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Associate Chief of Administration


Joanna is the Associate Chief of Administration for the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology and the Division of GI and Hepatology.

Her primary responsibilities include coordinating the financial, human resources, operations and strategic planning initiatives across academic clinical divisions and research Centers. She is the faculty advocate to all parties in the System and University.

From October 2012 through November 2019, she served as the Director of GI Services for UNC Health Care, which included clinical operations for adult GI Medicine clinics, procedure units and motility units.

Joanna built her health administration career on academic medicine and physician practice management. She completed her Administrative Residency with the University of Virginia Health System. She worked as the Administrative Manager for Physician Compensation at Duke’s PDC. Her first physician practice management experience was with Blue Ridge Family Physicians in Raleigh. Joanna possess a unique and progressive knowledge of clinical operations in physician based and hospital based environments, physician relations (community based practices, partnerships, faculty appointments) and academic medicine administration (research, clinical care and education).

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Mary Baldwin University
  • MHA Virginia Commonwealth University
Joanna Herath