatric obesity; Dr. Daniel P. Moore, physical medicine and rehabilitation; Dr. Elaine Cabinum-Foeller, pediatric abuse; Dr. Diana J. Antonacci, John Diamond and Kaye L. McGinty, child and adolescent psychiatry; Dr. Scott S. MacGilvray, neonatal medicine; Drs. Lorraine Basnight, Karin Marie Hillenbrand, Thomas G. Irons, Suzanne Lazorick, Dale A. Newton, John Olsson, Kathleen V. Previll and Charles Willson, general pediatrics; Drs. Robert A. Shaw, Yash Kataria and Mark Bowling, pulmonary medicine; Drs. Robert Harland and Eric Toschlog, surgery; Dr. Emmanuel Zervos, surgical oncology; Dr. Danielle Walsh, pediatric surgery; Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., cardiothoracic surgery; Dr. Eleanor Harris, radiation oncology; and Dr. Charles S. Powell, vascular surgery.


CAHS Leads the Way with New Technology

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Dec 132013

With technology ever-changing, the College of Allied Health Sciences is leading the way for the University with new equipment in a Allied Health Sciences building classroom that will open up new possibilities for professors and students alike.

“Fall semester saw the introduction to a new room setup and during winter break more of our rooms will benefit from this same technology,” said Jean Merenda, educational technology specialist.

The new technology is controlled by a Crestron touch screen monitor that allows for full integration of Microsoft “Ink” tools. Through this tool, professors can use a stylus to take notes directly on the screen during a presentation, highlighting key points and adding thoughts that can be saved for viewing later on.


With the easy-to-use software, switching between different sources such as laptops, iPads or USB drives will be much easier and fluid, cutting down the time devoted to setting up for a lecture or presentation. Now professors and students can switch between devices seamlessly with minimum interruption time.

Also featured in the new classroom design is a state-of-the-art document camera with a high resolution than the ones currently being used in classrooms, and also takes up less room on the podium.


Faculty from Health Services & Information Management look on as Jean Merenda from the office of educational technology demonstrates how to use the new touch panel.

Classroom 1345 is also equipped with a “bridge” system which will enable instructors to use the in-room camera for Skype and WebConferencing sessions.  Through this technology, students can conference with other classes across the state, or enjoy a guest lecturers without travel expense.  This technology will soon be available for all classrooms that currently have in-room cameras.

Air Media software will be a standard in the classroom as well and will allow students to connect and project from their personal devices. Through this software, students can easily share without having to disconnect one laptop and plugging in another to project on the screen.

“One of the neatest additions is the Air Media software which will enable students to share their desktops without leaving their seat,” said Merenda.


Jean Merenda shows faculty how to utilize the in-room camera for recording and Skype sessions.

The new software is a great addition to the College of Allied Health Sciences and will assist in making lectures more accessible and interactive. For more information about technology in the College of Allied Health Sciences, visit the “OET for CAHS” blog at

Occupational therapy students assist adults with autism in Costa Rica

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Dec 112013
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From left to right, ECU occupational therapy students Keli McColl, Farrell Wiggins and Brittany Robertson work with adults with autism in Costa Rica.

 In August, four students from the ECU occupational therapy master’s degree program traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica on a medical mission trip.

Katie Hopkins, Keli McColl, Brittany Robertson, and Farrell Wiggins spent a week working in a day program named ASCOPA for adults with autism. They assisted staff in creating activities and implementing sensory integration techniques to help enrich the lives of the participants.

Autism is not as well known in Costa Rica as it is in North Carolina. Even for those who know what the diagnosis entails, resources for adults and children with autism are scarce. This program is one of a kind, as most adults with autism in Costa Rica have two options: stay at home and receive assistance from their parents or be institutionalized. Instead, the program allows the adults to go to school and receive both a traditional education and life-skills training. 

The students from ECU created sensory-based activities for the adult participants and assisted with their daily activities. These included making paper, greeting cards, and gardening, which they sold at events throughout the year to raise money and awareness about autism. They also had an amazing time building relationships with the participants and staff, all of whom welcomed them warmly. 

In addition to volunteering at ASCOPA, the students traveled throughout Costa Rica to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the country. Costa Rica’s landscapes are as varied as they are beautiful. The students, who will graduate from ECU on Dec. 13, visited the mountainous rain forest, as well as the active Arenal Volcano and the beaches. 

OT students in Costa Rica Aug 2013

From left to right, ECU occupational therapy graduate students Farrell Wiggins, Brittany Robertson, Katie Hopkins and Keli McColl.

-Brittany Robertson, Occupational Therapy Class of 2013 




Nursing faculty and staff bring holiday cheer to seniors

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Dec 102013

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Staff and faculty members from the College of Nursing have been bringing cheer to senior adults this holiday season.

More than a dozen faculty and staff decorated 13 wreaths and 26 stockings for residents at Golden Living Center in Greenville during a fall community service day on Nov. 1. They also raised funds to provide a gift card for a family in need.

The holiday decorations were delivered Friday, Dec. 6 in time for the staff at Golden Living Center to decorate for the annual holiday open house held Dec. 8.

The project planning committee was Traci Baer, Kuan Chen, Rachel Cherrier, Nik Fishel, Casey Holland, Lisa Ormond and Brenda Smith.

Nursing faculty and staff plan to do another service event in the spring.


Dr. Linda May Garners Awards for Studying the Effects of Obesity on Pregnancy Outcomes

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Dec 062013

Dr. Linda May Linda May, MS, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Dental Medicine Department of Foundational Sciences and Research, has received the Faculty Re-assignment Award for teaching release time for spring 2014 from the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies to prepare a competitive grant application to the National Institutes for Health (NIH) for continuation of her ENHANCED by Mom project.

With North Carolina being the 5th worst state for childhood obesity rates, Dr. May studies how physical activity in mothers during pregnancy influences the development of the child before and after birth.

“Although there are many programs targeting children to attenuate or eliminate childhood obesity, few programs begin the intervention during pregnancy,” said May. “From past studies, we know that exercise during pregnancy decreases fat gain and risk of gestational diabetes, and it improves pregnancy outcomes.”

May will seek NIH funding to continue studying pregnant moms and their babies and to take her work a step further by offering education programs for pregnant moms.

She plans to work with the school’s Community Service Learning Centers across the state to partner with pregnant moms and health professionals to explore the effects of obesity during pregnancy on babies and children and to identify barriers to change and solutions.

Dr. May was among nine faculty members to complete the ECU Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy in December. The year-long program cultivates scholars who can be leaders in their professions while engaging with communities to improve quality of life.

Dr. May also received a Health Sciences Authors Award this fall from ECU’s Laupus Library in recognition of her 2013 publications, including “Nutritional Habits during Pregnancy: Patient Knowledge and Provider Intervention” in the Journal of Perinatal Education and “Exercise During Pregnancy: The Role of Obstetric
Providers” in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. May teaches anatomy for the School of Dental Medicine and does research in exercise physiology with the College of Health and Human Performance. She published her first book Physiology of Prenatal Exercise and Fetal Development in 2012. She has taught for over fifteen years in subjects including histology, physiology, gross anatomy, and biology.