Internal Medicine Residency

Department Leadership

Jeffrey L. Stephens, M.D.

Jeffrey Stephens, MD

(478) 301-5820

Jeffrey Stephens, M.D., FACP, FIDSA grew up in Morrow, Georgia then attended Georgia State University where he was an Honors graduate in Biology, he received his medical degree from Mercer University graduating in the second class. He was elected to the inaugural Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society at the school. Dr. Stephens trained in Internal Medicine at Emory University and completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest University in 1992. He returned to Macon and has been a member of the Mercer University faculty since that time, advancing to Professor of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Stephens has served as Chief of Medicine for Medical Center Navicent Health, Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine and Assistant Program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He has served as Interim Chair of Medicine since November 2014. During his career he has received the J. Willis Hurst Award for teaching from the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians and the Leonard Tow Award from the Gold Humanism in Medicine Society for humanistic, compassionate care. The author of multiple articles and book chapters in the area of Infectious Diseases; Dr. Stephens resides in Macon and is the proud father of three daughters.

Edwin W. Grimsley, MD

Edwin W. Grimsley, MD

Vice Chair
(478) 301-5820

Dr. Grimsley is a native of Bainbridge, GA. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Pharmacy. He obtained his MD from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA where he also served as Chief Resident. He has been in medical education since 1991.

He has won numerous teaching awards over the years from both residents and medical students. In 1996 we was awarded the J. Willis Hurst Outstanding Bedside teacher by the GA chapter of the ACP as the outstanding medical educator in the state of Georgia. At the time he was the youngest recipient ever of this award.

He was Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Mercer from 2006 to 2016. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the dept of IM as well as the Associate Chair of Education. His main interest is in medical education and he recently chaired the Graduate Medical Education Committee at the Medical Center Navicent Health. He is a member and officer in the American College of Physicians as well as a member of the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine.

David E. Mathis, M.D.

David E. Mathis, MD

Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
(478) 301-5844

Dr. David Mathis is a Georgia native, born and reared in and around Quitman and Valdosta, Georgia. He obtained both a BS and BA degrees from Emory University before entering Mercer University School of Medicine. Graduating with his MD degree in 1990, Dr. Mathis then completed his three year general Internal Medicine residency at The Medical Center, Navicent Health/Mercer University School of Medicine in 1993. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Mathis serves as the Medical Director of the residency's training clinics, The W T Anderson Center. He also has been a committee member of the University's Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects (IRB) since 1999 and has been the Chair of this committee since 2006. In 2009, Dr. Mathis completed his Master of Medical Management degree from Tulane University.

Dr. Mathis was the first Campus Dean for MUSM's clinical campus in Columbus for three years and then transitioned back to Macon to become the Assistant Dean for MUSM, Macon as well as Director of the Office of Academic Program Development.

In July 2016, Dr. Mathis became the Program Director of the Internal Medicine residency and also serves The Medical Center as the elected Vice-Chief of the Department of Medicine.

David Parish, MD

David Parish, M.D.

Associate Chair for Research

Dr. Parish received his MD degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and an MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health. He completed his residency in internal medicine at University Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. Following his residency, Dr. Parish joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mercer. During his tenure at Mercer, he has served in a variety of roles both with the department and the medical school. Dr. Parish has published numerous papers and abstracts, with a special interest in resuscitation research. He was appointed as Vice Chair for research in 2017.

Harold Katner, MD

Harold Katner, MD

Infectious Disease Fellowship Director

(478) 301-5810

Dr. Katner attended college at the University of New Orleans with a major in Biology. In 1980 he graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following this he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana and did his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Ochsner Foundation Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. In 1985 he joined the faculty at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia where he teaches both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He has been involved with research that has resulted in over 40 publications and multiple presentations at national and international meetings, with his main focus being in the field of HIV/AIDS. Since 1983 he has cared for over 1200 patients with HIV/AIDS and has given over 500 HIV prevention programs to the community. He is currently a Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at Mercer and serves as the HIV consultant to the Department of Human Resources of the state of Georgia.

Allen Tindol, MD

Allen Tindol, MD

Clerkship Director

(478) 301-5840

Dr. Tindol graduated from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, and in 1990 received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia in 1993, where he remained on the residency teaching faculty through 1999, returning 2012 through 2015. In 2001, he completed the Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during which, in New York City in the autumn of 1999, he participated in the investigation of the initial West Nile Virus outbreak in the United States. From 2002 through 2006, he practiced as a general internist in his hometown of Dublin, Georgia, and from 2006 through 2011, he served as an internist on the inpatient leukemia treatment team at Emory University Hospital, where he co-designed and employed an information system tailored to inpatient leukemia care. He is board certified in internal medicine.

John R. Meadows, MD

John R. Meadows, MD

Associate Director Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Meadows is a native of Macon, Georgia. He earned his BS in Chemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology and his MD at the Medical College of Georgia. He then completed a one year internship in Family Medicine at the Medical Center of Central Georgia before entering the United States Air Force as flight surgeon at the rank of Major. Following his Air Force service Dr. Meadows completed his internal medicine residency training at the Medical College of Georgia. He joined the Mercer University School of Medicine faculty in 1991 as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Meadows was named associate program director for the internal medicine residency program in July of 2017.