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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Family medicine residents poised to begin making rounds at St. Francis Health

INDIANAPOLIS – Seven physicians will begin honing their skills in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Franciscan St. Francis Health on July 1.

The 36-month program launches their start of their family medicine careers. Residents practice out of the St. Francis Family Medicine Center in Beech Grove and Indianapolis, where they see patients of all ages and incomes. They also provide care for expectant mothers and deliver babies for many of these patients at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus.

The residents are Drew Bright, M.D.; Mike Buckwalter, M.D.; Kristin Gerhardstein, M.D.; Michelle Shorten, M.D. and Kevin Wineinger, M.D., all from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

They are joined by Beth Nagle, M.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and Todd Capes, from the American University of the Caribbean.

“For 37 years, our program has trained physicians in the clinical and academic aspects of family medicine, while never losing sight of our mission to treat each patient with individualized care and compassion,” said Richard Feldman, M.D., residency program director.

More than 206 physicians have completed their residencies at St. Francis since the program began, most choosing to remain in Indiana to establish family medicine practices.

To learn more about the Family Medicine Residence Program at Franciscan St. Francis Health, go to