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Medical Team

Nephrologist

G. Steven Acres, M.D., graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He went on to residency and nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas, Southwestern, in Dallas. Dr. Acres has been practicing nephrology in Greenville since the 1980s. He has two grown children and lives in Easley.

G. Steven Acres, M.D.

Chokri Alioua, M.D., a native of Tunisia, where he completed medical school. He served internships at the European Med-Surg Center in Paris and Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.,  and completed residencies in anesthesia and internal medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Alioua completed a nephrology fellowship at the University of Illinois, then received training in interventional nephrology at the Dialysis Access Care Center, Alta Bates, Berkeley, CA.

Chokri Alioua, M.D.

Jasjot Bhullar, M.D., a graduate of Government Medical College in India, Dr. Bhullar completed her fellowship, as well as an internal medicine internship and residency, at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is also a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the American Society of Hypertension where she is designated as a Clinical Hypertension Specialist.

Jasjot K. Bhullar, M.D.

Istvan G. Bognar, M.D., was born in New York, a first-generation Hungarian-American. He graduated medical school in Hungary and returned to the U.S. for residency in internal medicine at Stamford Hospital. He completed a fellowship in nephrology at Montfiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Bognar lives in Greenville with wife Kim and five children.

Istvan G. Bognar, M.D.

Kaye R. Christopher, M.D., joined Carolina Nephrology in May 2010. She received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and went on to New York Medical College to get her Medical degree in 1992. Dr. Christopher served her Internal Medicine residency at University of Florida as well as her Nephrology and Hypertension Fellowships. She and her husband live in Greenville.

Kaye R. Christopher, M.D.

Barry Gorlitsky, M.D., was born in Ohio and grew up in SC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the USCin 2004 and went on to get his Medical Doctorate at St. Georges University where he graduated laude in 2009. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Arizona in 2012, and went on to be a Chief Resident from 2012-2013. He completed his Nephrology fellowship in 2015 at Yale.

Barry Gorlitsky, M.D.

Victor A. Klimas, M.D., earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from John Carroll University, University Heights, OH, and graduated from medical school at Ohio State University in Columbus. He completed his internship, medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He has two grown children. He and his wife reside in Greenville.

Victor A. Klimas, M.D.

Mark D. Purcell, D.O., received his Medical Degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He continued on to his residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Michigan and completed his Nephrology Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital.  Dr. Purcell is also a clinical assistant professor at both the USC School of Medicine and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg.

Mark D. Purcell, D.O.

Frederick D. Rogoff, M.D., attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. He completed a medicine internship and nephrology residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He resides in Easley.

Frederick D. Rogoff, M.D.

Blake D. Shusterman, M.D., joined Carolina Nephrology in August 2009. He received his Medical Degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He continued on to his residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Shusterman resides in Greenville with his wife and child.

Blake D. Shusterman, M.D.

Willy C. Tsai, M.D., is a native of Taiwan but has been in the US since he was seven years old. He is married and has one son. Dr. Tsai completed his Nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He completed both his residency and medical degree at the University of Maryland and did his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Tsai, his wife, and child reside in Greenville.

Willy C. Tsai, M.D.

William Brian Ward, M.D., grew up in Anderson, SC. He attended USC and the Medical University of South Carolina, and returned to the upstate after his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at MUSC in Charleston. Dr. Ward and wife Susan have two children: daughter Lindsay and son Rader. They live near Mauldin.

William Brian Ward, M.D.

Nephrologist

G. Steven Acres, M.D., graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He went on to residency and nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas, Southwestern, in Dallas. Dr. Acres has been practicing nephrology in Greenville since the 1980s. He has two grown children and lives in Easley.

G. Steven Acres, M.D.

Chokri Alioua, M.D., is a native of Tunisia, where he completed medical school. He served internships at the European Med-Surg Center in Paris and Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., and then completed residencies in anesthesia and internal medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Dr. Alioua completed a nephrology fellowship at the University of Illinois, then received training in interventional nephrology at the Dialysis Access Care Center, Alta Bates, Berkeley, CA.

Chokri Alioua, M.D.

Jasjot Bhullar, M.D., a graduate of Government Medical College in India, Dr. Bhullar completed her fellowship, as well as an internal medicine internship and residency, at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is also a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the American Society of Hypertension where she is designated as a Clinical Hypertension Specialist.

Jasjot K. Bhullar, M.D.

Istvan G. Bognar, M.D., was born in New York, a first-generation Hungarian-American. He graduated medical school in Hungary and returned to the U.S. for residency in internal medicine at Stamford Hospital. He completed a fellowship in nephrology at Montfiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Bognar lives in Greenville with wife Kim and five children.

Istvan G. Bognar, M.D.

Kaye R. Christopher, M.D., joined Carolina Nephrology in May 2010. She received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and went on to New York Medical College to get her Medical degree in 1992. Dr. Christopher served her Internal Medicine residency at University of Florida as well as her Nephrology and Hypertension Fellowships. She and her husband live in Greenville.

Kaye R. Christopher, M.D.

Barry Gorlitsky, M.D., was born in Ohio and grew up in SC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the USCin 2004 and went on to get his Medical Doctorate at St. Georges University where he graduated laude in 2009. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Arizona in 2012, and went on to be a Chief Resident from 2012-2013. He completed his Nephrology fellowship in 2015 at Yale.

Barry Gorlitsky, M.D.

Victor A. Klimas, M.D., earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from John Carroll University, University Heights, OH, and graduated from medical school at Ohio State University in Columbus. He completed his internship, medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He has two grown children. He and his wife reside in Greenville.

Victor A. Klimas, M.D.

Mark D. Purcell, D.O., received his Medical Degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He continued on to his residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Michigan and completed his Nephrology Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Purcell is also a clinical assistant professor at both the USC School of Medicine and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg.

Mark D. Purcell, D.O.

Frederick D. Rogoff, M.D., attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. He completed a medicine internship and nephrology residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He resides in Easley.

Frederick D. Rogoff, M.D.

Blake D. Shusterman, M.D., joined Carolina Nephrology in August 2009. He received his Medical Degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He continued on to his residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Shusterman resides in Greenville with his wife and child.

Blake D. Shusterman, M.D.

Willy C. Tsai, M.D., is a native of Taiwan but has been in the US since he was seven years old. He is married and has one son. Dr. Tsai completed his Nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He completed both his residency and medical degree at the University of Maryland and did his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Tsai, his wife, and child reside in Greenville.

Willy C. Tsai, M.D.

William Brian Ward, M.D., grew up in Anderson, SC. He attended USC and the Medical University of South Carolina, and returned to the upstate after his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at MUSC in Charleston. Dr. Ward and wife Susan have two children: daughter Lindsay and son Rader. They live near Mauldin.

William Brian Ward, M.D.

Advanced Practitioners

Jordan Crosby joined Carolina Nephrology in March 2016. Previously, she worked as a nephrology physician assistant in Charleston, SC, where she specialized in chronic kidney disease and acute renal failure.

Jordan Crosby, PA-C

Charis Ellington joined Carolina Nephrology in March 2017.  A Furman University graduate, Charis received her nursing degree at the Union University in Tennessee and her Masters in Nursing from Clemson.  Prior to joining Carolina Nephrology, she worked at Bon Secours St. Francis.

Charis Ellington, NP

Gail Kirby joined Carolina Nephrology in July 2011. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Masters in Nursing in May 2003, and received a Post-Master’s degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in May 2004. Gail lives with her husband and two children in Greer.

Gail E. Kirby, APRN

Karen Robertson has been with Carolina Nephrology since 2005. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and continued on to get her Master’s in Nursing. In 2013, Karen furthered her medical expertise by completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of South Carolina. Karen, her husband and daughter live in Simpsonville.

Karen Robertson, DNP, APRN-BC

Brittani Robinson joined Carolina Nephrology in 2016.  Prior to Carolina Nephrology, she worked as a nurse practitioner in gastroenterology for three and a half years. Brittani graduated from USC Upstate and completed the nurse practitioner program at Clemson University.

Brittani Robinson, NP

John Sharkey IV joined Carolina Nephrology in 2016. In 2012, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from USC Upstate and went on to complete the Adult-Geriatric Practitioner program at Maryville University in 2014. John began in healthcare as a nurse with Cleveland Regional Medical Center. He moved back to Greenville in 2013 and joined GHS as a nurse, prior to Carolina Nephrology.

John Sharkey IV, MSN, APRN, NP-C

Advanced Practitioners

Jordan Crosby joined Carolina Nephrology in March 2016. Previously, she worked as a nephrology physician assistant in Charleston, SC, where she specialized in chronic kidney disease and acute renal failure.

Jordan Crosby, PA-C

Charis Ellington joined Carolina Nephrology in March 2017.  A Furman University graduate, Charis received her nursing degree at the Union University in Tennessee and her Masters in Nursing from Clemson.  Prior to joining Carolina Nephrology, she worked at Bon Secours St. Francis.

Charis Ellington, NP

Gail Kirby joined Carolina Nephrology in July 2011. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Masters in Nursing in May 2003, and received a Post-Master’s degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in May 2004. Gail lives with her husband and two children in Greer.

Gail E. Kirby, APRN

Karen Robertson has been with Carolina Nephrology since 2005. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and continued on to get her Master’s in Nursing. In 2013, Karen furthered her medical expertise by completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of South Carolina. Karen, her husband and daughter live in Simpsonville.

Karen Robertson, DNP, APRN-BC

Brittani Robinson joined Carolina Nephrology in 2016.  Prior to Carolina Nephrology, she worked as a nurse practitioner in gastroenterology for three and a half years. Brittani graduated from USC Upstate and completed the nurse practitioner program at Clemson University.

Brittani Robinson, NP

John Sharkey IV joined Carolina Nephrology in 2016. In 2012, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from USC Upstate and went on to complete the Adult-Geriatric Practitioner program at Maryville University in 2014. John began in healthcare as a nurse with Cleveland Regional Medical Center. He moved back to Greenville in 2013 and joined GHS as a nurse, prior to Carolina Nephrology.

John Sharkey IV, MSN, APRN, NP-C

In Memoriam

Grant F. Healy, M.D.

The Carolina Nephrology family was deeply saddened by the loss of Grant F. Healy, M.D., an excellent doctor and friend, on Monday, November 18, 2013. Dr. Healy fought a courageous battle with brain cancer for two years. He joined Carolina Nephrology in 1986 after moving to Greenville and practiced with us for 27 years.

 

Dr. Healy received his BA in Chemistry and Zoology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1972 and received his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest in 1976. He served in the United States Navy, completing his internship and residency in Internal Medicine, as well as his fellowship in Nephrology at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. He was appointed Chief of Nephrology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD in 1983, and honorably discharged as a Commander in 1985.

 

Dr. Healy is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Nancy, and two children, Alison Healy of New Orleans, LA, and Matthew Healy of Clemson, SC; his mother, Eleanor Healy of Hendersonville, NC; two sisters, Priscilla Healy and her husband, Scott Brown of Kittery Point, ME, and Susan Healy and her partner, Debra Merrill of Glenburn, ME; his mother-in-law, Margaret Hoover, of Hendersonville, NC; two sisters-in-law, and two brothers-in-law, Drs. Susan and Dennis Garritan of New York, NY; and Deborah Day and Dr. David Day of Fairfield, CT; his niece, Rebecca White, of Chicago, IL, and his nephew, Benjamin Day of Manchester, NH.

 

Dr. Healy made a difference in the lives of countless people and will be greatly missed.

Cheryl Hillman

Cheryl Angela Nalley Hillman, Carolina Nephrology’s Practice Administrator for 28 years, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

 

Cheryl began her career at North Coombes Nephrology 1986. On her first day of work, she was greeted with the following announcement from one of the two practice physicians “Oh, by the way I will be leaving the practice.” As usual, Cheryl was unfazed. With her characteristic personality and strength, she charged forward to make the practice a success. Under Cheryl’s administrative care, the practice merged with Piedmont Nephrology and grew to become the Carolina Nephrology of today.

 

Cheryl’s dedication and ability to guide Carolina Nephrology, its staff and its patients was greatly appreciated and will be missed. The memories of her infectious smile and welcoming spirit will live on with the practice forever.

In Memoriam

Grant F. Healy, M.D.

The Carolina Nephrology family was deeply saddened by the loss of Grant F. Healy, M.D., an excellent doctor and friend, on Monday, November 18, 2013. Dr. Healy fought a courageous battle with brain cancer for two years. He joined Carolina Nephrology in 1986 after moving to Greenville and practiced with us for 27 years.

 

Dr. Healy received his BA in Chemistry and Zoology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1972 and received his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest in 1976. He served in the United States Navy, completing his internship and residency in Internal Medicine, as well as his fellowship in Nephrology at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. He was appointed Chief of Nephrology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD in 1983, and honorably discharged as a Commander in 1985.

 

Dr. Healy is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Nancy, and two children, Alison Healy of New Orleans, LA, and Matthew Healy of Clemson, SC; his mother, Eleanor Healy of Hendersonville, NC; two sisters, Priscilla Healy and her husband, Scott Brown of Kittery Point, ME, and Susan Healy and her partner, Debra Merrill of Glenburn, ME; his mother-in-law, Margaret Hoover, of Hendersonville, NC; two sisters-in-law, and two brothers-in-law, Drs. Susan and Dennis Garritan of New York, NY; and Deborah Day and Dr. David Day of Fairfield, CT; his niece, Rebecca White, of Chicago, IL, and his nephew, Benjamin Day of Manchester, NH.

 

Dr. Healy made a difference in the lives of countless people and will be greatly missed.

Cheryl Hillman

Cheryl Angela Nalley Hillman, Carolina Nephrology’s Practice Administrator for 28 years, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

 

Cheryl began her career at North Coombes Nephrology 1986. On her first day of work, she was greeted with the following announcement from one of the two practice physicians “Oh, by the way I will be leaving the practice.” As usual, Cheryl was unfazed. With her characteristic personality and strength, she charged forward to make the practice a success. Under Cheryl’s administrative care, the practice merged with Piedmont Nephrology and grew to become the Carolina Nephrology of today.

 

Cheryl’s dedication and ability to guide Carolina Nephrology, its staff and its patients was greatly appreciated and will be missed. The memories of her infectious smile and welcoming spirit will live on with the practice forever.