Physicians

Louis C. Almekinders, MD

Dr. Louis C. Almekinders is a native of the Netherlands where he attended Erasmus University (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) for both undergraduate and medical studies. Following the completion of his studies he moved to the USA. While in North Carolina, he completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and a research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lee Diehl, MD

For over 20 years, Dr. Diehl has focused his training and professional practice on Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He has extensive experience working with athletes of all ages and abilities – from little league, prep school and weekend warriors to the collegiate, professional and Olympic level. Using minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Diehl specializes in the surgical treatment of sports related injuries of the shoulder and knee.

Rhett Hallows, MD

Dr. Rhett Hallows was born and raised in Utah. He received his Bachelor of Science from Southern Utah University in 1998. He then went on to attend the University of Utah School of Medicine where he obtained his MD in 2003. Following medical school, he stayed on at the University of Utah where he completed his orthopedic residency in 2008. He then moved across the country to finish his training at Duke University, completing a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction while training under Drs. Michael Bolognesi, Scott Kelly, David Attarian, and Samuel Wellman.

Scott S. Kelley, MD

As a third generation surgeon, with more than 15 years since completion of my fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, the practice of medicine has been a significant part of my life.

I specialize in total joint replacement surgery. My goal is to minimize the chance my patients will ever require more than one operation on their (hip or knee) joint. I have published data documenting the outcomes I am able to achieve for my patients.

Christopher S. Klifto, MD

Dr. Christopher Klifto grew up outside Philadelphia. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where he received a degree in Chemical and Biomechanical Engineering. He received his medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and completed his Orthopaedic residency and Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship at NYU- Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Joe T. Minchew, MD

Dr. Joe T. Minchew was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree at University of Georgia graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He acquired his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Minchew continued his Orthopaedic Residency and fellowship in Disorders and Surgery of the Spine at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Suhail Mithani, MD

Dr. Suhail Mithani grew up in northeastern Maryland. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he obtained degrees in Biology and Chemical Engineering. He received his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Mithani completed a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Duke prior to joining the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic.

Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA

Selene Parekh grew up in North Jersey. Son of immigrant parents, Gunvant and Bharati Parekh, Selene and his brother, Jai, were raised with traditional values.  Upon graduating from high school, Selene attended the 7 year medical program at Boston University.  While in medical school, he realized that utility of a business education and became the creator and 1st graduate of the combined MB/MBA program at Boston University.  

Douglas Schreyack, DPM

Dr. Douglas Schreyack is a native of Camillus, New York, a suburb of Syracuse. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1987 where he majored in physics with a minor in premedical studies. He received his doctorate in podiatric medicine and a bachelor of sciences, summa cum laude, from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, in 1991. Dr. Schreyack completed his podiatric training during his surgical residency at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Germantown, Tennessee.

Paul J.W. Tawney, MD

Dr. Tawney completed undergraduate, medical school and internship and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque which he called home from 1968 to 1990. He then left for Charlottesville, Virginia where he completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), serving as chief resident his senior year. He remained at UVA for a year and a half as faculty. In 1995, he took a position at the University of North Carolina helping to develop a new department and eventually serving as director of the PM&R residency training program.