Hello and welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine | Specialties page for Quillen ETSU Physicians.
Our Internal Medicine specialists are equipped to:
Solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.
Bring patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women’s health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.
We currently have five specialties--
Allergy and Clinical Immunology | Dr. Alexei Gonzalez
Dermatology | Dr. Leicht
Hematology | Dr. Means
Infectious Diseases | Drs. Moorman, Ibrahim, Myers, Patel, Shams, Youssef and a Nurse Practitioner, Roxanne Underwood
Pulmonology | Dr. Mehta
A listing and more information about our specialists can be found by clicking the gray titles to the left.
Contact Information for Internal Medicine | Specialties
Second Floor, 325 North State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, TN, 37604 Allergy, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Disease Appointment Line (423) 439-7280 | Infectious Diseases (423) 433-6915 | Fax (423) 439-7314 329 North State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, TN, 37604 Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology Appointment Line (423) 979-4100 | Fax (423) 979-4134
Four Sheridan Square, Suite 200, Kingsport, TN, 37660
Allergy, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology
Appointment Line (423) 246-7931 | Fax (423) 246-1906
Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM.
Certified by American Board of Internal Medicine 2013 Certified Clinical Research Professional 2009
Alexei Gonzalez, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine. After earning his medical degree from his native Mexico, Dr. Gonzalez completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic.
His research interests include drug allergy, anaphylaxis, perioperative anaphylaxis, and chronic urticaria. In 2014, Dr. Gonzalez received the prestigious Clemens Von Pirquet award for best research from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Dr. Gonzalez has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology In Practice, Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Transplantation, European Journal of Internal Medicine and Journal of Immunology. He has served as editor for the International Journal of Clinical and Medical Allergy and the International Journal of Allergy Medications. Dr. Gonzalez is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, Clinical Immunology Society, American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, World Allergy Organization, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Dr. Gonzalez received his medical degree from the Anahuac University Medical School in Mexico City, Mexico in 2006. His internship in Internal Medicine was achieved at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio in 2011; residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio in 2013; and a fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio in 2015.
329 North State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, TN, 37604
Appointment Line (423) 979-4100 | Fax (423) 979-4134
Four Sheridan Square, Suite 200, Kingsport, TN, 37660
Appointment Line (423) 246-7931 | Fax (423) 246-1906
Skin is the first line of defense to underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Throughout a lifetime it experiences many insults and injuries and frequently becomes diseased. It can also reveal to the skillful clinician some of the earliest and best clues to serious internal illnesses. A dermatologist is concerned with the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails and, most importantly, the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting them, the oral cavity and genitals.
Though trained and certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Leicht’s practice is restricted to Dermatology. His particular interests are inflammatory skin diseases (including psoriasis, eczemas and blistering disorders), skin infections, difficult, complicated, unusual and challenging skin disorders, collagen vascular diseases, skin tumors, precancers and cancers and skin cancer surgery.
Stuart S. Leicht, MD, FACP, FAAD Dr. Leicht is a professor and the Division Chief of Dermatology at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. He earned a Bachelor of Art in Biology with High Academic Honors from SUNY Binghamton in Binghamton, NY. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine (Cum Laude) from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where he was elected to the AOA Honor Medical Society in his junior year. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He went on to complete an additional residency program in Dermatology at the Boston University/Tufts University Conjoint Dermatology Residency Training Program in Boston, Ma. Dr. Leicht is Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology.
Dr. Leicht is currently Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division Of Dermatology at the Quillen College of Medicine of East Tennessee State University, a position he has held since 1984. He is very active in the training of Medical residents and students, is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and the author of many peer-reviewed publications. He has been elected by his peers to Best Doctors continuously since 1996 and was one the first clinicians in the region to be so recognized. He has also been elected to America’s Top Dermatologists the last 7 years.
325 North State of Franklin Road, 2nd floor, Johnson City, TN | 423.439.7280
Dr. Means has joined ETSU faculty to serve as dean of the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and hematology. He is internationally recognized for his research in hematology and brings his valued knowledge and experience to serve Northeast Tennessee and the surrounding regions. Dr. Means will offer services to patients with non-malignant blood disorders including anemias, platelet problems, red cell/hemoglobin issues, and thalassemias.
Dr. Robert T. Means Jr. came to ETSU from the University of Kentucky (UK) where he served as executive dean and professor of internal medicine and was a member of the hematology and blood and marrow transplant division. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
A magna cum laude graduate of Rice University, Means earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed an internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine before returning to Vanderbilt for a hematology fellowship.
He remained at Vanderbilt University as an instructor and assistant professor in the hematology division before he was recruited by the University of Cincinnati in 1992 to become associate professor of medicine and director of the diagnostic hematology laboratory, as well as associate chief of the hematology/oncology section at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.
In 1998, he joined the Medical University of South Carolina faculty as professor of internal medicine, associate director of the hematology/oncology division, and chief of the hematology/oncology section at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He became director of the hematology/oncology division in 2000, serving until his recruitment to the University of Kentucky.
UK named Means as associate chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine in 2004 when he also became chief of the medical service at Lexington VA Medical Center. He was later appointed interim director of the Markey Cancer Center from 2006-2009 and senior associate chair of the Department of Internal Medicine from 2007-2011. UK promoted him to executive vice dean in 2011, and he was named executive dean in 2012.
Means gained significant attention in the research arena for his work on the pathogenesis of the anemia of chronic diseases. His studies have received funding support from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and he is the author of more than 120 original scientific reports, invited commentaries or editorials, review articles, and book chapters.
He is an editor of the 12th and 13th editions of Wintrobe's Clinical Hematology and of a forthcoming textbook on nutritional anemia. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Hematology, Blood Research, and the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, and is an associate editor of the Journal of Investigative Medicine, as well as a frequent referee for other journals.
His wife, Dr. Stacey McKenzie, grew up in Kingsport and graduated from Lynn View High School. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. They are the parents of three children.
325 North State of Franklin Road, Second Floor, Johnson City, TN, 37604
Appointment Line (423) 433-6915 | Fax (423) 439-7314
Johnathan Moorman, MD, PhD, FACP
Dr. Moorman is a professor, the Vice Chair of Research and Scholarship Division Chief of Infectious, Inflammatory, and Immunologic Disease, and the Residency Program Director at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Summa cum Laude) from Loyola College in Maryland; a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Virginia School of Medicine; a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Virginia. His medical training included an internship in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, VA; residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, VA; and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, VA.
Lamis W. Ibrahim, MD
Dr. Ibrahim is an assistant professor and a senior medical student education director at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. She received an MBBS from Beirut Arab University, School of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon. Her medical training includes a infectious disease fellowship at the ETSU/QCOM in Johnson City, TN; internal medicine residency at ETSU/QCOM; internal medicine residency at the Beirut Arab University/Hammoud Hospital UMC in Saida, Lebanon; and participated in the multidisciplinary internship program at the Beirut Arab University/Hammoud Hospital UMC in Saida, Lebanon.
James Myers, MD
Dr. Myers is a professor and a director of the fellowship program for the Division of Infectious, Inflammatory, and Immunologic Disease at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from ETSU in Johnson City, TN. He completed his medical degree at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He completed his internship, internal medicine residency, and fellowship in Infectious Disease at ETSU/QCOM.
Paras Patel, MD
Dr. Patel is an associate professor at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. He earned a Doctorate of Medicine from the BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad, India and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) Degree from University of Gujarat, India. His medical training includes a residency in general surgery, VS, General Hospital, NHL, Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India; residency in internal medicine at ETSU/QCOM Johnson City, TN; and fellowship in infectious diseases, Department of Internal Medicine at ETSU/QCOM.
Wael Shams, MD
Dr. Shams' is an assistant professor at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. His education has included an MBCB, Premedical & Graduate Medical Education, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt; Egyptian Master Degree of Internal Medicine, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt; and an Egyptian Doctorate of Degree of Internal Medicine, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt. His medical training included a residency in internal medicine at Alexandria University Main Hospital, Alexandria and Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ.
Dima Youssef, MD
Dr. Youssef is an assistant professor at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Alexandria/Faculty of Medicine, Egypt with a Bachelor degree of Medicine and Surgery, MB.ChB. She obtained an Egyptian Master Degree of Internal Medicine from the University of Alexandria/Department of Medicine. She was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine after Internal Medicine residency training in Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey, USA.
329 North State of Franklin, Johnson City, TN, 37604
Appointment Line (423) 439-7280 | Fax (423) 926-8181
Jayant B. Mehta, MD, FCCP
Dr. Mehta is a professor and the Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Fellowships at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. He earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), Government Medical College, Baroda. His medical training included a rotating internship at the Methodist Hospital in Gary, IN; residency in medicine & OB/GYN, Jinja Government Hospital, Uganda, East Africa; residency at the Department of Internal Medicine, VAMC, SUNY in Stoneybrook, NY; Pulmonary Fellow at SUNY; chief resident in internal medicine at the VA Hospital in Northport, NY; and Pulmonary Fellow at the University of Colorado and National Jewish Hospital in Denver, CO.