Meet Our Team

The Brenner pediatric anesthesiology department is the leading program of its kind in western North Carolina. Our specially trained pediatric anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists provide exceptional care and treatment for pediatric patients and work closely with all specialties at Brenner to ensure the best possible anesthesia and pain management care for our patients.

Timothy E. Smith, MD Our team of board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists is led by medical director Timothy E. Smith, MD, and includes pediatric anesthesiologists specially trained in the care of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease.

Pediatric Anesthesiologists


Richmond Griner, CRNA, leads our group of certified registered nurse anesthetists, who are critical members of the anesthesiology team

Nurse Anesthetists 

  • Josh Caudle, CRNA
  • Robin Chaves, CRNA
  • Marie Dunn, CRNA
  • Shira Friend, CRNA 
  • Richmond Griner, CRNA 
  • Kristin Henderson, CRNA 
  • Cary Hodshon, CRNA 
  • Joan Kanzler, CRNA 
  • Bonnie May, CRNA
  • Billy McVay, CRNA
  • Kathryn Phares, CRNA 
  • Danielle Rose, CRNA 
  • Crystal Rouse, CRNA 
  • Linda Trimble, CRNA 

Brenner News and Highlights 

Brenner Children’s Hospital Again Ranked among Best in Country by U.S. News & World Report

For the second straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, among the best children’s hospitals in the country.


Head Hits Can Be Reduced in Youth Football; Study Shows Limiting Contact in Practice Makes Difference

Less contact during practice could mean a lot less exposure to head injuries for young football players, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Virginia Tech.


Ranked in 12 Medical Specialties, Wake Forest Baptist is among the Nation’s Best Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report

For the 21st consecutive year, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is listed among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The online magazine released its annual national ranking of the country’s premier hospitals, earlier today.


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