The Department was pleased to welcome Brit Burton in March 2019 as the new Reading Room Assistant for Clinical Support and the Outreach/Imaging Informatics Division. Brit joins Angie Beale in this critical position supporting the Department’s 24/7 workflow. Jointly with Angie, Brit assumes a role that enables continuity of reading room support via round-the-clock coverage. Brit’s addition to the reading room helps sustain the Department’s year-old system of reading room coverage.

In her new role, Brit provides late shift coverage 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM, supporting the PM on-call attending radiologist while on duty.  In supporting seven reading rooms, Brit steps into a critical role with a range of responsibilities, including: 1) monitoring incoming urgent (STAT) studies; 2) screening incoming calls to direct consulting physicians and others to the appropriate radiologist and/or reading room; 3) coordinating imaging studies to be presented at imaging-related UNC Medical Center tumor boards; and 4) coordinating billing for the Outreach/Imaging Informatics Division.

Prior to joining the Department of Radiology, Brit worked with UNC Physicians Network as a registered radiologic technologist and lab manager before coming to the Chapel Hill UNC Campus. She has a Bachelors in Psychology and an Associates of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology.

Brit notes: “As an experienced radiologic technologist, I feel I bring a unique perspective to this position. My experience and knowledge helps me close the gap between clinical staff and radiologist. My goal is to help things run smoothly and improve communication for everyone. I have loved meeting all of my new team members and learning about the hospital. I am delighted to call UNC my home. Go Tarheels!”

 

The Department was pleased to welcome Liz Ciociola to its Epidemiology Research Team in January 2019 as a Research Assistant working with this team’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) Lung Study. In her new role, Ms. Ciociola’s primary responsibilities are to consent and enroll patients for the NC Lung Cancer Screening Registry (NC LCSR) and to abstract and analyze their medical data from EPIC.

Ms. Ciociola graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2018 as a Chemistry major. Prior to joining the NC LCSR team, she worked as a clinical research intern at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Her work focused on intensive care ventilation practices in children undergoing cardiac surgery. In addition, she previously worked at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in an immunology and molecular pharmaceutics lab that developed nanoparticle therapeutics.

Ms. Ciociola noted: “I’m excited to learn about and interact with a new patient population that is quite different from my past work with pediatrics. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death and an important area for research. The [NC LCSR] will provide real world data about the patterns and outcomes of lung cancer screening and improve our standards of care for high-risk lung cancer patients. As I enroll patients and abstract their medical information, I hope to facilitate the creation of a registry database that will serve patients, researchers, and physicians in this field.”