Two providers at an established Richmond County medical practice have joined the FirstHealth of the Carolinas family of internal medicine and family care providers.
Amir M. Darwish, M.D., and Christina Kirkley Dixon, ANP-BC, of Sandhills Internal Medicine Clinic, are now associated with FirstHealth Richmond Medical Group – Internal Medicine & Family Care but remain at their current location at 125 Biltmore Dr., Suite 2, Rockingham. They soon will be joined by Mohammed Sharouk Khader, M.D., who is now a FirstHealth Richmond Medical Group physician at the practice’s South Long Drive location.
The Darwish-Dixon office was closed for a week as the office prepared to welcome patients to the FirstHealth-affiliated practice, but reopened for patient appointments on Tuesday, March 12.
“Ms. Dixon and I are very pleased to be part of the FirstHealth family,” Darwish said, “This new affiliation not only gives our hometown practice the benefit of FirstHealth’s organizational support but also allows us to focus even more on the personal care our patients have come to expect and deserve.”
“I agree with Dr. Darwish,” said Dixon, “We want to provide the very best service to our patients and feel that an affiliation with FirstHealth will help us achieve that goal by allowing us to concentrate even more on quality patient care.”
Currently chief of staff and a staff physician at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital, Darwish received his medical degree from Baghdad (Iraq) University Medical College and did his internship and residency in internal medicine at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He was an assistant fellow in hypertension research at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and Veterans Hospital in Allen Park, Mich., and also did pathology research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Tufts University-affiliated Faulkner Hospital in Boston, and then spent a year as an assistant professor of medicine with the Tufts University Medical School at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, also in Boston.
Darwish has practiced medicine in Richmond County since 1995. Board certified in internal medicine, he will also serve as a hospitalist physician at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington while also accepting patient appointments in the Biltmore Drive outpatient clinic.
Dixon received her associate degree in science and associate degree in applied science in nursing from Richmond Community College before earning her Master of Science Degree in Nursing (R.N. to MSN, Adult Nurse Practitioner) from East Carolina University in Greenville.
She began her nursing career as a nursing assistant with Sandhills Internal Medicine Clinic and then worked on the Medical/Surgical Unit at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital after becoming a registered nurse. She returned to Sandhills Internal Medicine as a registered nurse in 2004 and has been an adult nurse practitioner there since 2011.
She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the North Carolina Coalition of Rural Healthcare Providers.
Khader will join the Biltmore Drive office to assure continuity of patient care during the times Darwish is away from the practice. He joined FirstHealth Richmond Medical Group – Internal Medicine and Family Care last summer and is board certified in family medicine.
FirstHealth Richmond Medical Group – Internal Medicine and Family Care, formerly Sandhills Internal Medicine, is located at 125 Biltmore Dr., Suite 2, Rockingham. To make an appointment with one of the providers, call 910-895-6650.