Elizabeth McNeill Byrd, Internist

Elizabeth McNeill Byrd


1900 Tottenham Court Winterville North Carolina, 28590


An internist with 16 years in practice, Elizabeth McNeill Byrd, MD, is the Medical Director for Because Every Mother Matters (BEMM) and the founding CEO and Medical Director of Veridical Doc, a S Corp. and medical blog. Dr. Byrd's area of clinical focus is indigent care. Most of her practice is dedicated to Africa (Ethiopia). She received her medical education from East Carolina School of Medicine and interned at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant). She is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Education and Training

East Carolina School of Medicine

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine- Internal Medicine

Provider Details

Female English 17 years of experience
Elizabeth McNeill Byrd
Elizabeth McNeill Byrd's Expert Contributions
  • I Dreamed of Sierra Leone and Somehow Discovered Ethiopia

    Sometimes it is simply difficult to know where to begin. But I know that everything begins and ends with God.“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11 NLTFor those of you who know...

  • Is it safe to use soap to clean my vagina?

    Yes but use gentle soap like dove. READ MORE

  • Does treatment of COPD require steroids?

    Not necessarily. Some patients with COPD have some inflammation, others do not. The patients who have inflammation are the ones who get better with steroids. The steroids are usually given via an inhaler. READ MORE

  • Can a respiratory therapist help treat a bronchitis infection?

    It depends on several factors. Respiratory therapists work with physicians administering nebulizer treatments, and regulating advanced life support such as the placement of breathing tubes and operating the ventilator. I think the most important questions are: is he on the correct medication for bronchitis, is he smoking or exposed to second hand smoke, and if he was prescribed inhalers is he using them correctly (this can be challenging for anyone). My final thought is how long has he been taking medication. Sometimes it can take 4-5 days for the medication to reach a steady state in the body and for the patient to really feel significally improved. READ MORE

  • How to treat swollen feet in pregnancy?

    It will go away. Reduce your salt intake, avoid standing as much as possible, elevate your feet and legs whenever possible, get some good compression stockings (plastic surgeons usually sell them in their offices) and drink plenty of water. READ MORE

  • My husband has gone to LSU Research and nothing is being done.

    Ok. Step 1 is usually to have a GI doctor perform an EGD (passing a lighted scope down his esophagus into the stomach) looking for problems that could impact swallowing. Often biopsies are taken during the procedure. Step 2: if this does not reveal the problem, then an ENT doctor can perform an exam of the throat area using a fibrotic scope. Often a CT scan of the head/neck is performed prior to or along with this procedure. READ MORE

  • Can less water consumption cause headaches?

    Yes. With a reduction in water intake, you can be a little dehydrated and this can result in a headache. READ MORE

  • What is the right diet after a gall bladder stone removal surgery?

    Avoid diets high in fat. Increase fiber in your diet using fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Avoid “crash” diets < 1,000 calories. READ MORE

  • What can I do to increase my height?

    Your height is determined by genetics. Unfortunately, there is no safe way to increase your height using medications or exercises. However, it is important for you to eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits, veggies and lean meat. Good health habits will help you reach the height that is determined by your genes. READ MORE

  • How long is pink eye contagious?

    About 48 hours...it is usually a virus (adenovirus) but antibiotics are often used to treat bact READ MORE

  • Is there a best time of year to get the flu shot?

    Yes. This year the CDC is predicting an early flu season. It takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to make the necessary antibodies. Ideally, the vaccine should be given starting the 3rd week of September. READ MORE

  • Weak from a stroke

    It is possible to regain strength in your right hand. Work with both a physical and occupational therapist . The limitations you have at one-year after your stroke are generally permanent. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Internal Medicine Pain Management

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Speaking Engagements -


  • Cook County Memorial Hospital

What do you attribute your success to?

  • It's her purpose in life to work in a hospice setting, where she can provide quality care and compassion to patients.

Hobbies / Sports

  • Water Sports, Kayaking

Favorite professional publications

  • Journal of the American Medical Association

Hospital Affiliations

  • Vidant Medical Center

Elizabeth McNeill Byrd's Practice location

1900 Tottenham Court -
Winterville, North Carolina 28590
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