Assistant Professor of Medicine
- Certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- 2014 UNC Junior Faculty Development Award
- Young Investigator Award: Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI, Brussels), 2010
- Distinguished Fellow Award: American College of Rheumatology (ACR), 2009
- Young Investigator Award: OARSI (Bethesda Biomarkers workshop), 2009
- Young Investigator Award: OARSI (Rome), 2008
- Medical Resident Research Award: ACR/Research and Education Foundation (REF), 2005
- BA with Distinction, Studio Art, The Colorado College, 1997
- MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2002
- Internship, University of South Alabama, 2003
- Residency in Nuclear Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2004
- Residency in Internal Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, 2006
- Fellowship in Rheumatology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
- MSCR in Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology (RhMSUS designation) through the American College of Rheumatology as of 1/23/14. RhMSUS certification requires extensive training, practice, and passing a comprehensive examination to demonstrate proficiency in the use of ultrasound in the practice of rheumatology.
I see patients with a wide variety of rheumatologic conditions, with a focus on arthritis. I am also trained in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and staff a half-day Ultrasound clinic with our Rheumatology fellows on Thursday afternoons. In this clinic, we perform real-time imaging to identify causes of musculoskeletal symptoms, and also perform ultrasound-guided therapeutic injections.
My research is focused on osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis. I work along with Dr. Jordan in the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project. My research is focused in two main areas:
- OA that affects more than one joint, also called ‘generalized’ or ‘multi-joint’ OA, with a focus on functional impact and racial differences, and
- the impact of bone shape on OA risk, particularly at the hip joint.