Signature Healthcare Doctors
The Best and Brightest
Our physicians are hand-picked for their medical and technical expertise, caring attitude, and dedication to do whatever is necessary to meet the needs of our patients. In our practice, traditional nursing tasks are performed by registered nurses, not by medical office assistants. The combined efforts of our doctors and staff allow Signature Healthcare to provide our patients with prompt, comprehensive, quality healthcare with constant attention to detail.
Elizabeth Abernathy, MD
Dr. Abernathy is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP).
Dr. Abernathy was raised in Charlotte and graduated from Davidson College with a major in Medical Ethics. She completed medical school, residency, and a general medicine fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill. She has been practicing medicine in Charlotte for 14 years. Ten of those years were spent in academics learning, researching and teaching ethics, health policy, systems-based practice, and clinical decision making to medical students and residents at Carolinas Medical Center. She obtained her MHA from UNC Chapel Hill School of Public Health in an effort to better understand healthcare delivery systems and economics.
She enjoys history, travel, and literature. She and her husband spend most of their time trying to keep up with their son and his foxhound.
Debra Gazzuolo, MD
Dr. Gazzuolo is board-certified in internal medicine.
She grew up in the Atlanta area, graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Tech, and received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her residency in internal medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she subsequently joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine and served as Assistant Clinical Professor for six years prior to moving to the Charlotte area. Through her academic and teaching experience, Dr. Gazzuolo earned the rank of Fellow in the American College of Physicians. Areas of special interest include diabetes, cancer screening, women’s health, and preventive care. She enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Mary Hamid, MD
Dr. Hamid is board certified in internal medicine.
Dr. Hamid was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences. At UAB, Dr. Hamid completed the Early Medical School Acceptance Program where she graduated from college and medical school in 6 years. She finished her medical education at UAB with Internal Medicine Residency (Primary Care Track). Directly after residency, she moved to Charlotte in 2005 and worked for a bustling large hospital-based practice until joining Signature Healthcare in 2021. She enjoys all aspects of primary care particularly the long-term relationships she grows with her patients.
Dr. Hamid loves spending time with her husband, Dr. Nady Hamid, their three active children, and their Mini-Australian Labradoodle named Waffles. She enjoys taking family trips (that her husband plans) and spending time with friends.
Ameesha Pandya Kansupada, MD
Dr. Pandya is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Pandya was raised in Pittsburgh and Charlotte. She graduated with Honors from Davidson College majoring in Cultural Studies of Health Care. She received her medical degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and completed her internal medicine residency at Georgetown University. During her 27-year career, she has practiced extensively in Charlotte area hospitals, outpatient primary care, perioperative medicine, and most recently at Atrium Health inpatient physical rehabilitation. With this broad background, she brings valuable insights into the full spectrum of care that patients may experience throughout their lifetime. To help patients better understand the impact of physical, mental and nutritional well-being on their health, Dr. Pandya certified in yoga instruction with additional adaptive yoga training and is completing a culinary medicine certification.
Dr. Pandya’s commitment to education is reflected by her board work and committee leadership at educational institutions that are close to her heart. She unwinds traveling with her husband (Dr. Kashyap Kansupada) and 2 sons, going on long walks, and cooking for friends and family.
Jordan Lipton, MD
Dr. Lipton is board-certified in both emergency medicine and ambulatory medicine.
Dr. Lipton earned his medical degree at McGill University, Montréal, Canada, and completed his residency at Carolinas Medical Center. He is board-certified in both emergency and ambulatory medicine, and co-founded Signature Healthcare in 2003. He has contributed to numerous medical journals and textbooks and has lectured internationally. He is the Medical Advisory Board director, a volunteer at the HeartBright Foundation, and a member of the Physician’s Advisory Council of ROAMD. He has been featured in the Charlotte Business Journal’s “Big Ideas” profile. Dr. Lipton and his wife, Dr. Siu Challons-Lipton, have two grown children and enjoy squash (both the sport and the vegetable!), skiing, art, reading, cooking, and travel.
Michael Martin, MD
Dr. Martin is board-certified in internal medicine.
He grew up in Virginia, graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, as well as at the University of Virginia Hospitals.
Dr. Martin moved to Charlotte in 1991 to begin practice in internal medicine. He has remained in Charlotte since, other than a brief return to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2012, where his practice there afforded him the opportunity to provide care for some of his previous college professors. He enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, cardiovascular risk factor assessment and reduction, and preventive care and screening. When he is not working, he enjoys time with family, golfing, skiing, and skydiving, having been a licensed skydiver since 2001.
Elizabeth Perry, MD
Dr. Perry is board-certified in internal medicine.
She earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia, completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and completed a second residency in emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Perry was the chairperson for the Health Services Committee of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce for 2006-07. She was also a recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s “Women in Business Achievement Award” in 2006. She and her husband, Jon Perry, have three children and enjoy outdoor activities as well as travel.
Marshall Silverman, MD
Dr. Silverman is board-certified in internal medicine.
He has been practicing medicine in Charlotte since 1999. Dr. Silverman graduated cum laude from Duke University, received his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, and completed his residency at Emory University in Atlanta. Following residency, he served in the United States Army, supervising the Internal Medicine clinic and ICU at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, until his departure for North Carolina.
Dr. Silverman serves as a clinical associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. His commitment to academic excellence has earned him the rank of Fellow in the American College of Physicians. When he is not spending time with his patients or family, he enjoys disc golfing, woodworking, welding and playing violin. He is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and has also published three books of illustrated children’s poetry.
Michael Warren Smith, MD
Dr. Smith is board certified in Internal Medicine.
He was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University and is a proud Demon Deacon. Dr. Smith attended medical school in Charleston, South Carolina, at MUSC. Following his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia, he moved to Charlotte and joined a large multi-specialty group. He has enjoyed providing excellent primary care to multiple generations of Charlotte families for more than 19 years.
Outside of work, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Erin Smith, and their two children. When he is not driving his kids to and from SwimMac, he can be found practicing and playing golf, chasing his Golden Retriever (aptly named Bogey), traveling to the beach, riding his Peloton, or watching his favorite ACC teams.
David Yancey, MD
Dr. Yancey is board-certified in internal medicine.
He was born and raised in Winston-Salem and graduated from Davidson College with a major in Psychology. He attended The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina for medical school and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic. After completing residency, he moved back to North Carolina and has been practicing medicine in Charlotte since 2010. As a hospitalist physician at Carolinas Medical Center, Dr. Yancey led several multi-disciplinary rounding programs and helped educate PA and nurse practitioner fellows.
Dr. Yancey enjoys trail running, hiking with his dog, traveling, cooking, and working jigsaw puzzles with his family.
M. Bryan Woodward III, MD – Retired Partner
Dr. Woodward is board-certified in both family practice and emergency medicine.
Dr. Woodward earned his medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Virginia and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, in 1990. He later became board-certified in Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Woodward worked 15+ years serving as the on-site physician for Fortune 500 companies during international events and then spent his final 15+ work-years with Signature Healthcare. In retirement, Dr. Woodward is enjoying traveling, outdoor activities and real-estate investing.
Our doctors are proud to serve the community by participating in various philanthropic groups, most notably the HeartBright Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the Mint Museum, the Charlotte World Affairs Council, and the Learning Society and Friends of the Arts at Queens University.
The Benefits of Concierge Medicine and Executive Healthcare
Concierge medicine provides the highest level of medical care available. The model gives Signature Healthcare’s primary care physicians time to build relationships with patients to learn about their unique lifestyles. Our doctors see fewer than 10% of the patients in a traditional practice. This allows them to devote more time to each patient in order to support their health and overall wellness. It also allows our physicians to focus on prevention for optimal health.
Concierge medical practices provide a higher level of care than traditional primary care practices. Signature’s model is based on an annual membership. Our members experience what’s most important to them, such as 24/7 access to a physician, same or next day appointments, and minimal wait times at office visits. Our doctors do not rush through appointments and provide highly personalized, comprehensive care. Schedule a consultation with our team to experience the Signature difference.
The Signature Difference
Why choose Signature Healthcare?
- 24/7 access to a doctor
- Low patient-to-doctor ratio
- No Wait Times
- Comprehensive in-office services
- Patient advocacy and coordination of care with specialists
- Executive Healthcare
- Focus on Prevention and health optimization including a complimentary annual nutrition and exercise consultation
Why Choose Signature Healthcare?
Patients Enjoy 24/7 Access
Signature Healthcare patients enjoy 24/7 access to a physician, not a nurse or call center.
Low Doctor-to-Patient Ratio
Our doctors care for fewer than 10% of the patients in a traditional practice.
Higher Level of Service
Our patients find their nominal investment yields significant benefits in wellness, convenience and comfort.
The Best Experience
I have never had anything but the best experience at Signature.
– Bernadette Cogdell
The Best Decision
The best decision in healthcare we have ever made.
– Michele Allison
Dr. Silverman and the rest of the staff are amazing. I love the fact that they care and you never feel like a number.
– Jay Ostendarp
We have had nothing but excellent experiences with Signature Healthcare.
Everyone, from the front desk to the nurses and the doctors are doing what they love because their attitudes reflect that they are happy to be there!
– Nancy Lopez-Ibanez
Quick to Respond
Signature Healthcare doctors are quick to respond to their patient needs. They have great contacts with specialists when needed. Additionally, each doctor takes an interest in their patient’s lifestyle. For example, Dr. Beth Perry always asks about my upcoming travel to make sure I have the appropriate immunizations. I give Dr. Perry high marks in helping me stay healthy.
– Vivian Carroll
Doctors and Staff Genuinely Care
Absolutely fantastic experience. I just joined, and from the general staff to the doctors, everyone genuinely cares about making sure I’m always comfortable and have what I need. I love how I can always speak directly with a doctor 24/7 and I never have to go through the maze of transferred phone calls. I recommend this practice to anyone, and I’m looking forward to my next visit! I only wish I could give them 6 stars!
– Valued Patient
I am consistently wowed by the superior care I receive at Signature Healthcare. Signature’s doctors, Urgent Care capabilities and Referral Services provide me with the peace of mind and certainty that I can count on consistently receiving the best of care for any health issue that may arise. That coupled with the courteous and efficient office staff, the ease of scheduling appointments, and the ability to communicate with my doctor anytime needed, reminds me daily that joining this team was the best medical decision I have ever made.
– Margie Brown
An Excellent Investment in My Health
Being a member of Signature Healthcare is an excellent investment in my health. When I see my doctor, I’m not run through in 15 minutes. We can take all the time we need. Time enough to talk about my medical issues, for me to understand any problems, and to consult on needed action. The office in SouthPark is very well designed, attractive, and peaceful. The entire staff are pleasant and focused on their patients.
– Judith Jenkins
Phenomenal Patient Care
This was the best decision on healthcare we have made. This is an amazing practice. Their patient care is phenomenal and it’s a pleasure to interact with the entire caring staff. We are so happy to have found them and with each appointment our decision has be reinforced. They are really the best!
– Mary Coombs
A Partner for My Healthcare
With Signature, for the first time in my adult life, I have a partner for my healthcare–a partner that is always accessible, accommodates my impossible schedule, has 24/7 electronic access to my records, and focuses on keeping me well, in addition to providing terrific care when I am ill.
– Linda Hudson
Signature Healthcare allows me to schedule appointments at my convenience, even at the last minute. I am able to discuss any medical issues with my doctor, and never feel rushed through an appointment. It’s wonderful to have a doctor who knows me well. In addition, there’s always fast and easy follow up over the phone or by email when needed.
– Chris Linscheid
24/7 Access to a Doctor
There is no wait. You have 24/7 access to a doctor and so many services in a moment’s notice. My husband twisted his ankle and we had a flight out that evening. They told him to come in for an x-ray. It took just 30 minutes to confirm he was okay. My doctor has even met me at Signature offices on a Sunday.
– Deidre Grubb
The Best Primary Healthcare I Know Of
The best primary healthcare I know of is Signature Healthcare. The doctors have cared for my family members with the utmost compassion, expertise and kindness. Their efforts to ensure my loved ones’ wellbeing does not stop at 5:00 or over the weekend–they have been attentive beyond any reasonable expectation.
– Russ Greenfield, M.D.