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Meet the NCMSA Leadership Team 

Meeti Nigam, President

I am honored to serve you as the president of NCMS Alliance for the year 2022-2023. I have been a board member of the NCMS Alliance for the last three years since we moved to Charlotte from Virginia. I was active in various positions for many years with the Medical Society of Virginia Alliance. My interest and involvement in community events, public health, and Alliance advocacy helped me grow as an Alliance leader. I have helped organize events for the Alliance and community, including health fairs for the public and charity events for a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. 

I was born in India and completed my Bachelors in Science and Masters in Sociology.  My husband is a practicing anesthesiologist with Atrium Health. We were married while he was working in Caen, France. We lived there for six years and then moved to the United States in 1994.  My husband’s medical career moved us to Augusta, GA; Boston, MA; Danville, VA; and now Charlotte. 

We have three sons - a plastic surgeon, a general surgeon, and an undergraduate at University of Virginia; two wonderful daughters-in-law - a lawyer and a physician assistant; and a three grandchildren, 5 years old, 4 and 5 months old.

 I look forward to a successful and meaningful NCMS Alliance year as we continue along the path to foster stronger bonds between our community, its physicians, and their families.

Barbara Lupton,  Treasurer 

Originally from Charlotte, Barbara Lupton lives in Greensboro with her husband, Fred. She worked as the Practice Administrator in her husband’s dermatology practice for 17 years. They have 2 grown daughters, one who lives in North Carolina, the other in New York City.  She has served as a volunteer through her church, Junior League, Girl Scouts as a troop leader for both daughters and as an active volunteer in her children’s schools. Barbara has served in her local alliance, Greater Greensboro Medical Society Alliance for many years in a variety of leadership roles, including serving VP of Membership, Treasurer, President Elect, Local Alliance president and editor of the newsletter for several years.  She is in her fourth year on the NCMSA Board serving as Membership VP for 2 years and currently serving her second term as Treasurer.  She enjoys travel, tennis, hiking, reading, bridge and Mah Jongg. 

Susan Edens Hammer, Secretary

Susan was raised on a farm in Fayetteville, NC. Raleigh was her first move and is her current home. She attended Hardbarger Business School and then worked in the Rex Hospital Radiology Department as a medical secretary for nine years. The last four of those years, she attended NC State University for a B.A. in Business Management. Over the years, she worked for personal family business entities, served on nonprofit boards and as a church officer, and volunteered in the community. At the current time, she serves as recording secretary for her county Medical Alliance, serves on the boards of NCMSA and her church women's group, and is a Stephen Minister. She loves to read, garden and travel. She has been a member of the Wake County, North Carolina and American Medical Association Alliance since 1983 and has served on her county and state alliance boards for several terms over the years. While serving on the State Alliance board, she always enjoys meeting and visiting with members across the state and learning of the activities in their local alliances. Also, over the years she attended several AMAA annual meetings in Chicago where she benefited from meeting Alliance leaders from across the United States - learning about the programs they support in their states.

Kirby Sheridan, VP of Program Development

Kirby Sheridan, of Concord, North Carolina, is a past president of the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance as well as the Cabarrus County Medical Society Alliance. She has served on the NCMSA board in several capacities over the years in efforts to improve the health of North Carolinians. Kirby earned degrees in English and in Radio/Television/Motion Pictures from UNC-Chapel Hill and enjoys working on communications efforts for the Alliance, particularly the NCMSA Tarheel Tandem and the AMAA LINK online newsletter. Kirby and her husband, Dave, an interventional radiologist, have four children, the youngest of which is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel.

Zohra Osman, VP of Membership Development

Cathy Ingram

Cathy has lived in Greensboro for 37 years with her husband Haywood who recently retired from a general surgery  practice. They have three grown children, two granddaughters and a grandson. Cathy has been a member of the    Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance for all of those 37 years, serving as co-president one year and    maintaining the database of members for 25+ years. In addition to her involvement with the local Alliance, she  volunteers for several non-profit agencies through her church and served as a Girl Scout leader for both daughters. She works part-time at a law firm providing IT support. Cathy enjoys pickleball, biking, hiking and reading.

Swati Patel

Swati served two years as the past president of Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance for the year 2020-2022. She moved to Greensboro in 2004 and currently lives in Summerfield with husband Jay, who is a nephrologist, and her 2 children. Swati graduated from The University of The Sciences in Philadelphia with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and a minor in Communication. In her free time she enjoys hiking, listening to music and participating in her children’s school activities.