First Year Fellows

Benjamin Demarco, MD

Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interest: Critical Care Outcomes, Lung Cancer, Ethics
Benjamin.demarco@unchealth.unc.edu

Katherine (Alex) Despotes, MD

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical school: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency program: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Research Interest: Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis, Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care
katherine.despotes@unchealth.unc.edu

Maxwell Diddams, MD

Undergraduate: Carleton College
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interest: Point -of-care ultrasound and medical education
maxwell.diddams@unchealth.unc.edu 

Scott Vasher, MD

Undergraduate: Boston University
Medical School: New York University
Residency Program: Brown University
Research Interest: Improving communication in the ICU setting
scott.vasher@unchealth.unc.edu


Second Year Fellows

Kunal Jakharia, MD

Medical School: Topiwala National Medical College, B.Y.L. Nair CH Hospital, Mumbai, India
Internal Medicine Residency: Medstar Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Research Interest: Quality Improvements in ICU outcomes, Infections in the ICU
kunal.jakharia@unchealth.unc.edu

Cedric Munoz, MD

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Internal Medicine Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
Research Interest: ARDS, Respiratory virology, pulmonary hypertension
cedric.munoz@unchealth.unc.edu

Hitesh (Heath) Patel, MD

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Internal Medicine Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interest: ICU outcomes, end-of-life decision making, acute lung injury, medical education, quality improvement
hitesh.patel2@unchealth.unc.edu

Benjamin Sines, MD

Medical School: University of Iowa
Internal Medicine Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interest:
benjamin.sines@unchealth.unc.edu


Third Year Fellows

Matthew Hunsucker, MD

Undergraduate: North Carolina State University
Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency: University of North Carolina Hospitals
Research Interest: Pulmonary hypertension, ICU outcomes
Matthew.hunsucker@unchealth.unc.edu

Amanda Kovacich, MD

Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency: Johns Hopkins Bayview
Research Interest: ICU outcomes, quality improvement and organization of critical care services
Amanda.Kovacich@unchealth.unc.edu

Adam Schwartz, MD

Undergraduate: University of South Florida Honors College
Medical School: University of South Florida College of Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests: ICU Outcomes, Quality Improvement, Pulmonary Hypertension, Medical Education
Adam.schwartz@unchealth.unc.edu