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Division of Infectious Diseases

2020-2021 Trainees

Eli Arant, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Davidson College
Education/Residency: Wake Forest University/University of Virginia-Charlottesville

I came to UNC because of the outstanding faculty, the strong clinical training, and the wide range of research opportunities and mentorship.

I am interested in HIV/AIDS, HIV primary care, and aging with HIV.


Neha Kumar, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
Education/Residency: Weill Cornell Medicine/University of Rochester



Madeline McCrary, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Duke University
Education/Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine/Christiana Care Health System

I chose to come back to UNC for many reasons – the approachable faculty, wide range of possible research opportunities both in NC and abroad, excellent clinical training, and mission and dedication of the hospital system to the people of NC, just to name a few. Plus the Triangle area is a fantastic place to live and only a couple hours away from some amazing places to relax!

I am interested in IVDU-associated infections and the intersection of ID and addiction medicine, inpatient management of COVID-19, HIV, general ID


Theppharit “Mac” Panichsillapakit, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Education/Residency: MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham, MA

I came to UNC because of the breadth of the clinical exposure and research experience the program offered; I was impressed by the supporting research infrastructure, especially in the HIV population.

I am interested in HIV transmission and prevention as well as metabolic disorders in HIV.


2020-2021 Compromised Host Fellow

Daphne-Dominique H. Villanueva, MD

Undergraduate Institution: University of the Philippines
Education/Residency: University of the East/Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, and Monmouth Medical Center
General ID Fellowship: University of Florida

I came to UNC because of the unique opportunity to study transplant infectious diseases combined with antimicrobial stewardship. UNC offers excellent clinical training and mentorship and I love the collegial attitude of the faculty and fellows.

I am interested in antimicrobial stewardship in immunocompromised hosts, C diff infection, and emerging infections.

2019-2020 Trainees

Min Kim, MD, MScMin Kim, MD, MSc
Undergraduate Institution:
Duke University
Education/Residency: George Washington Univ. and Inova Fairfax Hospital

I came to UNC because of impressive research and global health opportunities and mentorship, excellent clinical training and dedication to provide excellent care to the underserved population.

I am interested in antibiotics stewardship/MDR organisms, global health in the context of antimicrobial stewardship and transplant antimicrobial stewardship.


Arianne Morrison, MDArianne Morrison, MD
Undergraduate Institution:
Williams College
Education/Residency: Wake Forest SOM and ECU

I came to UNC ID because of the robust research in HIV and the opportunity to obtain an MPH at one of the best public health schools in the country.

I am interested in HIV with a focus on MSM and women, and PrEP.


Laura Rachal, MD, MSLaura Rachal, MD, MS
Undergraduate Institution:
Louisiana State University
Education/Residency: Louisiana State University and Tulane University

I chose UNC because of my interests in Global Health, emerging pathogens and HIV in under resourced settings; I was impressed by the breadth of research and how welcomed I felt by the faculty on my interview day.

I am interested in Adolescent/Youth HIV as well as the transition between Pediatric and Adult HIV care, including maternal HIV and pediatric exposures.


Sarah Rutstein, MD, PhDSarah Rutstein, MD, PhD
Undergraduate Institution:
Duke University
Education/Residency: UNC

I stayed at UNC because of the programs’ strength in clinical HIV care and research – both domestically and internationally – as well as the collaborative spirit of the University that affords the opportunity to partner with trainees and faculty in the School of Public Health.

I am interested in developing and expanding interventions to improve HIV outcomes in resource-limited settings by integrating clinical trials, implementation science methodology, and cost-effectiveness modeling.

2019-2020 Compromised Host Fellow

Tyler LambingTyler Lambing, MD, MBS

Undergraduate Institution: Villanova University
Education/Residency: Geisinger Commonwealth SOM/Cooper University Hospital

I came to UNC because the excellent faculty and the unique opportunity to engage in transplant and stewardship training.

My research interests are in antibiotic stewardship in immunocompromised patients.

2018-2019 Trainees

Heather Root, MD
Undergraduate Institution:
Emory University
Education/Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University and Emory
I came to UNC because of the excellent training, myriad of research opportunities, global health opportunities and the people I met on my interview day.

I am interested in HIV/AIDS, HIV primary care, global health and emerging infections.

Michael Sciaudone, MD

Undergraduate Institution:
Georgetown University
Education/Residency: Northwestern University and Tulane University
I came to UNC because of the outstanding opportunities it offers for pursuing research and training in global health, particularly within UNC Project-Malawi.

My topics of interest include tropical medicine (especially malaria and other parasites) and HIV in resource limited settings.

Kathleen Tompkins, MD

Undergraduate Institution:
College of the Atlantic
Education/Residency: UNC and Johns Hopkins
I came to UNC for ID fellowship because of the collegial attitude of the faculty and fellows, the wide range of research opportunities, particularly in global health, and the excellent clinical training.

I am interested in global health and emerging infectious diseases.

Nathaniel Warner, MD
Undergraduate Institution:
Virginia Military Institute
Education/Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University
I came to UNC because of the outstanding faculty and clinical training, ability to pursue infectious diseases and critical care, and the research mentorship.

Clinically, I am interested in the combination of infectious diseases and critical care. My research interests include the overlap of infectious diseases and critical care, specifically emerging pathogens and viral respiratory diseases.

2017-2018 Trainees

Emily Ciccone, MD, MHSEmily Ciccone
Undergraduate Institution:
Grinnell College
Education/Residency: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, UNC
Master’s Degree:
Johns Hopkins
I originally came to UNC for my med-peds residency. I decided to stay because of the strength of the ID program and the positive experiences I had working with faculty in the division during residency.

My current topics of interest include:

  • assessment of the impact of new diagnostic technologies on clinical management (particularly multiplex respiratory viral panel assays) so they can be targeted to particular clinical scenarios to maximize cost-effectiveness
  • development of simulation-based curriculum to prepare residents and medical students for pediatric clinical rotations in resource-limited settings
  • improvement of the quality of pediatric inpatient care in Malawi through collection and organization of clinical outcomes data.

Alena Janda Markmann, MS, MD, PhDAlena Janda
Undergraduate Institution: University of Rochester
Education/Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System
Master’s and Doctoral Degrees: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

My current topics of interest include:

  • antibody responses to flavivirus infections, focused on Zika and Dengue viruses
  • flavivirus diagnostics and vaccine development

Megan Srinivas, MD, MPHMegan Srinivas
Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University
University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Master’s Degree: Harvard University
I came to UNC because of its history of extrapolating ID into the world of public health. Moreover, the mentorship in the division is truly impressive with personal investment in each fellow to ensure their vision comes to life regardless of how traditional or unique a path that may be.

My topics of interest include analysis of health care systems to determine impacts on access to care/patient outcomes and extrapolating the findings into legislative initiatives for implementation.