Internal Medicine Faculty


  • Fletcher
    Wade Fletcher, M.D., FACP
    Internal Medicine Program Director

    Dr. Fletcher became the director of the internal medicine residency program in 2011 after serving as the associate program director since 2007. He joined the faculty of Mercer University School of Medicine’s Savannah campus at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in 2006. He graduated from Duke University with honors and received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. A participant in the U.S. Air Force’s Health Professions Scholarship program, Dr. Fletcher completed his internal medicine residency at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, Miss. He served as an Air Force major at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. He taught medical and physician assistant students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a critical care air transport team physician. Dr. Fletcher has been honored with multiple teaching awards from medical students, residents, and allied health students.

    Downing
    Mary C. Downing, M.D., RPVI
    Internal Medicine Associate Program Director
    Vascular Medicine

    Dr. Downing graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 2003. She completed her internal medicine residency at Memorial University Medical Center in 2006, followed by a vascular medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 2008. Prior to joining Memorial's internal medicine faculty, she practiced vascular medicine in New Orleans at Oschner Hospital, where she was active in training cardiology and vascular fellows. Along with her partner at Oschner, she also ran two busy inpatient and outpatient vascular labs. Dr. Downing also has prior experience as a hospitalist and a vascular medicine specialist in private practice in Savannah. She is trained in vascular ultrasound and is a registered physician in vascular interpretation. She is board certified in both internal medicine and vascular medicine.

    Connelly
    Timothy Connelly, M.D.
    Internal Medicine Associate Program Director

    Dr. Connelly graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine in 2008. In 2012, he completed his internal medicine residency at Memorial University Medical Center, where he served as administrative chief resident during the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr. Connelly worked as a physician assistant from 2000 to 2009 before beginning his residency. He is actively involved in information technology and Epic electronic medical record implementation at Memorial. Dr. Connelly is board certified in internal medicine.

    Carpenter
    Steven Carpenter, M.D.
    Chair of Internal Medicine Education

    Dr. Carpenter chairs our internal medicine education program. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics cum laude from Georgia State University. He then earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed his internal medicine residency at Emory University and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Michigan. He joined the medical staff at Memorial University Medical Center in 1996 and assumed the role of education chief for gastroenterology in 2003. Dr. Carpenter also maintains a private practice, The Center for Digestive and Liver Health.

    Baxter
    David Baxter, M.D.
    Clerkship Director

    Dr. Baxter graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1984. He completed his internal medicine residency at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, where he served as chief resident and associate director of the internal medicine teaching program. Dr. Baxter was in private practice for more than 20 years, most recently practicing at The Baxter Clinic in Austell, Ga. He is board certified in internal medicine and has special interests in ethics and end-of-life issues. In 2008, Dr. Baxter returned to his love of teaching by joining our internal medicine faculty.

    Denton
    Lora Denton, M.D., FACP
    Continuity Clinic Director

    Dr. Denton graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine in 1989. She completed her internal medicine residency at Georgia Baptist, Atlanta, in June 1992. Dr. Denton joined Memorial University Medical Center in 1995 and went into private practice on Wilmington Island. She returned to the internal medicine residency program as a faculty member in January 2007. Dr. Denton is board certified in internal medicine.

    Goodman Lloyd
    Lloyd Goodman, M.D.
    Cardiologist

    Dr. Goodman, medical director of adult cardiology, graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., in 1969. From 1969 to 1971, he was an intern and resident at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y. From 1973 to 1976, he completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Emory University Affiliated Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Goodman was board certified in 1974 by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in 1977 by the American College of Cardiology. In 1979 he became a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Since 1976, Dr. Goodman has served as the medical director of adult cardiology at Memorial University Medical Center.

    Jurgensen
    Paul Francis Jurgensen, M.D., FACP
    Faculty

    Dr. Jurgensen graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1964. He completed his internal medicine residency at St. Louis University Hospitals. He served active duty with the U.S. Navy at the Naval Hospital, Beaufort, S.C., and in the Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1970, he became a clinical fellow in infectious disease at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. He was in private practice in Savannah for 30 years and has held many clinical assistant professor of medicine appointments. Dr. Jurgensen is board certified in internal medicine.

    Negrea
    Cristina Negrea, M.D., FACP
    Geriatrician

    Originally from Romania, Dr. Negrea received her medical school education in Romania and the Dominican Republic. She completed her internal medicine residency at Mount Vernon Hospital/New York Medical College, N.Y. She also completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center/Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is medical director for the Marshes of Skidaway Retirement Community. Dr. Negrea is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.

    Nepal
    Desh Nepal, MBBS
    Faculty

    Dr. Nepal is originally from Nepal and received his medical degree from Banaras Hindu University in India in 2008. He worked as a research assistant and post-doctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2008 to 2010, and then began his internal medicine residency at Memorial University Medical Center. He completed his residency in 2013 and served as chief resident for the program during the 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Nepal is very passionate about teaching medical students and residents and has a special interest in evidence-based medicine. Dr. Nepal is board certified in internal medicine.

    Ruiz
    Michael Ruiz, M.D.
    Faculty

    Dr. Ruiz graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2001. He completed his internal medicine residency at Memorial University Medical Center in 2005. He has held positions as a staff physician at Memorial Health University Physicians in Richmond Hill, Ga., and as a hospitalist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. Dr. Ruiz is board certified in internal medicine.

    Tindol
    Allen Tindol, M.D., FACP
    Faculty

    Dr. Tindol graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1990 and completed his internal medicine residency at Memorial University Medical Center in 1993, where he remained as a faculty member through 1999. In 2001, he completed the Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2002 through 2006, he practiced as a general internist in his hometown of Dublin, Georgia. From 2006 through 2011, he worked as an internist on the inpatient leukemia service at Emory University Hospital and held an academic appointment as Assistant Professor in the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Tindol was a computer systems analyst. He is board certified in internal medicine.