Retirements Almond Eakins Lewis Musselwhite

October 02, 2015

WILMINGTON, NC – The distinguished medical careers of four well-known physicians have come to a close as Charles M. Almond, MD; J. William Eakins, MD; Clifford T. Lewis, MD; and Neill Musselwhite, MD, retire from New Hanover Medical Group – NHRMC Physician Group.

Each physician spent more than 40 years in practice, with most of their collective 167 years right here in Wilmington, serving thousands of patients in our community.

“These four providers were truly icons in medicine and shaped the way health care is delivered in New Hanover County. They will be tremendously missed, but their legacy will live on forever,” said Jeffrey Warhaftig, MD, president of New Hanover Medical Group.

Dr. Almond retired Sept. 30 after 45 years in family medicine, 25 of those with New Hanover Medical Group. Dr. Almond came to Wilmington in 1978 when he started a private practice in the same location as his most recent office. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate received a doctoral degree in medicine from UNC and then went on to the University of Miami and the Medical University of South Carolina for an internship and residency. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he joined a practice in Tarboro before moving to Wilmington where he stayed for the duration of his career.

Dr. Eakins also retired Wednesday after 40 years in family medicine. Dr. Eakins graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Phi Beta Kappa and received a medical degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem where he was a Reynolds Scholar. Dr. Eakins served as president of the New Hanover County Board of Health and the New Hanover and Pender County Medical Society, and was chairman of the NHRMC Department of Medicine from 1996-1998.

Dr. Lewis retired Wednesday after 42 years in family medicine. He began his career in Wilmington in 1973 at what was then New Hanover Memorial Hospital, after completing a residency at the University of Oregon School of Medicine in Portland, OR. Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both his undergraduate degree and doctorate in medicine.

Dr. Musselwhite retired Wednesday after 40 years in family medicine. Dr. Musselwhite began his medical career as a pharmacist, opening a pharmacy and using his income to fund medical school tuition at Wake Forest's Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Among dozens of awards, he has been honored with a Distinguished Service Award from Wake Forest in 2002. He also served as NHRMC Chief of Staff in 2009-2010.

These four physicians have expressed thanks and gratefulness to their patients and staff, and as Dr. Almond put it, “sincere wishes for good health and great happiness in the future.” Four new physicians are already treating their patients to ensure a smooth transition and continue the highest level of care patients expect from New Hanover Medical Group.

New Hanover Medical Group has four convenient locations in New Hanover and Brunswick county. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 910.343.9991 or visit

About NHRMC Physician Group

The NHRMC Physician Group is committed to providing the highest quality health care to residents of southeastern North Carolina. With more than 200 providers in both primary care and specialty fields, the NHRMC Physician Group's doctors can focus on providing the best medical care to their patients while benefiting from the shared resources of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. This progressive healthcare partnership means access to some of medicine's best technologies, treatments and specialists is readily available when needed. Services provided include rheumatology, urology, oncology, cardiology, neurology, maxillofacial surgery, psychiatry, urgent care, pediatric specialties, care for hospitalized patients provided by a team of hospitalists, gastroenterology, an endoscopy center, women’s health services and midwifery. To better serve patients' needs, NHRMC Physician Group practices are located throughout southeastern North Carolina. Visit for a complete list of NHRMC Physician Group providers or call 910.667.3400 for a free directory.