Physicians

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Samuel T. Drake, M.D.
Co -Medical Director

Gaston Digestive Disease Clinic
Office: (704)-867-3585

Fax: (704) 861-1779
2550 Court Drive, Suite 201
Gastonia, NC 28054

Dr. Sam Drake has been a member of the Gaston County Medical Community for over thirty   years. He has practiced Gastroenterology since he completed his fellowship training at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

His medical school training was at the Medical University of South Carolina where he graduated AOA. This was followed by an internship and residency at Emory University. There he completed and was Board-Certified in Internal Medicine. He then studied and trained for two years, completing his Gastroenterology fellowship and Board Certification.

 BOARD CERTIFIED:
American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
National Board of Medical Examiners

HIS PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:
American College of Gastroenterology – Fellow
American College of Physicians – Fellow
American Gastroenterological Association - Fellow
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
North Carolina and Gaston County Medical Societies

FELLOWSHIP:
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonia, TX

RESIDENCY:
Grady Memorial Hospital - Emory University affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta Ga.

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC

 


 

William S. Watkins, M.D.
Co -Medical Director

Gaston Gastroenterology
Office: (704) 866-9200
Fax: (704) 866-9824
2450 Aberdeen Blvd., Ste. A
Gastonia, NC 28054

Dr. William S. Watkins, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, received his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University. He did post graduate work in Physiology and Biophysics and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1986, Dr. Watkins earned his M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine. His residency was completed in 1989 at North Carolina Baptist Hospital/Bowman Gray School of Medicine; his fellowship in Gastroenterology was completed in 1991 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

 BOARD CERTIFIED:
American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

FELLOWSHIP:
University of South Florida, Tampa Fl.

RESIDENCY:
North Carolina Baptist Hospital-The Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Winston Salem, NC

INTERNSHIP:
North Carolina Baptist Hospital-The Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Winston Salem, NC

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington D.C.

 


 

Neville W Forbes, M.D.

Gaston Medical Associates
Office: (704)-861-9030
Fax: (704) 255-2028
2664 Court Dr, A
Gastonia, NC 28054

 

Dr. Forbes have been practicing medicine in Gastonia, NC since 1995. He is a co-founder of the Gaston Medical Associates, PA in June of 2000.

BOARD CERTIFIED:
American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

FELLOWSHIP:
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center NY, NY

RESIDENCY:
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center NY, NY

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston Jamaica

 


 

Austin A Osemeka, M.D.

Carolina Digestive Diseases
Office: (704) 823-8885
Fax: (704) 823-8898
2682 Court Dr. A
Gastonia, NC 28054

Dr. Austin Osemeka has been in practice for 17 years in Gaston & Cleveland counties. He is Board certified in Gastroenterology.

His special interest includes diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, ERCP and capsule wireless endoscopy. He has served as the Chief of Staff at King’s Mountain Hospital and Chairman of Endoscopy at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.

BOARD CERTIFIED:
American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

FELLOWSHIP:
State University of New York Health Center, Brooklyn, NY

INTERNSHIP & RESIDENCY:
State University of New York Health Center, Brooklyn, NY

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of Ibadan Nigeria

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
American College of Gastroenterology
North Carolina Medical Society.

He is married with three children and enjoys traveling, tennis, soccer and volleyball.

 

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