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Pardee UNC Health Care names new Chief of Staff

Jan 09, 2023 12:00PM ● By WNC Business

Hendersonville – Pardee UNC Health Care has named Joel Callahan, M.D., FAAN, a board-certified neurologist, as chief of staff. In this role, Dr. Callahan will provide leadership, guidance and a voice for medical staff, as well as create a dynamic physician environment committed to high-quality, patient-focused care and safety. Callahan’s two-year term as Chief of Staff began Jan. 1, 2023.

“I am honored to step into this role and grateful for the opportunity to lead Pardee’s exceptional team of clinicians,” said Dr. Callahan. “I look forward to working with my colleagues as we navigate the year ahead and continue to provide high-quality and compassionate care to our patients, their families and our community.”

“Dr. Callahan is an exceptional neurologist and highly-regarded leader within our medical staff,” said Dr. Greg McCarty, chief medical officer, Pardee UNC Health Care. “His experience and expertise make him an asset to the community and Pardee. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Callahan to this role.”

Dr. Callahan is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in treating headaches, neuropathy, EMG/EEG, epilepsy, diseases of muscles, dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and spasticity. He earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in neurology at the University of Colorado Hospital. He is also fellowship-trained in neuromuscular disease. Dr. Callahan has been with Pardee since 2011, most recently serving as the medical director of Pardee Neurology Associates.

Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, a cancer center, four urgent care locations and six orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit