Our Clinicians & Staff
Dr. Charles O. Harris

Dr. Charles O. Harris

Undergraduate Degree: AB, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School Attended: MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University Medical Center
Board Certification Date: Board Certified

Dr. Harris has been practicing locally since 1983. He has served as chief of staff and chairman of the Ob/Gyn Department at Durham Regional Hospital. He and his wife, Dr. Diane Scott, have two sons. Charles O. Harris, MD,FACOG is a member of the following medical societies:

  • Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Durham Orange Medical Society
  • Old North State Medical Society
  • Durham Academy of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy
  • Carter Society
  • NMA


Dr. Ira Q. Smith

Dr. Ira Q. Smith

Undergraduate Degree: BS, magna cum laude, North Carolina Central University
Medical School Attended: MD, Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University
Board Certification Date: Board Certified

Dr. Smith has been practicing locally since 1983. He is married and has three children. Ira Q. Smith, MD, FACOG is a member of the following medical societies:

  • Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • North Carolina Obstetrics and Gynecology Society


Dr. Katrina Avery

Dr. Katrina Avery

Undergraduate Degree: BS, Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School Attended: MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health
Residency: Medical College of Georgia
Board Certification Date: Board Certified

Dr. Avery joined Harris and Smith Ob/Gyn in August of 1996. She and her husband, Elbert, have a son, Jonathan. Katrina Howard Avery, MD is a member of the following medical societies:

  • Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Medical Association
  • North Carolina Medical Society


Dr. Melody A. Baldwin

Dr. Melody A. Baldwin

Undergraduate Degree: BA with high honors in Human Biology, University of Virginia
Medical School Attended: MD, Harvard Medical School, and Master of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Residency: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Board Certification Date: Board Eligible

Dr. Baldwin is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Miami, Florida. She joined Harris and Smith in 2014 and lives with her husband and daughter in Durham.

Dr. Baldwin is a member of the following medical societies:

  • Junior Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Carter Society


Dr. Mina Choi

Dr. Mina Choi

Undergraduate Degree: BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School Attended: MD, School of Medicine, Duke University
Residency: University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas
Board Certification Date: Board Certified

Dr. Choi has been practicing locally since 1995. She joined the practice in 2000. She served as Department Chief of the Ob/Gyn Durham area for the Carolina Premier Medical Group prior to joining our practice.

Dr. Choi was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. Mina N. Choi has been a member of the following medical societies:

  • Junior Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
  • American Medical Student Association
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Southern Medical Association


Dr. Stacey Heath

Dr. Stacey Heath

Undergraduate Degree: BS, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
Medical School Attended: MD, School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Residency: Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Board Certification Date: Board Certified

Dr. Heath has been practicing since 1992. He joins our practice after serving as an Assistant Professor in the OB-GYN department at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia since 1996. Dr. Heath was selected Teacher of the Year in 1998-1999.

He has been a member of the following professional associations:

  • Junior Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Georgia Medical Society


Dr. Lucy M. Schenkman

Dr. Lucy M Schenkman

Undergraduate Degree: BA with distinction in history, Yale University
Medical School Attended: MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University Medical Center
Board Certification Date: Board Eligible

Dr. Schenkman joined Harris and Smith in September, 2013. She grew up in Durham. She is married and has three children.

She has been a member of the following medical societies:

  • Junior Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society




Heather Vawter, PA-C

Heather Vawter, PA-C

Heather is a 1997 graduate of the St. Francis College (Pennsylvania) Physician Assistant program. Before joining Harris and Smith in 2001 she practiced in a maternity clinic in rural North Carolina. Following that experience Heather moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and worked for Harvard Vanguard Medical Group in the Greater Boston area. In 2001, she returned home to North Carolina and settled in Chapel Hill. In addition to her clinical work she also teaches Prepared Childbirth classes and has training and experience as a Doula. Heather has a special interest in helping women achieve natural childbirth. She is married to Chad Vawter and has three children.

  • Board Certified Physician Assistant, NCCPA
  • Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • member, North Carolina Medical Society
  • member, North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants
  • member, American Academy of Physician Assistants






Our Staff

Valerie Kelly, CPC

Valerie Kelly, CPC, Healthcare Administrator/Billing Supervisor

Linda Peacock, RN

Linda Peacock, RN, Nurse Manager

Carolyn Taylor

Carolyn Taylor, Service Access Manager 

Harris & Smith OBGYN, part of Duke Obstetrics/Gynecology, a service of Duke University Health System, is proud to serve Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Apex, Morrisville, Clayton, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Greensboro, Hillsborough, Mebane, Roxboro and surrounding areas.

 

"The physicians and staff at Harris & Smith Ob-Gyn have provided me with routine care for years, but they have also taken care of me through some difficult health issues. It is such a comfort to have people that I know care about me provding me with the care I need. I'm very thankful for my doctor and for the staff."

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