Current Rheumatology Fellows

Durga Adhikari, MD
First Year Rheumatology Fellow
919-966-0576

Education:
BS, Biology, Saint Xavier’s Campus, Nepal
MBBS, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal
Resident, Saint Agnes Hospital Internal Medicine  

I am a medical graduate from Nepal. I completed Internal Medicine Residency from Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland and am interested in inflammatory arthritis and newer, innovative treatments. Outside of medicine, I like running, trekking and traveling. 

My desire to learn and understand the complexity of human body enticed me to pursue medicine as my career. I find Rheumatology to be interesting and challenging at the same time as most of the disorders involve multiple organ systems and a lot of questions still remain unanswered.  Fellowships give young physicians like me the opportunity to make significant contributions to the field. I hope to pursue a career as a clinical educator in Rheumatology.

 

David Gray, MD
First Year Rheumatology Fellow
919-966-0576

Education:
BA, Economics, Williams Collage
MD, Medical University of South Carolina
Resident, Tufts University Medical Center

 I earned a BA in Economics at Williams College, a MD with Masters of Science in Clinical Research at MUSC, and completed internal medicine training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.  Clinically, I am interested in general rheumatology, but I have a particular interest in health economics and access to care. 

 I decided to enter medicine because I enjoy solving people's problems, particularly with improving quality of life using objective data. I enjoy the challenge of trying to understand the complexities of health and disease.  Rheumatology is a field that requires constant learning and study, which I find exciting.  I plan to pursue a career largely focused on clinical rheumatology, either in private practice or in an academic setting with a clinical advisor role in health economics research.

 

Jake Ritt, MD
Second Year Rheumatology Fellow
919-966-0576
jritt@unch.unc.edu
Education:
BS, George Washington University
MD, Ross University School of Medicine
Resident, Drexel University College of Medicine

 I completed my bachelor of science degree in biology at The George Washington University, followed by medical school at Ross University, and completed my internal medicine residency at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital. I look forward to focusing on patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and the seronrgative spondyloarthropathies. I went in to medicine because I was always science-oriented throughout high school and college, but I also enjoyed the human aspect about being able to directly impact someone’s life. Rheumatology marries those two interests quite well, and has been very challenging and rewarding for me.

My long-term career goals are to go into private practice where I can thrive in one particular community for decades to come. I want to lay roots in a community and become a leader amongst my neighbors where I am well respected for my contributions to the people I treat on a day-to-day basis. My personal interests include sports, both watching and playing, going to live concerts and stand up comedy shows, and competing in trivia contests.

Eric Slavin, MD
Second Year Rheumatology Fellow
919-966-0576
eslavin@unch.unc.edu
Education:
BS, University of Michigan
MD, Ohio State University
Resident, St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis

I received a bachelors in biology at the University of Michigan, my M.D. at The Ohio State University, and completed my internship and residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.  Inflammatory arthritis and vasculitis are areas of particular interest to me. Outside of medicine, I love reading, running, and cooking. 

I chose medicine because I knew it would be challenging and interesting and I would have many different opportunities to find my niche.  I think that most people strive to help others, if only indirectly through their careers.  In medicine, helping others becomes a central focus, which aligns perfectly with my values.  

My long term goal is to enjoy life and help others find happiness too.  Medicine, particularly rheumatology, is helping me to realize this goal.  I am a trained clinician, but I am also looking into clinical research to see if this may be an area of interest to me.