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The CCS Medical Team


Fernando Moya, MD
Medical Director, Children's Hospital
Associate Director of Neonatology at NHRMC
President & CEO of CCNEO/CCS

Fernando Moya, MD is the Medical Director at the Children's Hospital, the Associate Director of Neonatology
at New Hanover Regionall Center and President and CEO of Coastal Carolina Neonatology, PLLC. He attended medical school and completed his pe Medicadiatric residency at the Catholic University of Chile.

Following the completion of his Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Moya continued to work there for three years as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. His subsequent employment history/academic appointments include 1) Associate Director of the Division of Neonatology at Louisiana
State University, 2) Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 3) Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of
Texas - Houston Medical School from 1997 until 2005, and presently, 4) Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Director of Neonatology at New Hanover Regional
Medical Center.

Dr. Moya is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His research interests include lung maturation and surfactant use, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and necrotizing enterocolitis.

Sheri Carroll, MD
Medical Director of Neonatology

Dr. Sheri L. Carroll is the Medical Director of Neonatology and the Director of the Vermont Oxford Network Quality Collaborative at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She is also the Treasurer and Secretary of Coastal Carolina Neonatology, PLLC.

Dr. Carroll grew up in Wilmington until she left in her junior year of high school to attend the North Carolina School of Math and Science in Durham, NC. She received her medical degree at UNC and completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.

After two years in General Pediatrics in upstate New York, she returned to North Carolina to complete her Neonatal Perinatal fellowship at UNC. Dr. Carroll returned home to Wilmington in 2006 as a neonatologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was part of the historic move to the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital in September 2008. Dr. Carroll’s interest is in quality improvement and she leads improvement teams at the unit, state and national level. Each has an appointment at the UNC School of Medicine, and academic or administrative interests, including: quality improvement, neuroprotection, neonatal ethics, clinical research, and developmental follow-up.

Mohammed Walaa Sharaf, MD
Director of Neonatal Transport

Dr. Walaa Sharaf directs the Neonatal Transport Team Development at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and is Vice President of Coastal Carolina Neonatology, PLLC.

Dr. Sharaf attended medical school at the University of Tanta, in Tanta, Egypt, and completed his pediatric residency at Harlem and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centers in New York. He then completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, prior to his move to Wilmington, NC in the year 2000.

He is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and has been a staff neonatologist at NHRMC since his arrival in Wilmington. Dr. Sharaf enjoys an academic appointment with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His clinical interests include general neonatology and management of infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and congenital heart disease.

Maria-Cristina Javier, MD
Medical Director of Neonatal Education
Prior to joining New Hanover Regional, Dr. Maria-Christina Javier spent 6 years as an academic neonatologist at Penn State- Hershey Medical Center where she became Director of the NICU follow-up clinic in 2007. During her years as an assistant professor, she was active in medical student, resident and nursing
education and her interest included the field of neonatal nutrition, neurodevelopment and neonatal ethics.

Dr. Javier did her Pediatric residency at Lincoln Medical Center in New York City and went on to complete
her subspecialty training in Neonatology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College where she was chief her final year of training. She attended her undergraduate and medical education at
Far Eastern University Institute of Medicine in Manila, Philippines.

Robert DiGiuseppe, MD
Director of Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic
Dr. Robert DiGiuseppe is the Medical Director of the NICU Follow Up Clinic at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with satellite offices in Columbus County. He also serves on the Board for March of Dimes and the Interdisciplinary Neonatal Follow-Up and Treatment Services (INFANTS).

Dr. DiGiuseppe was born and raised in Charleston, SC. After receiving a degree in mathematical sciences
from Clemson University, he returned to Charleston to attend medical school at MUSC. He next completed
a pediatric residency at Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC and is a board certified pediatrician.

After residency he relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana to complete a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine. His interests include developmental follow-up, quality improvement, and evidence based medicine. Dr. DiGiuseppe is in charge of NICU Developmental Follow-up at the Nunnalee Family Outpatient Clinic in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Kathryn Colacchio, MD
Director of Simulation Education
Dr. Kathryn Colacchio directs Simulation Program Development at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
She is a 2013 recipient of a grant from the North Carolina Medical Society awarded by the Kanof Institute
for Physician Leadership. The grant will focus on simulation as a means to improve the delivery experience
for patients and staff.

Dr. Colacchio was born and raised in Essex, Vermont. She received a Bachelor of Science from James
Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

She is board certified in pediatrics and neonatology. After residency she completed her fellowship in
Neonatal-perinatal medicine from Yale University in New Haven CT. Dr. Colacchio’s interests include quality improvement, patient safety and simulation training.

Erin Schofield, MD
Dr. Schofield joins the team from the University of Alabama Birmingham where she completed her fellowship in the Department of Neonatology. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Schofield is board certified from the American Board of Pediatrics. She graduated summa cum laude from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. She received her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and is a licensed Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor.

Dr. Schofield’s professional interests include optimizing nutritional and growth outcomes in preterm infants. She enjoys working directly with patients and their families to increase awareness of the unique needs of premature infants after discharge. She works on quality improvement projects to improve the "golden hour" and "golden week" outcomes in infants born at 23-28 weeks gestation.

Outside of work, Dr. Schofield enjoys spending time with her husband on their boat and at home with their two big four legged children, Mason and Cooper.  She also enjoy cooking, traveling, making furniture, quilting, and spinning.  

Anthony Tackman, MD
Anthony Tackman, MD was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and attended Michigan State University for his undergraduate studies, receiving a BS in Biology. He received his MD from MSU College of Human Medicine and then completed a residency in Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN, performing research in placental fetomaternal glucose kinetics. He moved to Raleigh, NC in 1999 joining the clinical faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he practicing newborn intensive care at Wake Medical Center and Rex Hospital before moving to Wilmington and joining Coastal Carolina Neonatology in 2013. Dr. Tackman's professional interests are neurodevelopment and neonatal hematology.

He has two children, Rachel, a senior at North Carolina State University; and Brent, a junior at Athens Drive High School. He is an avid reader, runner, and writer.

Michael Stoiko, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Intensivist

Dr. Stoiko has extensive clinical experience caring for critically ill and injured infants and children in the PICU setting and has also provided anesthesia and sedation services for thousands of children. He has expertise in obtaining central venous access, including Ports, Broviacs, PIC and dialysis catheters. Dr. Stoiko has taught attending and resident physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, hospital administrators, and paramedics in national, state wide and local lectures and won several teaching awards. He has been involved in research and teaching about non-accidental head trauma for the past 25 years and was a founding member of PEDIBIRN (PEDIatric Brain Injury Network). He has also been very involved in Biomedical Ethics providing ethics consultations and serving as Chair, Co-chair or member of the Biomedical Ethics Committee since 1989. Community work has included serving on and chairing several boards of trustees for churches, schools and a non-profit child care organization.

David L. Smith, MD
Pediatric Intensivist

David Smith, MD grew up in Bearsville N.Y. He moved to Little Rock, AR in 1978 to obtain paramedic training and subsequently worked as an EMT-Paramedic for over 10 years. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He completed a Pediatric Internship at St. Louis University. He then returned to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, to complete his Pediatric
Residency and stay on an additional year as Chief Resident.  Following residency, he spent 13 years
practicing General Pediatrics in Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Smith joins Coastal Children’s Services after completing a Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital/ UAMS. His primary
research interest involves studying arterial to venous carbon dioxide difference as a marker of cardiac
output. Other medical interests are hyperbaric medicine and emergency medical services for children.
Dr. Smith is board certified in Pediatrics.

Thomas Paulson, MD
Pediatric Intensivist
Before coming to Wilmington 6 years ago, Dr. Paulson served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and co-director of the PICU at Sutter Children’s center. Since coming to Wilmington he initially led the effort to develop the region's first PICU. He has special clinical interest in pulmonary medicine and has started the region's first pediatric fiber optic bronchoscopy service. He maintains board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care medicine.
Lauren Gainor, MD
Director for Pediatric and Newborn Services, Pediatric Hospitalist

Lauren Gainor was born at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and grew up in Wilmington, NC. After attending NC State for her undergraduate education, she earned her medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill
in 2008. Dr Gainor moved to Colorado for pediatric residency training at Children's Hospital Colorado and
the University of Colorado in Denver. After completing a chief resident year, she worked for two years in the University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado Network of Care in the Urgent Care and Emergency
Room setting. Dr Gainor and her husband, Andy, have two young children and enjoy the beach, camping, snowboarding and their church community.
Whitney King, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist

Whitney King, MD, board certified in pediatrics, joins us from Coastal Pediatric Associates. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and completed the pediatric residency program at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Pediatric Society and has a special interest in obesity.
Meghan Dougherty, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist
Meghan Dougherty, MD is originally from Bristol, Tennessee.  She attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she met her husband, Ryan.  Dr. Dougherty attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis, TN.  She completed her pediatric training at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/ Maricopa Medical Center residency program in Phoenix, Arizona, while her husband completed his residency in family medicine.   Dr. Dougherty loves to travel, and is excited to join the community in Wilmington and enjoy any free time at the beach with a good book.
Deana Miller, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist
Dr. Miller grew up in Northwest Indiana but moved to Virginia to attend the College of William and Mary.  
She loved the east coast and decided to stay and attended medical school at the University of Virginia.  
She then completed her pediatric residency training at Duke University in 2014. Dr. Miller’s research
interests include improving handovers and communication in the hospital. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time at the beach with her husband, Ronnie, and dog, Stella.
Marc Yandle, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist

Marc Yandle, MD joined CCS from Wilmington Health, where he was a pediatrician and the Pediatric Division Chief. Dr. Yandle has served as the Pediatric Medical Director for Brunswick County Health Dept and as Chief Resident for the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia, which he attended for his postgraduate medical training. Board certified, Dr. Yandle received his BS from University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and his MD from Wake Forest. Married with five children, Dr. Yandle resides in Wilmington.
Allison Bean, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist

Allison Bean was born in Houston, TX but grew up in Wilmington, NC. After attending UNC-Wilmington for
her undergraduate education, she earned her medical degree from Wake Forest University Medical School
in 2012. Dr. Bean moved to St. Louis, Missouri to complete her residency training in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital through St. Louis University. After completing her residency, she served as
Chief Resident for an additional year at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital . Dr. Bean is very excited to
be back in her hometown of Wilmington, NC and to be serving the community in which she was raised.
She and her husband have two small children and they enjoy the beach, fishing, cooking and spending
time with their family.
Donna Vaught, PhD
Developmental Psychologist, NICU Follow-Up Team

Donna Vaught completed both her undergraduate and graduate school training at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 1990 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1991. Donna is NIDCAP trained and has been working with the NICU at NHRMC since September 1996. In addition to her duties at the hospital, Donna is
a part-time instructor in the Department of Psychology at University of North Carolina - Wilmington.

Sasidharan Taravath, MD
Pediatric Neurologist
Originally from India, Dr. Taravath received his medical degree and completed his pediatric residency from
the Armed Forces Medical College in India.  He completed his clinical fellowship in Pediatric Neurology and Neurology Residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Taravath is board certified in Neurology, with special qualification in child neurology.  Dr. Taravath has also been involved in Sleep Disorders studies for children
for more than 20 years, and is board certified in Sleep Medicine.  Prior to joining Coastal Children’s Services Dr. Taravath was a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at West Virginia University College of Medicine.

Dr. Taravath also has expertise in treatment of spasticity and movement disorders utilizing botulinum
toxin administration.

Kateryna Kotlyarevska, MD
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Originally from the Ukraine, Dr. Kotlyarevska, graduated from Dnepropetrovsk State Medical Academy in Ukraine and completed a residency in pediatrics with focus on adolescent medicine and growth and puberty disorders. After immigrating to US, she did a general pediatrics residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and subsequently completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at University of Michigan. She is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Kotlyarevska works in close collaboration with the pediatric endocrinology division at UNC. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She has been practicing as a pediatric endocrinologist since 2009.
As part of her fellowship training Dr. Kotlyarevska pursued research training. The focus of her research was the growth hormone role in the development of diabetic kidney disease. Her clinical interests include diabetes, growth disorders and pubertal disorders. Dr. K’s personal interests include reading, music,
traveling and swimming.
Marzena Krawiec, MD
Pediatric Pulmonologist
joins us from East Carolina University (ECU) Brody School of Medicine in Greenville where she was the Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. She earned her BA in Biology from Boston University, graduating magna cum laude, and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Denver, CO, graduating with honors. Dr. Krawiec completed a
fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at UCHSC and National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Her
critical care research interests include inflammatory mediators in respiratory disease, fiberoptic
bronchoscopy, infantile wheeze, and pediatric asthma. Dr. Krawiec is fluent in Polish.

Robert "Chip" Williams, MD
Medical Director, Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic
Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Williams received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Bayshore, New York and completed a pediatric residency at Miami Children’s Hospital. He completed his clinical fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville and practiced pediatric gastroenterology in Tampa.

Dr. Williams also brings with him the ability to do endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such
as endoscopies, sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies.

Katherine Louise Becker Freeman, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Originally from Washington DC, Dr. Freeman received her BS from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, She is Board-certified through the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Dr. Freeman comes to CCS with over 25 years of experience in the treatment of pediatric digestive disorders, most recently from UNC in Chapel Hill.


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