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Four AHEC Doctors Selected For 2014 Best Doctors in America List

Each year, Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc. polls physicians from their database to find the best doctors in each state, based on the highest industry standards. According to Best Doctors, Inc., 1,700 North Carolina doctors, listed by their specialty, are doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their fields.

The feature article in the December 2103 issue of Business North Carolina says doctors cannot influence the results. "They cannot pay a fee, are not paid to be listed and cannot nominate or vote for themselves. It is a list that is truly unbiased and respected by the medical profession and patients alike as a source for top-quality medical information."

William G. Gardner, MD, was selected from more than 45,000 physicians nationwide as one of the best doctors in the specialty of infectious disease. Gardner is a physician and faculty member at The Specialty Medical Center located at the Southern Regional AHEC in Fayetteville. Gardner was listed among 31 other infectious disease specialists in the December 2013 edition of Business North Carolina.

Three South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) physicians, Mark E. Williams, MD, and H. Alexander Easley III, MD, of University Physicians and Albert A. Meyer, MD, of Coastal Family Medicine, were also named one of the top 5-percent of physicians in the United States. 

“SEAHEC congratulates Drs. Williams, Easley and Meyer. They have dedicated their careers to providing the highest level of patient care and teaching resident physicians, and the Best Doctors recognition is well deserved,” said Joe Pino, MD, SEAHEC President and CEO.

An internal medicine physician specializing in geriatric care for over 30 years, Williams is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Geriatric Medicine Fellow. He is board certified by the American Board of Medicine of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and specifically in Geriatric Medicine. Williams practices at University Physicians and is an associate professor with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, with a faculty teaching position at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. In addition to teaching and treating patients, Williams is also a published author best known for his work American Geriatrics Society’s Complete Guide to Aging & Health and Geriatric Physical Diagnosis: A Guide to Observation and Assessment.

Easley is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed his Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Duke University Medical Center. Easley is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and has been providing gynecologic medicine for over 25 years. In addition to seeing patients at University Physicians, Easley is a professor with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, with a faculty teaching position at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Also practicing for over 30 years, Meyer earned his medical degree from the State University of New York – Downstate, finished his Family Medicine Residency at the Duke Watts Family Medicine Residency Program and completed the Faculty Development Fellowship Program in Family Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. A SEAHEC physician, Meyer practices at Coastal Family Medicine and is a professor with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, with a faculty teaching position at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.