Residency Program

Internal Medicine Contacts

Hima Challa, MD, FACP
Program Director

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Hima Challa, MD is the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. She was born in a remote village in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. She did her schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya, one of the reputed institutions in India. She did her under graduate from St. Ann’s Junior College where she mastered in biology and physics. After qualifying in EAMCET, which is an entrance examination for medical school, she was selected to one of the top medical colleges, Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India.

She came to the United States after finishing her graduation in 2006. She obtained a Master’s in Nutrition at Texas Women’s University in 2008. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. After finishing her residency, Dr. Challa joined the core faculty at the same hospital for Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Challa was later promoted as the Associate Program Director for the program in 2012. During her tenure as the Associate Program Director, she served in American College of Physicians (ACP), the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), and the American Medical Association (AMA). She was the judge for the ACP of Michigan Chapter for Abstract Competitions. She also conducted board review courses and was in charge of didactics. Dr. Challa also created an online lecture library series for residents to have easy access to all lectures. She worked served on various committees, with particular interest in sepsis prevention and management in the hospital setting.

Dr. Challa moved to North Carolina in 2014 and has been part of the hospitalist program at the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville NC.

During her free time, she practices Yoga and likes spending time with her family. Her husband, Dr. Kalyan Uppaluri, also an internist, and she has two children, Abhiram and Gayathri.


Thomas Motyka, DO, FACP
Associate Program Director
AOA Program Director

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Thomas M. Motyka, DO is the Osteopathic Program Director for the Campbell University/Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. He also serves as Associate Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Internal Medicine as well as Vice Chair of the Department of Manipulative Medicine at the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.

A graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, he received a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993. Dr. Motyka completed his Internal Medicine Residency at The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Cambridge Massachusetts followed by a Primary Care Research Fellowship and Occupational/Preventive Medicine Residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.

Before joining the Cape Fear and Campbell medical faculty, Dr. Motyka was in private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UNC. He also ran the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC. He is a past President and Trustee of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association as well a North Carolina Representative the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates. Dr. Motyka has served as the Program Chairman, member of the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee, and member of the Educational Committee for the American Academy of Osteopathy.

Dr. Motyka’s research and clinical interests are in pain, tissue healing, musculoskeletal disease, and the osteopathic approach to patient care. Together with his wife, he published The Rapid Recovery Handbook: Your Guide Complete Guide to Faster Healing after Surgery, Harper Collins 2006. His current research projects include outcomes studies for low back pain and knee osteoarthritis.


Stephanie Brewington, MA
Program Administrator
sbrewington@capefearvalley.com