Sheva Chervinskiy, DO
Second year fellow (2015)
I received my D.O. degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Thereafter, I completed my Pediatric Residency at Arkansas Children's Hospital. During residency, my clinical experiences inspired me to pursue further training in Allergy and Immunology. I was drawn to this field for several reasons. Primarily, I enjoyed being able to provide specialty care and improve quality of life for people in all stages of life. Also, A/I is field in which basic and clinical research are so well blended with our clinical practice. I am particularly interested in the area of Food Allergy and chose this program because of the excellent food allergy research. I was drawn to the welcoming and supportive environment that fosters all interests and am thrilled to spend the next year participating in the stimulating food allergy research currently being carried out here at UNC. I feel that this is an exciting area of research which will greatly contribute to the safety and quality of life for our patients with food allergies.
Currently, I'm considering pursuing a career in academic medicine in a clinician educator track. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my family on the gorgeous North Carolina trails and having tea parties with my little girls (3y and 1y)!
Uyenphuong Le, MD
Uyenphuong Le grew up in Northern Virginia and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia. Then she attended graduate school at Georgetown University before going on to medical school, internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Le moved back to the DC area and worked for 3 years as a hospitalist prior to starting her Allergy/Immunology fellowship at UNC.
Shaili Shah, MD
I grew up in Holmdel, NJ and went on to complete my undergraduate training at New York University where I earned a BA in Psychology and Chemistry. I attended medical school at New York Medical College which is where I gained my primary exposure to the field of Allergy/Immunology. I was involved in multiple research projects regarding the epidemiology of angioedema and food allergy in NY state. I came to Chapel Hill to complete my Internal Medicine residency training, and subsequently stayed at UNC to join the Allergy/Immunology fellowship program. In my second year, I am working with one of the joint Rheumatology and Allergy/Immunology faculty, Dr. Teresa Tarrant, to further develop research protocols focused on elucidating genetic differences that underlie various immunodeficiencies and their disease manifestations with a goal of using this information to help provide more tailored and individualized care to these patients in the future.
My long term goals involve continuing my career in Allergy/Immunology as an academic clinical educator, where I am eager to continue to care for a diverse group of patients, as well as to remain involved in medical education by developing curricula to train medical students, residents, and future Allergists/Immunologists in our field.
I initially chose a career in Internal Medicine, due to my passion for caring for patients, and also my interest in the complex pathology underlying medical disorders. I then chose to pursue further training in A/I, as I was intrigued by the evolving specialty and the tremendous amounts of new research and explosion of knowledge which has accompanied the field in the past years. In addition, I enjoyed caring for patients with various allergic and immunologic disorders, and having the opportunity to care for both children and adults in this unique field.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband and taking trips back home to New York and New Jersey to visit family. My husband and I enjoy traveling, and have had the opportunity to travel to many interesting countries over the past few years. We are now busy preparing for our first child on the way later this year!
Allison Burbank, MD
Second year fellow (2015)
I am originally from Arkansas, where I completed undergrad, medical school, and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency. Immunology has always interested me, and I spent two and a half years working in a basic science immunology lab in college. I was able to put these interests to use while in medical school and residency when I worked in the Allergy and Immunology clinics both at our university hospital and at Arkansas Children's Hospital. I am thrilled to be in this fellowship program, and I plan to pursue a career in academic medicine focusing on clinical/translational research.
I went into medicine because I had wonderful mentorship all along the way. My pediatrician inspired me to pursue medicine, which combined my love of science with a desire to work closely with people.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and I love to travel. I also love going on walks and runs with my two dogs.
Second year fellow (2015)
Ahmad Hamad, MD
First year fellow (2015)
I was born and raised in Damascus, Syria and I went to medical school there. I moved to the United States to do my internal medicine residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. I graduated in 2014 then worked as a hospitalist for several months before I joined Allergy and Immunology fellowship at University of North Carolina. I find allergy and immunology intellectually stimulating and very satisfying. I am interested in pursuing an academic career. One of my long term goals is to help patients with immunodeficiency and allergic diseases in Syria, a place with relatively common yet under-recognized immunodeficiency disorders.When I am not working, I enjoy reading, playing soccer, traveling or trying different adventure sports.
Onyinye Iweala, MD PhD
First year fellow (2015)
I was born in the UK to Nigerian parents but immigrated to the USA as a baby and grew up in the Washington DC area. I moved to the Boston area for college and spent 15 years there completing college, graduate school, medical school, and internal medicine residency training. As an MD-PhD candidate at Harvard Medical School, I worked in the lab of Cathryn Nagler. I used mouse models and a novel live attenuated Salmonella vaccine to characterize the role of immunization route and the innate immune signaling molecule MyD88 in the generation of antibody responses to vaccination. I also characterized vaccine-induced cellular and antibody responses in the setting of intestinal infection with a helminthic parasite to begin to understand the impact of chronic parasitic infection on vaccine efficacy, a particularly important topic since helminth infections are endemic in many places. I completed my internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and moved to North Carolina in 2013 to join the Hospital Medicine Divisions at Duke Regional Hospital and the Durham VA Medical Center, working as a hospitalist for 2 years.
In my daily clinical experience as a general medicine doctor, it seemed to me that many areas of uncertainty within medicine were rooted in immunological grounds. This observation plus a passion for mucosal immunology pushed me toward Allergy and Immunology. I am looking forward to the constant intellectual stimulation and multiple opportunities for longitudinal personal connections with my patients that a career in A/I promises to provide.
Outside of medicine, I’m passionate about my husband and children and love spending time with them. I also love to sing, especially a cappella music, and really enjoy reading, running, dancing, and Insanity workouts with Shaun T.