The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Nominating and Leadership Development Committee met via Zoom on Saturday, June 3, 2023, to interview candidates and vote for the initial slate of nominees for officers, directors, and AMA delegates. Per NCMS Bylaws, Component Societies, Specialty Societies, and Sections may submit additional nominations for these positions between now and August 11, 2023. Please use this form to submit nominations. For questions on the nominating process, contact Evan Simmons.

The following slate of nominees was selected by the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee:

NCMS Board of Directors

  1. President Elect: John J. Meier, IV, MD
  2. Secretary-Treasurer: Tracy L. Eskra, MD
  3. Region 3 Representative: Karen L. Smith, MD
  4. Region 4 Representative: Martin Palmeri, MD
  5. At-Large Member: Bryant A. Murphy, MD
  6. At-Large Member: William G. Ferrell, MD
  7. At-Large Member: Ronald B. Laney, Jr., MD


NC American Medical Association Delegation

  1. AMA Delegate: Mary Ann Contogiannis, MD
  2. AMA Delegate: Justin B. Hurie, MD

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

  1. NLDC Region 2: John B. Chiavetta, MD
  2. NLDC Region 2: Damian F. McHugh, MD

The Committee will reconvene to determine the eligibility of any additional nominees. The final slate of candidates will be published to members by September 22, 2023. Under the NCMS’ governance structure, online voting for the candidates will begin on September 28, 2023, and continue until midnight on October 12, 2023. Paper ballots also will be available to those who need them.

The following are the members of the NCMS Nominating and Leadership Development Committee:

  • Chair                                                   Michael Utecht, MD
  • President-Elect                                Eileen Raynor, MD
  • Ex-Officio                                           Arthur Apolinario, MD
  • Board Representative                    Jugta Kahai, MD
  • Board Representative                    Rachel Keever, MD
  • Region 1 Representative               Latonya Beatty, MD
  • Region 1 Representative               Chris Grubb, MD
  • Region 1 Representative               Joe Navejar, DO
  • Region 2 Representative               Justin Hurie, MD
  • Region 2 Representative               Ronnie Laney, MD
  • Region 2 Representative               Madji Namde, MD
  • Region 3 Representative               Labron Chambers, MD
  • Region 3 Representative               Peter Fenn, PA-C
  • Region 3 Representative               Jim Hill, PA-C
  • Region 4 Representative               Tracy Bell, PA-C
  • Region 4 Representative               Frank Melvin, MD
  • Region 4 Representative              MaryShell Zaffino, MD