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: 47 traditional general pediatrics residents, 12 primary care pediatrics residents, 3 child neurology residents, and 2 preliminary pediatrics residents.  Our residents are from 36 different medical schools, representing 20 states.

FIRST YEAR RESIDENTS


JOANNE ALFRED, MD, MS – PEDIATRICS
University of Florida College of Medicine

University of South Florida (MS Medical Science)
Covenant College (Psychology)
Joanne really enjoys cooking and baking for her friends and family, as well as playing any and every kind of board game, traveling and exploring, finding great coffee shops, reading fiction and listening to podcasts, collecting houseplants, playing volleyball and eating ice cream.  After meeting the residents and faculty, Joanne was drawn to the types of physicians that train and practice at UNC.  “Everyone is family and genuinely enjoys each other’s company. There’s a sense of fun coupled with a dedication to clinical and educational excellence I couldn’t resist. I’m also excited for the opportunity to serve the surrounding community and gain a diverse skill set at three different hospitals.”

ALESSANDRA ANGELINO, MD, MPH – PEDIATRICS
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

University of Washington (MPH Global Health)
Georgetown University (International Health)
You can find Alessandra near the water – swimming, surfing, or searching for sea creatures. She also loves hikes, visiting farm animals (alpacas anyone?), and cooking – especially Italian food…she makes a mean lasagna. She is currently exploring food fermentation.  Alessandra chose UNC because she was “impressed by the program’s commitment to community advocacy, its mission to serve all children, and the emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.  I felt so at home during my away rotation and loved how the residents and faculty created such a close-knit community, one I am excited to be a part of!”

AUBREY BARKER, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Public Health)
Aubrey was born and raised in North Carolina, so continuing her training at UNC was a natural fit.  She also chose to stay because of the “wonderful mentors, residents, and faculty I was lucky enough to work with as a medical student.”  Aubrey enjoys baking, reading historical fiction, and loves being outside – kayaking is her favorite activity.  While she was in college, Aubrey spent time in London working at a general practice.

CATHERINE BERNSTEIN, MD, MPH – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (MD and MPH)
Johns Hopkins University (Biomedical Engineering)
Catherine is quite the adventurer – she completed a 14-day solo backpacking trip in the Alps!  She loves baking bread and enjoys the company of her crazy cat, Anchovy.  She and her husband couples matched; he is a radiology resident at Duke.  She chose to remain at UNC for residency because of “the quality of resident training, the opportunity to work at a variety of hospital systems, and the great location!”

NATALIE BLAKE, MD, MAE – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Flint

Columbia University (MAE English Education)
Oakwood University (English)
Natalie chose UNC Pediatrics for three simple reasons: “the residents, the leadership, and the location.”  Prior to medical school, she taught 9th grade English in Washington, DC.  She also spent a year living in Mexico to learn Spanish.  Natalie loves to cook, enjoys tennis, reading, playing the flute, traveling, spending time with family and friends, embroidery, and going on nature walks.

ELLEN COWHERD, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Biology and Chemistry)
Ellen is a native North Carolinian and that was the driving force behind her decision to remain at UNC for residency: “I love this state and its children and their families, and am ecstatic to continue to serve and learn from them!” Prior to medical school, Ellen was a 10th grade chemistry teacher in Oakland, CA as part of Teach for America.  She enjoys traveling, collecting vinyl records, running, hiking, and playing intramural sports, especially volleyball and basketball.  She does not enjoy chickens, and is in fact, scared of them.

ISABELLE DAGHER, MD – PEDIATRICS
Indiana University School of Medicine

Indiana University (Psychology)
Isabelle chose UNC Pediatrics because of the “warm and welcoming environment I experienced on interview day from the residents and faculty. I was also blown away by the incredible research opportunities and beautiful Children’s Research Institute. The warm weather doesn’t hurt, and I love college sports, so it was an easy decision!”  Isabelle enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, playing piano, and making/eating pizza.  She is a die-hard Indiana sports fan – go Hoosiers!

CATHERINE EVE ENYART, MD – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Wofford College (Biology)
Catherine Eve chose UNC because she was “thrilled to find a program that provides such strong training in both a community and an academic setting, all while maintaining an emphasis on continuity and preventive care. In addition, everyone I met during my interview day was so genuine in their sense of collaboration. I wanted nothing more than to be a part of this incredibly supportive learning environment!”  She loves all things gymnastics and has been a gymnastics coach for the past 11 years!  Catherine Eve also loves attending Broadway musicals and plays, and she is one of those crazy people who enjoys early morning workouts!

KEIA FAISON, MD – PEDIATRICS
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Biology and Chemistry)
Keia was drawn to UNC after completing a visiting rotation: “I never met a stranger and was welcomed with open arms from each team member I interacted with.  The strength of this program as well as the greater UNC community is, hands down, the genuine family atmosphere. Additionally, the learner-focused environment was evident at every level and I was very impressed with the emphasis on teaching.  I was also attracted to Carolina’s demonstrated commitment to diversity which is critical in caring for an increasingly diverse population of children and their families.”  Keia enjoys music/art festivals, DIY projects (she reupholstered her furniture!), brunch, and cheering on the University of National Champions – go TAR HEELS!

STEPHANIE GEHLE, MD, MS – PEDIATRICS
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine (MD and MS)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Anthropology and Biology)
Stephanie is originally from eastern North Carolina; after four years away, she is excited to return home to TAR HEEL Basketball and NC BBQ!  She enjoys running outside, playing tennis, dog walking, cooking, and baking treats.  Stephanie chose UNC for residency because “I saw a positive and diverse environment for residents at UNC and felt like I would be genuinely supported by the people I met in learning how to best care for children.”

JOE HALL, MD, MPH – PEDIATRICS
University of Virginia School of Medicine (MD and MPH)

University of South Florida (Economics)
Joe chose UNC Pediatrics because “while interviewing I did not meet a group of people kinder, warmer, and more welcoming than the people I met at UNC. I am super excited to become a pediatrician among such great people.”  During his 4th year of medical school, Joe spent time in Latin America learning Spanish, and “it went super bueno.”  His hobbies and interests include long-distance hiking, surf fishing, triathlons, tinkering, economics podcasts, cooking, US history, and orchid-care.

KIMBERLY JAMISON, MD – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

North Carolina State University (Biology)
Kimberly is an avid golfer – she began learning to play when she was two years old!  She and her husband love to go boating and enjoy fishing, and they have two dogs, Finley and Maggie.  Kimberly makes a list for absolutely everything and has the goal of running in the Disney Princess half marathon.  While on her visiting rotation at UNC, Kimberly fell in love with our program: “Everyone was so welcoming, and the faculty at both UNC and Cone put a huge emphasis on teaching.  I thought the Primary Care residency would give me the best training to prepare me to be a general pediatrician.”

McCAULEY MASSIE, MD – PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS
Emory University School of Medicine

Washington and Lee University (Neuroscience)
McCauley was raised a TAR HEEL Basketball fan but had never lived in North Carolina…until now!  While basketball is a strong draw to Chapel Hill, the real reason she chose UNC was “I genuinely enjoyed meeting the fun, down-to-earth residents who all shared their happiness and love of the program, including and specifically the Primary Care program. I was also drawn to the variety and strength of clinical training sites at UNC and Cone Health. Lastly, living in the Triangle felt like a natural fit for me and my soon-to-be husband, an incoming internal medicine resident—we love to run, take long walks, hike, and recharge outside.”  McCauley is currently learning needlepoint as her rainy-day activity.

ABIGAIL McREA, MD – PEDIATRICS
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Lenior-Rhyne University (Exercise Science)
Abigail loves the outdoors – hiking and swimming are two of her favorite activities.  She also enjoys cooking and traveling.  Abigail chose UNC for pediatric residency training because “the family feel was evident from the very beginning of my interview day and it was clear the program wanted every resident to succeed.  I loved the emphasis on advocacy, diversity, and the global health opportunities available through UNC.  Plus, what better place to train than in the beautiful land of CAROLINA BLUE?”

LIZ O’NEIL, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Appalachian State University (Psychology)
Liz chose to stay at UNC because of “the people.  During my third and fourth-year clinical rotations as a medical student, I had the opportunity to work with several members of the incredible faculty and staff at UNC.  As I completed each rotation it became clear to me that UNC was truly the place I wished to hone and refine my clinical skills as a pediatric resident.”  In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on hikes (especially in the Appalachian mountains), working out, partaking in game nights, attempting to cook new recipes, going on weekend trips, and watching movies.

KELLY ORGEL, MD, PhD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (MD and PhD Cell Biology and Physiology)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Biology and Chemistry)
Kelly has two children, Aiden and Emma, who keep her on her toes and learning every day.  When not busy with them, she loves to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie, no matter the time of year.  Kelly wanted to stay at UNC for residency because of the strength of training in combination with the research opportunities (her PhD work focused on food allergies).  UNC Pediatrics just felt like a supportive family that she couldn’t wait to be a part of!

STEVEN PAPAS, MD – CHILD NEUROLOGY
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Mississippi College (Biology)
Steven and his wife are kept busy by their two-year-old daughter, Charleston.  While he loves to read, exercise, and hang out with friends, his favorite way to spend his time is with his family – their favorite family hobby is cooking and singing and dancing in the kitchen to everything Disney with Charlie!  Steven chose UNC for residency training because “of the people.  It was so important to me to train in a place where the people are thoroughly impressive the way this program is.  From Dr. McNeal-Trice to every other person I met while visiting Chapel Hill, I felt loved and at home.  During that first experience here, it was easy to see the heart of this entire program and how it is for its people. I couldn’t imagine investing these next most valuable years of my life and my family’s life anywhere else!”

WILL PARKER, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Biology)
Will is a huge music nerd; he enjoys listening to music and playing guitar and drums in his spare time. He also loves anything outdoors, including hiking, running, and biking. He and his girlfriend couples matched at UNC; she is an internal medicine resident.  Together, they have a dog named Zuzu who is a bundle of constant energy and enthusiasm!  He chose to remain at UNC because of “the people!  The faculty, residents and staff are all incredibly supportive and friendly.  UNC has a culture of learning and teaching in a supportive environment, and I couldn’t imagine a better teamwork-oriented atmosphere than at UNC!  I am excited to train in the diverse clinical settings, and I am honored to be able to serve the population of my home state while doing so.”

DAVID SENDER, MD – PRELIMINARY PEDIATRICS
Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine

Bond University (Medical Sciences)
David is Australian but his parents are both South African.  Prior to medical school, he was a soldier and physical therapist.  His dream is to become an animator for Pixar – maybe after fellowship?  David chose UNC because “it felt like home from the moment I arrived.  And with a second family that looked this easygoing and fun, I couldn’t see myself training anywhere else!”  After his preliminary pediatrics year, he will be joining the UNC Anesthesiology Residency Program.

MARIAH SHAW, MD – PEDIATRICS
University of Virginia School of Medicine

University of Southern California (Psychology and Spanish)
Mariah is a former recording artist; as a child, she had a solo on an album called “Toddlin’ Tunes”…sadly, she can no longer carry a tune.  She enjoys hot yoga, playing outside, practicing Spanish, and spending time with family and friends. She chose UNC Pediatrics because “the residents and faculty I met were so kind and genuine.  I could tell that they worked hard to serve the community and truly enjoyed their time together inside and outside of the hospital.  After my interview day, I had no doubt that I would gain top-notch pediatric training and a large family at UNC!”

JONATHAN SHEIN, MD – PRELIMINARY PEDIATRICS
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Colgate University (Psychology)
Jonathan chose UNC Pediatrics because he wanted to “train at an excellent program that values diversity and is also located in a great area”.  Jonathan enjoys soccer, tennis, fishing, photography, and horology (watch enthusiast).  He has a fraternal twin brother.  Jonathan is planning a career in radiology and will be headed to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for residency.

MICHAELA SQUIRE, DO – CHILD NEUROLOGY
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Brigham Young University (Neuroscience)
After completing a visiting rotation with the Pediatric Neurology team, Michaela knew she had found her residency home: “UNC is full of so many kind, helpful, and encouraging residents and attending physicians. I realized that it would be a privilege to be part of a team with such admirable qualities. Not only that, but I have a desire to work with children with developmental disabilities in the future. With the Carolina Institute of Developmental Disabilities on campus, I will have the opportunity to work with such patients as I complete my residency training.”  She loves the outdoors; her favorite activities are running and playing soccer.  From the age of 3 until the age of 9, Michaela lived in Basingstoke, England.

BONNIE SUWAN, MD – PEDIATRICS
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Virginia Commonwealth University (Biology)
Bonnie hails from the neighboring state of Virginia, born and raised in Hampton Roads.  She and her husband are the proud parents of three boys – who keep them on their toes!  In her downtime, she enjoys drawing, painting, crafts, trying new restaurants, going to concerts, and being outdoors with her family.  She is also an amateur photographer.  Bonnie chose UNC Pediatrics for its strong sense of community, excellence in general pediatrics, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.  She and her husband feel the progressive and down-to-earth atmosphere of the Triangle Area is a perfect place to raise their children.  Bonnie’s academic interests include lactation education/breastfeeding medicine and general pediatrics.

JENNY VARNER, MD, MS – PEDIATRICS
Duke University School of Medicine

Boston University (MS Medical Sciences)
Tufts University (Music)
Jenny is a Durham native and born-and-raised Duke Basketball fan, but she is excited to try on a lighter shade of blue for residency!  She fell in love with UNC at her interview “due to everyone’s enthusiasm and welcoming attitudes.  I was drawn by the opportunity to broaden my experiences and understandings as a clinician through working at multiple different sites with diverse patient populations.  As a former teacher with a strong interest in medical education, I loved the unique approaches to resident teaching and the emphasis on residents as teachers.”    She’s not a great cook but loves watching the Food Network.  Jenny and her husband have a daughter and two dogs, Hooch and Hannah-Banana.

XAVIER WILLIAMS, MD, MPH – PEDIATRICS
University of Florida College of Medicine (MD and MPH)

University of Florida (Biology)
Xavier is a self-proclaimed food connoisseur…really, he just loves to eat, especially food from other cultures.  He loves being outdoors, mentoring, and years ago, he may or may not have been on a hip-hop dance crew!  Xavier chose UNC because of “its excellent clinical training, true commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the people (especially our amazing PD)!  I quickly realized on interview day that UNC is a place where I would thrive and have the opportunity to advocate for my patients and families.”

SECOND YEAR RESIDENTS


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!

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!

THIRD 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.

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!

 

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