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Associate Professor of Radiology Associate Program Director for Diagnostic Radiology Residency Chief Graduate Medical Education Officer | ACGME Designated Institutional Official UNC Hospitals Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education UNC School of Medicine


Kerry L. Thomas, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology, Chief Graduate Medical Education Officer, and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education for the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Thomas earned her undergraduate degree at Florida State University and her medical doctorate at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine.  She continued her training at USF, completing a body imaging fellowship and residency training in Diagnostic Radiology. During the latter, she served as chief resident. She chose to become a doctor so that she could make a positive impact on the health and well-being of others

Before joining UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Thomas was an Associate Member of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, and was appointed to USF Morsani’s College of Medicine Departments of Oncologic Sciences and Radiology.  In addition to her role as teaching faculty, she served as Chair of Graduate Medical Education for Moffitt Cancer Center.


Dr. Thomas’ academic interests include abdominal imaging, medical education, quality, safety, and physician well-being.

Special Interests

I am diagnostic radiologist with specialty training in body imaging, including the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. In addition to my clinical specialty, I am passionate about education, where I am provided the opportunity to teach our next generation of doctors as well as to help patients and families better understand their medical conditions.  I also have interest improving the patient experience, quality initiatives and addressing wellness and burnout in healthcare providers.

Philosophy of Care

I am driven by the silver lining, finding the good even in the most difficult of times, including medical illness. I am motivated by the yearning to be a part of transformative healthcare where the experience is just a bit brighter for everyone involved, patients, providers, family, friends, and support staff.  My goal each day is to impact another person positively, however small it may be.  I am honored to serve the calling that is the practice of medicine. I am grateful for the wisdom of my mentors, the collegiality of my contemporaries, and the privilege of teaching those who are to come behind me.


  • Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL
  • Residency: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL
  • Body Imaging Fellowship: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL
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