The Department is pleased to appoint Associate Professor Carlos Zamora, MD, PhD, as its new Division Chief of Neuroradiology. Dr. Zamora replaces James H. Scatliff Distinguished Professor of Radiology Mauricio Castillo, MD, FACR, who served 28 years as Division Chief. Recruited to UNC in 1992 by former Chair Joseph K.T. Lee, MD, Castillo built his division’s top-tier reputation in neuroradiology and high-level appeal in patient care, education and research. A world-renowned neuroradiologist, Castillo similarly recruited Zamora, a graduate from Johns Hopkins University, to UNC in 2015.
In his years on faculty, Zamora has become a tireless member of the Neuroradiology division. He has contributed to the optimization of advanced MRI protocols based on his previous experience and his particular interest in neuro-oncology imaging and skull base pathology. He has also been actively engaged in his division’s expansion in multi-disciplinary patient care, necessitated by growth of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Neuro-Oncology Program and development of the new Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board led by UNC’s Department of Neurosurgery. Since joining UNC, Zamora has continued to expand his division’s footprint on international education, giving over 60 invited lectures to Latin American institutions and serving as the American Society of Neuroradiology International Outreach Professor for Pernambuco, Brazil, in 2018. Dr. Zamora is an enthusiastic and sought-after educator within the University.
Over the next decade, Zamora envisions furthering UNC Neuroradiology’s preeminent status through provision of high-quality diagnoses of complex disorders, implementation of state-of-the-art imaging techniques, expansion of collaborative research efforts, and integration of new technologies such as artificial intelligence.
Dr. Castillo noted: “We are lucky to have Dr. Zamora as a new Chief of [UNC] Neuroradiology. He is an excellent clinical radiologist as well as a very thoughtful person who will be able to continue and improve our service.”