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Current Internal Medicine Residents

The residents in our Internal Medicine Residency Program are a diverse group of physicians. They represent many cultures from within the United States and from around the world. This is one of the many assets of our program - the ample opportunity to interact and study with people of differing backgrounds and experiences. It will enhance your personal and professional growth while you are here. Our sponsoring hospital, Cone Health, is also committed to Diversion and Inclusion.

Please feel free to e-mail Gaye Galyon, Residency Coordinator, with your questions. Communicating with our Residency Coordinator is an excellent way to learn more about the numerous opportunities available to you through our residency program.

During residency, our residents are given many opportunities to complete Quality Improvement and scholarly activities. Many social activities are held throughout the year to encourage relationship building and to promote networking.

For those interested in fellowship, our residents do very well in Matching into the fellowship of their choice. In the past 5 years residents have matched at the Medical College of Georgia, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Baylor University and Duke University in diverse fields such as ID, Rheumatology and Hematology/Oncology.

Current Residents

PGY-3 Residents

Justin HelbergJustin Helberg, MD - Chief Resident

  • Future Plans: Hospitalist 
  • Medical School: University of Kansas
  • Undergraduate: Kansas State University 
  • Hometown: Hill City, Ks

What I like about our program: Our program is unique in size. It offers the opportunity to work closely with facility and consultants which provides a great atmosphere for learning. 

What I like about Greensboro: Greensboro has great food and people. I have two small kids and there is plenty of family friendly activities. It is also relatively close to the beach so we are able to escape on long weekends if needed and otherwise there are lots of parks/outdoor activities to partake in. 

Idalys Santos SanchezIdalys Santos Sanchez, MD

  • Future Plans: Hospitalist
  • Medical School: UNC Chapel Hill
  • Undergraduate: UNC Greensboro 
  • Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico

What I like about our program: The people. My colleagues and program staff have made my residency experience a great one. 

What I like about Greensboro: The food scene 

Other interests: Traveling, swimming, jigsaw puzzles 


Vahini ChundiVahini Chundi, MD   

  • Future plans: Infectious Disease, Hospital Medicine
  • Medical School: International American University
  • Undergraduate: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Hometown: Cary, NC

What I like about our program:The faculty is vested in our learning and have a genuine interest in our professional growth. There is so much time and effort spent towards resident education. I have no doubt that I will be well prepared to practice on my own once I have completed the program. I love the collegiate atmosphere of Cone. Everyone (including other residents, specialists, and ancillary staff) is so friendly and work well as a team.

What I like about Greensboro: The proximity to my hometown, the mountains, and the beach. I like that Greensboro is a small city with so many things to do and numerous diverse dining options.

Other interests: I like to spend time with family and friends, do community service, traveling, and learning about different cultures.


Lawrence HarbrechtLawrence Harbrecht, MD

  • Future Plans: Outpatient Primary Care
  • Medical School: Marshall University JCESOM
  • Undergraduate: Marshall University
  • Hometown: Point Pleasant, WV

What I like about our program: The people. Although the hospital, training and health care association are excellent, the people in our program are what makes each day worth going to work. 

What I like about Greensboro: Availability of activities. Proximity to both the beach and mountains. There are numerous parks for kids and adequate hiking/walking trails within 15-20min of most of the city. Food is also excellent. 

Other interests: Pulmonary critical care medicine


Alexander MelvinAlexander Melvin, DO

  • Medical School:  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Undergraduate:  North Carolina State University
  • Hometown:  Syracuse, NY

What I like about our program: Close-knit program with collaborative and supportive atmosphere

What I like about Greensboro: Greensboro is a good-sized city with plenty to do in the city itself and is located within a few hours of both the mountains and the beach


Brandon WinfreyBrandon Winfrey, MD

  • Future plans: Cardiology fellowship
  • Medical School: ECU Brody School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate:  East Carolina University
  • Hometown:  Spring Lake NC

What I like about our program:  The people. Fellow residents and faculty are very supportive. Everyone is devoted to learning as much as possible and doing what is best for the patient.

What I like about Greensboro:  Great places to eat, beautiful parks and hiking trails, access to stores and resources of a big city without the traffic burden.

Other interests:  auto/motorcycle restoration, woodworking, tennis

PGY-2 Residents

Obed AgyeiObed Agyei, MD

  • Future plans:  Fellowship (Hematology and Oncology)
  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: North Carolina State University 
  • Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana but grew up in Greensboro, NC 

What I like about our program: The support of attendings and culture of friendliness at Cone Health

What I like about Greensboro: Close proximity to other big cities like Charlotte and Raleigh. Seems like there's a diverse ecosystem where we get to experience all 4 seasons throughout the year. An added benefit is the good ole southern cuisine (Bojangles of course is everyone's favorite fast food restaurant down here.) Downtown Greensboro has gone through an impressive transformation and more lively now than ever before

Other interests: I enjoy outdoor activities and love playing my piano at home after a long day.  


Carley BloomfieldCarley Bloomfield, DO

  • Future plans: Palliative care  
  • Medical school: LUCOM 
  • Undergraduate: Liberty University 
  • Hometown: Salisbury, NC  

What I like about our program: what drew me to the Cone program the most was the culture here. Everyone is incredibly supportive and encouraging here which creates a nurturing environment to learn in. The faculty not only cares about our growth and education as training physicians, but more importantly about our personal growth as individuals.  

What I like about Greensboro: it has the activities and restaurants that a bigger city would have, but has the community feel of a smaller town which I appreciate 

Other interests: crossfit, scuba diving, any outdoor/water related activities  


Marissa KrienkeMarissa Krienke, MD

  • Future Plans: Undecided
  • Medical School: University of Central Florida
  • Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
  • Hometown: Orlando, FL

What I like about our program: The people. The residents are all easy to get along with and I feel that there is a good sense of community. The faculty are all very supportive and helpful, they all are very interested in helping us learn and grow in our careers. I also feel that we see a wide range of medical conditions that we learn how to manage.

What I like about Greensboro: Being from Florida I am really enjoying the seasons, I absolutely love the Fall leaves! There are also some great biking paths, good restaurants, and we are just a short drive from some beautiful hikes.

Other interests: Traveling, spending time with family, hiking, biking, playing board games, and trying new restaurants.


Joshua LeeJoshua Lee, MD

  • Future plans: planning to pursue ambulatory practice after graduation 
  • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine 
  • Undergraduate: Cornell University 
  • Hometown: Lafayette, California 

 What I like about our program:  Our program feels so welcoming. Everyone in the program is friendly and willing to teach with special attention in encouraging family-like atmosphere. Also, we have the best pie parties. 

What I like about Greensboro: The Barbecue is so much better than anything I have had in the past and I am happy to never see snow again. 

Other interests:  Dancing, Picked up knitting during the pandemic  


Ellie MasoudiEllie Masoudi, MD

  • Future plans:  Cardiology or Sports Medicine Fellowship 
  • Medical School: Isfahan University of Medical Sciences 

What I like about our program: Supportive team with great relationship between attendings and residents 

What I like about Greensboro: Beautiful area with awesome nature (specifically beautiful lakes!). Small city but has enough to do! Low traffic which is great for residency life! 

Other interests: Spending time with friends and family, swimming, beach volleyball. 


Jaimie SeawellJaimie Seawell, DO

  • Future plans: Fellowship - Pulmonary/Critical Care or Infectious Disease 
  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus  
  • Undergraduate: Meredith College  
  • Hometown: New Orleans, LA 

What I like about our program: The camaraderie. It's a smaller community program which is what I was looking for in residency. You get to know everyone on a personal level, and we're all very friendly and open minded. At the same time, I'm constantly being challenged in my learning, and the attendings are great at teaching. It's a really good balance.  

What I like about Greensboro: Hiking and kayaking are very near, and this area is just gorgeous. I don't have to go far to get to outdoor activities.  

Other interests: reading, coffee, martial arts, exercise, backpacking, kayaking 

PGY-1 Residents

Sadia AslamSadia Aslam, MD

  • Medical School:  American University of the Caribbean
  • Undergraduate:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Hometown:  High Point, NC

What I like about our program: Intimate community program with excellent faculty dedicated to enhancing your clinical experience and cultivating a great educational experience.

What I like about Greensboro: Central location for a day trip to the coast and mountains 


Iulia BasarabaIulia Basaraba, MD

  • Future Plans: Hospitalist 
  • Medical School: East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Boston University
  • Hometown: Lakeland, FL 

What I like about our program: I love the small size of the program while still in a big community hospital. It allows for plenty of close-knit teaching moments with attendings in a setting with a wide range of patient presentations and pathology. 

What I like about Greensboro: Coming from a small city in medical school, I love having lots of restaurants, stores and activities close by. 

Other interests: Mid-century modern interior design, relaxing on a beach or lake. 


Rylee ChristianRylee Christian, MD

  • Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Undergraduate:  University of Mary Bismarck
  • Hometown: Palmer, AK


Benjamin CoeBenjamin Coe, DO

  • Medical School:  Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Undergraduate:  Appalachian State University
  • Hometown:  Savannah, GA


Jeff SteenJeffrey Steen, MD

  • Future Plans: Hospitalist
  • Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
  • Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
  • Hometown: McBee, South Carolina

What I like about our program: Excellent teaching and opportunities see wide variety of pathology. Lots of opportunity for procedures if you seek it out. Good balance of supervision and autonomy. Ultrasound elective available and faculty members incorporate use of ultrasound in clinic and inpatient. Physician parking and meals provided. Nice facilities. 

What I like about Greensboro: Cost of living is good, close to the beach and mountains, diverse population, and plenty of things to do. 

Other interests: Cycling, Boxing, Carpentry, Fishing, Hunting


Steven WintersSteven Winters, MD

  • Medical School: American University of the Caribbean  
  • Undergraduate: Auburn University 
  • Hometown: Durham, NC 

What I like about our program: What drew me to Moses Cone was how supportive the staff was of their residents. It’s so nice being in a work environment that not only supports their residents, but works with you to achieve your professional goals.  

What I like about Greensboro: My wife and I really enjoy all that Greensboro has to offer! If you are a foodie, Greensboro has a truly diverse food scene. If you enjoy the outdoors, there are a lot of hiking trails, and plenty of lakes nearby for fishing. If you enjoy the mountains or the beach, both are a short drive from Greensboro. Plus, we both have family in Greensboro and Durham.  

Other interests: I enjoy hiking, fishing, rafting, scuba diving, coin collecting, cooking, reading and writing.  


Andrew AlexanderAndrew Alexander, MD

  • Future Plans: In July 2021, I will continue my residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I hope to complete a Sports Medicine fellowship afterwards.
  • Medical School: UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Johnson C. Smith University
  • Hometown: Charlotte, NC

What I like about our program: I love the family feel of the program. Everyone has each other’s back. Whenever you need help, there’s always a helping hand. The attendings here are phenomenal teachers. I’ve learned so much from them!

What I like about Greensboro: While I haven’t had a chance to explore Greensboro the way I would like to because of COVID-19, I do like that there are many outdoor trails to run and bike on.

Other interests: I enjoy spending time with my fiancée, exercising, playing basketball, playing Call of Duty on my PS4, and watching Netflix shows.


Ellen JonesEllen Jones, MD

  • Medical School:  Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Hometown:  York, PA


Claire LanierClaire Lanier, MD

  • Future Plans: Radiation Oncology
  • Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Guilford College
  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC

What I like about our program: It’s in Greensboro! I was born here and my dad worked here and so it feels very special to have returned for part of my residency training.

What I like about Greensboro: Most of my family and friends are here! It’s charming, green and not so big that the traffic is bad; you can get everywhere in 15 minutes or less!

Other interests: interior design, flower arranging, children’s literature, social and health justice advocacy and spending time with my family and pets.


Matt MacLeanMatt MacLean, MD

  • Future Plans: Radiology residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania 
  • Hometown: Freehold, NJ

What I like about our program: Great faculty that love to teach and know how to create a comfortable learning environment. The small size of the residency classes allows for you to get to know everyone and creates a community feel to the program. While the program is small, you work in a large community health system that provides incredible learning opportunities with a diverse patient population.  

What I like about Greensboro: Most of the residents choose to live in Greensboro and greatly enjoy living here. I elected to live in Graham to be closer to my advanced program and commute about 30 minutes to Cone Health. I never have any issues with traffic, and commuting is definitely an option if it makes sense for your situation. As someone who loves the outdoors, I have enjoyed the numerous hiking trails as well as lakes for fishing and kayaking that are available throughout Alamance and Guilford counties. 

Other interests: Spending time with my wife, social distancing, fishing, kayaking, hiking, golf, running, board games

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2017-2018 Internal Medicine Residents