Make Plans to Join Us October 15th in Raleigh for the Golden Stethoscope Awards and Presidential Inauguration Gala

We have made it through two of the most challenging years the health care community has had to navigate in some time. Many of our physician and PA members went above and beyond the call of duty, placing their own lives at risk, sacrificing precious time with family and loved ones, while selflessly serving their patients. The NCMS thought it only right that we celebrate all of the health care heroes who made a huge impact on our state — that’s why we are holding our first Golden Stethoscope Awards Gala this year! Be sure to mark your calendar now so that you may attend this event created exclusively for NCMS members, their guests and event sponsors.

Michael Utecht, MD
Arthur Apolinario, MD

In addition to the Inaugural festivities where we will honor outgoing NCMS President Michael J. Utecht, MD, FACEP and welcome Arthur E. Apolinario, MD, MPH, FAAFP, as the 2022-2023 NCMS President, we plan to celebrate an NCMS member from each of the four regions of the state with a Golden Stethoscope Award.

Golden Stethoscope Award Winners Announced

Lisa Kaufmann, MD

About Dr. Kaufmann:

Lisa Kaufmann, MD is the Medical Director of the Adult  Inpatient and Emergency Department Service Line at Appalachian Regional Health Care System in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains. She is also the Medical Director of their Hospitalist Program, and Clinical Inpatient Faculty in the  MAHEC Boone Family Medicine Residency .  Dr Kaufmann came to love the Blue Ridge during her undergraduate and medical school years at Duke.   Her Internal Medicine residency was at the University of Pennsylvania. After 8 years in private practice in Tucson, AZ, she joined the faculty of the University of Arizona, and late the State University of New York in Syracuse, from which she retired early as full professor to move to the mountains she loves.  Dr Kaufmann’s academic focus is on quality improvement and clinical teaching.  This past experience in rapid process  improvement was particularly useful during the COVID epidemic, with the need to combine disaster preparedness, coordinating with emergency management including managing supply chain and physical plant adaptations, staffing shortages and having to develop clinical protocols and training in a small rural health system.   Dr Kaufmann is also passionate about addressing social determinants of care, including coordination between the inpatient team and community services like the “Food is Medicine” program.  When she is not working, Dr Kaufmann loves hiking in the mountains, writing, and hanging out with her large family.

Allison Kerianne Crockett, MD, FACOG

About Dr. Crockett:

Dr. Crockett grew up outside of Charlotte and graduated from NC State in 2006. Crockett Attended Ross University School of Medicine and met her husband and graduated from there in 2012. She has been in Greenville since 2012 when she started her residency  (formerly ECU/Vidant, now ECUHealth Medical Center). She graduated residency in 2016 and joined the faculty that year. Dr. Crockett is passionate about addressing the barriers to care and disparities in health outcomes the patients in our region face every day. She and her husband Adam have two little boys; Bradley (6, almost 7) and Alexander (3 and a half).  Dr. Crockett lead the NC OB/GYN Society’s effort to pass protections for pregnant incarcerated women after a harrowing experience with a pregnant, shackled patient, which included the death of her patient’s infant.

Suneya Gupta Hogarty, DO, FACOI

About Dr. Hogarty:

Dr. Suneya Hogarty is a native North Carolinian.  After obtaining her undergraduate degree in religious studies from Davidson College, she attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, where she met her future husband, David.  She completed her osteopathic Internal Medicine residency in Lansing through Michigan State University, and then moved to New Hampshire for Rheumatology fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

She returned to Goldsboro in 2005 with 2 young sons to be closer to family.  She has been serving Wayne county residents since that time. During the first fourteen years in Goldsboro, her family grew to include a daughter.  In 2019, David and Suneya Hogarty opened their independent private practice, Integrative Arthritis and Pain Consultants (IAPC), with the goal of providing holistic osteopathic care to the whole person, since all disease affects mind, body, and spirit.  Dr. Suneya integrates both Eastern and Western philosophy in her Rheumatology practice.

Rebecca Hayes, MD, MBA-HM, CPE, FAAFP

About Dr. Hayes:

Rebecca Hayes, MD, MBA-HM, CPE, FAAFP currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Clinical and Community Operations in the Department of Family Medicine and the Assistant Specialty Medical Director of the community clinics in the Emerging Care Model Division at Atrium Health. She leads the primary care community and teaching clinics in the Greater Charlotte Area through positive healthcare delivery transformation to better care for and improve the lives of underserved communities, while also developing highly skilled, competent, and compassionate primary care physicians.  In her 15 years with Atrium Health, Dr. Hayes has served as medical director and core faculty at Elizabeth Family Medicine, and associate program director for Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition she is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She was selected as the 2009 Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Family Physician of the year. Prior to joining Atrium Health, Dr. Hayes had the honor to serve in multiple leadership positions within the US Navy Medical Corp to include faculty and team leader at Naval Hospital Pensacola Family Medicine Residency Program, Senior Medical Officer for the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center Medical Clinic, and Regimental Surgeon, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC.  Dr. Hayes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from UNC-Greensboro and is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine.  She completed her family medicine residency at Naval Hospital Bremerton, WA and her Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hayes earned her MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governor’s University in 2021.  Dr. Hayes lives in Concord, NC with her husband and 8 year old son.  They enjoy all things Disney/Star Wars and spending time at the beach.

Golden Stethoscope Awards Gala
Sponsorship opportunities

We hope that you will join us in Celebrating Medicine!

The 2022 Golden Stethoscope Awards Gala is the North Carolina Medical Society’s way of thanking our physician and PA members for their tireless and remarkable dedication to their profession and service to their patients and communities.This year we are “Celebrating Medicine” by holding the Golden Stethoscope Awards, which will honor four NCMS members for their dedication to the profession of medicine, communities, and their patients during the COVID pandemic.

Corporate partners are invited to share in this event honoring the sacrifices of these health care heroes. Your gifts will ensure a spectacular evening spent celebrating the North Carolina physicians and PAs who helped steer us through one of the most challenging times in our history.

Please download a Sponsor Prospectus or contact Pam Highsmith for more information.


Carolina Complete Health Network (CCHN) Interim CEO Steve Keene shares why their organization is happy to be a Diamond Sponsor of the Golden Stethoscope Awards Gala
James Holmes, Sentinel Managing Partner, and Jason Sandner, Curi CEO, have joined up to talk about their partnership with the North Carolina Medical Society and why they are excited about the 2022 Golden Stethoscope Awards Gala.