Program Personnel

Associate Program Directors

Nancy Denizard-Thompson, MD

The field of internal medicine is unique in that it offers so many opportunities and possibilities for career fulfillment. As our country is in the process of re-evaluating health care and re-thinking primary care, it is evident that we are in need of well-trained general internists. Primary Care has long been a deeply rewarding career because of a combination of acute undiagnosed disease, complex multi-system disease, preventive care and long-standing relationships with patients. The Primary Care Track is designed to produce physicians with strong clinical skills, and advanced knowledge of internal medicine. Our graduates are well-equipped to become leaders in community medicine, academic medicine, hospital medicine, and subspecialty medicine. I look forward to assisting you as you enter this next exciting phase of your career. 
Nancy Denizard-Thompson, MD 
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Primary Care Residency 
Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education


Kirsten Feiereisel, MD

As diagnostic tools and interventions continue to develop and management techniques and therapeutic approaches continue to evolve, we as physicians must be prepared to navigate the literature, to evaluate, critically and efficiently, the best available evidence, and to determine how to appropriately apply this to management of our individual patients. We must also develop an understanding of our evolving health care system— new models of care, quality metrics,  different payer systems, high value care, billing and coding —as well as the tools to evaluate and improve health care delivery and the quality of care.  By promoting a culture of patient safety and quality improvement, our residents actively engage in patient safety and quality improvement education and initiatives ranging from individual or group resident projects to collaborations with departmental and institutional executive leaders. Our curriculum integrates training in all of these areas beginning in the intern year and progresses to more advanced work during the upper level years. These skills will enhance your effectiveness as a clinician and a leader and will prepare you for your future career in medicine. This is an exciting time to enter the medical profession at Wake Forest, and we look forward to working with you.

Kirsten B. Feiereisel, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director for Evidence Based Clinical Practice and Systems Based Practice



Vera Luther, MD

One of the most exciting aspects of internal medicine training is the opportunity to explore a wide array of career pathways.  Our goal at Wake Forest is to provide the education, tools and mentorship to allow residents to realize success in their chosen career path.  In order to achieve this goal, we strive to provide our residents with significant experiences in each of the internal medicine subspecialties as well as in general internal medicine.  We believe that a good balance of inpatient and ambulatory experiences is also crucial.  Ultimately, we strive to provide our residents the necessary tools for life-long learning and for achieving success.

 Vera Luther, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Education

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