Program Director and Vice Chair of Education

Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD
Dr. McNeal-Trice received a BS in Biology from Spelman College before entering medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency training at the University of North Carolina and then was a Pediatric Chief Resident at WakeMed Hospital, one of UNC’s affiliated training sites. She remained on faculty at WakeMed until 2007 when she returned to the UNC School of Medicine to assume a leadership role in medical student education as a member of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. In 2010, she became the Director of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics. As a student educator, Dr. McNeal-Trice was an innovator, creating the nationally recognized and award winning Transition to Pediatrics Internship course; an outstanding teacher, receiving the The Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award in the Clinical Sciences from the UNC SOM Class of 2013; and a tremendous student advocate, serving as an advisor in the Larry Keith Advisory Colleges and as a mentor in the UNC Carolina Covenant Program. She was recently named as a Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Distinguished Teaching Professor for her demonstrated excellence and leadership in medical education, as well as, innovative teaching techniques. Her clinical work focuses on pediatric hospital medicine and child maltreatment.  Dr. McNeal-Trice was named Pediatric Residency Program Director in December 2013. We are thrilled with the educational expertise, enthusiasm, and creativity that she brings to our residency program.

Associate Program Directors

Sofia Aliaga, MD, MPH
Dr. Aliaga is a neonatologist at the NC Children’s Hospital. She completed both her undergraduate and medical school work at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program and the University of North Carolina Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program. She joined the faculty at UNC in 2010. In her role as APD, Dr. Aliaga serves as a class advisor and director of our simulation curriculum. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, has recently taken up boating and kayaking, and is mildly obsessed with Minerva, her Chesapeake Bay retriever.

Michael Brown, MD, MPH
Dr. Brown is a pediatric hospitalist at WakeMed. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and received his MD and MPH from the University of North Carolina where he also completed his residency training. Prior to joining the WakeMed faculty in 2015, Dr. Brown served as an attending physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In his role as APD, he oversees all aspects of the program at WakeMed. He loves to spend his free time outdoors – on the road, in the woods, or deep in the mountains. He and his wife are the proud parents to three sons.

Kaye Gable, MD
Dr. Gable is a general pediatrician at Cone Health. She is a Demon Deacon through and through, having completed her undergraduate, medical and residency training at Wake Forest University. Dr. Gable served as Medical Director of the newborn nursery at Cone until 2009 when she became Program Director of the Pediatric Teaching Program there. In her role as APD, she is in charge of all facets of the program at Cone Health; she is also the director of the UNC Primary Care Pediatrics Residency. Dr. Gable enjoys playing bridge, has never been seen without a cup of Bruegger’s Bagel tea in hand, and loves a stylish pair of heels.

Martha Perry, MD
Dr. Perry is a general pediatrician and adolescent specialist at the NC Children’s Hospital. She attended Princeton University for undergrad and the University of Massachusetts for medical school. She completed residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and adolescent medicine fellowship training at UCSF and Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Perry came to UNC in May of 2017. In her role as APD, she is a class advisor, director of our Adolescent Medicine rotation, and directory of our Continuity Clinic. Dr. Perry enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children. As a family they like to travel, ski & snowboard or just hang out at home watching a good movie. Dr. Perry loves candy and has been known to eat a box of Peeps in under 5 minutes.

Eric Zwemer, MD
Dr. Zwemer is a pediatric hospitalist at the NC Children’s Hospital. He completed his undergraduate work at Princeton University, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and completed residency and Chief Residency at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Zwemer joined the UNC faculty in 2015. In his role as APD, he serves as a class advisor, oversees the handoff curriculum, and organizes an annual resident bowling competition complete with trophies (note: he is not good at bowling). In his free time, Dr. Zwemer is a self-proclaimed book nerd, tries to pretend he’s in shape by attending Orangetheory fitness classes, and is currently learning to play the ukulele. He and his wife Lillian are the proud parents to a daughter and a son.

Chief Residents

Christian Lawrence, MD
Christian is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he majored in Biochemistry. After going to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine for medical school, he knew that he loved the environment so it was pretty easy for him to decide to stay for residency training – the residents and faculty are fantastic people. Christian can play the trumpet, baritone and tuba. His favorite sports teams are the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Cincinnati Bengals, and, of course, all teams NC State – Go Wolfpack!

Melissa Moore, MD
Melissa was born in Colorado but has spent most of her life in North Carolina. She majored in Spanish and Biology at Wake Forest University and attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She chose to remain at UNC because the resident and attending physicians are kind and effective teachers – they truly care about their patients and enjoy working together. Melissa enjoys backpacking, baking chocolate chip cookies and writing handwritten letters.

Alana Painter, MD
Alana majored in Nutrition at The Ohio State University and received her MD from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. She chose to come to UNC because it had every attribute she was looking for in a residency program: friendly residents who work together as a team, residents who feel supported, ample opportunity for research, and availability of all pediatric subspecialties. Alana loves running, cooking and baking, HGTV (she wants to be BFFs with Chip and Jo), watching sports – especially Ohio State football – Go Buckeyes!


Kelly Lear
Kelly is a native North Carolinian, hailing from the coastal town of Jacksonville. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and minor in Music Performance. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a member of the trumpet section for the Marching Tar Heels. Kelly joined the Pediatric Education Office staff in 2001 as the student coordinator and began focusing on the residency in 2006. She is mom to Ruffin, her beloved Chihuahua, and doting aunt to her nephew, Atticus McRadicus. Kelly thinks Bon Jovi is the best band ever, dreams of one day owning a pet flamingo, and bleeds Carolina Blue – GO HEELS!

Denita Moore
Denita is originally from Charlotte, NC but now calls Alamance County home. She graduated from North Carolina Central University with a BA in History Education. While at NCCU, Denita was a member of History Club, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Gamma Mu, and the Golden Key Honor Society. She joined the Pediatric Education Office staff in 2013 and her work primarily focuses on the residency with a little fellowship support sprinkled in for fun. Denita married her high school sweetheart (awww), and together, they are the proud parents to two dashingly handsome boys, Elijah and Ethan. Denita believes no day is complete without a cup of coffee, enjoys curling up with a good romance novel, and loves spending time with friends and family, especially her two boys!

Chair, Department of Pediatrics 

Stephanie Davis, MD
Dr. Davis is a Tar Heel, earning her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. She received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed residency and pulmonology fellowship training at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Davis was a faculty member at UNC from 1999 until 2011, when she joined the Indiana University faculty. At IU, she held several leadership roles, including Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, Division Chief for Pediatric Pulmonology, and Director of Ambulatory Services at the Riley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Davis returned to UNC in July 2018 as our Chair, and we are thrilled to welcome her home!