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The Brody School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine

Family Medicine

Geriatrics Fellowship


Ken SteinwegKenneth Steinweg, MD
Geriatrics Division Director

Dr. Steinweg completed medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to complete a family medicine residency at Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg, NC.  Following graduation he remained in the Army for twenty-five years initially serving in the Womack Army Hospital residency program as a faculty member and became the residency program director there in 1980.  He was reassigned in 1983 to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii as the Chief of the Family Medicine Department  and director of the family medicine program there until returning to North Carolina in 1986 to complete an Army sponsored geriatric fellowship at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.  Following this graduation he returned to the Army and Fort Bragg as Chief of the Department of Family Medicine and director of the residency program.  During this twelve year period of time Dr. Steinweg was active in family medicine resident teaching, patient care, and research.

While assigned to Fort Bragg, Dr. Steinweg deployed in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq as the Commander, 5th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during 1990-1991.  Upon return he was assigned to the Army Surgeon General’s office as Ambulatory Care Consultant and then Chief, Clinical Policy Division for the Army Surgeon General.  Dr. Steinweg was selected to attend the Army War College and then was served as the Commander, Ft. Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in Fort Leonard, Wood, MO. 

Dr. Steinweg retired from the Army in 1996 and returned to the Brody School of Medicine as the Director of the Geriatric Division and program director for the geriatric fellowship where he was active in family medicine and geriatric fellowship teaching.  He has been or currently is the medical director of several nursing homes and home health agencies.  He served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Directors Association and currently the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.  Dr. Steinweg became the interim chair, Department of Family Medicine in 2008, and then Chair, Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine in 2009.  His clinical and research interests include curriculum development, long-term care, dementia, and osteoporosis.  Dr. Steinweg’s spouse Sue, currently teaches at ECU in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and they have two children, Emily and Megan.  Dr. Steinweg has three grandchildren.

banaszak150Renee M. Banaszak, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Banaszak received her medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She completed her Family Medicine residency in 2008 at the Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine. After residency, Dr. Banaszak joined her husband, Dr. Gaddy M. Lassiter in their private practice in Ahoskie, NC. In 2011, Dr. Banaszak left private practice to pursue a Fellowship in Geriatrics Medicine. She completed fellowship training in 2012 and joined the faculty at the Department of Family Medicine as Assistant Clinical Profesor in the Department of Geriatrics.

Dr. Banaszak spends her time between the Frances J. and Robert T. Monk, Sr. Geriatric Center, Vidant In-Patient Hospice House, and supervising the Family Medicine residents' continuity nursing home care in 4 local nursing homes. She coordinates home visits and has full hospital privileges. She also serves as the Medical Director of Greenfield Place, Skilled Nursing Facility. Her teaching responsibilities include the M2 Geriatric Physical Diagnosis course. When not working, her interests include scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, and adopting dogs and other small animals.

caoQing Cao, MD,CMD
Clinical Associate Professor

Geriatric Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Cao received her medical degree at Hubei Medical School in China.  She completed her Family Medicine residency in 2008 and Geriatrics fellowship training in 2009 at East Carolina University.  Her interests include palliative and hospice care, nursing home patient care, outpatient and inpatient geriatric care. She has certification in both geriatric and palliative care medicine.  She is the recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) from HRSA. Dr. Cao enjoys gardening with her husband, who is a primary medical provider for veterans.  She has a lovely teenage daughter, whose dream is to become a medical provider in the future. 

daughertyJanice Daugherty, MD
Associate Professor

Dr. Daugherty received her medical degree from the Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem. She completed Family Medicine Residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital / East Carolina University in 1981, and a Fellowship in Academic Family Medicine at UNC in 1982.  She joined the faculty at ECU in 1981. She enjoys teaching learners of all types and levels of experience, from local colleagues in medicine, nursing and allied health; pre-med, medical and allied health students; residents in Family Medicine and other specialties; and workshops for regional, national, and international audiences of practicing clinicians.

Dr. Daugherty has been Board Certified in Family Medicine since 1981, and was awarded a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine in 1988. She completed the Helms Course in Medical Acupuncture for Physicians at UCLA in 2006, and obtained Board Certification in Integrative Holistic Medicine in 2009.

Her interests are broad, including Women’s Health through the lifespan, integrative mental health care, nutrition and wellness, and chronic disease mitigation. In addition to her practice in Family Medicine and Geriatrics, she offers integrative medicine consultations and medical acupuncture.

Dr. Daugherty is married to Dr. Richard Rawl, who has served the community of Bethel, NC as its primary physician for over 30 years. They have three children who are currently pursuing careers in medicine, disaster recovery, and television news; their most recent new role is that of grandparents. When not traveling, Dr. Daugherty enjoys reading, gardening, ballroom dance, traditional archery, raising chickens, and riding her tractor.

Knupp-Maria-webMaria Knupp
Physician Extender

Maria Knupp is a family nurse practitioner who graduated from the UNC Graduate Nursing School's FNP Program at Chapel Hill, NC.  Prior to becoming a member of our geriatric faculty, she has worked in a variety of settings to include private practice as a nurse practitioner; teaching registered nurses for a total of 17 years at community colleges in Eastern North Carolina and for a total of 6 years at UNC Chapel Hill and ECU.  She became a registered nurse after training at the University of Maryland School of Nursing at Baltimore, Maryland in 1973.  As she continued her education, she completed a MSN at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Nursing, a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate at SUNY at Buffalo, and a flight nurse certification through the Air Force.  Working with elderly is her favorite clinical calling.  She enjoys sharing and learning with, for , and from all types of learners, including her patients at the nursing home.  Research interests include polypharmacy, osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, depression, and dementia.  Maria Knupp has numerous hobbies to include throwing and selling her pottery, painting, gardening, reading, learning languages, and traveling.  She is married to Charles L. Knupp who has been a hematologist with ECU School of Medicine for 25 years.  Her two children live close by.  Her son works as a structural engineer in Raleigh, NC and her daughter is now studying to become a physician.

Icard-Terry-webTerry Icard, PA
Physician Assistant

Terry Icard received her Physician Assistant education at East Carolina University, Master of Health Science at Duke University, BA in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Her professional experiences include assessment and care of patients with mental health and pulmonary disease.  She welcomed the opportunity to bring her skills and knowledge to geriatric and family medicine.  Her interests include dementia, chronic disease and working with patients and families to improve understanding of their own health and to enhance their quality of life.  She also enjoys the opportunity to see patients in the nursing homes or in their own homes.  Her other professional interests are participation as a member of the Public Health and Patient Access committee of the North Carolina Medical Society and with Pitt County Council on Aging as a member of the Board of Directors.  Outside interests include kayaking and travel, visiting family and friends, all are activities she would like to do more often.  She is from Charlotte and her family remains in that area. She finds Eastern North Carolina and Greenville a delightful home.

nyeAnn Marie Nye, PharmD, AGSF
Affiliate Associate Professor

Dr. Nye received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2001 and a Certificate in Aging Studies in 2000 from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia. After completing a geriatric pharmacy residency at the University of Texas and Audie Murphy Veteran's Hospital, she joined the faculty of Campbell University as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice and the Geriatric Division at ECU in 2002. She is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Her primary clinical role is providing patient care at Golden Living Center, a teaching nursing home. She also conducts a geriatric pharmacotherapy clinic and provides medication counseling. Her clinical interests include management of multiple medications and chronic disease. She is the director of a one year pharmacy residency which emphasizes geriatrics. Dr. Nye precepts pharmacy students and residents in the nursing home and geriatric clinic. She has worked on research on predictors of success in pharmacy school, the economics of administering medications in the nursing home, drugs for weight gain, osteoporosis medications, and use of the electronic medical record. Her husband works for the NC Community College System Office.  They spend time with their two young sons and yellow lab Daisy.

pabbuBalaji Pabbu, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Pabbu received his medical degree from Sri Venkateswara Medical College in India.  After medical school, he worked as a general practitioner for seven years at American Mission Hospital in Bahrain in Arabian Gulf.  He finished his residency in Family Medicine in 2009 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, California.  He finished his Geriatrics Fellowship in 2010 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  He joined the Geriatrics faculty at ECU in July 2010. His interests include neurodegenerative diseases, out-patient and in-patient geriatric patient care, and clinical research in chronic disease management.
Dr. Pabbu has certification in both geriatric and palliative care medicine. He also loves to work in family medicine and take care of children and young adults.  He enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows.  He loves to travel, hike, walk, play chess, play table tennis, and enjoys nature watching.