Change of Dosher ED top doc post


Dr. James Weingarten


Dr. Joseph Hatem


After 25 years as medical director for the Dosher ED, James K. Weingarten, MD, stepped down from that post in the fall. He remains a treating physician on Dosher's ED staff.

"Dr. Weingarten gave consistent, high-quality care to literally thousands of patients in this time, and we're pleased that he continues to serve patients in this busy department," Tom Siemers, Dosher president & CEO, said.

Twenty-six-year Dosher ED physician Joseph P. Hatem, MD, succeeded Dr. Weingarten as medical director. Dr. Hatem has been a highly visible physician for emergency services, the Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, and other parts of the organization.

After studying at Notre Dame University for undergraduate education, Dr. Hatem earned a Doctor of Medicine degree at UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School. He performed a medical internship and residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center before joining Dosher in 1990.

Recent online comments from actual Emergency Department patients:


I had a high fever and other underlying health issues. All the nurses, techs and my doctor were amazing, funny and set me at ease. They ran all the correct tests without going overboard. And I was able to go home knowing what I needed to do If my fever returned. Thanks for all your help and compassion! - Holly R.

Just excellent. I have only used the ER and Urgent Care. Thankfully, never had to be admitted. My wait time has never been horribly long, I have always had excellent care...This ER is excellent! - Kimberly J.

I have been there for emergency and other things. The wait time can be long sometimes. If you go in with a tuna fish hook in your finger they take you straight in. Thank you for removing that hook in my hand OMG. They did a good job, no wait time at all. - Andrew B.

Everyone was caring and explained the diagnosis very well. - Rita S.

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