Physicians and Staff
The UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center’s dedicated team of hematologists, nurse educators, social worker, pharmacist, research coordinators and support staff provides a range of services from diagnostic evaluation and treatment, to education, care coordination and research.
Nigel Key, MB ChB FRCP, Harold Roberts Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Director, UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center
Nigel Key, MB ChB FRCP, is an adult hematologist specializing in non-malignant hematologic disorders, particularly those affecting blood coagulation. Dr Key is the Harold R Roberts Distinguished Professor, Chief of the Section of Hematology in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, and Director of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center. A graduate of the University of St Andrews and the University of Manchester Medical School (both in the United Kingdom), Dr Key received his early training in internal medicine in Bath and hematology in Oxford, UK. Following 15 years on the Hematology/Oncology faculty at the University of Minnesota, Dr Key was recruited to UNC in 2005.
Dr Key’s clinical interests include the diagnosis and management of bleeding disorders including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, as well as arterial and venous thromboembolic disorders. He has authored well over 100 peer-reviewed articles, approximately 20 book chapters, and is co-editor of a popular textbook on disorders of bleeding and clotting.
Dr. Raj Kasthuri is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology and is the Director of the UNC HHT Center of Excellence. Dr. Kasthuri earned his medical degree from the Kasturba Medical College in India. He completed his fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center and the UNC McAllister Heart Institute. Dr. Kasthuri’s clinical and research interests are in bleeding and clotting disorders, and HHT.
Alice Ma, MD, Professor of Medicine
Alice D. Ma is a Professor of Medicine and the fellowship director in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and is a member of the Harold R. Roberts Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center. Dr Ma received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. She then completed an internship and residency in medicine and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Ma is a dedicated physician, researcher, teacher, and leader in the field of hematology and coagulation. She has received numerous teaching awards and authored textbooks and scientific studies, including studies on acquired hemophilia. Her clinical interests are in bleeding disorders, women’s health, and hematology education.
Stephan Moll, MD, Professor of Medicine
Dr. Moll received his medical degree from Freiburg University, Germany. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a hematology-oncology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center (1989-1996), during which he also spent a 1-year clinical coagulation fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1994-1995). His postgraduate career included a position in clinical coagulation in the cardiology division of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (1997-1999).
Dr. Moll has been a faculty member at UNC in the Department of Medicine and the Division of Hematology-Oncology since 1999. His clinical focus is coagulation, particularly thrombosis and thrombophilia. Dr. Moll’s research interests include clinical trials on new anticoagulants, better use of established anticoagulants, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and postthrombotic syndrome. He has a major interest in health education of patients, public and health care providers about blood clots and clotting disorders. Dr. Moll is a co-founder of the UNC blood clot education program Clot Connect (www.clotconnect.org).
Micah Mooberry, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Micah J. Mooberry is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and member of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center. Dr. Mooberry earned his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2004. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at The University of North Carolina from 2004-2008. He subsequently completed a combined fellowship in Adult Hematology and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UNC from 2008-2012. Dr. Mooberry’s clinical and research interests include venous thrombosis, anticoagulation therapy, and activation of coagulation in inflammatory disorders. He is involved in both clinical trials and translational research in these areas, in addition to working on optimization of outpatient management and treatment of venous thromboembolism through the establishment of a “Walk-In DVT Clinic.”
Yasmina Abajas, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Yasmina Abajas, M.D., joined the UNC Department of Pediatrics in July 2016 as the newest faculty member in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Abajas, a native of Miami, FL, received her undergraduate and medical degrees and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Miami. She then went on to complete a pediatric hematology oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Abajas’ primary clinical and research interests are in hemostasis and thrombosis.
Fran Davis, RN, BSN, CRNI, Program Manager
Fran joined the staff of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center in February 2017 with 33 years of professional nursing experience including clinical nursing with both pediatric and adult patients, home infusion nursing, home infusion discharge coordinator and care management. She has been a nurse at UNC Health Care since 2000. Fran received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She received her Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI) certification in March 2015.
Tracy Griles, Coordinator/Scheduler
Tracy joined the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Centerteam in 2009 bringing with her 30 years of experience with customer service, office management and organizational skills. Prior to coming to UNC Tracy developed these skills while operating and being involved in small family businesses. Tracy finds her job rewarding by contributing to the management of patient care and their well-being as well as building relationships with the patients.In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and especially spending time with family and friends.
Brenda Nielsen, RN, MSN, Nurse Consultant
Brenda has been a nurse consultant at the UNC Hemophilia Center since 1992. She received both her Bachelors degree and her Masters degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She especially enjoys getting to know and working with children, families, and adults with bleeding disorders and watching them develop into independent hemophilia or von Willebrand experts. As an adjunct assistant instructor at the School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill, she serves as a resource for nursing students and faculty about bleeding disorders. She is a member of the Medical Board of Camp Carefree in Stokesdale, NC and is an advocate for providing a camp experience for all kids.
Leunora Ward, RN, Nurse Consultant
Leunora has been a nurse consultant at the UNC Hemophilia Treatment Center since 2012. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University and has over 16 years of clinical nursing experience. She especially enjoys teaching adults, children and families self-venipuncture for home factor infusions with the goal of nurturing independence and health promotion within the hemophilia population.
Curtis Gray is a licensed clinical social worker at the UNC Hemophilia Treatment Center. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from North Carolina State University, and his master’s degree in social work from North Carolina Central University. Before working with UNC, Curtis worked in the mental health field as an outpatient psychotherapist and intensive-in-home therapist with adults and children. Curtis has been with the UNC Hemophilia Treatment Center since December, 2016 and has a special interest in pediatric to adult patient transition needs, as well as, accessibility of mental health resources, medical care, and community resources for patients.
Kristy Lee, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor
Kristy Lee is a Certified Genetic Counselor and Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Lee received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and a Masters degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She specializes in genetic counseling for patients and their families with bleeding disorders and the visually impaired. Her research interests involve examining the effectiveness and implementation of whole genome/exome analyzes and novel gene discovery for coagulopathies and retinal dystrophies.
Jennifer Newman, MSPT, Physical Therapist
Jennifer Newman is a physical therapist involved with the UNC Treatment Center since 2011. Jennifer received her undergraduate and masters degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in 2003. Her involvement began in the bleeding disorders community in 2010 at the Oregon Hemophilia Treatment Center. Jennifer serves on the Chair of the Physical Therapy Working Group for the National Hemophilia Foundation and is a member of the MASAC Pain Initiative. She specializes in pediatric physical therapy with special interest in aquatic physical therapy. She received her Certificate in Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency (CAPTCC) in 2017.
Virginie Sirianna, Data Coordinator
Virginie Sirianna joined the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center in May of 2015. Virginie received her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from North Carolina State University and received her Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT) in April 2013. As a data coordinator, Virginie focuses on data base management and coordinating activities that relate to clinical trials and administrative tasks.
Marcus A. Layer, Clinical Research Coordinator
Marcus joined the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program at the beginning of 2016. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Health Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health (Prevention Science concentration) remotely from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. As a research coordinator, Marcus helps the clinical research team manage clinical trials that focus on patients with bleeding or clotting disorders.
Brett Phillips, MA, CCRP, Clinical Research Program Supervisor
Brett joined the clinical research team in the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program at the start of 2016. He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University and holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Brett has transitioned his focus from studying the impact of exercise on cancer outcomes to studying bleeding and clotting disorders in the cancer population as well as the coordination of other transfusion medicine projects within the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program.
Christine Hill, MHA, CRA, University Program Specialist
Christine Hill joined the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program at UNC-CH in 2007. Ms. Hill also works with the UNC HTC Pharmacy. She collaborates with the Program Manager to develop and expand the Pharmacy Program. Her responsibilities within the pharmacy include assuring compliance with policies and procedure, development of patient education marketing materials, and accreditation management. She manages several programs and projects associated with the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program along with the Pharmacy Program.