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This year’s Patricia C. Gregory, MD Memorial Lecture keynote speaker featured Dr. Trisha Kesar. Dr. Kesar is an Associate Professor at the Department of Rehab Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy at Emory University. She is the Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Emory Rehabilitation Hospital, and a training faculty within the Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, and Applied Physiology PhD programs across Emory and Georgia Tech. Dr. Kesar’s research capitalizes on multi-modal techniques, including 3-dimensional motion capture, electromyography, non-invasive peripheral nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and functional electrical stimulation.

Research presentations from graduating residents, graduating T-32 fellows, In-training residents, and T-32 fellow presentations included:

Graduating Residents

  • Matthew Sharp, DO: “Evaluation of Diagnostic and Interventional Cadaver Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Curriculum”
  • Steven Siano, MD: “Assessing Resident Understanding of Equianalgesic Dosing of Opiates”
  • Andriana Tompary, DO: “Improving Adherence to Inpatient Neurogenic Bowel Programs: A Quality Improvement Project”


Graduating T-32 Fellows

  • Erum Agha, PhD, MSW, LCSW, B.Eng: “Adaption of a Mindfulness Intervention to Address Moral Injury Among Veterans”
  • Aisha Chilcoat, ND, FABNO: “Implementing an Integrative Medical Group Visit Model in African American Women Breast Cancer Survivors”


In-Training Resident/Fellow Proposals:

  • Kaitlyn DeHority, MD: “Improving Care During Acute Hospitalizations for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries: A Resident-Directed Educational Seminar”
  • Marina Kodsi, DO: “How Can We Improve the PM&R Rotation for Medical Students While Improving their Knowledge of our Field?”
  • Michael Melson, MD: “QI Project: Improving Inpatient Rehab Therapy Schedules”
  • Daniel Gallego Perez, PhD: “Governing Traditional & Complementary Medicine Practitioners Across Sub-Saharan Africa: A Pilot Study”
  • Jenni Shafer, PhD: “Informing a Mindfulness-based Intervention to Promote Information Uptake in Caregivers for People with Aphasia”


Our keynote lecture is given to commemorate Dr. Patricia C. Gregory, who served as a Simmons Scholar and Assistant Professor in the UNC-CH Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation from 2005 until her untimely passing in 2010. Throughout those years, she developed a love and passion for research in health disparities, particularly in the areas of stroke prevention and rehabilitation, and geriatric rehabilitation. She was awarded prestigious grants from The Duke Endowment and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Dr. Gregory published many research articles in national and international journals, was known as an outstanding clinician, consistently acknowledged on the state and national lists of Best Doctors, and shared her expertise both locally and globally.

The Patricia C. Gregory Memorial Fund

The Patricia C. Gregory, MD Memorial Lecture in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is made possible through donor contributions to the Patricia C. Gregory Memorial Fund via the NC Medical Foundation of NC, Inc.

If you would like to contribute to this fund, you may send a check to:

UNC Medical Foundation of NC, Inc.
880 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC, 27514

Please note on the check: Patricia Gregory, MD Memorial Fund/PM&R