Faculty and Staff

John Bucholtz, D.O. is the program director of our family medicine program. Dr. Bucholtz graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982, and completed his residency at Martin Army Community Hospital in 1988. Dr. Bucholtz completed his fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill where he focused on faculty development. He enjoys gardening, gadgets, the Steelers, traveling and sports.

Vibhuti Ansar, M.D. is an associate director of our family medicine program. Dr. Ansar graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in 2001, and completed her residency at Columbus Regional Medical Center in 2006. She completed her fellowship at the National Institute for Program Director Development in 2010. She enjoys stargazing, arts and crafts, and any outdoor activity.

Janine Burgher-Jones, M.D. is an associate director of our family medicine program. Dr. Burgher-Jones graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1986, and completed her residency at Columbus Regional Medical Center in 1989. She completed her residency in addictionology in 1992 and faculty development in 1995. She enjoys reading, sports, the beach, cooking, baking and traveling.

Larry Crane, M.B.A., M.S.H.A. is the GME Program Administrator for our family medicine program. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000 with an M.B.A. and in 2001 with a Master of Science in Health Administration (M.S.H.A.). He completed his administrative residency from Columbus Regional in 2001. He enjoys developing future leaders through the Boy Scouts, outdoor adventures, cross-cultural friendships, running, music and playing harmonica.

Albert Eaton, Ph.D., M.Div. is the director of behavioral science for our family medicine program. He graduated with his Ph.D. in 1995 from Fuller Theological Seminary and completed his residency at National Naval Medical Center in 1994. He enjoys outdoor activities, backpacking, sailing, watersports, photography and spending time with family.

Gregory Foster, M.D. is the director of geriatrics education for our family medicine program. Dr. Foster graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1986, and went on to complete his residency at Columbus Regional Medical Center in 1986. He completed his fellowship in geriatric medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1991 and completed his fellowship at the National Institute for Program Director Development in 2002.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, running, raising chickens and herding cats.

R. Clark Gillett, M.D. attended the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, and graduated in 1977. He completed his residency at Carilion Health Systems in 1980.  He enjoys gardening and reading.

Geetanjali Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D. graduated from Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College of Ajmer, India in 1998. She completed her residency in anesthesiology from Ravindra Nath Tagore Medical College in 2003 and her residency in family medicine from Columbus Regional Medical Center in 2016.  Dr. Kumar enjoys playing board games and watching movies with family, hiking and walking, cooking, exploring the healing power of food and spices, blogging and painting.

Jagdish Shukla, M.D. is the clinic director and associate program director of our family medicine program. Dr. Shukla graduated from Government Medical College in Surat, India in 1989. He completed his residency in internal medicine in India in 1993 and family medicine from Columbus Regional Medical Center in 2012. He enjoys playing and watching cricket, watching movies, and outdoor activities.

Marie Trenga, M.D. graduated from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 1985 and completed her residency at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in 1986 and Highland Hospital, University of Rochester in 1988. She completed her fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill in 1992 where she focused on faculty development. She enjoys horses, needlework, and online communities.

Jennifer Roberts-Woodbury, D.O. graduated from Lincoln Memorial University -  DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012 and completed her residency at Columbus Regional Medical Center in 2015. She completed her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. She enjoys spending time with family.

Karla Owen, D.O. graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015 and completed her residency in family medicine from Columbus Regional Medical Center in 2018. She enjoys camping, organizing special events and doing anything DIY.

Siraj F. Abdullah, D.O. is part-time faculty in our clinic specializing in Sports Medicine and OMM. He is a graduate of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine as well as a fellowship in sports medicine at Palmetto Health. Dr. Abdullah also serves on faculty at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn where he is Assistant Professor for Family Medicine, OMM and Sports Medicine.

 

Residency Program Staff

M.A. Dowdell, Medical Education Residency Coordinator, has been with Columbus Regional for over 40 years. She was around at the inception of the program and continues to oversee and partner with the Program Director, Faculty and Preceptors ensuring that residents and students receive proper training, guidance and support to ensure successful completion of rotations and/or residency. The program benefits from having her as its’ institutional memory or historian, if you will.

  • Barbara L. Sims - Office Coordinator
  • Stephanie N. Thomas - Scheduling Coordinator
  • Susan Davis - Medical Student Affairs Coordinator

 

Staff

  • Richard Allen, M.D. - Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Sukant Gupta, M.D. - Hospitalist
  • Kendall M. Handy, M.D. - Chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Chief of Medical Staff, Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus
  • Richard S. Hannay, M.D. - Chief Medical Officer, Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus
  • Gehrig L. Harris, M.D. - Hospitalist
  • Jefferson C. Jones II, M.D. - Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • David H. Levine, M.D. - Neonatologist, Department of Pediatrics
  • Vincent Nicolais, M.D. - Intensivist, Critical Care Medicine
  • Megbewe G. Okoroba, M.D. - Hospitalist
  • Jacqueline Owusu, M.D. - Hospitalist
  • Rebecca Reamy, M.D. - Chief, Pediatrics
  • James A. Sirleaf, M.D. - Chief, Emergency Medicine