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The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce that Dr. Matt Ewend will begin service as the President of UNC Physicians starting in March. His role will be to oversee the physician clinical enterprise of UNC Health Care, which includes more than 2,400 physicians and 600 advanced practice providers in 450 practices spanning the UNC Physicians Network, UNC Faculty Physicians, and physician practices at UNC Health Care affiliate hospitals. Dr. Ewend will continue to maintain a clinical practice and serve as chair of Neurosurgery.

We are also delighted to announce that Neurosurgery alumna, Dr. Carolyn Quinsey, will return to Chapel Hill late next summer to assume the role of Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery. Currently, Dr. Quinsey is completing a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery with Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Dr. Michaux Kilpatrick of UNC’s Regional Physicians Neurosurgery in Highpoint received the Specialist of the Year award for UNC Regional Physicians. Dr. Kilpatrick earned this honor through her exemplary service in patient care, educational outreach, and guidance to the hospital through her involvement with several committees.

Congratulations to our department business manager, Julie Farmer, for her promotion to Associate Chief of Administration for the Division of Hemotology/Oncology within the Department of Medicine. Julie has been a tremendous asset for our Department over the past four+ years and we wish her well in her new role.

Riane Hoffman Wubbenhorst earned UNC Health Care’s Green Belt certificate in recognition of completing all requirements for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Events and Media

Judy Huang, MD, FAANS presented a talk on Tailored Management of Arteriovenous Malformations to over 50 attendees on October 6th. Dr. Huang is Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. This special Grand Rounds presentation was made possible by the Noah K. Duncan Annual Lectureship fund.

Drs. Deanna Sasaki-Adams, Albert Hinn, Bradley Vaughn and Gary Gala were the guest lecturers in October at the Friday Center’s semiannual series titled What’s The Big Idea? Thinking About the Brain. Her talk focused on brain surgery through the ages.

UNC Neurosurgery co-sponsored and participated in the 2nd annual Ellie Helton Memorial 5K on October 15th. The event raised $55,000 for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.


Dr. Kathleen Bradford is developing a Quality Improvement website for the Neurosurgery department. The site, scheduled for completion in January, will include key quality and safety publications, educational resources, guidelines, and departmental news.

Michael Catalino and Peggy Felix are setting up a website to share neurosurgery and neurology research resources. If you know of people and/or organizations who can assist in our research efforts, please fill out a survey.

PGY1 resident interviews for 2017 are complete after meeting with 45 talented prospects. The resulting matches will be announced in March.

Dr. Matt Ewend was featured in a promotional video for SECU House. As you probably know, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals is a home for patients and their loved ones who must travel to UNC Hospitals for medical care.

Happy holidays to you all!

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