We are pleased to announce that, Dr. Christian Lawrence, Assistant Professor in Hospital Pediatrics, and Dr. Nina Jain, Professor in Endocrinology, began their service as Co-Associate Chairs for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on January 1, 2024. Christian and Nina will bring their unique experiences, energy, and commitment to bear in supporting the department’s goals. We are excited to work with both of these exceptional faculty members in this important role for the Department of Pediatrics.
Nina Jain, MD was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics effective January 1, 2024. Dr. Jain has been a faculty member in Pediatric Endocrinology since 2008. Dr. Jain is a pediatric endocrinologist whose research interests focus on type 1 and type 2 diabetes, particularly as it relates to clinical management and quality improvement measures.
One of our retired faculty members, A. Joseph D’Ercole, died peacefully on December 21st, 2023, after a brief but rapidly progressing illness. Although Dr. D’Ercole is internationally known for his basic research, he is locally known for his expertise and compassion in the care of children. In this regard he has mentored hundreds of students, residents, fellows, and staff in clinical care, and he has taught the importance of thorough assessments, careful deliberation, and excellent communication with, and advocacy for, his patients. Dr. D’Ercole’s’ legacy will live on through his scientific discoveries, trainees, and his incredible impact on so many families. He will be missed.
Amy Levenson, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, has been elected by the Academy of Educators to be their representative on the School of Medicine Education Committee. The UNC School of Medicine Education Committee develops and maintains the governance structure for the entire medical school curriculum.
UNC Research recently published a feature on Dr. Jennifer Law and the Turner Syndrome research at UNC. In the ‘Endeavors’ article, “Hope for “Butterflies”, we learn more about how the UNC Turner Syndrome Clinic provides multidisciplinary care to improve the lives of patients, also known as “butterflies.”