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Gonzalez New Assoc. Director for Addiction Medicine Fellowship

November 29, 2022

Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, has joined the Addiction Medicine Fellowship program to serve as Associate Program Director. Dr. Gonzales joined the UNC Department of Pediatrics in August 2022.  Prior, Dr. Gonzalez completed a Pediatric Residency at New York Medical Center/Westchester Medical Center in 2008 and completed an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the University of Minnesota in 2009. Dr. Gonzalez also served for several years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Congratulations Dr. Gonzalez!

Joyner & McNeal-Trice Elected to American Pediatric Society

November 16, 2022

The American Pediatric Society (APS) council members have formally elected Benny Joyner, MD, MPH, and Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD, to Active membership with the society. Active member nominations are accepted for individuals who reside in the United States or Canada who have distinguished themselves as child health leaders, teachers, scholars, policymakers, and/or clinicians and whose important contributions are recognized nationally and/or internationally, as determined by the Council, and who have well-established credentials as teachers, scholars, policymakers, and/or clinicians and whose contributions have advanced child health.

Herrera and Weiss Selected for Passing the Torch

November 15, 2022

Dr. Adriana Herrera, Assistant Professor in Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and Dr. Jasmine Weiss, Assistant Professor in General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine have been selected to be a part of the 2022-2023 Passing the Torch Cohort. Both are true assets to our health care system and to the UNC Department of Pediatrics!

Passing the Torch is a faculty development program uniquely suited to junior Clinician Educator faculty to develop further patient care and teaching skills with a person-centered model. Supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Passing the Torch program strives to equip faculty with a variety of humanistic skills through experiential learning methods. As one of twelve participating program sites, the UNC School of Medicine is part of a larger cohort of medical institutions working toward helping faculty become better role models. Sites are in the process of evaluating program outcomes and hope to publish their learnings.

Congratulations Adriana and Jasmine!

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Sean Sullivan, MD

November 14, 2022

Sean Sullivan joined the Wilmington Pediatric Specialty Division in Gastroenterology as an Associate Professor on November 14, 2022. Dr. Sullivan earned his MD from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University in 1996. He completed his Pediatrics Residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego in 2001 and a Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins University in 2006. Dr. Sullivan has served as a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth since 2015 and as a Pediatric Specialty Leader with the U.S. Navy since 2020. Dr. Sullivan also served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth from 2016 to 2019. Welcome Sean!

Vogt Presented 2022 Hall Award for Clinically Innovative Research Paper

November 10, 2022

Matthew Vogt, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology, is the 2022 recipient of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society’s Hall Award for Clinically Innovative Research Paper. The award is presented annually to a junior or mid-career investigator who is the first or senior author of a paper that best illustrates the innovative approach to clinical research demonstrated by Dr. Caroline Hall, for whom the award is named.

McNeal-Trice Stepping Down as ACGME Designated Institutional Official

November 7, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Schilling!  Samantha Schilling, MD, MSHP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, has joined the NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship program to serve as Associate Director of Pediatrics. Dr. Schilling has great expertise on mechanisms of child abuse prevention and conducts primary care-based studies of parenting interventions on the impact of parental self-efficacy, effectiveness, and reducing severe discipline and abuse. For years Dr. Schilling has been an important participant in the recruitment piece of the fellowship, meeting with potential fellows and providing key feedback. Dr. Schilling will expand the core faculty expertise within the program and enhance the fellowship experience.

Schilling New Assoc. Director of Pediatrics for NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship

November 7, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Schilling!  Samantha Schilling, MD, MSHP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, has joined the NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship program to serve as Associate Director of Pediatrics. Dr. Schilling has great expertise on mechanisms of child abuse prevention and conducts primary care-based studies of parenting interventions on the impact of parental self-efficacy, effectiveness, and reducing severe discipline and abuse. For years Dr. Schilling has been an important participant in the recruitment piece of the fellowship, meeting with potential fellows and providing key feedback. Dr. Schilling will expand the core faculty expertise within the program and enhance the fellowship experience.

Sarkissian Recently Published in Pediatric Quality and Safety

November 4, 2022

Aliese Sarkissian, MD recently published a paper in Pediatric Quality and Safety based on her Rheumatology fellowship QI project: Improving Vitamin D Screening in a Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic Using Structured Quality Improvement Process. Congratulations Aliese!

Welcome New Researcher: Natalia S. Akopyants, PhD

October 29, 2022

Natalia Akopyants, joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine on October 31, 2022. Dr. Akopyants, earned her PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Research Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia in 1988. In 1998, Dr. Akopyants completed post doctoral training in Microbiology with the Department of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. Since 1999, Dr. Akopyants has continued her research career as faculty in the Department of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine. Welcome Natalia!

Jackson and Tolleson-Rinehart Elected to SPR

October 28, 2022

Congratulations to Wesley Jackson, MD MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, on their election to membership in the Society of Pediatric Research (SPR).

The Society for Pediatric Research encourages and supports pediatric research endeavors by creating a multi-disciplinary network of diverse researchers to improve child health. Collaboration among SPR members creates meaningful progress for the future of children’s health. Active Members are independent researchers conducting hypothesis-driven research in a field related to pediatrics that have been nominated and seconded by SPR members and approved by SPR Council.

Congratulations Sue and Wes!