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Meet our Physicians

Asheville Endocrinology Consultants (AEC) is a medical practice specializing in the care of adults with diabetes and endocrine disorders.

Endocrinologists are internal medicine specialist who treat hormone related problems.  The problems most commonly seen are diabetes, thyroid disorders, calcium disorders, osteoporosis, and abnormalities of the pituitary, adrenal, testes and ovaries.

The physicians at AEC are fully trained Board Certified endocrinologists. 

Lauren Elizabeth Bernstein, M.D.  


Professional Qualifications

Research Fellowship in Program of Nutritional Metabolism, Neuroendocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; 2003-2005

Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; 2002-2003

Internship, Junior Resident and Senior Resident, Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General  Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; 1999-2002

Harvard Medical School, M.D.; 1995-1999

Yale University, B.A. in History and Environmental Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Distinction in both majors; 1989-1993 

Board Certification

Endocrinology; 2004

 Internal Medicine; 2002


Brian C. Cumbie, M.D.

Professional Qualifications

Adult Endocrinology Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina; 2005-2007

Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency, Georgetown University; 2002-2005

Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Internship, Georgetown University; 2001-2002

University of South Alabama College of Medicine, M.D.; 2001

Auburn University, B.S., Biomedical Sciences; 1997  

Board Certification

Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism; 2007

Internal Medicine; 2005

General Pediatrics; 2005 


Richard C. Dodd, M.D.

Professional Qualifications

Endocrinology Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1982-1985

Chief Resident, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1981-1982

Medical Resident, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1979-1981

Medical Internship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1978-1979

University of Chicago, M.D. Pritzker School of Medicine; 1978

Ohio University, B.S.; 1974 

Board Certification

Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism; 1991

Internal Medicine; 1981


David A. Hester, M.D.

Professional Qualifications

Chief Medical Resident, Duke University; 1978-1979

Research Fellowship-Endocrinology & Metabolism, Duke University; 1977-1978

Resident in Medicine, Duke University; 1975-1977

Clinical Fellow-Endocrinology & Metabolism, Duke University; 1974-1975

Intern in Medicine, Duke University; 1973-1974

University of Oklahoma, M.D. with distinction; 1969-1973

University of Oklahoma, Letters; 1964-1969

Board Certification

Endocrinology & Metabolism; 1981

Internal Medicine; 1977


Victor "Rich" Marlar, M.D.

Professional Qualifications

Fellowship in Endocrinology, University of Mississippi Medical Center; 2008-2010

Residency - Internal Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center; 2005-2008

University of Mississippi School of Medicine, M.D.; 2001-2005

University of Mississippi, B.A. in Chemistry/Biochemistry; 1996-2000

Board Certification

Endocrinology; 2010

Internal Medicine; 2008

Thomas Creighton Mitchell, M.D.

Professional Qualifications

Fellowship in Endocrinology, University of Utah; 2011-2014

Residency - Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System; 2006-2007

University of Tennessee Health Science Center; 2001-2006

Hendrix College, B.A. in Biology/Chemistry; 1996-2000

Board Certification

Endocrinology; 2013

Internal Medicine; 2010 


Hilary R. Thomas, M.D.


Professional Qualifications

 Fellowship in Endocrinology, University of California, San Francisco; 2010-2013

Residency - Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; 2008-2010

Emory University School of Medicine, M.D.; 2003-2007

Dartmouth College, B.A. Biology; 1997-2001

Board Certifications

Endocrinology; 2012

Internal Medicine; 2010

Jeffrey K. Russell, M.D.  (Retired)




March 31, 2014

Professional Qualifications

Fellowship in Endocrinology & Diabetology, University Virginia Hospital; 1975-1977

Residency - Internal Medicine, University Virginia Hospital; 1973-1975

Straight Medical Intership, University Virginia Hospital; 1972-1973

University of Virginia School of Medicine, M.D.; 1968-1972

Wesleyan University, B.A.; 1964-1968

Board Certification

Endocrinology & Metabolism; 1979

Internal Medicine; 1975



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