Health System Announces New Chief of Staff for Camden Campus, New Vice Chief and Medicine Chiefs

ST. MARYS, Georgia: March 8, 2012 – Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to announce that Thomas C. Whitesell Jr., M. D., has been selected as the new chief of staff for the Camden Campus.

Whitesell replaces former chief Robert Wilson, M.D., who has resigned. Whitesell formerly served as vice chief. Oral maxillofacial surgeon Diane Pennington, DMD, M.D., is now filling that position. Other new appointments to the staff are internal medicine physician Richard Ceniza, M.D., chief of medicine, and internal medicine physician Lisa Carlson, M.D., vice chief of medicine.

Whitesell, a board-certified internal medicine physician, joined Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Internal Medicine, a strategic affiliate of the Health System, in 2006. While in high school he became an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America before going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He then completed general graduate studies at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga. He also attended both the U.S. Army Air Assault School and the U.S. Army Airborne School and became a nationally registered emergency medicine technician. Whitesell taught high school, first at Brantley High School in Nahunta, Ga., where he also coached junior varsity baseball, and then at Warner Robins High School in Warner Robins, Ga., where he taught advanced placement biology and anatomy. He was then accepted at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga., where he gradated with his medical degree in 2000. Whitesell completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama.

Whitesell is also a former medical director of Charlton County Volunteer Fire Department. In 2011, he received Intermediate/Advanced Specials Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Certification and serves as the Kingsland Police Department Special Response Team (SRT) tactical medical officers. Whitesell is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine.

Whitesell is married to Janise Whitesell, M.D., a family medicine physician at Camden Family Medicine Center, a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System and who is also a member of the Camden Campus medical staff, and they have two daughters, Liliana Claire and Lena Kathryn.