The residents, by far, are the best part of our residency program. The environment is supportive and collegial. Residents also spend time together outside of work enjoying such activities as annual weekend retreats (often at the beautiful NC coast), Durham Bulls baseball games, UNC sporting events, attending-sponsored resident appreciation dinners and listening to bluegrass at “Fridays on the Front Porch” at the Carolina Inn.

First Years

Patricia Kirkland, MD – Patricia attended Washington and Lee University for her undergraduate studies, and the Medical University of South Carolina for medical school.
Nathaniel Koutlas, MD – Nathaniel attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both his undergraduate studies and medical school.
Alysa Nash, MD – Alysa completed her undergraduate degree from LeTourneau University, and her medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
Patrick Pallito, MD – Patrick attended the College of Charleston for his undergraduate degree, and received his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Kristin Toy, MD (research track) – Kristin attended the University of California, Los Angeles for her undergraduate studies, and the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences for her medical degree.

Second Years

Eric Davis, MD Eric Davis, MD – Eric grew up in Freeport, NY. He chose UNC for his post-graduate training for its early operative experience, unique mentorship model and the close-knit relationship between residents and attendings. In his free time Eric enjoys tennis, skiing, biking and traveling.  He is looking forward to watching UNC and Syracuse compete on the basketball court. Go ACC!
Scott Lewis, MD Scott Lewis, MD – Scott attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both his undergraduate career and medical school. He is a Tar Heel for life and was excited to continue his training here with the Department of Orthopaedics. During his home rotation he was impressed with the early operative experience, breadth of sub-specialty representation, diversity of clinical environments, mentorship offered by leading faculty, and the general feel and fit of the program. Outside of medicine Scott enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with his fellow co-interns/residents, pursuing gastronomic endeavors, shooting sporting clays, traveling abroad, automotive improvement/maintenance, and nerding out about watches.
Alex Padovano, MD Alex Padovano, MD (research track) – Alex grew up in the Chicago suburbs and attended Washington University in St. Louis for his undergraduate studies and medical school. He was very excited to have matched in orthopaedics at UNC, and appreciates the mentorship model and the strong relationships between residents and faculty. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, and relaxing with friends and family.
L. Kody Pratson Kody Pratson, MD – Kody grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and attended UNC for his undergraduate degree where he studied Athletic Training. After living in Washington DC for several years, he returned to North Carolina to attend the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. While rotating at UNC, Kody enjoyed the obvious camaraderie between the residents and faculty and the broad scope of training that prepares one to enter any field of orthopedics. Outside of residency, Kody enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, running trails, cycling and building things.
Daniel Robinson, MD Daniel Robinson, MD – Daniel was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana; he attended Indiana University Bloomington majoring in biology and chemistry.  He continued his education at Indiana University School of Medicine, receiving his MD.  He chose UNC for his orthopaedic residency because of the unique mentorship model, the collegial and close-knit relationships between the residents, and wonderful operative experience.  When he is not working, Daniel enjoys all outdoor activities (including hiking, camping, fishing and hunting) and practicing his hand at automotive restoration and modification.  While he continues to cheer for his alma mater, the Indiana Hoosiers, he is excited to be wearing Carolina blue as a new Tar Heel!

Research Year

Lukas Keil, MD Lukas Keil, MD – Lukas was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Kernersville, NC. He attended UNC Chapel Hill for his undergraduate education and the UNC School of Medicine for his MD. He chose to stay at UNC for residency because of the faculty mentorship, collegial residents, and family and friends here in Chapel Hill. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, going to church, working on home projects, splitting firewood, and road biking.

Third Years

Colleen Balkam, MD Colleen Balkam, MD – Colleen attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate degree, majoring in history and biology. She then received a Master’s degree in physiology from Georgetown University, and her MD from the University of Toledo. Colleen rotated at UNC as a 4th year medical student and chose UNC for the early operative experience, the mentor ship model, and the sense of camaraderie amongst the residents. In her free time Colleen enjoys cooking, running, reality TV and spending time with her family and friends.
Ryan Barnes, MD Ryan Barnes, MD – Ryan was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and he went onto complete his undergraduate studies at the College of William & Mary, where he majored in Neuroscience and also met his wife. For medical school, Ryan continued his gradual move towards the coast, where he went to Eastern Virginia Medical School. During his interview day at UNC, Ryan was especially struck by the close-knit group of residents, and he also loved the idea of the mentorship model. When not working, Ryan loves all things music and sports and is a big Liverpool FC and Atlanta Braves fan. He is excited to live in and explore the Chapel Hill area (and try all of the many food options) and is thrilled to finally be a fan of big time college athletics program. Go Heels!
Karly Lorbeer, MD Karly Lorbeer, MD – Karly attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree and Washington University in St. Louis for medical school. She chose UNC because of the focus on resident education, friendly atmosphere and location. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, hosting game nights and exploring the city.
Karly Lorbeer, MD Chinmay Paranjape, MD – Migrating south from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania to Durham, Chinmay ultimately fell in love with the beautiful nature and warm people of the Triangle while studying medicine at that school down the road. He’s excited to call North Carolina home and dons a lighter shade of blue these days. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his class, woodworking, making pizza with his girlfriend, and watching nerdy youtube videos.
Josh Shapiro, MD Josh Shapiro, MD (research track) – Josh attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, followed by medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He decided to come to UNC for the early operative experience, the mentorship model, which not only promotes continuity of patient care, but also builds strong camaraderie among residents and attendings, and the research track, which allows for further academic exploration as a PGY-3. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his fiancée and two dogs, hiking, golfing, playing hockey, and relaxing at one of the nearby beaches.

Fourth Years

Shawn Feinstein, MD Shawn Feinstein, MD (research track) – Shawn attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Political Science and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia at VCU in Richmond. He chose UNC because of the dedication to resident education and experience, accessibility of the attending physicians, and camaraderie amongst the residents. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing frisbee and tennis, cooking, and playing Jeopardy at home.
Daniel Marchwiany, MD Daniel Marchwiany, MD – Daniel was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. He attended the University of Illinois where he studied Molecular & Cellular Biology, and went to medical school at Loyola University in Chicago. During his 4th year of medical school, Daniel rotated at UNC for an away rotation and had a wonderful experience. He appreciated the genuine camaraderie amongst the residents and mentorship model which provides an excellent, balanced learning environment. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys playing volleyball, exploring the beautiful Triangle area, eating pierogi, and spending time with friends and family.
Arvind Narayanan, MD Arvind Narayanan, MD – Arvind attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and received his medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He chose UNC because of the focus on resident education, mentorship model, and friendly atmosphere of the program. In his free time he enjoys following Cleveland sports, Michigan football, playing basketball, and trying out new restaurants.
Sonal Sodha, MD Sonal Sodha, MD – Sonal attended MIT for her undergraduate degree and Harvard/MIT for her Masters, both in Biomedical Engineering. She received her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She chose UNC because she wanted to work in a warm, close-knit family atmosphere, and she knew it would be a great place to grow both personally and professionally. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, movies, reading, and baking, and she likes to stay active by swimming, skiing, and traveling.
Kurt Stoll, MD Kurt Stoll, MD – Kurt grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho where he enjoyed the outdoors. He went to the University of Montana for undergrad where he studied human biology and went to the University of Washington for medical school. He rotated at UNC and chose UNC Orthopaedics because of the teamwork within the program and the quality operative experience residents receive at UNC and Wakemed. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and fiancé.

Fifth Years

Timothy Ashworth, MD Timothy Ashworth, MD – Tim attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering, followed by medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He decided to come to UNC for residency both because of the warm, welcoming environment created by both residents and attendings, as well as for the mentorship model which creates an ideal learning environment. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys as well as playing soccer, biking, playing the piano and backpacking when he can.
Mark Cairns, MD Mark Cairns, MD (research track) – Mark attended Acadia University for undergraduate and University of South Carolina for medical school. He rotated here in Orthopaedics as a fourth year medical student and enjoyed the mix of faculty and residents. He is originally from Toronto and played professional ice hockey in South Carolina where he met his wife Lindsay. They now have 2 children (Mason and Madison) and enjoy spending time as a family, particularly going to sporting events like hockey games and college football.
M. Leslie Golden, MD M. Leslie Golden, MD – Leslie attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree in History of Science/History of Medicine. She received her MD from Emory University. On her interview day she appreciated the warm, collegial environment at UNC. She liked the mentorship model and felt confident she would get a well-rounded and comprehensive orthopedic education. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, softball, and any other form of friendly or not-so-friendly competition, as well as bemoaning Philadelphia sports.
Emily Jewell, MD Emily Jewell, MD – Emily attended Purdue University for her undergraduate degree in Movement and Sports Science and Indiana University for medical school. She came to UNC for the awesome atmosphere and great learning environment. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, and playing soccer.
Matthew Stillwagon, MD Matthew Stillwagon, MD – Matt attended NC State University for his undergraduate degree in biochemistry. He received his medical degree from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine after spending a few post-grad years working in chemical engineering. Matt was thrilled to match at UNC Hospitals because of the strong operative experience it offers and because of the close proximity to family and friends in the Triangle. In his free time, Matt is enjoying the labors that come along with new homeownership, spending time with his wife and dogs, pulling for the NC State Wolfpack, golfing and traveling.