Novant Health Expands Neurosciences Service Line; Adds New Providers

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System adds 20 new healthcare providers in Charlotte; eight new healthcare providers in Winston-Salem with more to come.

Our goal is to create a world-class experience for patients regardless of their entry point within our health system and affiliated hospitals.

Novant Health is expanding its neurosciences capabilities across the communities it serves, particularly in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, to better meet the needs of patients.

In 2015, Dr. Eric Eskioglu, a vascular neurosurgeon joined Novant Health as senior vice president to lead Novant Health’s neurosciences service line across the 14-hospital system by building a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient neurosciences program and implementing best practices and unifying processes and protocols across the system.

“At Novant Health, our goal is to create a world-class experience for patients regardless of their entry point within our health system and affiliated hospitals” said Eskioglu. “We already have outstanding community-based neurosciences providers. The further addition of highly talented specialists such as cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, orthopedic and neurosurgery spine surgeons, brain tumor neurosurgeons, multiple sclerosis neurologists, Parkinson’s movement disorder neurologists and vascular neurologists will help propel us to the next level. We are truly structured to provide the most comprehensive remarkable neurologic patient care possible, and through our neurosciences telemedicine network, physicians can access the expertise of our subspecialists throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, greatly improving our patient care.”

Joining the already existing neurosciences experts and providers at Novant Health are:

Greater Winston-Salem

  •     Dr. Rashid Janjua, neurosurgeon and neurosciences market leader at Novant Health Forsyth Brain and Spine Surgery
  •     Dr. Mitch Hargis, neuro-intensivist at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  •     Dr. AleksandrShikhman, neuro-intensivist at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  •     Dr. Prabhu Emmady, neuro-hospitalist at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  •     Dr. Cory Lamar, outpatient neurologist at Novant Health Summit Sleep and Neurology
  •     Dr. Nikhil Balakrishnan, outpatient neurologist at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
  •     Melissa Howdeshell, neurology ICU advanced registered nurse practitioner at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  •     Brittney Thompson, neurology ICU advanced registered nurse practitioner at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  •     Whitney Meeler, advanced nurse practitioner at Novant Health Forsyth Brain and Spine Surgery
  •     Nancy Frye, advanced nurse practitioner at Novant Health Forsyth Brain and Spine Surgery

Greater Charlotte

  •     Dr. Joshua Billingsley, neurosurgeon at Novant Health Neurosurgery Specialists
  •     Dr. Ziad Hage, neurosurgeon at Novant Health Neurosurgery Specialists
  •     Dr. Jenny Orning, neurosurgeon at Novant Health Neurosurgery Specialists
  •     Dr. Laurie McWilliams, neuro-intensivist and neurology ICU medical director at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  •     Dr. Kevin Meier, neuro-intensivist at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  •     Dr. Quaiser Toqeer, neuro-hospitalist at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  •     Dr. Javon Edgecombe, neuro-hospitalist at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  •     Dr. Ali Turk, neuro-hospitalist at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  •     Dr. C. Edward Robles, neurologist and physical medicine/rehabilitation specialist at Novant Health Northlake Neurology
  •     Dr. James Battista, outpatient neurologist and movement disorder specialist/Parkinson’s disease at Novant Health Neurology Specialists
  •     Dr. Matthew “Max” Carraro, outpatient neurologist and multiple sclerosis specialist at Novant Health Neurology Specialists
  •     Dr. Deepika Shangula, outpatient neurologist at Novant Health Neurosurgery Specialists
  •     Dr. Ebinita Arhebamen, outpatient neurologist at Novant Health Neurology Specialists
  •     Ana Messler, PhD, neuro-psychologist, Novant Health Neurology Specialists
  •     Lynne Campbell, lead neurology ICU advanced nurse practitioner at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  •     Erica Ayersman, neurology ICU advanced nurse practitioner at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  •     Natalie Hall, neurology ICU advanced nurse practitioner Stroke Bridge Clinic at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  •     Katherine McClure, neurosurgery advanced practice clinician at Novant Health Neurosurgery Specialists
  •     Sharon Walter, physician assistant at Novant Health Neurology Specialists

“From neurosurgeons who perform general neurosurgery to neuro-hospitalists who manage acute neurologic illnesses to neuro-intensivists who care for patients in the intensive care unit, we’re able to offer patients advanced neurological care,” said Eskioglu. “We also have orthopedic spine surgeons that perform spine surgery and neuro-oncologists who are using some of the most advanced care protocols to treat brain tumors. We’re well on our way to becoming a center of excellence within the field of neurosciences.”

The Joint Commission, American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have recognized Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center since 2013. Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center is currently designated as a Primary Stroke Center and is making strides toward an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation. Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest level that can be achieved by a stroke-care program. These programs help establish standards of excellence and best practices that directly impact patients’ lives.

For more information about Dr. Eskioglu, his team of experts and what the expansion of neurosciences at Novant Health means to the community check out this Q&A or visit novanthealth.org/neurosciences.

About Novant Health

Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Named in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health consists of more than 1,380 physicians and nearly 24,000 employees and provides care at 530 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the health system serves more than 4 million patients annually and in 2015 provided more than $706 million in community benefit, including charity care and services. Diversity MBA has recognized the organization as one of the 50 best places for women and managers of diverse background to work. Novant Health provides care in Virginia under the joint operating company, Novant Health UVA Health System.

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