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Division of Geriatric Medicine

Our Fellows come from North Carolina, the nation, and beyond. Our program and our patients benefit from their experience, training, and dedication to improving health outcomes for older adults.

2020-2021 Fellows


Andrew De la Paz, MD

Dr. Andrew De la Paz grew up in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon he attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2020-2021 Geriatrics Fellow Andrew De la Paz, MDWhat made you interested in pursuing a Geriatrics Fellowship at UNC? I first learned about the field of Geriatrics as a student during my 3rd year medicine rotation. I found how gratifying it was to care for this special population of people. Care for the elderly can be complex, and challenging, but ultimately ends up being very rewarding. During my internal medicine residency here at UNC the faculty in the Geriatrics department were some of the most thoughtful, caring and clinically strong physicians I worked with. I was also impressed by the faculty’s dedication to teaching and focus on developing medical educators.

I was excited for the chance to work with these same faculty to develop my own clinical skills. However the biggest reason I wanted to stay here at UNC was the supportive and positive culture and the sense of family the program provides. I am very grateful to be staying here at UNC for the next part of my training.

What do you hope to do after your Fellowship year? After completing my geriatrics fellowship I am interested in pursuing a career in cardiology and I hope to find a position that blends my interests in both fields.

Carissa Lau, MD

2020-2021 Geriatric Fellow Carissa Lau, MDDr. Carissa Lau attended medical school at Loma Linda University in California and completed an internal medicine residency at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

What made you interested in pursuing a Geriatrics Fellowship at UNC? I chose UNC for my geriatrics fellowship because of the strong mentorship and focus on education within the geriatrics department and the wide variety of clinical experiences.

What do you hope to do after your Fellowship year? I hope to practice in a combination of inpatient and primary care settings after completing fellowship.

David Lynch, MD

Dr. David Lynch 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.

2020-2021 Geriatric Fellow David Lynch, MDWhat made you interested in pursuing a Geriatrics Fellowship at UNC? I first became interested in Geriatrics as a medical student when I spent some time working with a general practitioner in rural Ireland. A lot of his patients were older and in addition to seeing them in clinic he would also visit them at home, in the nursing home and in the hospital. I was inspired by how he was able to help improve the quality of life of all of his patients by really understanding what was most important to them. Throughout residency I continued to be interested in maximizing the quality of life of the geriatric population and also developed an additional interest in end of life care.

What do you hope to do after your Fellowship year? After fellowship I hope to work as an academic geriatrician and I would love to have the opportunity to continue working in a variety of settings including clinic, inpatient and long term care. I am also passionate about teaching and hope to continue to work with medical students, residents and fellows as much as possible.

2020-2021 Geriatrics EM Fellows


Katherine Selman, MD

2020-2021 Geriatrics EM Fellow Katherine Selman, MDDr. Selman went to Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and did her residency in Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.
What made you interested in pursuing a Geriatrics Fellowship at UNC? I think there are huge opportunities to improve and to tailor the care of older adults in emergency departments nationwide, and UNC has already made great strides in the field.
What do you hope to do after your Fellowship year? After fellowship I hope to start a geriatric program at an emergency department and to teach staff, residents, and students about the ways we can meet the needs of older adults.

Christine Binkley, MD 

Dr. Binkley attended medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center in Emergency Medicine.

Why did you choose to pursue Geriatrics with your EM Fellowship at UNC? I wanted to more fully understand the complexities of geriatric medicine so that I could provide better care for this population of patients in the Emergency Department.

What do you hope to do after your Fellowship year? I hope to advance geriatric initiatives and education in the ED in hopes of improving the ED experience and outcomes of our older patients.