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Leader in Medicine

Selection for the American Health Council’s “Leader in Medicine” award is reserved for those individuals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field. These doctors and medical educators serve as the guiding light for advancement from the classroom to the consultation room to the operating room. Leading by example, the difference begins with them.

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Best Doctors in North Carolina
Dr. Wolf H. Stapelfeldt, Professor and Department Chairman at St. Louis University shares his knowledge and expertise in Anesthesiology and Organ Transplantation.
Dr. Bittner performs cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Additionally, he is also involved in a dedicated leadership role where he conducts cardiothoracic research. During his 28-year career, Dr. Bittner gained skills and knowledge in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs and replacement, advanced heart failure surgery, heart and lung transplantation and coronary revascularization and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Stephen I. Kramer, MD
Dr. Stephen I. Kramer, Professor Emeritus at Wake Forest Baptist Health Sciences and Field Representative/Physician Surveyor at The Joint Commission. With over 30 years in the healthcare industry, including 28 years at Wake Forest, Dr. Kramer shares his expertise in Forensic Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry.
As the current standing Vice President of Medical Affairs at Cone Health in Burlington, North Carolina, with expertise in Internal Medicine and years of experience as a physician leader. He also has held numerous physician leadership positions to include Chief of Medicine and Chief of Staff, Alamance Regional Medical Center.
Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH
Dr. Anthony J. Viera of UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine shares his knowledge and expertise on Primary Care, Epidemiology, Evidence Based Medicine, and Family Medicine. With over two decades of experience in the field of Family Medicine.

James Ball, MD

Assoc. Professor
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Daniel Brown, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist
CVS Pharmacy

Keith Dombrowski, MD


Peter Fecci, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Duke University Medical Center

Duncan Hughes, MD

Southpoint Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics

Andrew Lamb, MD

V.P. of Medical Affairs
Cone Health