Pulmonary and Critical Care

Pulmonary Critical Care Faculty

Jack L. DePriest, MD Residency Program Director
Peter Loper, MD Associate Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Specialty
Pulmonary Medicine

Board Certified
American Board of Internal Medicine

Education
Case Western Reserve University

Residency
Orlando Regional Medical Center

Fellowship
Bowman-Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest

Rohan Arya, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine

Contact Information

(803) 799-5022
One Medical Park Drive Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29203

Department

  • Internal Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Residencies

  • Cooper University Hospital, 2011
  • Saint Vincents Hospital Manhattan (SVCMC), 2010

Fellowships

  • Critical Care Medicine Cooper University Hospital, 2014
  • Interventional Pulmonary Cooper University Hospital, 2015
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Cooper University Hospital, 2013

Specialties:

  • Pulmonary & Critical Care
  • Interventional Pulmonology

Board Certifications:

  • Critical Care Medicine, 2014
  • Internal Medicine, 2011
  • Pulmonary Medicine, 2013

Foreign Languages:

Gujarati
 
Justin Atwood, MD Assistant Professor

Justin H. Atwood, MD, received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Greenville Health System/University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, South Carolina, and a fellowship in pulmonary, critical care and environmental medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Dr. Atwood is board certified in pulmonary medicine and internal medicine.

Abhinav Gupta, MD Assistant Professor

Abhinav Gupta, MD, received his medical degree from the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, India, and completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York. He completed fellowships in pulmonary medicine at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina, and critical care medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Gupta is board certified in internal medicine and critical care medicine.

Jennifer Hucks, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine

Contact Information

(803) 799-5022
One Medical Park, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29203

Department

  • Internal Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Medical Education

  • University of South Carolina, MD, 2009

Residencies

  • Palmetto Health Richland, 2008

Fellowships

  • Palmetto Health Richland, 2010

Specialties

  • Pulmonology

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 2009
Jake Krieg, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine

Contact Information

One Medical Park, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29203

Department

  • Internal Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Medical Education

  • Ross University School of Medicine, MD, 2011

Residencies

  • USC SOM Internal Medicine, 2011

Fellowships

  • USC SOM Pulmonary Disease, 2013
  • Wake Forest SOM Critical Care Medicine, 2014

Specialties

  • Internal Medicine-General
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine, 2011
Karla Cruz Morel, MD Assistant Professor
Brandi Newsome, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine

Contact Information

(803) 799-5022
One Medical Park, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29203

Department

  • Internal Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Medical Education

  • University of South Carolina, MD, 2003

Residencies

  • Palmetto Health Richland, 2006

Fellowships

  • Palmetto Health Richland, 2009

Specialties

  • Pulmonology

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease, 2009
William Owens, MD Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine

Contact Information

One Medical Park, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29203

Department

  • Internal Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Medical Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine, MD, 2000

Residencies

  • Earl K. Long Medical Center, 2003

Fellowships

  • Tampa General Hospital, 2004

Specialties

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Neurocritical Care Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2004
  • European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, 2007
  • United Council of Neurologic Subspecialities (Neurocritical Care), 2008

Biography

Dr. William Owens is from Columbia, SC. He is a graduate of The Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. After graduating from medical school, he went on to do a residency in Emergency Medicine in Baton Rouge, LA; he then completed fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tamps.

Dr. Owens practiced both Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine from 2004 until 2006, when he decided to pursue Critical Care full-time. He served as director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Palmetto Health Richland from 2008 until 2011; he also was a full-time faculty member of the USC SOM Department of Internal Medicine.

In 2011, Dr. Owens accepted a position as Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He served on the faculty there until 2012, when he and his family returned to Columbia. Dr. Owens is now the Division Chief for the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. His professional interests include mechanical ventilation, neurocritical care, medical education, and ultrasonography in the ICU. He considers teaching medical students and resident physicians to be a great honor and privilege, and enjoys training them in the craft of caring for the most seriously ill. 

His passion for critical care has led him to create a new, innovative medical app, The Ventilator, which is now available for download and purchase. This app is a great way for students or residents to learn about setting up the vent, making adjustments, and troubleshooting issues. It is also a great tool for any critical care provider, as it works to reduce the gap of new, lung-protective knowledge available to physicians. 

Dr. Owens is a proud husband and father of three children (and two St. Bernards). He enjoys whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, and travel.

Antoinette Williams Rutherford, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine

Contact Information

(803) 799-5022
One Medical Park, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29203

Department

  • Internal Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Medical Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine, MD, 2001

Residencies

  • Internal Medicine Palmetto Health Richland, 2004

Fellowships

  • Critical Care National Institute of Health, 2006
  • Pulmonary University of Maryland, 2007
  • Sleep Medicine University of Maryland, 2008

Specialties

  • Pulmonology
  • Critical and Intensive Care
  • Sleep Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 2004
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine, 2008
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease, 2007
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine, 2009

Biography

Dr. Williams Rutherford joined the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine in 2008, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine. She graduated from the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine in 2001. She completed her residency from Palmetto Health in general internal medicine. She has done additional training at the National Institute of Health in Critical Care. She then completed Fellowships at the University of Maryland in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. She is currently the medical director of Palmetto Health Richland Sleep Lab. She enjoys seeing complex sleep disorder patients.

David Schrift, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine

Contact Information

One Medical Park Drive, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29203

Department

  • Internal Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Medical Education

  • University of South Florida, MD, 2007

Residencies

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012

Fellowships

  • Cooper University Hospital, 2014

Specialties

  • Internal Medicine-General
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Medicine, 2014
  • Emergency Medicine, 2013
  • Internal Medicine, 2012
Nakita Barnes, MSN, APRN-BC Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate: Tennessee State University, 2001, BSN

Graduate School: University of South Carolina, 2008, MS

Association Memberships:
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • American Nurses Association
  • Initial USC Appointment Year: 2009
  • Board Certifications:
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Academic/Personal Interests:

Ms. Barnes's academic interests relates to lung cancer and COPD.

Personally, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She also enjoys reading and traveling to new places.

La Von M. Ross, MSN, APRN-BC Nurse Practitioner

Education:

  • University of South Carolina
  • BSN, 1998
  • MSN, ACNP, 2002

Board Certifications:

  • ACLS and BLS Instructor

Association Memberships:

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Alpha Xi Chapter
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioner Focus Group of Columbia
  • Initial USC Appointment Year: 2007

Academic Interests:

Ms. Ross's academic interests include Mechanical Ventilation and COPD management.

Research Interests and Projects:

Ms. Ross's research interests include health promotion and prevention in the reduction in risk factors for CAD, HTN, DM, and CVA through extensive patient and family teaching.

Personal Interests:

Ms. Ross's personal interests include spending quality time with her children. She loves music, photography and visiting the beach and amusement parks. In her spare time she likes to draw, play with her dogs and socialize with friends.