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Davis Receives 2024 Elizabeth A. Rich, MD Award

February 19, 2024

Stephanie D. Davis, MD, Chair and Edward C. Curnen, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics has been selected by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) as the 2024 recipient of the Elizabeth A. Rich, MD Award.

Young Joins UNC as Gene Therapy Center Director

February 19, 2024

The Department of Pediatrics is thrilled to announce that Samuel M. Young, Jr., PhD has accepted the position as a Roper Investigator, Professor with Tenure and Director of the UNC Gene Therapy Center. Dr. Young will join the Department on June 28th, 2024. Dr. Young joins us from the University of Iowa where he is currently appointed as a Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and serves as the Director of the Molecular Auditory Research in the Department of Otolaryngology.

Belhorn Receives 2024 UNC School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award

February 14, 2024

Tom Belhorn, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been selected by UNC School of Medicine Medical Alumni to receive the 2024 UNC School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award. This award recognizes Dr. Belhorn’s decades of leadership within pediatric infectious disease and his commitment to training the next generation of providers. Congratulations Tom!

Orr Co-Authors Article About U.S. Pediatric Subspecialty Workforce

February 5, 2024

Colin Orr, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, is a co-author of a supplement article published in Pediatrics on Feb. 1. The article, “Child Health and the US Pediatric Subspecialty Workforce: Planning for the Future,” is the first of a multi-part supplement that provides a rigorous analysis of the projected pediatric subspecialty workforce in the United States.

Zheng Promoted to Professor of Pediatrics

February 1, 2024

Xiaojing Zheng, PhD was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics effective February 1, 2024. Dr. Zheng has been a faculty member in Pediatric Infectious Diseases since 2013. Dr. Zheng received her BS in Medicine from Tongji Medical School in Wuhan, China in 1995 and completed a MS in Nephrology from Tongji Medical School in August 2001. She completed a PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh in June 2007 as well as a PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh in May 2012.

Jordan Promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics

February 1, 2024

Katie Jordan, MD was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics effective February 1, 2024. Dr. Jordan has been a faculty member in Pediatrics since 2018. Dr. Jordan earned her undergraduate degree from Williams College and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina. She remained to complete Pediatric Residency training in the Primary Care Program at the University of North Carolina and then served as a Chief Resident. She worked as a General Pediatrician with the Cone Health Group in Greensboro before joining the faculty at UNC.

Abajas Promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics

February 1, 2024

Yasmina Abajas, MD was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics effective January 1, 2024. Dr. Abajas has been a faculty member in Pediatrics since 2016. Dr. Abajas received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in May 2009. She completed her internship and Pediatric residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Health System Program/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in June 2012. A Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship was completed at UNC Chapel Hill in June 2015 followed by a year as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with UNC Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.

UNC CF Team Featured in January CFF Network News

January 31, 2024

The UNC Pediatrics CF team was featured in the January edition of the CFF Network News. Written by Mary Beth Prieur, PhD, the article addresses the increasing importance of mental health among the CF community.

UNC Children’s at Carolina Pointe II Team Earns Most Improved Practice Award

January 25, 2024

The UNC Children’s Primary and Specialty Care at Carolina Pointe II Team has been recognized as the PCIC FY24 Mid-Year Most Improved Practice. Congratulations to Katie Jordan, MD, Medical Director; Sherri Woody, RN, Nurse Patient Services Manager; and their team for their hard, sustained work in meeting the Primary Care Improvement Collaborative (PCIC) metrics.

Jaspers Earns 2024 Society of Toxicology Education Award

January 23, 2024

The Society of Toxicology has selected Dr. Ilona Jaspers to receive the 2024 Society of Toxicology Education Award. Ilona Jaspers, PhD is a Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology & Immunology, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The annual Society of Toxicology Education Award is presented to an individual who is distinguished by the teaching and training of toxicologists and who has made significant contributions to education in the broad field of toxicology.