The 2019 – 2020 Internal Medicine Chief Residents (pictured, from left) are David Lynch, MD; Junève Toche, MD; James Rogers, MD; Alex Despotes, MD; Nick Maston, MD.
Alex Despotes, MD
Alex grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and considers herself a North Carolinian through and through! She went to Notre Dame for undergrad and is a huge Notre Dame sports fan – GO IRISH! She attended UNC for medical school and was thrilled to stay at UNC for her Med Peds residency because of the incredible people in the internal medicine and pediatrics departments, and because of the great Med Peds community at UNC. She is honored to serve as this year’s Med Peds Chief Resident. She plans to pursue combined pulmonary training to care for patients with Cystic Fibrosis and other chronic lung conditions across the age spectrum, and has a special interest in transitions from pediatric to adult care. When outside of the hospital, she likes to run, enjoys all types of crafting and do-it-yourself projects (with variable outcomes), and learning to play new board games.
David Lynch, MD
David is a native of Ireland and was born and raised in the County of Limerick in the mid-west of Ireland. He completed both his undergraduate degree in education and his medical degree at the University of Limerick. During his undergraduate degree he spent a semester in Pittsburgh where he met his future wife Molly. David’s interests outside of medicine center around sports, and he is particularly passionate about Ireland’s national game of hurling. He hopes to pursue a career in Geriatrics and to build on his undergraduate degree by remaining involved in medical education.
Nick Maston, MD
Nicholas is a native of the southwest United States, and grew up hiking and snowboarding in the mountains of Colorado. He went to CU-Boulder for his undergraduate degree, where he studied Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology as well as Biochemistry. In his second year at CU he became EMT certified and got involved with the campus EMS group, which catapulted him into the world of clinical medicine. He graduated from CU with distinction and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he spent a year as a medical assistant in a small occupational health practice in Lakewood, Colorado before moving to New York City to attend medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.
During medical school, Nick’s interests gradually moved away from Emergency Medicine and towards the interface of illness and society in an aging and medically complex population, for which Internal Medicine was a natural fit. He was excited and fortunate to couples’ match at UNC with his (then) fiancée Nikkan Das, to whom he is now married and who is herself continuing to pursue a career in Pediatrics.
As an intern at UNC, Nick was the recipient of the program’s award for excellence in medical student education, and he was excited to have the opportunity to continue serving the program as a Chief Resident for the 2019-2020 academic year. He hopes to continue his career as a generalist and as a hospitalist, and he plans to pursue a fellowship in Geriatrics in addition to staying involved with medical student and resident education.
James Rogers, MD
James grew in a small western North Carolina town called Waynesville near the Tennessee border. As a kid he worked on his family farm raising cattle and cultivating tobacco and continues to enjoy farming when he returns home to visit. James went to NCSU for undergrad majoring in Biology. After undergrad he moved to Lund, Sweden to complete a 2 year Master’s degree in Bio-medicine and performed research in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. He then completed his medical school training at UNC as well as internal medicine residency. James spends his free time with his wife Courtney Detwiler, who is a current Medicine-Pediatrics PGY4 at UNC, and his one year old daughter Alma. James’s hobbies include writing and recording original music and learning how to play new instruments. James is honored to be the chief resident at WakeMed hospitals and will be pursing a career in academic medicine after graduation. He is particularly interested in curriculum development to improve residents as educators.
Junève Toche, MD
Junève Toche grew up in Cary, North Carolina, with parents from Port au Prince and Gonaives, Haiti. After attending college and medical school at Duke University, Junève did her residency at UNC. After residency, Juneve stayed at UNC to complete her fellowship training in Geriatrics. She describes the training at UNC as an approachable style that benefits learners. “You feel like they have a desire to invest in you. That’s the best scenario: seeing leaders investing in learners.” Outside work, Junève enjoys cooking, playing piano, reading and spending time with friends and family.