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Margaret Leigh, MD

September 29, 2023

Celebrating Magee Leigh: Retirement and Lectureship

Dr. Margaret “Magee” Leigh has served as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics and the Pulmonary Division for over 40 years. Throughout her tenure, she has provided care for children with chronic lung diseases, taught medical students, residents and pulmonary fellows and engaged in research of chronic lung diseases with a specific focus on cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia. With her recent retirement, we wish to honor Dr. Leigh’s legacy with a lectureship in her honor. The lectureship will help us bring in experts from around the world to help train and inform the next generation of learners.

Alan Stiles, MD

September 27, 2023

Stiles Announces Retirement

Alan Stiles, MD, has announced his intention to retire after serving as a member of the UNC School of Medicine faculty for more than 35 years. Since initially joining the Department of Pediatrics faculty in 1986, Stiles had held several leadership roles and played a part in the expansion of care for patients in Chapel Hill and across the state of North Carolina. In lieu of a formal retirement celebration, Dr. Stiles has requested that donations be made to support the NC Children’s Hospital. Click here for more information on ways to give.

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September 26, 2023

UNC Health Announces Plans for New NC Children’s Hospital

UNC Health is proud to announce plans for the new NC Children’s Hospital, a partnership with the state that will help improve the health of children and adolescents across North Carolina. The freestanding children’s hospital would be the first of its kind in North Carolina, providing the highest levels of care to children without having to leave the state. This state’s flagship children’s hospital will offer families in North Carolina access to a facility comparable in clinical and academic scale to any of the top children’s hospitals in the country. A child and adolescent psychiatric hospital would be located within the children’s hospital.

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September 21, 2023

NICU Awareness Month at UNC Hospitals: Meet Phillip

“It's difficult to be away from that sweet baby that you looked forward to welcoming in this world,” says Georganna Gaines, whose son, Phillip, has spent more than a year in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UNC Hospitals. Gaines shares her family’s bittersweet journey in the NICU to encourage others going through similar challenges. “Give yourself grace,” she says. “Let yourself feel all the feelings.”

Cindy Powell, MD and Jennifer Law, MD, MSCR

September 21, 2023

Early Check Study to Use Genome Sequencing to Dramatically Expand Voluntary Screening Offered for NC Newborns

This RTI/UNC-Chapel Hill collaboration will be the first US study offering genome sequencing and genetic risk scores for type 1 diabetes statewide. UNC School of Medicine leads are Cynthia Powell, MD and Jennifer Law, MD in Pediatrics. Early Check, a groundbreaking research study that provides free health tests to newborns up to four weeks old in North Carolina, will begin offering genome sequencing to screen for hundreds of childhood-onset genetic conditions and assess a newborn’s risk of developing type 1 diabetes in their lifetime. Enrollment for the expanded study is expected to begin Thursday, Sept. 28.

Emily Vander Schaaf, MD

September 18, 2023

Vander Schaaf Named Inaugural Co-Director of Office of Health Equity through Education and Leadership

Emily Vander Schaaf, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, has been named an inaugural Co-Director of the newly established Office of Health Equity through Education and Leadership (HEEL) within the UNC School of Medicine Office of Curricular Affairs. The HEEL office was created as a result of Dr. Vander Schaaf's leadership and advocacy. Congratulations Emily!


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Pediatric Grand Rounds

Thursday 8:00 am

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Thursday 8:00 am

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Thursday 8:00 am

UNC Children’s Meeting

Thursday 12:00 pm

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Thursday 8:00 am


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For more than half a century, the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has offered excellent, cutting-edge care in our children’s units at UNC Hospitals. 2002 marked the beginning of a new era. For the first time, all pediatric services were provided out of a single state-of-the-art facility, NC Children’s Hospital. Located on the UNC medical campus in Chapel Hill, NC, the Children’s Hospital allows the Department to provide complete inpatient and outpatient care for children in one location, a true children’s hospital.