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The Department of Medicine is honored to welcome new Tar Heel trainees! The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) released results for the 2022 Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match on November 30. This is the first year the organization’s largest Fellowship Match included subspecialties in internal medicine, pediatrics, addiction and multidisciplinary specialties. More than 7,000 applicants matched to advanced training positions. After a successful Match, the following fellows will join Department subspecialties in July 2023.

Division of Cardiology

Adult Cardiovascular Disease

“The Division of Cardiology is thrilled with its incredibly successful Match this year!” -Lisa J. Rose-Jones, MD FACC, Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Training Program

Jeremiah Essig, MD
Residency: University of North Carolina

Alex McKenzieAlexander Mckenzie, MD, PhD
Residency: University of North Carolina 

Sammy Pistiolis, MD
Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education


Akshay Roy-Chaudhury, MD, MS
Residency: University of North Carolina

Steven Scarfone, MD
Residency: Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Rajiv C. Patel, MD
Residency: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism

“I am thrilled to report that we did outstandingly well in the Match this year. I would like to thank all of you for your time and effort during the interview season. Our success is a reflection of everyone’s hospitality and positivity.” -Laura Young, MD, PhD, Director of the Endocrinology Training Program 

Dominic DiSanti, DO
Residency: University of Nebraska

Ashley Gordon, DO
Residency: University of Connecticut

Chris Woody, MD
Residency: Wake Forest University

Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

“UNC Gastroenterology and Hepatology had an extremely successful Match. We are looking forward to welcoming our new exceptional class of Tar Heel GI Fellows!” -Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, Director of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Training Program

Jihad Alijabban, MD
Residency: University of Wisconsin

Ellen Green, MD
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University 

Gabriel-LupuGabe Lupu, MD
Residency: University of North Carolina 

Brandon Shore, MD
Residency: University of North Carolina


Division of Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine

“We are absolutely thrilled to have 4 incredibly talented physicians join our UNC Geriatrics Family. In a year where many geriatrics programs nationwide did not fill, we are honored to have Michael, Priyanka, George, and Fernando choose to continue their training at UNC, and we are looking forward to a wonderful year with them.” -Maureen C. Dale, MD, Director of the Geriatric Training Program 

George Clement, MD
Residency: Womack Army Medical Center

Fernando Diaz, MD
Residency: University of North

Priyanka Reddy, MD
Residency: Duke University 

Michael Rydberg, MD
Residency: University of North

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

“The most heartfelt welcome to our wonderful incoming fellows, both new and returning Tar Heels. We are so happy for you and can’t wait to learn together.” -Angela Williamson, Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Coordinator 

Ben Frush, MD
Residency: Vanderbilt University

Andy Liu, MD
Residency: Vanderbilt University

Pallavi Mishra, MD
Residency: Tulane University

Conny Morrison, MD
Residency: University of North Carolina

Division of Hematology/Oncology

“We had a tremendously successful Match.  Our applicants come from all over the country.  We have 3 URM incoming fellows, and two individuals with MD PhD degrees.  Interests range from cellular therapies to global oncology and health disparities.  We look forward to helping them on to what will surely be successful career paths.” -Alice Ma, MD, FACP, Director of the Hematology/Oncology Training Program

Arshed Al-Obeidi, MD
Residency: New York University

Julia Aronson, MD
Residency: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Elizabeth Blowers, MD, PhD
Residency: University of Nebraska

Dailis Corria Cedeno, MD
Residency: University of Texas-RGV

Abner Murray, MD, PhD
Residency: University of Miami

Daniel Reef, MD
Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Michael Superdock, MD
Residency: University of Rochester

Christopher Wanjiku, MD
Residency: Duke University

Division of Nephrology & Hypertension

“We are extremely excited to match an amazing class of nephrology fellows. They are all so accomplished, brilliant and wonderful people. We are looking forward to working with them all next year!” –Koyal Jain, MD, MPH, FASN, Director of the Nephrology and Hypertension Training Program

Ankita Ashoka, MD
Residency: University of Arizona

Lynley Farmer, MD
Residency: University of North Carolina

Joshua Larrazolo, MD
Residency: Louisiana State University 

Nazish Khan, MD
Residency: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Stephanie PavlovichStephanie Pavlovich, MD, PhD,
Residency: University of North Carolina


Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine

“The Match for our 2023 incoming class was fantastic!  We had a busy recruitment season, interviewed many strong candidates and matched with applicants from across the country as well as 2 internal candidates.  We are really looking forward to the new academic year and know they will add to the already amazing group of fellows we have currently.  We are fortunate to have such great applicants.” -Ashley Henderson, MD, Director of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Training Program

“Interview season is a very busy time of the year, we received a lot of applicants this year and we would have been happy with any of people we interviewed.  However, I must say we are thrilled about the match results in both of our programs. We are excited to have our new fellows start and become a part of our great Division” -Melissa Lawrence, Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care  Medicine Fellowship Coordinator

Andrew Blake, MD, MBA
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Hee Jae Choi, DO
Residency: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Jason HolbrookJason Holbrook, MD
Residency: University of North Carolina 

Kiersten Sapp, MD
Residency: University of North Carolina

Julie Nguyen, MD
Residency: Lahey Hospital

Interventional Pulmonary Medicine

“Thanks to the team’s efforts, the Interventional Pulmonology match was outstanding. We matched Dr. Maxwell Diddams to our program. Max is well known at UNC having completed both his internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical fellowship here. In addition to Dr. Diddams match here, Dr. Benjamin DeMarco matched at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Interventional Pulmonology program. We are very proud of them both.” -Jason Akulian, MD, MPH, Director of the Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program

Maxwell Diddams, MD
Residency: University of North Carolina

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology



“We met incredible applicants during the interview season and are delighted to welcome our newest recruits!” -Rumey Ishizawar, MD, PhD, Directory of the Rheumatology Training Program

Natalie Allcott, MD
Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University

Pranathi Narayanareddy, MD
Residency: University of Pennsylvania Health System

Sahar Sawani, MD
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Allergy & Immunology

“With each year of virtual interviewing, we have tried to optimize the process to best represent our fellows, our faculty, and the range of opportunities that we have to offer applicants. For this recruitment season, we added breakout rooms to showcase the clinical and translational research occurring within adult and pediatric allergy that applicants could potentially get involved with as fellows. The applicants were some of the strongest we have seen in recent years and we are extremely excited to have Dr. Mayuran Ravindran from Emory University and Dr. Nonie Arora from the University of Michigan joining us for the upcoming class. Go Heels!” -Edwin Kim, MD, MS, Director of the Allergy & Immunology Training Program

Mayuran Ravindran, MD
Residency: Emory University

Nonie Arora, MD
Residency: University of Michigan