Personnel

Our Team


Kenneth I. Ataga, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, is the director of the sickle cell program. In addition to providing clinical care to adult patients, Dr. Ataga is actively involved in clinical research in sickle cell disease with a particular focus on hemostatic activation, pulmonary hypertension and the study of novel compounds.


Rupa Redding-Lallinger, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, is co-director of the program. She provides clinical care to children and adults with sickle cell disease. Dr Rupa Redding-Lallinger is a member of the North Carolina Governor’s Council for Sickle Cell Disease and Related Genetic Disorders and serves as a member on the Newborn Screening Advisory Board for the North Carolina State Laboratory for Public Health.


Eugene P. Orringer, MD

Professor of Medicine and Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, is the founding director of the sickle cell program. He provides clinical care to adult patients and remains active in clinical research. He served for almost 20 years as a member of the North Carolina Governor’s Council for Sickle Cell Disease, and he is a current member of the NIH Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee.


Martha Dell Strayhorn, FNP, MPH

Nurse Practitioner for adult patients with sickle cell disease. In addition to providing patient care, Ms. Strayhorn also provides sickle cell-related education to patients and families, medical students, and health care providers based at UNC Hospitals and across the state of North Carolina.


Frances H. Wright, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner for pediatric patients with sickle cell disease. In addition to providing care to patients, she provides sickle cell related education to patients and families, medical students, house staff, nurses, and other health care providers. Ms. Wright also participates in UNC-Wilmington AHEC clinic at our pediatric clinic in Wilmington, NC.


Diana Wells, RN, MSW, MPH

Serves as clinical social worker for the sickle cell program. She provides comprehensive psychosocial services to the patients and families, and assists with referral of patients in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.


Susan K. Jones, RN

Serves as the Clinical Research Supervisor in Sickle Cell Program. She is responsible for preparing and submitting study protocols for review by the Institutional Review Board; recruiting, and enrolling study subjects; and educating patients and nurses about specific research projects.


Starr Church

Serves as Program Manager for the UNC Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program. She is also responsible for the overall fiscal management of the program.


Elizabeth England

Serves as the UNC Sickle cell Program Assistant. She is responsible for scheduling new patient appointments, and providing information and assistance to patients, families, and medical staff regarding the sickle cell program.


Teresa Partin Etscovitz

Is a Clinical Research Specialist in the sickle cell program. She is responsible for preparing and submitting study protocols for review by the Institutional Review Board; recruiting, and enrolling study subjects; and educating patients and nurses about specific research projects.

 Julia Brittain, PhD.

Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry & Biophysics and Obstetrics & Gynecology, is a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) scholar. She is a translational investigator whose research focuses on the mechanisms of vaso-occlusion. She is also working to identify the mechanisms related to maternal risk during pregnancy in sickle cell disease.

 
Coretta M. Jenerette, PhD, RN, AOCN.

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She is developing a program of research aimed at enhancing self-care management in vulnerable populations, including individuals with sickle cell disease.