Residency Program

Our Goal

The goal of the UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program is to help medical graduates develop into outstanding practicing physiatrists. Training includes diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages living with painful or functionally limiting conditions. Our mission is to optimize health and function of individuals with disabilities through a patient-centered continuum of care, with the goal of improving quality of life. 

What We Do

Our rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists) diagnose and treat neurological, musculoskeletal, and other organ system impairments, as well as manage treatment of patients with long-term disabling conditions. The physiatrists lead interdisciplinary teams that work with the patient and family to achieve maximal development or restoration of physical, psychological, social, occupational, and vocational functions.


Our residency program offers a wide range of clinical, educational, and research opportunities that include balanced clinical experiences, organized educational programs, and daily interactions with experienced faculty.

In addition to the faculty in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, residents also work with faculty in other departments, including Rheumatology, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Anesthesiology, Urology, General Surgery, Pediatrics, and Plastic Surgery.

Other opportunities include the Carolina Performing Arts coverage, as well as exposure to NFL Brain and Body Program, Eric Montross Basketball Camp, the TelAbility Program, and participation in professional conferences.

Program Leadership

James Hill, MD, MPH
Vice Chair for Education

William Filer, MD
Residency Program Director

Kimberly Rauch, DO
Residency Program Associate Director

Christina Del Riego
Residency Program Coordinator


Chief Residents

Diana Marchese, MD
Administrative Chief Resident 2017-2018

Daniel Areson, DO, MS
Medical Education Chief Resident 2017-2018

Brittany Lambertus, MD
Residency Education Chief Resident 2017-2018


Explore Our Program Further!

We invite you to explore our program and to join us as you embark on this exciting new stage of your career in medicine. Please click on our Curriculum, Residency Team, and Apply tabs to learn more!

For information surrounding policies, salaries, and more, see the Graduate Medical Education web pages at UNC Health Care.

For more about residency diversity initiatives at UNC, click here.


*Fully accredited. Next accreditation cycle scheduled 2021.*