Meet Our Leadership Team
MEG KIHLSTROM, MD (she/her/hers)
In March of 2021, Dr. Meg Kihlstrom was named as Program Director. She is a Tar Heel through and through having completed undergraduate school, medical school, residency training, and Critical Care fellowship training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since becoming a faculty member in 2015, Dr. Kihlstrom has had a strong commitment to the Department of Pediatrics’ Education mission. She served as a career goal advisor for medical students matching into Pediatrics, and she also co-directed the School of Medicine’s Transition to Residency course. For the residency, she served as director of the PICU rotation and co-director of our simulation curriculum, and she has been an active member of our Clinical Competency Committee and Intern Selection Committee. Dr. Kihlstrom is a mentor to critical care fellows, serving on their Scholarship Oversight Committees. We are thrilled that she has been named as our Program Director, and we look forward to the energy and innovations she will bring!
SOFIA ALIAGA, MD, MPH (she/her/hers)
Associate Program Director
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.
CHRIS ATIKINS, MD, MS (he/him/his)
Dr. Atkins attended Vanderbilt University for undergraduate, completed his Master’s work at the University of South Florida, and received his MD from the University of Central Florida. He 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. After his Chief year, Dr. Atkins plans to pursue fellowship training in cardiology.
MICHAEL BROWN, MD, MPH (he/him/his)
WakeMed Site Director for Inpatient Services
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 with the residency, he oversees all aspects of the inpatient program at WakeMed and serves on the Clinical Competency Committee. 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.
STEPHANIE DAVIS, MD (she/her/hers)
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
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!
KAYE GABLE, MD (she/her/hers)
Cone Health Site Director and Associate Program Director
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.
WHITNEY HADDIX, MD (she/her/hers)
Cone Health Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Haddix is a general pediatrician at Cone Health. She attended the University of Virginia for undergrad and Temple University for medical school. Dr. Haddix completed her residency training at the University of North Carolina (Primary Care Residency). In her role, Dr. Haddix directs clinical education at Cone Health, and she serves on the Clinical Competency Committee for the residency. She and her husband stay busy with their three year old daughter; together they enjoy trips to the park and visiting the Greensboro Science Center. Dr. Haddix is a proud member of the Beyhive
CATHERINE HAYES, MD (she/her/hers)
After graduating from Middlebury College, Dr. Hayes attended the University of Vermont for medical school. She 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. Dr. Hayes’ current interests include hiking, knitting, playing the flute, baking, and crossword puzzles. Dr. Hayes is planning on completing fellowship training in infectious disease after her Chief Resident year.
KATIE JORDAN, MD (she/her/hers)
Associate Program Director
Dr. Jordan is a member of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She earned her undergraduate degree from Williams College and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina. She remained to complete residency training in the Primary Care Program and then served as a Chief Resident. She worked at Cone Health before joining the faculty at UNC. In her role as APD, Dr. Jordan is Director of the Continuity Clinic and also serves as the director for UNC SOM’s Pediatrics FIRST Program, an accelerated track for students to complete medical school in three years and matriculate into our residency program.
CHRISTIAN LAWRENCE, MD (he/him/his)
Associate Program Director
Dr. Lawrence is a member of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina. After medical school, he completed residency training at UNC and then served as a Chief Resident. Despite completing his medical training and now being a faculty member here, he remains an avid Wolfpack fan. In his role as an APD, Dr. Lawrence will focus on recruitment efforts and DEI initiatives.
KELLY LEAR (she/her/hers)
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!
KENYA McNEAL-TRICE, MD (she/her/hers)
Vice Chair of Education
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 joined our faculty in 2007 and in December 2013, Dr. McNeal-Trice was named Pediatric Residency Program Director. In March of 2021, she stepped down as PD to become the ACGME Designated Institutional Official for all UNC GME training programs. She remains active with our program in her role as Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Pediatrics.
RASHEEDA MONROE, MD (she/her/hers)
WakeMed Site Director for Outpatient Services
Dr. Monroe is a general pediatrician at WakeMed and serves as medical director for WakeMed Children’s Primary Care Clinic. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from East Carolina University. After completing residency training at the University of North Carolina, she worked in private practice at Raleigh Children and Adolescent Medicine. In her role with the residency, Dr. Monroe directs outpatient education at WakeMed and serves on our Clinical Competency Committee.
DENITA MOORE (she/her/hers)
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!
MARTHA PERRY, MD (she/her/hers)
Associate Program Director
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 and director of our Adolescent Medicine rotation. Dr. Perry enjoys spending time with her husband and two 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.
SARAH TODD, MD (she/her/hers)
Though Dr. Todd is originally from Vermont, she has called Chapel Hill home for the last twelve years. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina and then completed residency training in Medicine-Pediatrics. Dr. Todd loves sports, including playing and coaching basketball, as well as watching CAROLINA BASKETBALL, the Carolina Panthers, the Boston Red Sox, and the Boston Celtics. She also enjoys playing piano and writing. She and her husband stay busy keeping up with their young daughter. After her Chief year, Dr. Todd is planning to practice outpatient medicine.
ERIC ZWEMER, MD (he/him/his)
Associate Program Director
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.