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While the pandemic made this year particularly challenging for fellowship recruitment efforts and interviews, a series of videos showing each program’s strengths was a creative solution, introducing viewers to faculty and current fellows, with a brief glimpse into what it might be like to join the program. And although it was impossible to replicate the experience of visiting in-person, the UNC Department of Medicine came as close as possible by meeting candidates through video interviews. In the end, program directors are very pleased to recognize the following new fellows who recently matched to subspecialty training programs. They will start July 1, 2021.

Division of Cardiology

Lisa Rose-Jones, MDLisa Rose-Jones, MD, Director of Fellow Training Program in Cardiovascular Medicine: “I am very excited for an extremely successful match this year having been able to recruit from all over despite the shift to the nontraditional virtual interview experience.  We look forward to welcoming a very successful and awesome group of cardiology fellows in July, 2021!”   

Adult Cardiology


Crystal Azu, MD
Residency: Indiana University

kahil-bhatiaKapil Bhatia, MD
Residency: Morehouse School of Medicine

andrew-de-la-pazAndrew De La Paz, MD
Residency: UNC-CH

siri-kadireSiri Kadire, MD
Residency: Indiana University

brian-kelleyBrian Kelley, MD
Residency: UNC-CH

olusola-lajaOlusola Laja, MD
Residency: University of Virginia

bo-nebolisaBo Nebolisa, MD
Residency: Tulane University

mason-saundersMason Sanders, MD
Residency: UNC-CH


Jiandong Zhang, MD
Residency: Vidant Medical Center

Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism



Eduardo Lopez, MD
Residency: Baylor University

Jalal El-Akawi, MD
Residency: Georgetown University

Karthik-SubbuKarthik Subbu, MD
Residency: Indiana University – Indianapolis

Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Dr. Millie LongMillie D. Long, MD, MPH, Director, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program: “We had an outstanding recruitment year for the gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship program. The move to 100% virtual was a challenge, but our faculty really worked together to be able to communicate as much of the culture of our program as possible. We are thrilled to have a diverse class that will be an asset to the department of medicine at UNC!”


sydney-greenbergSydney Greenberg, MD
Chief Resident: UNC-Chapel Hill

josh-hudsonJosh Hudson, MD
Chief Resident: UNC-Chapel Hill

luke-baldelliLuke Baldelli, MD
Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill

ryan-balkoRyan Balko, MD
Chief Resident: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

walker-reddWalker Redd, MD
Residency: Brigham and Women’s

christina-gaineyChristina Gainey, MD
Residency: University of Southern California

kim-darlingtonKim Darlington, MD, PhD
Residency: Duke

vivian-leeVivian Lee, MD
Residency: Case Western Reserve

Division of Geriatric Medicine


Geriatric Medicine

Maureen Dale, Director, Geriatric Medicine Training Program: “A virtual interview season was a challenge for all of us in an already challenging year, but I think ultimately allowed us to interview a more diverse applicant pool from all over the country, and I think it will be a part of our process in years to come.”


brianna-harderBrianna Harder, MD
Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill

max-hockenburyMax Hockenbury, MD
Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill

tiffany-longTiffany Long, MD
Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill

sarah-stonekingSarah Stoneking, MD
Residency: Cambridge Health Alliance


Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Gary Winzelberg, MD, MPH, Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program: “Our program is excited to welcome another group of outstanding fellows from multiple specialties.”



liz-figgattElizabeth Figgatt, MD
Residency: Tulane University

daniel-markwalterDaniel Markwalter, MD
Emergency Medicine Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill

regina-mcphersonRegina McPherson, MD
Medicine/Pediatrics Residency: University of South Alabama

mj-steeleMary Jeanette Steele, MD
Pediatrics Residency: Indiana University

Division of Hematology/Oncology

Alice Ma, MD, Director, Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program: “I need to commend our current fellows who really took on the challenge of showing residents who may not have had any connection to the Triangle—what it would be like to live and work here—They did this using a variety of ways –they hosted Zoom dinners and Instagram Live events.  They reached out to applicants, and the applicants thought we did the very best job in conveying the “feel” and “culture” of the program of any other hem/onc fellowship.  Due to this, we recruited 4 trainees who have never been in NC let alone the Triangle.  This is a stupendous achievement. Our faculty, Terri King, our amazing fellowship coordinator, our admin staff and IT support from the DOM also stepped up to make the Zoom interview process seamless.

“We were able to have fellows meet with other faculty outside of the division actually more easily by Zoom than in person—less schlepping across campus—more interactive time.  We were thus able to recruit someone with a PhD in nanotechnology—who will likely work with a faculty in Radiation Oncology with a nanotechnology lab.

“All in all—this was a surprisingly wonderful recruitment season—filled with anxiety and the unknown—but due to resilience and flexibility and effort and enthusiasm—we did well in the match and are looking to train another class of amazing fellows.” 


callie-berkowitzCallie Berkowitz, MD
Residency: Duke

dillon-cockrellDillon Craig Cockrell, MD
Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill

luke-eastburgLuke Eastburg, MD
Residency: Rochester Med/Peds

jorge-florindezJorge Florindez, MD
Residency: Bridgeport, CT

andrew-gdowskiAndrew Gdowski, MD
Residency: Texas Dell

michael-lorentsenMichael Lorentsen, MD
Residency: UNC-CH

jose-martinezJose Martinez, MD
Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill

Mofiyinfoluwa-ObadinaMofiyinfoluwa Obadina, MD
Residency: Rochester Med/Peds

Division of Infectious Diseases

michelle-floris-mooreMichelle Floris-Moore, MD, MS, Director, Infectious Diseases Training Program: “We’re very pleased with our Match Results for the Division of Infectious Diseases this year and are happy to have matched such a talented group of incoming ID Fellows.  The Department of Medicine and UNC GME community provided outstanding support that made successful recruitment possible during this rather challenging year.”


thomas-holowkaThomas Holowka, MD
Residency: Yale

diana-zychowskiDiana Zychowski, MD
Residency: Univ. of Minnesota

natalie-mackowNatalie Mackow, MD
Residency: Yale

eleanor-saundersEleanor Saunders, MD

Residency: NYU

Division of Nephrology & Hypertension

Koyal Jain, MD, Director, Nephrology and Hypertension Training Program: “I am so proud to introduce our new batch of nephrology fellows for 2021. It is an honor to have such an amazing group of people join our team. I have no doubt each of them will enrich our fellowship, bring new ideas, and improve the fellowship experience. We are so excited and cannot wait to work with them in the future.”


sameed-lodhi Sameed Lodhi, MD
Residency: Carle Foundation Hospital/University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign

joseph-ruberwaJoseph Ruberwa, MD
Residency: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

tyler-thorneTyler Thorne, MD
Residency: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

maria-ramirezMaria Zabala Ramirez, MD

Residency:Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital

yi-zhangYi Zhang, MD

Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine


Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine


aaron-lernerAaron Lerner, MD
Residency: UNC-CH

divyesh-mehtaDivyesh Mehta, MD
Residency: Ohio State University

tai-mary-wangTai “Mary” Wang, MD
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

ryan-threadgillRyan Threadgill, MD
Residency: Oregon Health & Sciences

danielle-wittDanielle Witt, MD
Residency: University of Alabama


Interventional Pulmonary Medicine


gregory-grandinoGregory Grandino, MD
Chief Fellow: University of Southern California

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology




louis-palominoLouis Palomino, MD
Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Allenzara_Astia Allenzara Astia, MD
Residency: University of Pennsylvania

Michael Cunningham photoMichael Cunningham, MD
Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill

Allergy & Immunology


Edwin Kim, MD, “COVID-19 has tried to separate us, but a dedication to maintaining the fellowship has been the glue that has held us together. This year’s allergy recruitment season and match has showcased this as a culmination of the unified efforts of amazing staff, fellows and faculty. We could not be happier with the results and we are excited to welcome Jess and Alex to our allergy family!”


alexander-gilmoreAlexander Gilmore, MD
Residency: Atrium Health/Levine Children’s Hospital

jessica-macdougallJessica Macdougall, MD
Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill