Pediatric Endocrinology Fellows
Bradly Thrasher, D.O.
3rd year fellow
I grew up in Tennessee and have been doing a southern tour since completing undergrad at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I attended Edward via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. From there, I moved to Winston-Salem, NC where I completed residency at Wake Forest. It was there I developed a love for endocrinology. Amazing mentors pointed me to UNC for fellowship training, and I have not been disappointed. We have an amazing group that is dedicated to educating exceptional future endocrinologist as well as developing research interest. I enjoy exploring all facets of endocrinology but have a special interest in Turner Syndrome. Outside of the hospital, you will find me traveling to national and state parks with my family, hiking in the mountains, watching the Durham Bulls, or cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers.
Mark Henin, M.D.
2nd year fellow
I was born in New Orleans, aka "NOLA". I only lived there for a short while before moving to Richmond, VA, where I spent the majority of my formative years. I attended VCU for both undergrad and medical school (Go Rams!). Match Day, I excitedly learned I would be packing my bags for the Tarheel State to pursue Pediatrics residency at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. My love of endocrinology and all things North Carolina (BBQ, Beaches, Blue Ridge Mountains, Basketball, Breweries) blossomed during residency so I was thrilled to learn I would be extending my stay and attending UNC for Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship. Since starting at UNC for my Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship, I have relished the opportunity to work with fantastic attendings who come from a variety of research backgrounds and who all place education as a top priority. I quickly discovered that there is no shortage of pathology at UNC. In my short time here I have been personally involved in the diagnosis and management of patients with new onset diabetes, panhypopituatirism, adrenoleukodystrophy, Turner Syndrome, 46 XY ovotesticular DSD, Graves’ disease, congenital hypothyroidism, PCOS, MEN (1a and 2a) and thyroid carcinoma (papillary and follicular) both on the inpatient wards and in the clinic. As a top flight academic institution located in the heart of the Research Triangle, UNC also provides a plethora of clinical, translational or laboratory research opportunities for fellows. I am currently participating in bench research exploring the development of a non-depleting, bispecific anti CD4/CD8 antibody in a humanized, non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse model to inhibit T-cell mediated islet cell destruction. Previous studies using separate, individual CD4 and CD8 antibodies have shown rapid and sustained remission of diabetes in newly diagnosed NOD mice. If the bispecific antibody study proves successful, the goal is to bring it to clinical trial to potentially reverse the course of islet cell destruction in patients with newly diagnosed Type I diabetes.
Beth Sandberg, M.D.
1st year fellow
I am a Michigan girl, born and raised. I attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate training, and then headed to Chicago for medical school at Northwestern University. Residency training brought me to UNC, and after spending an elective rotation with the Pediatric Endocrinology department my intern year, my passion for pediatric endocrinology was solidified. As a resident, I was fortunate enough to find multiple mentors in the endocrinology department, who supported and encouraged me to seek out multiple academic projects - including a podium presentation at the Southern Pediatric Endocrine Society meeting. I experienced the collegiality of the fellows, and knew that UNC would be a great fit for me. I am excited to continue to learn from this exceptional group of scientists and clinicians, and hope to continue my training with a special focus on disorders of sexual differentiation and transgender children. In my time off, I love to spend time outside with my husband - whether it is snowboarding in the mountains, or relaxing on the beach. But if it is a Saturday in the fall, you can find me cheering on my Michigan Wolverines!