The residents, by far, are the best part of our residency program! The environment is supportive and collegial. Residents spend time together outside of work enjoying Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn, trivia night at Vecino, or an evening together at a classmate’s home…just to name a few of their favorite activities.  We currently have 64 residents in our program: 46 traditional general pediatrics residents, 12 primary care pediatrics residents, 2 child neurology residents, 2 preliminary pediatrics residents, 1 combined pediatrics – anesthesiology resident, and 1 accelerated research pathway resident.  Our residents are from 37 different medical schools, representing 20 states.

FIRST YEAR RESIDENTS


KIM BREGLIO, MD, PhD – PRELIMINARY PEDIATRICS 
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
University of Oxford (PhD Biomedical Sciences)
McGill University (Ecological Determinants of Health)

In her spare time, Kim enjoys painting with acrylics and watercolors and cooking, especially fresh pasta and ravioli; she also has an adventurous side – once while swimming in the Amazon, she was stung by a sting ray.  She and her husband are the proud parents to an adorable one-year-old son.  Kim is one of our Preliminary Pediatrics residents; she will be headed to Duke University for Dermatology residency training at the end of this academic year.

ERIN COOK, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Biology and Chemistry)
Erin was born and raised in Wilmington, NC and fun fact, she attended the same high school that Michael Jordan did – Go Laney!  She and her husband enjoy doing anything outdoors – running, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, snowboarding.  They also love taking their dog for long walks; she’s a golden doodle named Finley.  Erin chose to remain at UNC for residency “because of the people!  The faculty, staff and residents at UNC are amazing. They are some of the best teachers, mentors, and friends that I have met. It is also an honor and privilege to be able to care for the people of my home state.”

JOHN DEVINE, MD – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
SUNY Upstate Medical University
University of Albany SUNY (Biology)
John is from the Thousand Islands Region of New York.  He loves spending time with his family (including his four sisters!), being outdoors, boating, fishing, sports, film, music, cooking/baking, and landscaping…in his words, “I love life”.  John chose UNC for residency because “I fell in love with the idea of their Primary Care Residency program. I knew that I would receive excellent training and education, and when I had my interview it solidified every thought I had about UNC being an amazing program. The faculty, residents and people in the community I met were people I knew that I wanted to surround myself with in order to become a competent pediatrician. I am beyond excited and thankful to be a part of UNC!”

LUMA ESSAID, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Nutrition and Public Health)

Luma loves spending time with family and friends, baking, exploring the abundant parks and outdoor activities in North Carolina, especially taking day trips to her favorite place in the world, Kure Beach.  She chose UNC Pediatrics because of the “commitment to service, advocacy, and inclusion…as well as an emphasis throughout the program on diversity, dedication to teaching, and service to the children of our State.  Training at UNC will lead to a solid foundation of general pediatrics, with broad subspecialty exposure, as well as the unique opportunity to experience the field of pediatrics in multiple health care settings.”

NATALIE FORD, MD – PEDIATRICS
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Biology)

Natalie chose UNC for residency because “of the family feel that was evident among the residents and faculty on my interview day.  I’m also excited for the diversity in training this program provides. As an added bonus, my husband and I will finally get to live as a normal married couple as he lived in Chapel Hill and worked at UNC during my medical training.”  Natalie enjoys baking, snow skiing, traveling (whenever possible) and most importantly, cheering for the TAR HEELS!

JOANNA GLANZ, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Brown University (Biology)
Joanna chose UNC Pediatrics because she was “impressed with the warm and welcoming environment on my interview day.  In addition, the combination of working at UNC as well as the community hospitals at Cone Health and WakeMed seemed like the perfect balance for training. I was also attracted to the area for the significantly better weather (when compared to New England) and the great quality of life.”  Joanna loves coffee Oreo ice cream, skiing, and being outdoors.  She has a crazy amount of nicknames, and residency will be her first time living outside of New England.

MICHELLE GORECKI, MD, MPH – PEDIATRICS
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (MD and MPH)

University of Iowa (Human Physiology)
Michelle chose to come to UNC for residency training because “I was struck by how kind and approachable each and every faculty and resident were during my interview day!  I knew I could thrive in such a welcoming environment.”  Michelle enjoys hiking (recent excursions in Acadia and Joshua Tree National Parks), trying out new recipes whilst listening to podcasts, and is a fantasy football league enthusiast.  She is currently working to teach herself the art of cake decorating.

CHE KAMATH, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of Florida College of Medicine
University of Florida (Basic Biological and Medical Service)
Che chose UNC Pediatrics “because I knew that I would be working alongside dedicated and passionate individuals. From the residents to the administrative staff, I knew that I would be joining a close-knit family that truly cares for another. I am excited to work in an environment that is diverse, collaborative, and has many opportunities for research, advocacy and medical education.”  Che enjoys a nice bike ride, cooking, and taking in a basketball, soccer, or hockey game.

ANNIKA KOPPEN, MD – PEDIATRICS
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
College of William and Mary (Business)

Annika chose UNC for residency because “the residents I met on my interview day were so friendly, welcoming, and genuinely enthusiastic about the program. It seemed like together they formed a really tight-knit community and it felt like something I really wanted to be a part of. I also loved Chapel Hill and thought it seemed like a great place to live!”  Annika loves to bake, spend time outdoors, and watch sports (especially tennis and soccer). Her favorite animal is a giraffe, and one of her travel goals is to go on a safari to see them in their natural habitat.

TAYLOR KULIK, MD – PEDIATRICS
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Binghamton University (Biological Sciences)

Taylor chose UNC for residency training because of “the sense of family and camaraderie between residents was more palpable and apparent than at any other program I visited. I knew almost instantly that I wanted to be a part of that incredible culture. Dr. McNeal-Trice is a phenomenal steward for the program, and the ways in which she demonstrated her love for the residents, the institution, and Chapel Hill as a whole left me feeling that UNC would be the perfect place to start my next adventure. Lastly, I have to concede – I’ve always been a little partial to Carolina Blue!”  Taylor has a twin sister (who got most of the looks!).  He played college basketball for one year and still likes to play after a solid hour of stretching. This self-proclaimed karaoke star believes he was in a boy band in another life.

AMALIA LEE, MD, MPH – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (MD and MPH)
North Carolina State University (Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry)

Amalia is a member of our Primary Care Residency.  She chose to remain at UNC because of “the People! There is no other place that felt like home!  Additionally, I love UNC’s commitment to diversity and to improving the health of the community!”  Amalia has been in the Army since 2009.  She loves exploring museums with her daughter, and she and her husband are huge NC State fans – go Wolfpack!

DIANA MANNSCHRECK, MD – PRELIMINARY PEDIATRICS
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
University of Washington (Nursing)

Diana grew up in Montana near Glacier National Park and was a postpartum and NICU nurse in Seattle for two years before deciding to pursue medicine.  Her husband completed his MBA at Duke, and they are excited to return to North Carolina for the chicken and waffles, amazing barbecue, and intense UNC – Duke basketball rivalry (although they are now a house divided!).  Outside of medicine, Diana enjoys weightlifting, skiing, hiking, country music concerts, trying new restaurants, and spending time outdoors in the North Carolina sunshine!  She is one of our Preliminary Pediatrics residents and will be headed to UVA for dermatology residency training.

ALEX PONKRATZ, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Marquette University (Biomedical Sciences)
Alex chose UNC because “the residents on my interview day were close friends and seemed genuinely happy, and I immediately felt welcomed.  I was very impressed by the program leadership and their true interest in the residents’ lives.  I also love the diverse patient population and the opportunity to train at multiple sites.  Also, the thought of exchanging cold Wisconsin winters for warmer Carolina weather was also exciting!”  As a true Green Bay native, Alex is a die-hard Packers fan and lives for cheese!  She also enjoys eating, baking, watching movies, and reading.  Alex is also an ordained minister.

LUKE QUEHL, MD – CHILD NEUROLOGY
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston University (English and Biology)
Luke grew up on a farm near Cincinnati, Ohio.  He enjoys anything that puts him outside including bicycling, camping, farming, and traveling.  Luke’s undergraduate English studies focused on oral tradition; he enjoys the vast differences in how two patients might explain the same symptoms, and how to tailor his interview style to establish their trust and build upon their medical literacy.  He likes to tinker with tech, design, and programming and has designed and built sets for plays.  More recently, he has dabbled in 3D printing.  Luke is one of our Child Neurology residents.

JORDAN REASOR, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of Florida College of Medicine
University of Florida (Basic Biological and Medical Service)

Jordan “chose UNC for my pediatric residency training because I wanted a place that supported and encouraged my varied interests regarding children’s health and would provide well-rounded training so I could be a competent and confident pediatrician; UNC met those requirements and they do so while providing a supportive and fun environment.  The beautiful location put this program over the top!”  Having grown up in Florida, her favorite place in the world is Disney, and she has all the pro-tips on planning a trip there!   Jordan enjoys traveling to new places and learning about their history.  Her other interests include going to the movies, seeing Broadway shows, cooking, and baking, especially with friends.

SHENELL REYNOLDS, DO – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn Campus
Alabama State University (Biology and Chemistry)

Shenell is a member of our Primary Care Residency.  She chose UNC because “after completing an away rotation, I felt like I gained a new family.  I learned and grew so much within a matter of weeks, and was truly blown away with how knowledgeable yet supportive everyone was.  I was also really drawn to the duality of the program in that it has strong foundations in both academics and community service.”  Most of Shenell’s childhood was spent building life-sized roller coasters and making up dance routines with her siblings, so many believed she would end up being an engineer or a dancer. Life led her down a different path, but to this day, some of her favorite pastimes include going to amusement parks and having dance parties with her daughter!

MAC SEGARS, MD – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Clemson University (Mathematical Sciences)
Mac is a member of our Primary Care Residency.  Prior to medical school, he served in the Peace Corps in Mozambique for two years at a rural site accessible only by canoe.  His hobbies include hiking, backpacking, SCUBA, snorkeling, writing, drawing, and improv.  He chose UNC for his residency training because “the UNC community was the most welcoming that I found, and hiking trails are within minutes of the hospital!  The opportunities in primary care training and global public health are also top notch.”

JESSICA SIBLEY, MD, JD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Law

Duke University (Environmental Sciences)
Jessica chose to remain for residency because of “the wonderful faculty and residents who taught me so much as a medical student, the great location, and the opportunities for advocacy.”  Jessica is a huge music fan and loves playing piano, listening to Spotify and vinyl records, and going to concerts. She and her husband, David, enjoy traveling and have two dogs and two cats who get along surprisingly well.  Prior to attending medical school, she worked as an attorney in North Carolina.

AJAN SIVARAMAMOORTHY, MD – PEDIATRICS
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Vanderbilt University (Chemistry)
Ajan chose to come to UNC for residency because of “the excellent clinical training, the close-knit community feel of the program and the genuine commitment to serving children of all backgrounds.”  Between undergraduate and medical school, he spent time with AmeriCorps working for one year at a high school and another with the National Health Corps as a patient navigator. In his spare time, Ajan enjoys getting outdoors, playing soccer, and reading.

SAHAL THAHIR, MD – PEDIATRICS
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Biochemistry)

Sahal chose UNC Pediatrics because of “the program’s commitment to education, research, and clinical practice that impacts children and families of diverse backgrounds.  The community at UNC Children’s seemed to be defined by common attitude of humility, persistence, and positivity.  It was clearly an environment which would foster my development into the pediatrician I aim to become.”  Sahal is an avid outdoorsman, musician, and, in his words, a long-suffering D.C. sports fan.

CATHERINE TRUB, MD – PEDIATRICS
Emory University School of Medicine

Wake Forest University (English)
Catherine chose UNC Pediatrics because “I wanted to train in a supportive and friendly environment with co-residents and faculty focused on the care of children and their families. When I interviewed at UNC, I knew I had found the right people to help support me in my journey to becoming a pediatrician. The location—perfectly nestled between the mountains and the beach—was a great bonus as well!”  Catherine likes to knit colorful sweaters, enjoys a good run, and is a fan of hot yoga.  She and her husband also love trying out new restaurants or cooking together at home.

CHRISTEL WEKON-KEMENI, MD – PEDIATRICS
Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
University of Miami (Microbiology and Immunology)
Christel chose UNC for “a variety of reasons…I was very impressed by how warm, friendly and genuine everyone in the program was, from the residents all the way up to the program leadership…I was also very appreciative of how committed the program leadership was in promoting and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment to learn and grow in…I loved that this residency program was focused on providing both a solid foundation of general pediatrics and a wide exposure to a vast variety of subspecialties.”  Christel started a blog called Black Man, M.D. during his MS1 year and has been consistently maintaining it ever since.  He loves playing FIFA, board games, shooting pool, listening to music, working out, reading, spending quality time with his significant other (BTW – they happened to run into LeBron James on their very first date!) and cheering on the U – Go Canes!

ALICIA WHITEIS, MD – PEDIATRICS
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
University of Texas at Dallas (Business Administration and Biology)
Alicia chose UNC because “I completed an away rotation at UNC and loved it!  The residents and attendings were so friendly, supportive and genuine and the culture of the program made me feel like I was joining a big family!  The diverse patient population and unique experiences that UNC has appealed to me as well.  I also love North Carolina and all its beauty!”  Alicia has had her pilot’s license since college and loves to fly in her free time.  She also enjoys hiking, baking, eating the things she bakes, and going on adventures with her significant other and their corgi!

SECOND YEAR RESIDENTS


CHRIS ATKINS, MD, MMS – PEDIATRICS
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
University of South Florida (MMS Medical Sciences)

Vanderbilt University (Political Science)
Chris chose UNC because he had the “opportunity to complete an away rotation at UNC and loved my experience here.  All of the residents and attendings were supportive, friendly, and continually strived to provide the best care possible for their patients.  In addition, the culture of the program and leadership involved truly have the best interest of their residents at heart.  Lastly, I have always wanted to eventually end up in North Carolina and could not have fallen in love with Chapel Hill and the surrounding area more.” He met his wife at their White Coat Ceremony; she sat next to him.  Together they love exploring the outdoors and have gone hiking from coast to coast.  Highlights include the Great Smoky Mountains, Crater Lake in Oregon, and the Redwoods in California.  Chris will be one our of 2021-2022 Chief Residents.

DARIUS BYRAMJI, MD – PEDIATRICS
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
University of Texas at Austin (Business Administration/Supply-Chain Management)

Darius chose UNC because “the residents and faculty at UNC just felt like one big and happy family. Everyone genuinely enjoys working with each other and care about those around them.  The chance to care for such a diverse patient population was very appealing, as well.  And finally, North Carolina and Chapel Hill are such beautiful places, my wife and I couldn’t resist the chance to enjoy it for ourselves!”  He enjoys playing the guitar and loves spending time in the kitchen, especially baking and dessert creation.  Darius is also a big fan of Houston sports.

JOANE CADET, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of Florida College of Medicine
University of Florida (Biology with a minor in Latin American Studies)
Joane chose UNC because of “its family-like atmosphere, dedication to serving the community and the diversity of training offered by the various sites UNC is affiliated with.  On my interview day, it was obvious that the faculty were very invested in resident education and that the residents really enjoyed working with each other.”  Joane enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, reading and journaling.  She also sang with an acapella group during medical school called the Notochords, and she has gone on multiple mission trips to Haiti.

HUTTON CHAPMAN, MD – PEDIATRICS
Tufts University School of Medicine
University of Virginia (Biochemistry)

Hutton chose to come to UNC because on his interview day, he was “blown away by how friendly and welcoming everyone was.  I quickly saw that this could be a place that my wife and I could call home.  I was also so impressed with the UNC Children’s Hospital, especially with what they offer to help kids’ stay in the hospital be as fun and as normal as possible (how many other places have an actual school in the hospital?!).”  Hutton’s wife is a NICU nurse (who only slightly influenced his decision to go into pediatrics), and they are the proud parents of a handsome son!  He’s never met someone who shares his first name.

EJIOFOR EZEKWE, MD, PhD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (MD and PhD Pharmacology)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Biological Sciences)
Ejiofor chose to remain at UNC for residency because “the program offers a tremendous combination of excellent clinical training with a rich and vibrant research enterprise.  But what makes UNC truly special are the people.  As a medical student, I experienced how dedicated, collaborative, and thoughtful all the faculty, staff, and residents are in caring for patients and teaching learners.”  He is a huge sports fan (especially his hometown Baltimore Ravens and the TAR HEELS), avid fan of strength training, and a singer.  He and his wife are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters!

DREW GARDNER, MD – PEDIATRICS
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Elon University (Exercise Science) 
Drew chose UNC because of “the wonderful balance of intellect, diversity, and kindness. I greatly enjoyed an away rotation at UNC, even when I ended up with the flu.  A couple days after my diagnosis, both the fellow and attending texted me to see how I was feeling.  The following week, they revised my chest conference presentation, spending time outside of their busy day to help me develop professionally.  I knew from this experience that this program has something truly special – residents that work well as a team, faculty who love to teach, research and advocacy opportunities, and genuine people ready to lend a hand to those in need.”  Drew enjoys running, playing guitar, and snowboarding and surfing (or master of wiping out).  He and his wife have a sweet but wild dachshund who protects the neighborhood from bags in the wind!   They are also the proud parents of an adorable baby boy!

JENNIFER GUTIERREZ-WU, MD – PEDIATRICS
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Brown University (Latin American and Caribbean Studies)
Jennifer chose to come to UNC for “the combination of excellent clinical training in a great city, research and global health opportunities, commitment to diversity, and the wonderful people.”  During college, she was in a Latin dance group, and she is actively trying to recruit her husband to the dance floor.  She enjoys any outdoor activity, and when indoors, she enjoys baking and cooking for friends and family.

CATHERINE HAYES, MD – PEDIATRICS
Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

Middlebury College (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with a minor in Music)
Catherine chose UNC because she “did an away rotation with pulmonology loved it!  I was especially impressed by the enthusiasm for teaching and learning and the tight-knit resident community.”  She is a former high school race-walker, college rower, and medical school broom-ball player.  Catherine’s current interests include hiking, knitting, playing the flute, baking, and crossword puzzles.  Catherine will be one of our 2021-2022 Chief Residents.


ANISHA HEGDE, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of Virginia School of Medicine
University of Georgia (Genetics and Comparative Literature) 
Anisha chose to come to UNC because she “loves how committed the program is to serving its diverse patient population well, and the residents I met on interview day seemed like a family with amazingly supportive faculty.”  Anisha enjoys traveling and is currently teaching herself to play the mandolin – on a perfect day, both at the same time!

CHRIS ISKANDER, MD, MPH – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (MD and MPH)

Wake Forest University (History)  
Chris chose to remain at UNC for residency training because he wanted to “work with the AMAZING residents who taught me so much as a student.”  Chris is a huge sports fan and loves cheering on the TAR HEELS!  He also travels as much as possible, and has actually been to more countries than US states.  He’s learning to cook but has already mastered eating!

LADE JIBOWU, MD, MPH – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
University of School of Medicine at San Antonio
University of Texas School of Public Health

Duke University (Biological Anthropology and Anatomy)
Lade chose UNC for residency because “I was impressed by the strong sense of camaraderie among the residents, the excellent mentorship, and the diverse clinical opportunities available for training.  It was evident during my interview experience that at Carolina, I would be afforded the exposure and support needed to discover my path and flourish in my future career as a pediatrician.”  She is a member of our Primary Care Residency.  Lade loves documentaries, exploring the latest afro beats music, jamming on the alto saxophone, and cheering on the Blue Devils!

MACRINA LIGUORI, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Southwestern Medical School
Hendrix College (Biology)
Macrina chose UNC because she “loved the variety of settings in which we get to work. And, of course, it was obvious that the residents and faculty were truly friends with each other.  They were all so welcoming on my visits to the program; I felt sure they would make a great residency family.  Lastly, North Carolina seems like a wonderful place to live, and the residents seemed to have the lifestyle I was looking for in residency.”  She loves to dance, especially ballet – she performed the role of Clara in the Nutcracker with Ballet Austin when she was in high school.  Macrina also enjoys bargain shopping, DIY projects, and spending time with family and friends.

ALEX LORENTSEN, MD – PEDIATRICS
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Davidson College (Psychology)
Alex chose to come to UNC because of “the people I met on my interview day.  They were so incredibly welcoming and genuinely happy people!  I also liked the diversity of training sites.”  Alex loves riding horses and used to do so competitively.  She also enjoys running, hiking, and anything outdoors.  She and her husband met at Davidson College and love North Carolina – Go Wildcats!

JESSICA MACDOUGALL, MD, MS – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Georgetown University (MS Physiology) 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Psychology)
Jess chose to remain at UNC because of the Primary Care Residency: “I knew that this residency would provide everything I needed to become a good general pediatrician while being surrounded by the most supportive colleagues.”  Jessica and her husband first met on Franklin Street after the UNC National Championship win in 2009.  They have a German Shepherd mix named Isabelle.  Jessica enjoys running or hiking at the Eno.  Thanks to her grandmother, she is obsessed with scrap-booking and saves every birthday card she’s ever received.  GO TAR HEELS!

ZACH PETTIGREW, MD – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
Baylor College of Medicine
Emory University (Anthropology and Human Biology) 
Zach chose to join the UNC Primary Care Residency because at both UNC and Cone Health, he “found a group of people who shared a similar passion to take care of children and adolescents from all backgrounds—be they native North Carolinians or recently relocated refugees—while challenging themselves to become expert clinicians and strong community leaders.  By the end of my two interview days at UNC and Cone, I had found a program at which I could not only ‘fit in’, but also one in which I could thrive and successfully reach my career goal of becoming a primary care pediatrician.”  Prior to medical school, Zach worked at a refugee resettlement agency.  He enjoys traveling, exploring outdoors, cooking, and playing volleyball, and is a big foodie who loves trying out new cuisines and restaurants!!

NIKKI PRITT, MD – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Harvard University (Neurobiology)
Nikki chose to come to UNC because of “the diverse clinical experiences, focus on teaching, dedication to primary care, ideal location, great vibes, and wonderful, friendly people.”  She is a member of our Primary Care Residency.  Prior to medical school, she worked with homeless children as an AmeriCorps member at the YWCA Family Center in Columbus, OH, while also doing research in the adolescent medicine department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. During college, Nikki was a member of a breakdance/hip hop crew.  She still enjoys dancing in addition to painting, practicing yoga, running, spending time with family, gardening, baking, and going on outdoor adventures.  Nikki is a huge Harry Potter fan and taught her dog Harry Potter tricks.

KATIE SCHROEDER, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Wake Forest University (Spanish)
Katie chose to stay at UNC for residency because “of the wonderful residents and faculty I worked with as a medical student; I knew they were the kind of people I wanted as coworkers and role models.  I also liked the ability to train in multiple hospitals and UNC’s mission to serve the people of my home state.”  Katie loves spending time with friends and family, any outdoor activity (especially tennis and hiking along the Eno River), and learning to cook new recipes.

JUSTIN SPERLAZZA, MD, PhD – ACCELERATED RESEARCH PATHWAY
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (MD and PhD Cancer and Molecular Medicine)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chemistry)
Justin chose to return to UNC for residency because “of the strong mission to care for the children of North Carolina, both through clinical care and scientific advancement.”  Outside of work, he is an avid competitive gamer.  He cares for far too many cats, but loves each of them.  Justin also enjoys cooking with his wife, everything from fresh homemade pastas to smoking wild game.  They are also the proud parents of a cute baby boy!

CAITLAN SWAFFAR, MD – PEDIATRICS
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Mechanical Engineering)
Caitlan chose UNC because she was “drawn to the unique opportunity to train in both academic and community hospitals.  I also had a great interview day and really enjoyed learning some new magic tricks!”  Caitlan absolutely loves doughnuts, and to maintain a balanced lifestyle, she also enjoys running half marathons and hiking.  She is, of course, a huge Virginia Tech fan and makes every effort to make it back to Blacksburg for a football game – Go Hokies!

NATE WOOTEN, MD – CHILD NEUROLOGY
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Wake Forest University (Health and Exercise Science)
Nate is in our Child Neurology program; he’ll complete two years of Pediatrics before transitioning to Neurology.  He chose UNC for training because “as a native North Carolinian, it was fun traveling the country for interviews and seeing new places.  At the end of the day though, nowhere else compared to the perfect triad of great academics, beautiful weather, and warm people!”  Nate threw the hammer in college (Go Deacs!) and has backpacked in the Patagonia Mountains with his wife Melissa!  He and Melissa are parents to a handsome baby boy!

Third Year Residents

Chris Cummings, MD, PhD
Chris majored in Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  He received both his PhD (Cancer Biology) and MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Chris did an away rotation at UNC which helped him make his residency decision: “I was blown away by how invested the attendings and fellows were in the education of the residents, and at the volume of teaching that was done every day during rounds, conferences, and afternoon chalk talks.  I also was excited to live in the Chapel Hill area with all of the amenities that come from being in a college town.”  Outside of work, he and his wife are doting parents to a beautiful daughter, and he also enjoys exploring new restaurants, hiking, and golfing.

Paige Dudley, MD, MS
Paige received a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University and a master’s in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She completed her medical school training at East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine.  Paige chose to come to UNC for the Primary Care Residency – it “is the perfect combination of a major medical center with a smaller community hospital to give me the most well-rounded training I could find.”  Prior to joining our program, Paige served as an Active Duty Navy flight surgeon for a Marine helicopter squadron for four years.  She currently serves in the Navy Reserves.

Blaire Hanvey, MD
Blaire is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Elementary Education.  Prior to returning to Carolina for medical school, Blaire taught kindergartners for three years.  She chose to remain at UNC for residency because “UNC has deep roots in a mission to serve the underserved people of NC.  We give a powerful voice to people who are otherwise silenced by poverty and adverse life events.”  Some people hoard shoes, others collect movies or jewelry; Blaire’s passion is collecting children’s books.  She loves snuggling up with her son and a tall stack of picture books in the library.  Her favorite book is Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox.

Kirabo Herbert, MD
Kirabo grew up in Georgia, outside of Atlanta.  She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Biology and received her MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  She chose UNC for residency because of “the warmth and enthusiasm of the residents and faculty.  My first exposure to the program was UNC’s First Look Weekend, which highlighted the commitment to diversity.  My interview day stood out to further highlight UNC as a program filled with great people who love teaching, where I could receive great training.  I’m very excited to be closer to home and back in the Triangle!”  Kirabo loves dancing, Duke Athletics (Go Blue Devils!), soccer, and watching Netflix/Hulu.

Joelle Kane, MD
Joelle attended Florida State University for both undergraduate and medical school.  She chose to come to UNC for residency because “during my away rotation I was embraced by the fun, caring, and kind residents at UNC.  They made me feel right at home and I enjoyed every day of learning from them and the enthusiastic faculty.  It was clear to me that UNC would be a wonderful place for my husband and me to come train at!”  Joelle loves traveling, exploring the outdoors, and singing in the car after a long day.  She will be one of our Chief Residents in 2020-2021.

Laura Lemley, MD
Laura was born and raised in Thomson, Georgia.  She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Biology then returned to Georgia to attend the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.  Laura chose UNC for Pediatrics Residency because she was “looking for an academic program where the residents were like family, supportive of each other, and supported by the faculty.  Rotating at different hospitals provides an invaluable experience, and there is an exceptional commitment to teaching and learning here.  Additionally, Chapel Hill is an incredible place to live and work!”  Laura loves laughing, traveling and exploring new places, being outside, going for jogs or walks especially on the beach, watching the sunset on her back porch in Thomson, learning new things and SCUBA diving.  She has enjoyed adding more Carolina Blue to her wardrobe.

Hillary Liken, MD
Hillary double majored in Biology and Psychology at the University of Georgia.  She completed her medical education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  Hillary chose UNC Pediatrics because “the people I met during my interview seemed so supportive of one another and genuinely happy to be at UNC.  It was also a program with both access to all the pediatric subspecialties and the opportunity to learn in a community hospital setting.”  She loves the beach, hiking, food, all varieties of desserts, and the occasional lottery ticket – she rarely wins, but she still hasn’t given up hope.  She will be one of our Chief Residents in 2020-2021.

Andy Liu, MD, MS
Andy is a proud Davidson College alumnus (was there when Steph Curry took them on a Cinderella run to the Elite 8!).  He received a master’s in Accountancy from Wake Forest University and his MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  Andy chose UNC Pediatrics because “when I came for my interview, I immediately felt the warmth of people in the program and I remember thinking ‘I want to be a part of this family’ – people here genuinely care about each other and are excited to go to work every day and make a difference together.”  He enjoys snowboarding and playing basketball – he can make a layup…sometimes.

Pamela Londres, MD
Pamela attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate (Biology) and medical school.  She chose UNC because “I could see it combines strong academic training with exposure to diverse practice settings and an incredibly fun, supportive group of co-workers.”  Fireflies are her second favorite animal (another perk of NC) and her favorite places in the world are Disney, Yellowstone, and home.  If she wasn’t a doctor, Pamela would probably be a park ranger.  And most importantly, Pamela loves cheering on her forever team – Go Gators!

Caroline Newman, MD
Caroline, a native of Greensboro, completed her medical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.  She chose to remain at UNC for residency because “I loved the welcoming, collegial atmosphere among residents and attendings.  I knew that the Primary Care Residency would prepare me well to be a general pediatrician.”  Caroline was a varsity tennis player at the College of Charleston but now showcases her athletic ability by running to the nearest dessert.  She loves going on long runs, playing soccer, or hanging by the pool – of course, any of these activities are made way better by getting to do them with her wonderful family and friends.  She also has an addiction to crushed ice and Diet Dr. Pepper.

Phil Nguyen, MD
Phil graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Biological and Medical Sciences and also went to medical school there.  He completed his first two years of Pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis and chose to transfer to UNC to be close to his fiancee, fellow third year Brooke Prestridge.  He enjoys hip hop dance, Philippine cultural and folk dance as well as beach volleyball.  We are thrilled to welcome him to the UNC Pediatrics family!

Brooke Prestridge, MD
Brooke received both her BS (Interdisciplinary Studies of Biology and Medicine) and MD degrees from the University of Florida.  She chose UNC because of “the amazing family feel I got during my interview and the opportunity to learn in such diverse hospital settings.  Since starting, I have felt nothing but warmth and kindness from all of the faculty at UNC and have already grown so much as a young physician.”  When not in the hospital, Brooke enjoys playing with her two puppies (Bailey and Liam), knitting/sewing, doing anything outdoors, hanging with my family and watching Florida football – Go Gators!

Sarah Rice, MD
Sarah earned a BA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and her MD from Emory University School of Medicine.  She chose UNC Pediatrics because “UNC had everything I was looking for in a residency program–a warm and welcoming community, an excellent balance of primary and subspecialty care.  And it is in an unbeatable area!”  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running, hiking, cooking, reading and playing with her dog!  She and her husband are the proud parents to an adorable son!

Derica Sams, MD
Derica majored in Biology at Emory University and received her MD from Morehouse School of Medicine.  She was drawn to UNC Pediatrics because of “the ability to train in such an enriching environment that allows me to work with patients from all communities.  UNC is a very welcoming and friendly place to be.”  Derica is a pseudo-extreme sports enthusiast, loves to binge watch Netflix documentaries, and enjoys attempting to cook new recipes from Pinterest.  She and her husband are proud parents to an awesome Golden Morkie named Sammie Sams and more importantly, a sweet little boy!

Bobby Slater, MD
Bobby received a BS degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and his MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He chose UNC Pediatrics because “I absolutely love the area, everyone is incredibly nice, and the opportunity to see three very different locations all played into the decision.  Truthfully though, it just felt like the right place for my wife and me to move to.”  In his free time, he enjoys being active and spending time outdoors.  Bobby is undefeated in 30 straight Connect Four games over the past two years.

Tiffany St. Clair, MD
Tiffany earned a BA in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.  She chose UNC for residency training because of “the diverse clinical experiences I knew I would get here.  Having the opportunity to rotate at a large academic site like UNC as well as smaller community hospitals was very attractive to me.  Also, UNC offers a great balance of both outpatient and inpatient medicine.  I think UNC’s curriculum equips residents to be well-rounded primary care physicians. Last but certainly not least,  I’m a TAR HEEL!”  Prior to medical school, Tiffany was a high school science teacher – “it was awesome.”  She enjoys yoga and ice cream.  Tiffany and her husband are doting parents to a precious little boy!

Anne Steptoe, MD, MBA
Anne received her BA from Harvard University (Classics and English), her MBA from Duke University (Health Sector Management), and her MD from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  She chose UNC because “I wanted a residency program with a dedicated primary care track that took seriously the idea that future primary care pediatricians should learn a different set of skills and do so in a community setting.”  Anne is a former competitive whitewater kayaker, a crockpot aficionado, and a rare book collector.

Stephanie Toder, MD
Stephanie now calls Arlington, VA home but also grew up in Poland, South Africa, and Canada. She attended Davidson College for her undergraduate studies (Biology) and completed her medical training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  Stephanie chose UNC because of the “well rounded teaching and community hospital training experiences.  Happy residents with administrative support for maintaining resident wellness.  Fantastic place to work and live.”  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and going on walks.

Alex Turek, MD
Alex received a BA in Biochemistry from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her MD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.  She chose UNC Pediatrics because of “the ability to train in a large academic center and community hospitals, the emphasis on primary care, and the friendly residents and faculty I met during my away rotation.  I also fell in love with the Durham/Chapel Hill area many years ago while visiting friends who lived here.”  Alex enjoys being outdoors as often as possible and has already found many beautiful parks and rivers in the area.  She and her husband have a cat named Raleigh.  Alex loves kayaking, hosting cookouts, playing volleyball, and hiking.

Liz Willis, DO
Liz earned a BS in Biology from Wingate University, where she also played volleyball.  She received her DO from Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Liz chose UNC Pediatrics because it’s an “amazing program”, she had an “awesome experience with residents and faculty during her away rotation”, and it’s “close to home and family”.  She has completed a half Ironman competition and enjoys gardening, thrift shopping, and cooking.  One of her favorite foods is cookie dough. Liz and her husband are proud parents to a dog-like cat named Chi – she fetches and sits.  She will be one of our Chief Residents in 2020-2021.

Pediatrics – Anesthesiology Resident

Marley Lawrence, MD
Marley went to Wake Forest University for undergraduate school, where she was captain of the Cross-Country and Track teams.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and chose to remain at UNC for residency because she “was blown away by the people during her pediatrics clerkship – residents, attendings, coordinators, everyone!  The friendliness and genuine focus on education were major reasons I chose to stay at UNC for residency.  Another reason is the combined Pediatrics – Anesthesiology Residency Program,” which Marley is a part of.  She enjoys hiking, trail running and once won a baking competition with her pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.  She and her husband stay busy with twins, a boy and a girl!  Marley is in her fifth year of training.

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