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Celebrating Magee Leigh: Retirement and Lectureship

September 29, 2023

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.

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Nicole Stephenson, MD

August 14, 2023

Dr. Stephenson joined the Department of Pediatrics as faculty on August 14, 2023. Dr. Stephenson received her BS from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville VA in 2011 and completed her medical degree at Trinity School of Medicine, in St. Vincent & the Grenadines in 2016. She was a Pediatric Resident at the Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC from 2017 to 2020. She completed subspecialty training in Pediatric Pulmonology with us at UNC Children’s in 2023. Congratulations Nicole!

Improving the Lives of Children with Cystic Fibrosis

July 31, 2023

Investigators in Pediatric Pulmonology at UNC Children’s are playing key roles in the study and treatment of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the current life expectancy for CF patients born between 2017 and 2021 is 53 years — a substantial change from just 10 years ago when the life expectancy was 38. These incredible improvements in the lives of children and adults with CF have been possible through years of laboratory and translational research at UNC and medical centers around the world. At UNC Children’s, clinical trials that test potential drugs and therapies in people with CF are a fundamental part of CF research and care.

Welcome to Our 2023-2024 Pediatric Subspecialty Fellows

July 7, 2023

We are excited to welcome to the newest group of fellows/subspecialty residents to UNC Children’s! Our fellowship programs are committed to fostering the development of future generations of physicians and scientists who will go on to improve the health of children in North Carolina and across the globe.

Dellon Honored with H. Fleming Fuller Award

May 15, 2023

Elisabeth Dellon, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Children’s Supportive Care Team, was honored with this year’s H. Fleming Fuller Award. The award was presented on May 15 during a meeting of the UNC Health Board of Directors. For more than 35 years, the Award has been given to the physician who best embodies Fuller’s commitment to patient care, teaching, and community.

Vece Promoted to Professor of Pediatrics

May 1, 2023

Timothy Vece, MD was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics effective May 1, 2023. Dr. Vece has been a faculty member in Pediatric Pulmonology since 2016. Dr. Vece is the Medical Director, North Carolina Children’s Airway Center and part of the Rare and Genetic Lung Disease Program.

NC Children’s Allergy and Asthma Center awarded Certification from The Joint Commission

September 14, 2022

The UNC Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for the NC Children’s Allergy and Asthma Center by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Thomas Ferkol, Jr., MD

August 1, 2022

On August 1, 2022, Dr. Tom Ferkol joined the department as the new Division Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology. Dr. Ferkol comes to us from Washington University in St. Louis. He earned an undergraduate degree in Biological and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University before pursuing his MD degree at Ohio State University. Subsequently, he completed his Pediatric residency and a year as Chief Resident with us at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Ferkol completed his Pediatric Pulmonology fellowship training at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Case Western Reserve University in 1992. Beginning in 2000, Dr. Ferkol joined the faculty as a tenured Associated Professor in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine, Washington University and as the Director of the Comprehensive Washington University Cystic Fibrosis Center. His research has focused on characterizing genetic and molecular factors that contribute to lung disease in cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia.
Please join us in welcoming Tom to the UNC Children’s family!

Alpha Omega Alpha Inducts 8 Pediatric Residents, Fellows & Faculty

May 4, 2022

We are excited to congratulate Pediatrics department members recently inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA). Election to Alpha Omega Alpha signifies a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. Membership in the society confers recognition of someone’s dedication to the profession and art of healing.