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Neha Hassan

Hi everyone, my name is Neha Hassan and I am excited to be a part of the UNC Neonatology family. I was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. I went to medical school in China at Jiangsu University and decided to come to the US after I graduated from medical school. I spent a few years in India and the US while studying for the USMLE and gaining clinical experience. I enjoyed my time spent in Northern Virginia before I moved to Greenville, NC. I just finished Pediatrics Residency at East Carolina University and enjoyed the three years I spent there. I always had a passion towards Neonatology. I enjoyed my UNC interview experience, the faculty was very approachable and my most memorable experience was the lunch with the fellows. I’m interested in the extremely low birth weight patient population and global health research. On a fun note, I also enjoy trying different cuisines, cooking, gardening, art and music. I am excited to be in the triangle area for the next three years and look forward to exploring all that it has to offer.


Simone Schneider

I grew up in South Florida and attended undergrad at the University of Florida.  I then moved to Chicago, Illinois for medical school at Rush University, and stayed in the area for pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago.  After residency I was a neonatal hospitalist at Northwestern University prior to moving a little closer to home and to warmer weather to start NICU fellowship at UNC.  I was drawn to UNC due to their strong clinical experience, diversity of patients, abundant research opportunities, and the tight knit family feel to the division.

My clinical interests are in neuro-developmental outcomes of extremely premature infants.  My husband is also a physician at UNC and we have a 1 year old daughter. My family and I love spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants, and listening to live music.


Lana Zhang

Hi everyone! I was born in China but grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland. I went to UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) for college where I studied Biology and English literature. During undergrad, I participated in some really interesting research on cocaine addiction in rats and pheromones in mice. I went to medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. It took me all four years, but I finally started to love country music! I later performed clinical research at Children’s National in DC on orthostatic hypotension the year following medical school. Soon after, I relocated to Norfolk, VA for residency at CHKD (Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters). I developed a “Residents As Teachers” curriculum by creating Chalk-Talks to teach medical students and instructed other residents to insert umbilical lines. I quickly grew to love all the babies, decided that I wanted to be a Neo, and applied for NICU fellowship. In addition to being impressed by UNC’s kind people and level of academic research, I know that I will receive great training here. My partner and I are very excited to be in the area and explore all the wonderful food. Our little family includes a high-energy labradoodle puppy named Sebastian and a spunky bunny named Gus Gus.


Sean Shannon

I spent my childhood touring various Air Force bases before attending Western Kentucky University for undergraduate training in Chemistry and Biology. There I met my wonderful wife, then traveled to her hometown for medical school at the University of Louisville. Residency training brought me to UNC, and under the mentorship of our incredible faculty I cultivated my passion for neonatology. I desired to stay on as a fellow because of the brilliant group of attendings, fellows, and practitioners who make each day of work exponentially better. There is also no shortage of opportunity and encouragement to begin building a successful career. My research interests center on utilizing point-of-care ultrasound, including implementation and curriculum development. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy exploring the beautiful parks and trails of North Carolina with my wife and two dogs, studying history, and experimenting with new recipes. Except for fall weekends and winter afternoons reserved for cheering on the Tar Heels, with just a touch of confliction when our Louisville Cardinals are in town.


Chris Zimmerman

I am originally from North Carolina and went to UNC – Chapel Hill for undergraduate school. I completed my medical school training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and my pediatric residency at Duke University Medical Center. I love the triangle area and all it has to offer including fun restaurants, great lakes for fishing and other activities, and it is so close to the beach where I love to surf and soak up the sun. I love the true comradery that UNC’s Neonatology program offers and the program leadership could not be more supportive. Also, the award-winning transport team is such a unique experience and the support we provide to hospitals across the state provides a nice sense of purpose. My research interests include long-term renal outcomes and the development of clinical risk stratification tools to help limit long-term morbidity/mortality.



Krysten North

I am originally from Maryland. I received a BS in Molecular Biology at Grove City College, then attended medical school at Columbia University in New York City. During medical school, I received a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Global Health at Harvard. I completed my pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After residency, I worked as a pediatrician for Cincinnati Children’s at a large government hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, then as a neonatal hospitalist at the University of Washington in Seattle. I came to UNC because of the rich global health environment, both in the Department of Pediatrics and in the Gillings School of Public Health. I have been thrilled by the support I’ve received for my global health research during fellowship. When I’m not in the NCCC, I enjoy exploring the parks around Chapel Hill with my three young kids, bike commuting, and growing tomatoes in my front yard.

Mary Terrell

Another native Marylander, I grew up down the street from the University of Maryland at College Park, where my mother worked and I eventually earned a BS in Biological Sciences with minors in Spanish and Child Studies. While attending medical school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, I completed a rural medicine elective on the north shore of Oahu. I (not surprisingly) fell in love with both the Hawaiian islands and (more surprisingly—ha!) my future husband, a childhood friend from Maryland—and went on to complete an internship in Pediatrics at UH/Kapiolani Medical Center. Once our family grew, the East Coast eventually drew us back. I was particularly attracted to the “college town” feel of Chapel Hill, familiar from my childhood home. I completed my pediatric residency at UNC, where I experienced firsthand the Goldilocks combination of top-notch teaching and mentorship with heartfelt community and collegiality. It was an easy decision to remain here for fellowship, where I’ve been encouraged and supported in pursuing my varied research and education interests, including breastfeeding medicine, pharmacoepidemiology and neonatal point-of-care ultrasound. Outside of training, when I’m not being a soccer mom or restarting Couch to 5K (again), you can usually find me with my husband and our four children doing what NC offers best: checking out a new hike, chasing waterfalls in the mountains, or catching waves at the beach.