Fellows Resources


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a long history of providing exemplary training in endocrinology for careers in academic and clinical endocrinology. We are a medium-sized fellowship program, small enough for individual attention, large enough to facilitate interactions and discussions with co-fellows. The faculty is highly committed to the quality of the teaching program, and in evaluation and revising the program as indicated. The curriculum is flexible to best meet the career aspirations of individual fellows. Our division welcomes fellowship applicants with a desire to explore the molecular and cellular pathophysiology of endocrine and metabolic diseases as a basis for improved diagnostic and therapeutic approaches these conditions.

The Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Division at UNC-CH is composed of clinical and basic research faculty with interests in all aspects of endocrinology. Clinical care is delivered at hospital and clinic sites, with opportunities to interact with pediatric and reproductive endocrinologists. Ongoing investigations in our division supported by federal and industry grants include clinical diabetes, pituitary, PCOS and obesity trials, and basic research into diabetes, IGF axis, bone remodeling, and atherosclerosis.

Our fellowship training program enrolls 2 new fellows each year supported by federal grants and hospital funds. Our goal is to generate superb endocrinologists who are at the cutting edge of research and patient care. At the end of training we expect our fellows to be able to understand research applicable to their profession, to continuously update their practices with new knowledge, pass the Endocrinology/Metabolism Boards, and be respected contributors to their chosen profession. The Division Faculty looks forward to providing an exciting, congenial and challenging educational experience.


  • Fellows Core Curriculum Teaching Conference (weekly): Didactic conference series covering core topics in general endocrinology delivered by Division Faculty.
  • Research Conference (1/month): A formal research conference by home and visiting faculty. Topics range from basic science topics to clinically oriented research.
  • Cased-Based Teaching Conference (3/month): Multidisciplinary conference attended by subspecialty residents and faculty from adult, pediatric, and reproductive endocrinology presented by Fellows.
  • Topics in Molecular Endocrinology (monthly): Review of critical molecular endocrinology papers and research advances arranged by Faculty.
  • Multidisciplinary Pituitary Adenoma Conference (monthly): Didactic presentation and review of active cases in joint discussion with endocrine, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neuropathology and radiation therapy participating.
  • Endocrine Journal Club (monthly): All fellows attend with faculty participation.
  • Multidisciplinary Tumor Board (weekly prn): Presentations of challenging cases, particularly in the management of thyroid cancer, by faculty and fellows from ENT, endocrinology, surgical oncology, nuclear medicine, for multidisciplinary input into diagnostic and therapeutic management.
  • Department of Medicine Grand Rounds (Weekly)


  • Fellows are evaluated by the Division faculty in regard to proficiency in the 6 core competencies of physician training. These include patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning, systems based practice and professionalism.
  • Fellows will also evaluate the quality of teaching of the training faculty.


fellows 2014

Second Year Fellows:

Nathaniel Coleman, MD

         Research Focus: The Effects of Mindfulness on Glycemic Control and Cortisol in Type 2 Diabetic Patients

         Mentor: Laura Young, MD, PhD

         Residency Program: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  Michelle Wilson, MD

Research Focus: A randomized trial of adjustable once-a-day- glargine insulin plus fixed-dose aspart insulin compared to extant standard of care regimen in diabetic in patients in an acute care hospital. 

Research Mentor: G. Stephen DeCherney, MD, MPH

Residency Program: Carolinas Medical Center

First Year Fellows:

Sylvia Rivera, MD

Residency Program: University of California, Santa Barbara

Kelsey Barr, MD

Residency Program: Carolinas Medical Center



2014:  Ray Stadiem, MD: Private Practice, Charlotte NC

            Sherwin Yen, MD: Private Practice, Austin Tx 

2013:  Elaine Sunderlin, MD: Private Practice, Spartanburg SC

     Tiffany Morton, MD: Private Practice, Chambersburg, PA

2012:  Eyob Makonnen, MD: Private Practice, Wilmington, DE

     Amit Patel, MD:  Practicing in Chapel Hill, NC

     David Pillinger, MD: Private Practice, Charlotte, NC

2011:   Melissa Solum, MD: Private Practice, Burlington, NC

     John Lambeth, MD: Private Practice, Kernersville, NC

     Emily Neely, MD: Private Practice,  Nashville, TN

2010:  Maya Styner, MD: Faculty, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

     Bhakti Paul, MD: Private Practice, Burlington, NC

2009:  Kristen Fabiato, MD: Private Practice, Richmond, VA

2008:  Lyuba Boulkina, MD: Private Practice, Raleigh, NC

     Justin Moore, MD: Faculty, University of Kansas, Wichita, KS

2007:  Michelle Cassara, MD: Private Practice, Denver, CO

     Elizabeth Harris, MD: Faculty, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

     Ian Orozco, MD: Private Practice, New Bern, NC

2006:  Kathleen Dungan, MD: Faculty, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

     Meera Menon, MD: Private Practice, Phoenix, AZ

2005:  Kelli Dunn, MD: Faculty, Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

     Jennifer Sipos, MD: Faculty, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2004:  Erica Caveney, MD: Quintiles Transnational, Durham, NC

     Kolin Hoff, MD: Faculty, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

     Joseph Terrana, MD: Private Practice, Stony Brook, NY



Application to our program is through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS)

The UNC Endocrine program will be accepting applications via ERAS starting July 1st, 2014. Complete applications must be received by August 15th to be considered for an interview. Interviews will be conducted on specified Thursdays between August and October, 2014.