Our medical staff is excited to begin training and mentoring the next generation of family physicians. Below are just a few of the physicians dedicated to training and mentoring our residents. Click a physician’s name to learn more about our program’s exceptional leadership team dedicated to your learning and, ultimately, your success.

Core Faculty

Pam Hudson, M.D.

Dr. Hudson is a family physician who has been at Crestwood Medical Center for more than 30 years and served as CEO for the last 16 years. Prior positions include senior executive roles as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Hudson has focused on the launch of Crestwood’s Medical Education Program since the summer of 2022.

Full Biography

Shaista Qureshi, M.D. – Program Director

Dr. Shaista Qureshi is a Native Tribal Pashtun originally from Afghanistan. Her passion for medicine and education has resulted in many teaching and clinical awards throughout her career. Dr. Qureshi moved to Huntsville, Alabama to become the founding Program Director of our program.

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Jeremy Johnson, M.D. – Associate Program Director & Core Faculty

Dr. Jeremy Johnson received his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He went on to complete a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed by a Fellowship in Emergency Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He is double board certified in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Johnson is a member of AAEM and AAFP and has held medical education teaching positions at the University of Tennessee and UAB-Huntsville. He is currently practicing Family Medicine at Rocket City Medical Group in Huntsville, AL.

Full Biography

Darla Cowart, M.D. – Core Faculty, Family Medicine & Sports Medicine

Dr. Darla Cowart obtained her Doctorate of Medicine at UAB School of Medicine. She went on to complete a Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship at UAB Family Medicine in Huntsville, AL. She is double board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Cowart has served on the Board of Directors for multiple community organizations including Crestwood Medical Center, Madison County Medical Society, and Thrive. She is currently practicing at Total Sports and Family Care in Huntsville, AL.

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Adeel Bodla, M.D. – Core Faculty, Family Medicine

Teaching Faculty

Akram Haggag, M.D.
Teaching Faculty, Adult Medicine

William Schneider, M.D.
Teaching Faculty, Cardiology

Saketh Shekar, M.D.
Teaching Faculty, Critical Care Medicine

Sharon Callison, M.D.
Teaching Faculty, Obstetric & Gynecologic Care

Jay Suggs, M.D.
Teaching Faculty, General Surgery

Eric Janssen, M.D., MBA
Teaching Faculty, Orthopedics

Ric Koler, D.O.
Teaching Faculty, Emergency Medicine

Mahmood Alasmi, MBBCh, M.S.
Teaching Faculty, Neonates

Gorantla Rao, M.D.
Teaching Faculty, Older Patients

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