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Family Medicine Faculty

William A. Hensel, MD, ABFP, Residency Program Director

William HenselDr. Hensel graduated from the Ohio State University School of Medicine in 1978, and completed his Family Practice Residency at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1981.

After spending three years on the faculty at UT Houston, he joined the Cone Health Family Practice Residency program in 1984. He completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at Chapel Hill. His areas of expertise include hospice and palliative care medicine, flexible sigmoidoscopy and medical ethics.

Karl "Bert" Fields, MD, ABFP, CAQ Sports Medicine, Chief, Family Medicine Residency Program

Karl FieldsDr. Fields graduated with Distinction from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in 1976 and the Charlotte Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency in 1979. After one year as Director of Public Health on the Island of St. Croix, he entered private practice in rural North Carolina in 1980. In 1984, he joined the faculty at Cone Health Family Medicine Residency program. In 1985, he completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina with an emphasis on Sports Medicine Research.

Dr. Fields is now a Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Chapel Hill. He is a past President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and serves on the North Carolina Medical Society's Sports Medicine Committee. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally in Sports Medicine.

His publications have primarily focused on sports medicine, and he currently serves as editor for Sports Medicine and Adult Orthopedic topics for UpToDate. As director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship, he also coordinates international exchanges with Australia. In addition to Sports Medicine, Dr. Fields' other areas of interest include exercise physiology, stress testing and environmental issues.

James O. Breen, MD, A.B.F.M.

James BreenDr. Breen graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in 1998 and Brown University Memorial Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in 2001.

Dr. Breen is a Henry Harris Perlman Fellowship recipient, Jefferson Medical College, for study of issues combining medicine and the social sciences study of Brazilian HIV resources. In 2001, he joined La Clinica de Familia Inc. Community Health Center System based in Las Cruces, NM, where he served as a staff physician caring for patients in an underserved rural border setting.

After seven years in private practice, Dr. Breen joined Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, FL, as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. Dr. Breen is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, both written and spoken. His professional interests include alternative practice models and healthcare economics.

Kim K. Briscoe, MD, A.B.F.M.

Dr. Briscoe graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Cone Health in Greensboro, NC.  Following graduation, she accepted a position as the program's first Career Development Junior Faculty Fellow and is excited to remain on the faculty after completion.

Her areas of interest are ambulatory care and women's health.

M. Lee Chambliss, MD, MSPH, ABFP, Medical Director of the Family Practice Center

Lee ChamblissDr. Chambliss graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1986 and St. Margaret's Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Pittsburgh in 1989. After residency, he spent four years in practice, including a year working in Papua New Guinea. He then completed a two-year Academic Family Medicine fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He joined the Cone Health Family Practice Residency Program in 1996 and is currently Associate Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at Chapel Hill. Dr. Chambliss' major areas of interest include evidence-based medicine, accessing medical information and electronic health records.

Kathryn Foster, RN, MSN, Assistant Administrative Director

Kathyrn FosterMs. Foster earned her BSN and MSN degrees at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She joined Cone Health in 1984, where she assumed duties as staff nurse in Inpatient Rehabilitation. She received CRRN certification and continued as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury. After 18 years of service, she moved to the Long-Term Care Division as Performance Improvement and Quality Specialist.

In 2007, Ms. Foster joined the Cone Health Family Medicine Residency program as Assistant Administrative Director, where her responsibilities include both practice management and resident training at the Family Medicine Center Clinic. Her interests include patient education and health promotion.

Wayne A. Hale, MD, MS, ABFP, CAQ Geriatrics

Wayne HaleDr. Hale graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1974 and the York, PA, Family Practice Residency Program in 1977. Following seven years of private practice experience in Pennsylvania, he completed a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in Faculty Development at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

He joined the residency program in 1986 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. His major areas of interest are Geriatrics, care of Hispanic patients and computer applications.

Denya Hawkins, BSBA, Administrative Director

Deyna HawkinsMs. Hawkins earned her BS degree in business administration from Appalachian State University in 1999. She served as practice manager for Hilton Head OB/Gyn in Hilton Head, SC, for two years.

In 2001, she joined Anne Penn Hospital as Occupational Health Coordinator. Currently, as Administrative Director of the Cone Health Family Medicine program, she is responsible for the practice management curriculum and business management of the Family Medicine Center.

Darcy Hitz, Residency Coordinator

Darcy HitzMs. Hitz worked with the Randolph County Schools for 12 years coordinating student registration and scheduling, staff development, hiring, scheduling and supervision of substitute teachers and administering the school lunch program.

Ms. Hitz joined Cone Health in 2005. Her current role is to work with our residents in the administrative processes of residency, from interview through graduation. Her extensive experience in administration make her an essential resource for our residents, faculty and staff.

Sarah T. Jordan, MD, MSPH

Sarah JordanDr. Jordan graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1999. After earning her MSPH degree in Maternal and Child Health, she completed her residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco in 2003. 

She joined the Cone Health Family Medicine Residency program faculty in 2008, after four years at the Siler City Community Health Center. Dr. Jordan's interests include prenatal care and healthcare reform.

Michelle E. Kane, PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Director of Behavioral Sciences

Michelle KaneDr. Kane received her doctorate of psychology in 1997 from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, OH. She then completed a two-year fellowship through Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, MI. 

The fellowship provided generalist training in health psychology with a specialty in medical education. Areas of interest include medical education, cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches, and death and dying issues.

Peter G. Koval, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist

Peter KovalDr. Koval graduated from Campbell University School of Pharmacy in 1994 and the Moses Cone Pharmacy Practice Residency program in 1995. He then completed a year of Family Medicine specialty residency training at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.

In 1996, he joined Greensboro AHEC as Assistant Director of Pharmacy Research, Pharmacotherapy and Education. He is Clinical Assistant Professor with the School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill. His clinical practice site is the Cone Health Family Medicine Residency program. Areas of interest include smoking cessation, chronic lung disease, osteoporosis and patient education.

Todd D. McDiarmid, MD, ABFP

Todd McDiarmidDr. McDiarmid graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1991, and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the Cone Health Family Medicine Residency program in 1994. Following graduation, he did a Fellowship in Rural Medicine and completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the UNC-Chapel Hill.

He joined the Cone Health Family Medicine Residency program as full-time faculty in 1997 and is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at Chapel Hill. His major areas of interest include inpatient care, critical appraisal of the literature and exercise treadmill testing.

Sara L. Neal, MD, MA, ABFP, CAQ Sports Medicine

Sara NealDr. Neal received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1994. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 1997. She joined the faculty of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University in 1997.

In 2006, she completed a Primary care Sports Medicine fellowship at Cone Health. She remained on faculty at Wake Forest, serving as Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency program until 2008, when she joined the faculty at the Moses Cone Family Medicine Residency program as Assistant Professor.

Dr. Neal has been the team physician for the Wake Forest Women's Field Hockey program since 2002 and was elected physician member of the North Carolina Boxing Advisory Commission in 2008. Her areas of special interest include women's health and sports medicine.

Jeannie C. Sykes, MPH, PhD, RD, Preventive Medicine Curriculum Coordinator

Jeannie SykesDr. Sykes received her master's degree in public health in 1980 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1986.

She is a Registered Dietitian and has been a consultant for corporate wellness programs, including Campbell Soup Co. Areas of interest are fitness, nutrition and health promotion.

Family Medicine Clinic Staff

Suzanne Lineberry, MPH, CHC, MCHES - Health Coach

Suzanne received her undergraduate degree in public health from Utah State University in 2006. She earned her master's in public health in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She went on to complete a certification in health coaching (CHC) through Real Balance Global Wellness Services and maintains her master certified health education specialist (MCHES) accreditation through NCHEC.

For the Family Medicine Program, she organizes and completes Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, works individually with patients as a health coach, and assists in the practice's quality improvement projects.

Suzanne is fluent in Italian and her interests include chronic disease management, health behavior changes, population based quality improvement, health education, mobilization of community resources and health coaching.

Norma Wilson, Social Worker

Norma Wilson received BS degree in social work from UNCG in 2009 and her master's in social work from UNC Chapel Hill in 2012.  She completed her internship at Family Service of the Piedmont in Greensboro, NC where she was the Spanish speaking therapist.

She joined the Cone Health Family Medicine team in 2012 and currently works as the inpatient and outpatient Family Medicine social worker.  She assists with nursing home placement, substance abuse/counseling referrals and with several other resources in regards to patient needs.

Areas of interest include resources for the Hispanic community as well as providing counseling to adults and geriatric patients.