All our providers at Carolina Infectious Disease are board certified in Infectious Disease and have many years of combined clinical experience. Our providers are not only private physicians, they are also Associate Professors for the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. This allows our clinic to be at the forefront of new research and development in the area of infectious disease. The providers also mentor students from the Methodist University Physician Assistant Program.

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Chukwuemeka O. Chima, MD

Dr. Chima is originally from Nigeria, where he earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree attending the University of Calabar College of Medicine. After working for several years at the Ndubuisi Hospital in Nigeria, Dr. Chima moved to the United States to attend an Internal Medicine Residency program at North Shore University Hospital in Forest Hills, NY. He completed his Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and the South Texas Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Chima is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine-Infectious Diseases.

After his fellowship, Dr. Chima moved to Fayetteville, NC to work for Cape Fear Valley Health System. After several years of employment with Cape Fear Valley Health System, Dr. Chima opened Carolina Infectious Disease PA in the Fayetteville area in May 2009. Since that time, his practice has become the top Infectious Disease office in the area.

Dr. Chima has a passion for teaching patients and future providers about infectious disease. He mentors Physician Assistant students from Methodist University. He is also an Associate Professor at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine where he teaches future physicians on Infectious Disease.

When Dr. Chima is not busy in the office or hospital, he enjoys reading, playing chess, traveling and spending time with his wife and two sons.

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Thomas R. Brown, PA-C

Thomas “Bucky” Brown, PA-C, MMS, BS obtained his Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC in December of 2013. He was certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) that same year. Thomas has been practicing with Carolina Infectious Disease, PA since receiving his medical license from the North Carolina Medical Board in 2014. Thomas completed his undergraduate studies at East Carolina University in 2009, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology.

Thomas participates in both outpatient clinical medicine at Carolina Infectious Disease, as well as providing infectious disease services at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. In coordination with Chukwuemeka O. Chima, MD, Thomas diagnoses, treats and manages varying types of illnesses and conditions. He has specific interests in antibiotic selection and therapy for a variety of common and complicated infections.

Thomas was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC where he currently resides with his wife and daughter.

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Maria V. Lim, PA-C

Maria completed her undergraduate studies at UNC-Pembroke where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in pre-health.  She is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC where she obtained a Masters in Medical Science in December 2018.  She was certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is currently a member of both the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA) and American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Maria has been practicing with Carolina Infectious Disease, PA since receiving her medical license from the North Carolina Medical Board. She has a fascination with expanding her knowledge of the medical sciences and using that knowledge to benefit the lives of others.