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Jason Heilemann, M.D.
Jason Heilemann, M.D.
Class of 2016

Hometown:  Clemson, South Carolina

Education: University of South Carolina, MD, 2013

Hobbies and Interests:  Talking, watching the news, playing video games, 80's hair band karaoke, eating cookies, and spending time with his lovely wife.

Why I chose McLeod: "I am very interested in quality improvement and patient safety.  McLeod champions this cause.  I also see family medicine physicians as the leaders of healthcare, and Florence is a community that empowers residents to take on that role."



Leslie Pittman, M.D.
Leslie Pittman, M.D.
Class of 2016

Hometown: Brunswick, GA

Education: Mercer University School of Medicine, MD, 2013
Georgia College and State Unviersity, BS

Hobbies and Interests:  Spending time with family, swimming, sailing, sculpting and drawing.

Why I chose McLeod: "Two reasons: I loved the opportunity for variety that was available in an unopposed family medicine residency, and I enjoyed the people that I met on my first visit to Florence - residents, attendings, and everyone.  The first impression has proven true, and I get to see patients of all ages with all conditions while working with people I like and respect."



Marcus Vaught, M.D.
Marcus Vaught, M.D.
Class of 2016

Hometown: West Columbia, South Carolina

Education:  University of South Carolina, MD, 2012

Hobbies and Interests:  Basketball, technology, ultrasound, football and spending time with his wife Stephanie.

Why I Chose McLeod:  Unopposed, procedures-focused, opportunity to care for and manage acutely and chroncially ill patients.



Ryan Connor, M.D.
Ryan Connor, M.D.
Class of 2016

Hometown: Florence, South Carolina

Education: University of South Carolina, BS, 2008
University of South Carolina School of Medicine, MD, 2013 

Hobbies and Interests: Gamecock Athletics, tennis, spending time with family, travel, medical mission trips, ultrasound guided procedures and primary care.

Why I Choose McLeod: "I chose McLeod because it was an unopposed program that allowed me to follow patients in the ICUs and care for high acuity patients.  I also was interested in the ultrasound curriculum and variety of procedural training." 



Brittney Bicksler, D.O.
Brittney Bicksler, D.O.
Class of 2017

Education: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 2014

Hometown: Stafford, Virginia

Hobbies and interests: Spending time with my husband and son, going to the beach, eating, reading and movies.

Why I chose McLeod: I wanted to feel like I was a part of a family during my Residency training. McLeod offers a challenging and unique Residency experience that you can mold and make it your own.

 



Gazelle Moharari, M.D.
Gazelle Moharari, M.D.
Class of 2017

Education: Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, MD, 2014
Undergrad. University of West Georgia in Carrolton, GA

Hometown: Marietta, GA

Hobbies and Interests: Knitting, cooking, reading old novels/books.

Why I Chose McLeod: I chose McLeod because of the wide breadth of education I would be able to get here and because of the people already at the McLeod Family Medicine Program. I knew that this program would teach me the full scope of both outpatient and inpatient medicine; which is exactly what I wanted to become proficient in to be able to fully take care of my patients. All the Faculty, Residents and staff of the residency program and McLeod as a whole secured to work together well and had a community and camaraderie that I really liked when I came to interview. The combination of those two reasons brought me to McLeod.



Joseph Hoyle, M.D., MPH
Joseph Hoyle, M.D., MPH
Class of 2017

Education: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, MD 2014

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina

Hobbies and interests: Swimming and Violin

Why I chose McLeod: I chose McLeod because of the community, excellence in quality of care and breath of professional development opportunities.



Lamar Ward, D.O.
Lamar Ward, D.O.
Class of 2017

Education: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 2014
(GA Campus)

Hometown: Newman, GA

Hobbies and interests: Jogging, competitive sports, listening to music, eating

Why I chose McLeod: I chose McLeod because it is a place of opportunities. The Faculty and Residents are eager to offer procedural, traveling and teaching experiences. The Faculty is very approachable and helpful in helping one become the physician he/she wishes to become. The fact that McLeod is an unopposed program adds to the availability of responsibilities, which is helpful in assuming I am prepared once I finish the program. I am prepared once I finish the program. I feel confident that I will be able to practice anywhere competitively from rural to the inner city. Moreover, the Residents are common people with a pride for excellence who are easy going. Lastly, there is a good variety of pathology here. McLeod is like a gemstone hidden in Florence, SC. Unless you come here to experience it you may never know.



Lateef Harper, M.D.
Lateef Harper, M.D.
Class of 2017

Education: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, MD, 2014

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Hobbies and interests: Spending time with my family, Jazz music, hiking

Why I chose McLeod: McLeod has a long history of medical excellence. I have a strong interest in practicing as a Hospitalist within an underserved community and the extensive procedural training offered at McLeod will further aid in my preparation. There is also camaraderie among the Residents and the opportunity to work with skilled teaching Faculty.



Lindsey Johnson, M.D.
Lindsey Johnson, M.D.
Class of 2017

Education: Medical University of South Carolina, MD 2014

Hometown: North Augusta, South Carolina

Hobbies and interests: Cooking, scrapbooking, reading and playing the guitar

Why I chose McLeod: The McLeod Family Medicine Program combines the learning experiences of a big academic center with the one-on-one teaching experiences of a small hospital. After one month on the inpatient service, I am just amazed how comfortable the other Residents and myself are with treating patients. The attendings and upper level Residents are so knowledgeable. I learn so much every day. The McLeod Family Medicine program is a special one and I would make the decision to train here again and again.



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