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Welcome from the Program Directors

Dear Colleagues,

Nina Browner, MD
Program Director
Nina Browner, MD

We welcome your interest in the University of North Carolina Neurology residency program and invite you to explore the opportunities for training and professional growth we provide to our residents.

One of the major strengths of our program is a large and diverse population of patients who come from different parts of North Carolina as well as from neighboring states. The plaque in the lobby of the North Carolina Memorial Hospital reads: “operated by and for people of North Carolina” and this motto defines the core of our program.

Along with classical methods of neurology such as neurological exam, localization and astute clinical reasoning, we teach our residents a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and evidence–based medicine through well-organized didactics and multiple innovative programs at our department such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Comprehensive Stroke Center (Gold Seal of Approval™), the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation Clinic, the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic, the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, and the Carolina Alzheimer’s Network, to name a few.

Another major strength of the program is our diverse faculty of clinicians, scientists, and educators who are universally enthusiastic about teaching, and enjoy helping our residents gain the skills required to become master clinicians and critical thinkers. Our faculty is approachable and provides a collegial and supportive environment where residents learn and thrive. The relatively high number of elective months during the residency, along with a supportive and interactive academic environment, provides multiple research opportunities for residents pursuing fellowship and post-residency academic paths. In addition, each resident has a faculty advisor, who plays a vital role in the career planning, research activities and one–on–one mentoring of their advisee.

And finally, the central feature of the University of North Carolina neurology program is our residents who love what they do and enjoy spending time with each other and the faculty. They are a thoughtful, energetic and fun group who continuously propel all of us to improve and who bring academic curiosity and excitement to our program.

I invite you to learn all about our residency program, the UNC Department of Neurology, our educational curriculum and conferences, our residents and faculty, and the many pleasures that the Chapel Hill–Durham area can offer.

Nina Browner, MD
Professor of Neurology
Neurology Residency Program Director

Winnie Lau, MD
Associate Program Director
Winnie Lau, MD

As the Associate Program Director of the UNC Adult Neurology Residency program, I work alongside Dr. Browner in the mentorship of residents as well as program improvement through education innovation. In my experience as a former chief resident, the most impactful program improvements were often spearheaded by the residents. My role is to help shape the program based on the evolving needs of the residents and the changing demands of medicine, while maintaining a high standard of clinical education in neurology and medicine.

I also have special interest in career navigation through my prior work with professional societies including the AAN and the Neurocritical Care Society, focusing on transitions from training to practice.

Thank you for your interest in our program and the Chapel Hill-Durham region. As you explore our program, feel free to reach out with any questions.

Winnie Lau, MD
Assistant Professor Neurology and Neurosurgery
Associate Program Director, Adult Neurology Residency