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MJ Steele, MD

Fellowship year: 2021-2022
Residency: Pediatrics, Indiana University


MJ spent her early years in a small village in England before moving to Columbus, Indiana. She went on to complete her undergraduate at Indiana University and continued on at IU for her next levels of training. She decided early on in medical school that she loved the joy and energy that accompanies working with children, and signed on for a pediatric residency at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Finding that she gravitated towards caring for sicker patients with particularly challenging diagnoses, MJ learned palliative care was a perfect fit after rotating with the pediatric palliative care team. She loves the interdisciplinary nature of palliative care, enjoying the ability to work collaboratively with other creative minds to ease the suffering and distress of patients and families at the most challenging of times.

With a husband going into radiation oncology, MJ and her husband Ethan were beyond thrilled when both of them matched at UNC for their respective specialties. MJ was really drawn to UNC’s welcoming team-based culture as well as the diverse locations to receive training, such as the outstanding Transitions LifeCare hospice program.

When not working, she hopes to spend time in North Carolina camping, biking, making new dog friends for their ridiculous pug, and eating at as many local restaurants as possible. MJ has also been looking into continuing volunteering with a humane society like she did in Indy to bring foster animals into their new home, if she can convince her husband again. She is so excited for her life as a Tar Heel!

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