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Our Team:

Jane Little, MD
Board-certified hematology/oncology specialist. Her special clinical interests include benign (non-cancerous) blood diseases and bone marrow transplant, but her primary dedication is sickle cell disease and research. Dr. Little was appointed Director of the Adult Sickle Cell Disease Program at UH Seidman Cancer Center in 2011 prior to accepting her position as Director of the UNC Adult Sickle Cell Program in Chapel Hill.

Tara R. Alin, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Adult Sickle Cell, Division of Hematology. BA: Sociology, Marshall University, 1995; MA: Mental Health Counseling, Marshall University, 1999; BSN: Marshall University, 2006; MS: University of California, San Francisco, 2010; Adult Nurse Practitioner: Adult Sickle Cell, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, 2010-2019; Adult Sickle Cell Nurse Practitioner: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2019-present.
Research and Clinical Interests: Health equity, chronic pain management, effects of stigma on health outcomes.

Sherri Morris, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Adult Sickle Cell Disease Program, Division of Hematology. Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Board Certified. Interests: Sherri is interested in sickle cell disease management. She focuses attention on inpatient care with transitions to outpatient as well as outpatient management. Other interests are cardio pulmonary changes in patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Sherri joined the our division in 2015 as an Infusion NP.

Frances H. Wright, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner for pediatric patients specifically with sickle cell disease. She graduated from the University of North Carolina and started her career as a Nurse Extern in the Intermediate Care Nursery to her currently held position as Pediatric CPNP for the UNC Pediatric Sickle Cell Program. 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. She works closely with Dr. Carden to ensure all patient health care needs are met.

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.

David Wichlan
Serves as our program’s Clinical Research Specialist. He 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.

Cheila Moore, Patient Navigator
Serves as the UNC Sickle Cell Program Assistant. Responsible for scheduling new patient appointments, provides information and assistance to patients, families, and medical staff.