Residency Program

At a Glance: Check out our 2014-2015 Slide Presentation!

Our Goal

The goal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation's residency program is to help medical graduates develop into outstanding practicing physiatrists. Training includes diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages living with painful or functionally limiting conditions.

What We Do

Our rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists) diagnose and treat neurological, musculoskeletal, and other organ system impairments, as well as manage treatment of patients with long-term disabling conditions. The physiatrists lead interdisciplinary teams that work with the patient and family to achieve maximal development or restoration of physical, psychological, social, occupational, and vocational functions.


Our residency program offers a wide range of clinical, educational, and research opportunities that include balanced clinical experiences, organized educational programs, and daily interactions with experienced faculty.

In addition to the faculty in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, residents also are exposed to faculty in other departments, including Rheumatology, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Anesthesiology, Urology, General Surgery, Pediatrics, and Plastic Surgery.

Other opportunities include the Carolina Performing Arts team coverage, as well as exposure to NFL Brain and Body Program, Eric Montross Basketball Camp, the TelAbility Program, and participation in professional conferences.

Explore Our Program Further!

We invite you to explore our program and to join us as you embark on this exciting new stage of your career in medicine.

James Hill, MD, MPH
Director, Residency Program

William Filer, MD
Associate Director, Residency Program 

Timothy Sanford, MD
Administrative Chief Resident

Jairon Downs, MD
Residency Education Chief Resident

Lee James, DO
Medical Education Chief Resident

ACGME accreditation

For general information, see the Graduate Medical Education web pages at UNC Health Care.

For information about resident diversity at UNC, click here.