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Welcome from the Program Director

Winnie Lau, MD
Dr. Winnie Lau

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome! We are so glad you are interested in our Adult Neurology Residency Program at the University of North Carolina. Here you will find a steadfast dedication to patient care delivered not only at the bedside, but also in the classroom, in the research lab, and in the culture of the UNC Healthcare system.

UNC Neurology serves the diverse population of North Carolina and our neighboring states, many of whom are in the greatest need for quality neurologic care. We achieve this through our multiple centers of excellence in Acute Stroke Care, Epilepsy, Neuromuscular Medicine, Movement Disorders, and Behavioral Neurology just to name a few. A full list of Programs of Excellence at UNC can be found here. As a resident learning the foundation of neurologic assessment and providing neurologic care in this environment, you will also gain the valuable experience of seeing a systems-based approach to care delivery and all its advantages. We are committed to working toward the elimination of healthcare disparities regionally, nationally and proud to extend that mission of equitable access to quality care internationally with our Global Neurology Program.

Our faculty is made up of a diverse group of clinicians, scientists, and educators who embrace the mission of training the next generation of healthcare leaders. They challenge our residents to critically evaluate the evidence, consider precision and personalized medicine, while encouraging every step of the way for our residents to gain autonomy and confidence in their practice as clinicians. They also serve as mentors to our residents in becoming innovators in the field of neurology and helping to advance the care of our patient population in North Carolina and beyond.

Finally, but most importantly, we invite you to explore our program culture, which is rooted in the residents themselves. As the life force of the program, our residents are the source of innovation and improvement every day. We embrace the UNC values of One Great Team, Leading the Way, Carolina Care, and It Starts with Me by supporting each other to be the best physicians we can be. Every day I watch our residents grow into leaders through lifting each other up and I hope to welcome you to be a part of that.

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

Program Mission

To train and graduate outstanding clinical neurologists and equip them with the skills to thrive in a growing and ever-changing field of Neurology.

Vision (As developed by our residents)

  • We are committed to excellence in the delivery of neurological care.
  • We place the needs, well-being and comfort of our patients above and beyond all other considerations.
  • We strive to provide care that is accessible and is high quality.
  • We commit to provide effective, efficient, compassionate, economically competitive, responsive, and patient-centered care to all our patients.
  • We will respect patient choice.
  • We develop and foster a team-based, collegial, positive-learning environment.

Core Values (As developed by our residents)

  • Patients come first.
  • Do your best to make the lives of the people you work with easier.
  • Split the work as fairly as possible
  • Treat everyone with respect.
  • Be nice, even when you are really tired.
  • Let someone know if you need help.

Our Program Director and Coordinator

Questions regarding the application and interview process as well as general program questions may be directed to the Program Director, Dr. Winnie Lau; the Associate Program Director, Dr. Dena Williams; or the Residency and Fellowship Coordinator, Sharon Ward. Email them at: .

Winnie Lau, MD


Dena Little, MD
Dena Williams, DO
Sharon Ward
Sharon Ward



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