Joint statement from Dr. David Cook and Dr. Ehab Sharawy

Joint statement from Dr. David Cook and Dr. Ehab Sharawy, the local physicians leading the transition to private practice in Charlotte with Holston Medical Group.

As doctors with over 25 years of commitment to the Charlotte community, our approach to caring for patients is always through a community-first lens. It is based on that mission that a group of 42 physicians with Lakeside Family Physicians and Huntersville OB/GYN have made a decision to exercise our option to leave the employment of Novant Health. This group currently includes:

David Cook, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Brian Baker, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Clint Beaver, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Jeffrey Berger, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Robert Bundy, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Anna Claugus, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Brian Devine, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Stephanie Elkins, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Mei-Tsi Ellis, DO – Lakeside Family Physicians
Vanessa Everett, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Jackie Faircloth, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Dane Floberg, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Sarah Goodman, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Gina LiCause, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Katherine Malta, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Jeffrey Many, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Bruce Mather, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Barbara Meyer, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Robyn (Monckton) Koeppen, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Rebecca Panuski, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Shari Phillips, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Laura Schrader, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Thomas Sherrill, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Elisabeth Stoffel, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Michael Thomas, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Julie Wentz, DO – Lakeside Family Physicians
Christian Wolff, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Vondell Clark, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Cliff Smith, DO – Lakeside Family Physicians
Ilya Alishayev, DO – Lakeside Family Physicians
Kellye Hall, MD – Lakeside Family Physicians
Ehab Sharawy, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN
Brandi Adams, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN
Aishwarya Bhagwandass, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN
Angela Ann Doty, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN
Lisa Gorsuch, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN
Rebecca Hobbs, DO – Huntersville OB/GYN
Jennifer Little, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN
Aundrea Marra, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN
Benjamin Miles, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN
Lauren Riggins, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN
Dao Vuong, MD – Huntersville OB/GYN

Returning to private practice, after careful consideration of multiple options, we elected to partner with Holston Medical Group (HMG), an independent physician owned and led group with a similar patient-first philosophy to our own. With HMG, we are professionally aligned around our duty and obligation to patients. HMG brings significant experience in transformative healthcare to help accelerate our efforts.

Providing compassionate care first and committing to professional collaboration with all healthcare providers regardless of affiliation are the core commitments we share with HMG. Together we will focus on transitioning healthcare through innovative, patient-first solutions to bring value to the health of our community.

As physicians, we took an oath to practice our profession with conscience, dignity and compassion that we intend to uphold in partnership with HMG.

With this said, we are working to find opportunities for alignment going forward with our hospitals and community providers. This transition will allow our physicians independence to introduce new models of patient care and technologies to our community – accelerating innovation and reducing costs.

We will work diligently during the transition to minimize all disruption to patient care. Negotiations are still ongoing and as part of this process, leases for the facilities released by Novant have not been legally executed and are still under discussion. However, patients can rest assured to know that we have been here for 25 years, we are part of this community, and we are not leaving the community. We will continue to provide the same level of high-quality care within our communities regardless of physical office location.

Our collective goal is to be transparent while thoughtful with shared updates that represent fact-based and legally agreed-upon details, so as not to create an environment of misinformation. As specifics around this partnership are finalized we will provide updates about what it means for our patients and the Charlotte-area community.

David Cook, MD
Ehab Sharawy, MD