The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Preventive Medicine Residency program was established over 40 years ago making it one of the oldest preventive medicine training programs in the country. Our program has an extensive network of over 200 alumni who work in a variety of fields from corporate to federal and primary care to data analysis. Below we spotlight a selection of our graduates.

  • Rachel Urrutia, MD, MPH (2014)

    Assistant Professor, OB/Gyn, UNC Chapel Hill Dr. Rachel Urrutia is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and preventive medicine. She is on faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She practices OB/gyn at Reply OB/Gyn and Fertility in Cary, NC. She has been involved in several systematic reviews … Continued

  • Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, MD, MPH (2000)

    State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, NC DHHS In her role with the NC DHHS, Elizabeth Tilson promotes public health and prevention activities, as well as provides guidance and oversight on a variety of cross-departmental issues, including the opioid epidemic, early childhood, Medicaid Transformation and Healthy Opportunities. Tilson has a bachelor’s degree in biology … Continued

  • Dolly White, MD, MSCR (2016)

    Physician, Good Samaritan Health of Cobb County

    I decided to train in Preventive Medicine when I learned the specialty would allow me to pursue my interests in patient care, public health, and cancer research. The Preventive Medicine program at UNC allowed me opportunities to engage in activities to nurture all of my interests…

  • Tiffany Wedlake, MD, MPH (2010)

    Medical Director Maryland Medicaid Managed Care

    I was first introduced and drawn to Preventive Medicine through the military where I learned an appreciation for public health, population health management, epidemiology outbreak investigations, and tropical medicine.  After residency, I worked for several years with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), focusing on how to use my newly acquired preventive medicine skills to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care for Medicaid patients…

  • Jesse C James, MD, MBA (2010)

    Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO), Evolent Health

    Dr. James is an internist and informaticist who is responsible for clinical vision and consistency across Evolent Health’s Identifi platform. Jesse previously served as the Senior Medical Officer for Meaningful Use in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC-HIT)…

  • Patrick L Keller, MD, MPH (2008)

    Chief, Aerospace Medicine 43 MDS, Pope AAF, USAF

    I came into Preventive Medicine because I wanted to have a broader reach and ensure I could do good things for whole communities. Since my graduation I have served 11 years on active duty in the US Air Force. I started at the AF Medical Operations Agency…

  • Jane Kim, MD, MPH (2005)

    Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

    I chose Preventive Medicine because I love its potential to improve the health of entire populations. After graduating from the UNC Preventive Medicine residency in 2005, I took a job at the Durham VA Medical Center as a primary care physician and gradually took on clinic- and system-wide roles…

  • Leila Kahwati, MD, MPH (2004)

    Senior Research Scientist, RTI International

    I had an interest in epidemiology and public health in college, and after a brief detour through medical school, family medicine residency, and primary care practice, I came to UNC for Preventive Medicine training. I co-enrolled in the NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship…

Additionally, our residents and faculty have earned awards from the American College of Preventive Medicine.

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