The physicians at Asheville Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center, Doctors William Gough, Kristin Gowin, Julie Levengood, Christopher Meyer, Ellison Smith and Jill S. Vargo are all Rheumatologists. A Rheumatologist is a physician who has trained extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of both adult and pediatric rheumatic disorders. The training to become a Rheumatologist involves completion of three years of training in Internal Medicine and two to three years of further training in Rheumatology. Rheumatologists do not perform surgery.
Dr. William Gough
Dr. Gough received his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and did his residency training in Internal Medicine plus three years of fellowship training in Rheumatology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Gough is an Assistant Consulting Professor in Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, and is a past president of the North Carolina Rheumatology Association.
Dr. Kristin M. Gowin
Dr. Gowin received her M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She performed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her Rheumatology fellowship was obtained at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Julie V. Levengood
Dr. Levengood earned her M.D. degree from Wright State University School of Medicine. She performed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio and her fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Christopher G. Meyer
Dr. Meyer received his M.D. degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He performed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Ellison L. Smith
Dr. Smith received his M.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He performed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA. His Rheumatology fellowship was obtained at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. Dr. Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and is a past president of the North Carolina Rheumatology Association. He has been elected to Best Doctors in America annually since 2005.
Dr. Jill S. Vargo
Dr. Vargo received a M.D. degree from Marshall University School of Medicine, did her residency training in Internal Medicine at West Virginia University in Charleston and her fellowship training in Rheumatology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine.
Corinne Yelton, FNP-C
Corinne Yelton received her BSN from Western Carolina University at Cullowhee, NC in 1996. She graduated from the MSN program at Western Carolina University in 2002. She was nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2002.
Gaye Murphy is the Asheville Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center's Practice Administrator.