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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Specialty Areas:  Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Chronology: BS Magna Cum Laude: East Carolina University, 2006; MD: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 2013; Resident: University of North Carolina Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, 2013-2017; Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellow: University of North Carolina, 2017-2020; Clinical Instructor: Yale University School of Medicine, 2020-2021; Clinical Assistant Professor: University of North Carolina, 2021-Present; Co-Director, Medical ICU: UNC Hospital, 2021-Present.

Research and/or clinical interests: 

My primary academic avidity is in teaching patient-centered pulmonary and critical care medicine to learners of all levels with a particular interest in point-of-care ultrasonography. I have enjoyed multiple opportunities to instruct others in basic critical care ultrasound at the local, regional and national levels, with learners spanning all levels of medical training. Teaching point-of-care ultrasonography greatly compliments my preferred teaching methods of bedside instruction, small-group didactics, and simulation experiences. Point-of-care ultrasonography also pairs well with my interests in quality improvement and curriculum development. Other areas of educational interest include development of primary palliative care skills in the intensive care unit and ethical dilemmas in critical care medicine.


Kenton Dover, MD, is a comprehensive pulmonary and critical care medicine physician with special expertise in point-of-care ultrasonography. Dr. Dover had a career as a Protestant minister before he decided to study medicine. “I have always had the desire to help people, especially in the most challenging of life’s circumstances, which ultimately led me to pursue a career as a physician in this field,” he says. Many of the patients and families he meets in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) need emotional support in addition to medical care, Dr. Dover says. He does his best to provide that. “I enjoy caring for all aspects of the patient—physical, emotional and spiritual—which is what inspired my decision to spend the majority of my clinical time in the MICU,” he says. “It’s important to help patients through the complexity and difficulty of critical illness as well to help families transition through the loss of a loved one while ensuring a dignified dying process.” In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Dover is interested in quality improvement, palliative care, and ethical dilemmas in critical care medicine