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    Schneider Joins UNC Surgery After Completing Critical Care Fellowship with the Department

    Andrew Schneider, MD, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General, Trauma, and Acute Care Surgery. He sat down to discuss his childhood dream to become a doctor, the impact COVID-19 had on his surgical training, and the advances in medicine he hopes to see in the next … Continued

  • David Ollila Receives Award From the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF)

    Congratulations to David Ollila, MD, James and Jesse Millis Distinguished Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery. Dr. Ollila received an Award from the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) for the project entitled “Artificial Intelligence-Aided Digital Pathology to Improve Diagnosis in Metastatic Melanoma.” The award is for $25,000 from 8/1/2021 thru 7/31/2022. … Continued

  • Jonathan Stem, MD

    Stem Joins Division of GI Surgery with Specialty in Colorectal Procedures

    Jonathan Stem, MD, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. He sat down to discuss what inspired him to become a doctor, forming bonds with his patients, and the advice he gives to all of his trainees. Dr. Jonathan Stem received his undergraduate degree from Princeton … Continued

  • Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD

    Stephanie Downs-Canner Receives 2020-2021 Craver Medical Student Teaching Award

    It is with great pleasure we announce that Dr. Stephanie Downs-Canner, Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology has been chosen by the Academy of Educators as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Craver Medical Student Teaching Award. Joseph M. Craver, M.D. ’67, a retired Thoracic Surgeon in Atlanta, GA, gifted the Craver Medical Student … Continued

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    Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Awards

    Vascular Resident Dr. Colby Ruiz and PGY 1 Preliminary Intern Dr. Julia Button received Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Awards at the 2021 UNC School of Medicine’s Whitehead Lecture and Awards ceremony on August 4.

  • Lynn Damitz, MD

    Damitz Elected Vice President of ASPS/Plastic Surgery Foundation Board

    Dr. Lynn Damitz has been elected Vice President of the American Society of Plastic Surgery/Plastic Surgery Foundation Board, Health Policy & Advocacy. Her 2-year term will begin on November 1, 2021. The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) supports the research and international activities of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) members. The PSF works … Continued

  • Joseph Kearney, MD

    Joseph Kearney, MD, receives AHPBA 2021 Steve Sotsky Award

    Dr. Kearney is a recipient of the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association 2021 Steve Sotsky Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding work in the field of pancreatic research by a trainee. This award was created in memory of the father of AHPBA member, Dr. Tara Sotsky Kent. Mr. Steve Sotsky died of pancreatic cancer in September 2013. … Continued

  • Luigi Pascarella, MD

    5 Years of Best Clinical Clerkship!

    For the 5th year in a row, Luigi Pascarella, MD, Clerkship Director, along with Drs. Barnhouse and Klipstein won an award from the UNC School of Medicine Student Government. Their course titled “Hospital, Interventional, and Surgical Care” was selected by the Class of 2022 as this year’s recipient of the Best Clinical Clerkship. This award … Continued

  • Dr. Meredith Kugar Wins Cefalo House Officer Award

    Congratulations to Meredith Kugar, MD, Plastics PGY5, for receiving the Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award, which recognizes members of the Hospitals’ house staff. Dr. Kugar was selected based on her demonstrated empathy for patients and their families, effectiveness in patient communications, advocacy for patient care, and professionalism. We are proud to have her represent the … Continued

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    Spanheimer Receives SOM Physician-Scientist Award

    Dr. Philip Spanheimer is one of six scholars who will receive support from the UNC School of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP). This program is a pipeline to recruit, train and retain the most promising individuals to our clinical training programs where they will receive mentorship and support to foster their research careers. Spanheimer’s … Continued

  • Lux, Libertas! Letter to UNC Board of Trustees

    The following letter was sent to Richard Y. Stevens, UNC Board of Trustees Chair, on June 21, 2021. Dear Mr. Stevens: We write this letter in response to the call for action of our elected Faculty Chair, Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor Mimi Chapman. We are unified in our faculty voice in response to the … Continued

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    Watch Our Graduation Video!

    The Department of Surgery graduated 6 fellows and 10 residents at a ceremony on Friday evening. Our congratulations go to Dr. Staci Aubry, Dr. Lauren Daugherty, Dr. Stephanie Gray, Dr. Ronald Hardin, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, Dr. Mia Klein, Dr. Jeffrey Lipman, Dr. Peter Marcinkowski, Dr. Anna Pavlov, Dr. Micah Pherson, Dr. Karishma Reddy, Dr. Manuel … Continued

  • Joshua Herb

    Joshua Herb Receives Pope Clinical Trainee Award

    Dr. Joshua Herb, General Surgery Resident, was honored with a prestigious Pope Clinical Trainee Award, given to senior fellows who demonstrate excellence in cancer research and clinical care. Nominations for this competitive selection are voted on by all Department Chairs and Division Chiefs of cancer-related clinical and research areas. The awards are supported by the … Continued

  • Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, Inducts 8 Surgery Faculty and Residents

    We are pleased to congratulate our department members recently inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA). This prestigious accomplishment is indicative of their scholarship, leadership, professionalism and service. Membership in the national society is a lifelong honor available to medical students, residents, fellows, faculty members, alumni, clinicians, and distinguished leaders in medicine who, based on merit, … Continued

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    Perez, Downs-Canner, and Pascarella Honored by UNC Academy of Educators

    Three Department of Surgery faculty members were recognized for their exemplary service by the UNC Academy of Educators. Yesterday evening, Dr. Arielle Perez, Dr. Stephanie Downs-Canner, and Dr. Luigi Pascarella received awards at the Academy of Educators’ Alan W. Cross Evening of Scholarship. Arielle Perez received the Application/Individualization Phase Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award for … Continued

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    Analiese Lahey, Undergraduate Senior in Rossman Lab receives Fulbright Scholarship

    Congratulations to Analiese Lahey, an undergraduate student in the Rossman lab. She received a Fulbright scholarship! Analiese is finishing up her senior year at UNC and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a Chemistry minor.  For her Fulbright research, she will be going to Dr. Weiland Hutner’s group at the Max … Continued

  • David Gerber, MD

    David Gerber selected for a 2021 Nursing Staff Recognition Week “Friend of Nursing” Award

    Congratulations to David Gerber, MD, George F. Sheldon, MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chief of Abdominal Transplantation has been selected for a 2021 Nursing Staff Recognition Week “Friend of Nursing” Award. The Friend of Nursing award was established in 2009 as a way to recognize the collaborative relationship between Nursing and Medical Colleagues. Through … Continued

  • Ross Ungerleider, MD, MBA

    Leader and Pioneer in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Ross Ungerleider Joins UNC Surgery

    Ross Ungerleider, MD, MBA, is a national leader and pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery programs. He has joined the Department of Surgery as a Professor in our Cardiothoracic Division. Dr. Ungerleider attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where he graduated with Highest Honors in Biology and a major in English. He then completed medical school … Continued

  • Jeffrey Johnson, MD, Surgical Oncology Fellow

    Jeffrey Johnson Wins Tracks 2k Pilot Award

    Jeffrey Johnson, MD, receives Grant from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. Jeffrey Johnson, MD, is a Surgical Oncology Fellow in the Department of Surgery.  He received a TraCS $2K pilot grant for his proposal titled “Deep Learning-Aided Digital Pathology to Improve Diagnosis and Identify High-Risk Features in Melanoma Sentinel Lymph Nodes.” The … Continued

  • Benjamin Haithcock, MD, Honored as Healthcare Champion

    UNC Health and the North Carolina Tar Heels chose Benjamin Haithcock, MD, Profession in the Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery as this month’s Healthcare Champion. Dr. Haithcock has been a non-cardiac thoracic surgeon who also performs lung transplants at UNC since 2007. His favorite part of the job is patient care and teaching residents. Hear … Continued

  • MATCH DAY 2021: Congratulations to our New Trainees!

    Congratulations to all of our new trainees! General Surgery Residents | PGY1 Adam Awe, MD University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Laura Burkbauer, MD Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Noah DeAngelo, MD Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Michelle Fenty, MD State University of New York Upstate Medical … Continued

  • Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD

    Stephanie Downs-Canner Awarded UNC Lineberger Development Award

    Congratulations to Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery on receiving a UNC Lineberger Development Award. The UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program is intended to support the development of cancer research led by the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to stimulate new … Continued

  • Jihane Jadi: 2021 George F. Sheldon, MD Leadership Award Recipient

    Congratulations to Jihane Jadi, the 2021 George F. Sheldon, MD, Leadership Award Recipient. Since 2000, the Department of Surgery has recognized a fourth-year medical student who demonstrates outstanding academic and clinical achievement, and who possesses personal characteristics that promise a future leadership role in surgery. Originally named the Hugh Williamson Award, it was renamed in … Continued

  • Adam Akerman Wins Tracks 2k Pilot Award and Jr. Faculty Development Award

    Adam Akerman, Ph.D, receives Grant from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute and a Jr. Faculty Development Award Adam Akerman, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the division of . He received a TraCS $2K pilot grant for his proposal titled “Development of a method for targeted gene delivery to the murine thoracic … Continued

  • Kristalyn Gallagher, DO

    Kristalyn Gallagher Elected for Membership in the Society of University Surgeons

    Congratulations to Kristalyn Gallagher, DO, Associate Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery for being elected for membership in the Society of University Surgeons (SUS). Membership into the Society is given to persons of well-established professional position and demonstrated scholarly or creative ability that positively impacts their field. The application process is … Continued

  • Gita Mody, MD, MPH

    Gita Mody Wins One of Only Four Faculty Research Fellowship Awards From the American College of Surgeons

    Congratulations Gita Mody, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. The American College of Surgeons and its Scholarship Program Committee announced Dr. Mody, as one of only four Faculty Research Fellowship award recipients for 2022-2024. “Receiving the American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Fellowship Award for my project ‘Improving Thoracic … Continued

  • David Gerber, MD, Healthcare Champion

    David Gerber, MD, Honored as Healthcare Champion

    UNC Health and the North Carolina Tar Heels chose David Gerber, MD, Division Chief of Abdominal Transplant, and George F. Sheldon, MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery as this months Healthcare Champion.

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    Milestone Achieved for UNC Chronic Pancreatitis and Autologous Islet Cell Transplant Program

    Three years after performing its first case, the program, created and led by Chirag Desai, MD, FACS, has performed its 50th case, making UNC one of the most significant centers for surgical therapy for this disease. The article first appeared in healthcare news on February 19, 2021. The UNC Chronic Pancreatitis and Autologous Islet Cell … Continued

  • Avital Yohann, MD, Receives Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Award

    Congratulations to Avital (Tali) Yohann, MD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, who was offered a position in the 2020-2021 class of the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Program. This mentored training opportunity is based in Malawi over the duration of the award, where she will gain experience and expertise in the conduct of research. The program provides … Continued

  • UNC Structural Heart Program in Chapel Hill was ACC Certified as a TAVR Center of Excellence

    Today the UNC Structural Heart Program in Chapel Hill was ACC Certified as a TAVR Center of Excellence. This is quite a distinction as we are the first program in the state of North Carolina to be awarded this honor. Congratulations to the wonderful team on such a momentous achievement! Thank you to everyone for … Continued

  • McGinigle and Yi Receive Grants from NC TraCS Institute

    UNC Department of Surgery Faculty members Katharine McGinigle, MD, MPH, and Xianwen Yi, MD, PhD, received grants from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. Katharine McGinigle, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery and the Surgical Director of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program. She, along … Continued

  • Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD

    Hayes-Jordan, featured in USA Today About the Shortage of Black Doctors in the U.S.

    America has an urgent need for Black doctors: ‘It’s hard to be what you can’t imagine’ Nada Hassanein published in USA TODAY December 26, 2020 Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan was confused when she didn’t match into a pediatric surgery training program. She had it all: research, publications, strong references. “You know why you’re not getting in?” a … Continued

  • Happy Holidays from UNC Surgery

    We appreciate all that you do for the patients of North Carolina. Happy Holidays from all of us in the Department of Surgery.

  • Congratulations to Our Carolina Care Excellence Award Winning Surgical Providers

    Please join us in congratulating our 13 providers who will receive the 2020 UNC Health Care and UNC Faculty Physicians Award for Carolina Care Excellence! UNC Health Care administers the CG-CAHPS (Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey to solicit feedback from our patients. We asked our patients if they would … Continued

  • Stephanie Lumpkin, MD

    Stephanie Lumpkin Receives One of 2020’s Prestigious Pope Clinical Trainee Awards

    Dr. Stephanie Lumpkin, General Surgery Resident has been selected to receive one of 2020’s prestigious Pope Clinical Trainee Awards. Supported by the John William Pope Foundation, awardees are named by the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center with nominations voted on by all Department Chairs and Division Chiefs of cancer-related clinical and research areas. The Pope … Continued

  • Ugwuji Maduekwe Elected AAS Councilor for Class of 2013

    Congratulations to Ugwuji Maduekwe, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Maduekwe was elected as a Councilor for the Association for Academic Surgery for the Class of 2013. Each year, one Council member is elected for a two-year term for each year-of-entry group. Dr. Maduekwe’s Statement of Interest to AAS: I first … Continued

  • Mike Meyers Elected to the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons

    Michael Meyers, MD, was elected to the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors as the Surgical Specialty Society Governor from the Southeastern Surgical Congress (SeSC). As a Specialty Society Governor, he will serve as a direct communications link between the Fellows of the College and the members of the Board of Governors. Dr. Meyers … Continued

  • Matthew Eckert, MD and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Joins the General, Acute Care, and Trauma Surgery Division

    Matthew Eckert, MD, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General, Acute Care, and Trauma Surgery. He sat down to discuss what inspired him to become not only a doctor but a trauma surgeon and his motivation for getting up each day, saving lives on and off the … Continued

  • Jacob Wood

    Welcome Our New Faculty Member Jacob Wood, a Vascular Surgeon!

    Jacob Wood, MD, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery. He sat down to discuss what inspired him to become not only a doctor but a vascular surgeon and how he weaves his passion for art into his work. Dr. Wood received his Bachelor of Science … Continued

  • Ian Kratzke, MD, is the Inaugural Recipient of the Erle E. Peacock, Jr., MD Award

    The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce that Dr. Ian Kratzke, one of our general surgery residents, is the inaugural recipient of the Erle E. Peacock, Jr., MD Award. This annual award supports the education and career development of a resident or faculty member in the UNC Department of Surgery through a competitive process. … Continued

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    Trista Reid Wins FY20 Carolina Care Award

    Trista Reid, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of General, Acute Care, and Trauma was selected for the Inpatient Carolina Care Multi-Level Rounding Award! Congratulations to Dr. Reid on this amazing honor.

  • Randal Zhou Talks About Joining UNC Surgery as the Newest Addition to the GI Division

    Randal Zhou, MD, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. He sat down to discuss what inspired him to become a surgeon, his goals while at UNC Surgery, and why he would want to pick the brain of one of UNC’s most successful alumnus, Michael Jordan. … Continued

  • Stephanie Gray Wins Award

    Congratulations Stephanie Gray, MD, General Surgery Resident PGY5, Class of 2000 Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient

    Stephanie Gray, MD, General Surgery Resident, has been selected by the Class of 2021 as this year’s Surgery Intern recipient of The Class of 2000 Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award. This award honors the interns and residents deemed by the third year class to be the most outstanding in each of the seven core clerkships. … Continued

  • David Gerber Awarded Defense Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary of Defense

    David A. Gerber, MD, George F. Sheldon, MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery at UNC Surgery was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by the United States Secretary of Defense. Congratulations to Dr. Gerber on this well-deserved honor. “I am deeply moved and somewhat speechless to receive this tremendous honor,” … Continued

  • Congratulations Audrey Khoury, MD, CT Surgery Resident, Class of 2000 Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient

    Audrey Khoury, MD, CT Surgery Resident, has been selected by the Class of 2021 as this year’s Surgery Intern recipient of The Class of 2000 Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award. This award honors the interns and residents deemed by the third year class to be the most outstanding in each of the seven core clerkships. … Continued

  • Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD

    Hayes-Jordan Elected to American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Directors

    Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, Byah Thomason Doxey-Sanford Doxey Distinguished Professor, Chief of the division of general pediatric surgery, has been elected a governor of the board of directors for the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Originally posted in UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom Contact: Carleigh Gabryel, 919-864-0580, carleigh.gabryel@unchealth.unc.edu August 4, 2020 CHAPEL HILL, NC – … Continued

  • Shrunjay Patel, DPM

    Shunjay Patel Talks About Joining UNC Surgery as the Newest Addition to the Podiatry Team

    Shrunjay Patel, DPM, AACFAS, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery. He sat down to discuss what inspired him to become a podiatric surgeon, his goals while at UNC Surgery, and letting go of his dreams of one day being a professional cricket player. Dr. Patel … Continued

  • Anthony Charles, MD, MPH

    UNC Medical Center’s ECMO Program Wins Gold ELSO Award

    The ELSO Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing clinical care. UNC’s ECMO Director is Anthony Charles, MD, MPH. Congratulations to the ECMO program at UNC Medical Center. It has received the Gold Level … Continued

  • Philip Spanheimer, MD Wins SUS Junior Faculty Award

    Congratulations to Philip Spanheimer, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Spanheimer has been selected for the 2020-2021 SUS Junior Faculty Award, sponsored by the SUS Foundation, for his research project titled “TFAP2C Regulates Estrogen Responsive Transcriptomic States in Luminal Breast Cancer!” The Society of University Surgeons (SUS) was founded … Continued

  • Customized Stent-Graft to Treat Aortic Aneurysm Saved the Life of Former UNC Professor Harvey Jeffries

    Who is Harvey Jeffries? A former professor in the UNC Gilling’s School of Public Health, Harvey Jeffries is no stranger to the UNC system. Born in Virginia, raised on a small farm in Fayetteville, Harvey spent his childhood days exploring the woods around his home, collecting specimens, and cataloging them with his microscope. He graduated … Continued

  • Community pulls together for mask donations

    Motivated by the increasing incidence of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and the CDC’s modified recommendation for individuals to wear protective face coverings, Dr. Kathleen Marulanda (PGY-5, Dept. of Surgery) quickly acknowledged the challenge this would pose for some in the community, particularly African American men.

  • Meet Our New Congenital Cardiac Surgeon Sandeep Sainathan, MD

    Sandeep Sainathan, MD, joins UNC Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He sat down to discuss what inspired him to become a surgeon, why he chose to focus on the heart, and what brought him to UNC Surgery. Dr. Sainathan received his medical degree from the Bangalore Medical College in … Continued

  • Daniel Kindell, Kevin Chen, & Staci Aubry Nominated as Friends of the SICU

    Congratulations to Daniel Kindell, MD, PGY2, Kevin Chen, MD, PGY2, along with Staci Aubry, PGY 4 General Surgery Residents. They have been nominated as Friends of the SICU at UNC Health. Daniel Kindell’s nominator remarked, “Dan has great rapport with patients, families, and staff. He has a dedicated work ethic and is smart as a … Continued

  • Luigi Pascarella, MD

    Luigi Pascarella Selected for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

    Congratulations Luigi Pascarella, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Surgery Clerkship Director. Dr. Pascarella has been selected for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The purpose of this award program is to recognize one graduating medical student and one outstanding faculty … Continued

  • Xavier Baldwin, MD, Receives an American College of Surgeons Resident Research Fellowship

    It is with great pleasure we announce that Xavier Baldwin, MD, General Surgery Resident, received an American College of Surgeons Resident Research Fellowship. Only six residents are chosen for this honor. Congratulations! Dr. Baldwin has received this award with support from his mentor Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and … Continued

  • Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, Receives the Application/Individualization Phase Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award

    It is with great pleasure we announce that Stephanie Downs-Canner, Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Application/Individualization Phase Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award (for faculty at UNC Hospitals). Congratulations! This award is designated for faculty within the Application/Individualization Phase. Awards in this category … Continued

  • Jason Long, MD

    Jason Long, MD, Receives Educational Mentor/Advisor Award

    It is with great pleasure we announce that Dr. Jason Long, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has been chosen by the Academy of Educators as one of the two 2019-2020 recipients of the Educational Mentor/Advisor Award. These awards recognize dedication and effectiveness of UME or GME faculty who are not officially part … Continued

  • Charles Elected as Fellow to the American Surgical Association

    Congratulations to Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General and Acute Care Surgery and the Oliver R. Rowe Distinguished Professor. Dr. Charles was elected as a Fellow to the American Surgical Association in April 2020. On behalf of the students, staff, and faculty we would like to congratulate you on this honor.

  • Congratulations to the New Inductees to the Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)!

    On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff at the UNC Department of Surgery, we would like to congratulate the following members of our community on their recent induction into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)! Membership is given to physicians who meet high criteria of academic achievement, leadership, professionalism, service and excellence … Continued

  • José Gaston Guillem, MD, MPH, MBA Joins UNC Surgery as the new Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery

    José Gaston Guillem, MD, MPH, MBA joins the Department of Surgery as the new Chief and Professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. He discusses what inspired him to become a doctor, how influential mentors lead to his specialty in colorectal surgery and his goals for the GI Division. Dr. Guillem received his undergraduate degree … Continued

  • New GI Surgeon Muneera Kapadia Talks About Joining UNC Surgery and Shares Her Superpower

    Muneera R. Kapadia, MD, MME joins UNC Surgery as an Associate Professor in the Division of GI Surgery, and Associate Vice Chair for Education. She sat down to discuss what inspired her to become a surgeon, her work with medical education and her experience in residency that continues to resonate with her and her relationships … Continued

  • Drs. Gallagher and Long Promoted to Associate Professors

    Congratulations to Kristalyn Gallagher, DO and Jason Long, MD, MPH have been promoted to Associate Professors! Dr. Gallagher graduated with an undergraduate degree in physiology with honors from Oklahoma State University in 2004 and earned her medical degree at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008. She then completed an internship and residency … Continued

  • MATCH DAY 2020: Congratulations to our New Trainees!

    Congratulations to all of our new trainees! General Surgery Residents | PGY1 Mustafa Abid Wake Forest University Chase Cox University of Alabama Conner Haase University of Miami Christopher “Topher” McCauley University of North Carolina           Sasha McEwan University of North Carolina Hanaan Salamah University of North Carolina Lucas Stone Oregon Health … Continued

  • Booker T. King, MD, Steps in as New Chief of the Burn Surgery Division

    Booker T. King, MD, joins the Department of surgery as Chief and Professor, in the Division of Burn Surgery and the Director of the NC Jaycee Burn Center. He sat down to discuss what inspired him to become a doctor, the contributions he has made to science to help burn patients, and his goal to … Continued

  • Healing Little Hearts in Kosovo

    Kosovo: a country left to rebuild after crisis. Most affected are those who have the least control. At times, this can leave some of the most vulnerable, such as children with congenital heart disease, with few options for survival.  In the wake of rebuilding a country, resources and necessary infrastructure to perform such life-saving interventions … Continued

  • Hayes-Jordan Honored as Triangle Business Journal 2020 Health Care Hero

    The Triangle Business Journal named UNC Surgery’s Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, Byah Thomason Doxey-Sanford Doxey Distinguished Professor and Chief of the Division of General Pediatric Surgery, as one of its 2020 Health Care Heroes. She was presented with the award at a ceremony on Feb. 13. Dr. Hayes-Jordan was honored for her outstanding accomplishments as a … Continued

  • Sharma Health Care Hero Award Ceremony

    Sharma Honored as Triangle Business Journal 2020 Health Care Hero

    The Triangle Business Journal named UNC Surgery’s Mahesh Sharma, MD, Chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the NC Children’s Heart Center, as one of its 2020 Health Care Heroes. He was presented with the award at a ceremony on Feb. 13. Dr. Sharma was honored for his profound effect on the congenital cardiac … Continued

  • Tom Egan Receives New Award from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

    Congratulations to Dr. Tom Egan, Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He received a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation award for his project entitled, “Ex-vivo lung perfusion to deliver nucleic acids to cells in human lungs”. He will receive $560,000 from 2/1/2020 to 1/31/2022.

  • Jeyhan Wood Honored with 2020 Junior Faculty Development Award

    Jeyhan Wood, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive, is the winner of the 2020 Junior Faculty Development Award. She won for her project titled: “Long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes following surgery for craniosynostosis in a regional population.” “This award truly means everything to everyone involved in this project,” says Dr. Wood. “It is … Continued

  • Meet Gene Deune, MD, MBA, UNC Surgery’s New Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

    Gene Deune, MD, MBA, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as a Professor, in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He sat down to discuss what brought him to UNC Surgery, his aspirations, and goals while here and the advice he would share with his younger self. Dr. Deune received his undergraduate degree from … Continued

  • Benjamin Haithcock, MD

    Benjamin Haithcock, MD, Promoted to Professor

    Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Haithcock on his promotion to Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Haithcock received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1993. He spent one year in a Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program at Michigan State University then earned his M.D. from … Continued

  • UNC Medical School AWS Chapter Night of Networking

    The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) medical school chapter at UNC held a fall wine and cheese event at the home of Drs. Melina Kibbe and Marco Patti on Wednesday, November 20th.  The evening was an opportunity for female medical students interested in pursuing a career in surgery to meet with female faculty and surgical … Continued

  • Hong Jin Kim, MD, Honored with the Ted. B. Seagroves Distinguished Professorship

    On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Hong Jin Kim, MD, was honored with Ted B. Seagroves, Jr. Distinguished Professorship. The event, which took place at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, was marked by speeches that honored and recognized the late friend, father, and husband Ted B. Seagroves, Jr. and the remarkable career of Dr. Hong … Continued

  • Chirag Desai, MD, Promoted to Professor

    Congratulations to Dr. Chirag Desai on his promotion to Professor of Surgery in the Division of Abdominal Transplant. Dr. Desai has been an active member of surgical teams as faculty at various institutions. Upon finishing his fellowship, he served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona, where he was actively involved … Continued

  • Don Nakayama, MD, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Receives Two New Appointments

    Dr. Don Nakayama was elected as Treasurer of the American College of Surgeons for a three-year term at this year’s Clinical College in San Francisco. An ACS Fellow since 1990, Dr. Nakayama has been active at the national level in the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (2013−2017) and the Board of Governors (2011−2013), serving on … Continued

  • Jen Jen Yeh, MD

    Researchers develop method for separating tissue types in tumor samples

    A dense web of tissue can surround pancreatic cancer tumors, impeding treatment and sometimes acting as a barrier to the tumor’s spread. Researchers want to distinguish cancerous tissue from the surrounding connective tissue and cells known as stroma as well as from immune cells in the tumor’s environment in order to drive personalized treatment strategies.

  • Drs. Andrea Hayes-Jordan and Melina Kibbe

    Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, honored with the Byah Thomason Doxey-Sanford Doxey Distinguished Professorship

    On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Andrea Anita Hayes-Jordan, MD, FACS, FAAP, was honored with the Byah Thomason Doxey-Sanford Doxey Distinguished Professorship. The event, which took place at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, was marked by speeches that touched upon the impact and history of the Professorship as well as comments that honored and recognized … Continued

  • Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD

    Hayes-Jordan Appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, Byah Thomason Doxey-Sanford Doxey Distinguished Professor, and Surgeon-in-Chief of the UNC Children’s Hospital, by President Trump to the National Cancer Advisory Board. The board consists of 18 members appointed by the President of the United States. Its role is to advise and assist the … Continued

  • Jared Gallaher, MD

    Jared Gallaher, MD, Returns Home to UNC Surgery as an Assistant Professor

    Jared Gallaher, MD, MPH returns to UNC as the new Assistant Professor in the Division of General and Acute Care Surgery. He sat down to discuss what inspired him to become a surgeon, why he chose to come back to UNC, and the failure that helped shape the rest of his life. Dr. Gallaher received … Continued

  • Michael LeCompt, MD

    First UNC/Rex Joint Appointment, Surgical Oncology Assistant Professor Michael LeCompt Discusses Joining UNC Surgery

    Michael LeCompte, MD, is the new Assistant Professor in the Department Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at UNC/Rex.  He sat down to discuss how his childhood growing up in Africa inspired him to pursue medicine and how the need for Surgical Oncologists not just in the United States but oversees influenced his decision … Continued

  • Adesola Akinkuotu, MD

    New Pediatric Surgeon Adesola Akinkuotu, MD, Talks About Joining UNC Surgery and Her Goal to Grow the Fetal Care Program

    Adesola Akinkuotu, MD, is the new Assistant Professor at UNC Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery. She sat down to discuss her journey from Nigeria to North Carolina, her childhood aspirations to be a neurosurgeon and how she decided to focus on Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Akinkuotu received her undergraduate degree in biology from Wake … Continued

  • Dr. Jen Jen Yeh

    Jen Jen Yeh, MD, Receives a Multi-PI NIH T32 Award

    Congratulations Dr. Jen Jen Yeh for receiving a multi-PI NIH T32 award with Dr. William Kim (Lineberger) from the National Cancer Institute for the project entitled, “UNC Integrated Translational Oncology Program (UNC-iTOP)”, in the amount of $2,578,421 from 9/20/2019 – 8/31/2024. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Integrated Translational Oncology Program (UNC-iTOP) is … Continued

  • UNC Surgery Video: Providing a Carolina Blue Warmth

    Welcome to the Department of Surgery at UNC. Check out our Department video to find out more information about who we are and our commitment to providing outstanding care to the patients of North Carolina and beyond.

  • Melina Kibbe, MD, Wins Spring 2019 Clinical Scientist Award

    The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded Dr. Melina Kibbe, MD, Chair, and Professor at UNC Surgery, with the Biomedical Laboratory R&D Senior Clinical Scientist Award. She received the award for her project entitled, “Novel in situ custom biodegradable drug-eluting stents for endovascular surgery.”

  • Meet Ezequiel Parodi, MD, the New Vascular Surgeon Joining UNC Surgery

    Ezequiel Parodi, MD, is the new Associate Professor with UNC Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery. He sat down to discuss what inspired him to become a surgeon, why he chose to pursue academic medicine, and his work with complex aortic disease.

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    UNC Surgery Summer 2019 Newsletter

    Check out the UNC Surgery Summer 2019 newsletter. It includes exciting insights and updates from May through July 2019 about the UNC Department of Surgery. Some of the stories include the 4th Annual Nathan. A Womack Surgical Society Research Day and Graduation as well as highlights and awards and new faculty, staff, and APPs!

  • Philip Spanheimer, MD, Talks About Joining UNC Surgery as the Newsest Addition to the Breast Surgical Oncology Team

    Philip Spanheimer, MD, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor, in the Division of Surgical Oncology…

  • Resident receives Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award

    Dr. Brittany Williams received a Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award at the 2019 UNC School of Medicine’s Whitehead Lecture and Awards ceremony on August 7…

  • Yemi Ogunleye, MD

    Meet Our New Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Adeyemi “Yemi” Ogunleye, MD

    Adeyemi Ogunleye, MD, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor, in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery…

  • Luigi Pascarella, MD, Clerkship Director, Wins The Best Application Course Award

    Luigi Pascarella, MD, Clerkship Director, along with Drs. Barnhouse and Klipstein won The Whitehead Medical Society of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine award for Best Application Phase Course Award. The award acknowledges and recognizes the Hospital, Interventional, and Surgical Care among the courses in the Application Phase curriculum, as it was effectively … Continued

  • Dr. Ikonomidis Receives a NIH R21 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ikonomidis for receiving a NIH R21 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the project entitled, “Exploration of key proteases and validation of biomarkers in genetically triggered thoracic aortic aneurysms”, in the amount of $233,250 for the period 8/1/2019 to 7/31/2021.

  • Dr. Mark Farber

    First Patient Receives Surgery in UNC-Led International Pivotal Trial for Repair of Thoracoabdominal and Pararenal Aortic Aneurysms

    Mark Farber, MD, chief of vascular surgery at the UNC School of Medicine, is the national principal investigator for the study and performed the trial’s first implant of the GORE® EXCLUDER® Thoracoabdominal Branch Endoprosthesis, an investigational device, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.

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    ALLERGAN VOLUNTARILY RECALL

    In response to updated safety information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Allergan has Voluntarily Recalled BIOCELL® Textured Breast Implants and Tissue Expanders

  • Meet the Newest Member of the UNC Surgery Faculty, Paula Strassle, Ph.D., M.S.P.H, Assistant Professor

    Paula Strassle, Ph.D., M.S.P.H joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor. She sat down to discuss her childhood dream of becoming an anthropologist, the events that inspired her to become an epidemiologist, and the goals she has for herself as a faculty member at UNC.

  • Mia Klein, MD, Wins First Place

    Mia Klein, MD, 4th-year Surgical Resident, won first place for the North Carolina chapter of the American College of Surgeons as well as best trauma presentation overall. The conference was held at Pinehurst on July 19th. The name of her presentation was “Development of Optimized Tissue Factor-Targeted Peptide Amphiphile Nanofibers to Slow Non-compressible Torso Hemorrhage”. … Continued

  • Dr. Melina Kibbe UNC Surgery

    JAMA Surgery #1 surgery journal in the world with Dr. Melina Kibbe as Editor-in-Chief

    JAMA Surgery journal receives a record high impact factor of 10.668 making it the #1 surgery journal in the world and the distinction of being the 1st surgery journal to achieve a double-digit impact factor. JAMA Surgery recently announced that its impact factor rose significantly from 8.5 to 10.688 making it the highest ranked surgery journal in the world, as well as the first surgery journal to … Continued

  • Drs. Bruce Cairns and Anthony Charles Receive NIH T32 award

    Please join us in congratulating Drs. Bruce Cairns and Anthony Charles for receiving NIH T32 award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for the project entitled, “Trauma Research Fellowship”, in the amount of $925,399 from 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2024. The award they received will provide for 3 fellows in Yr1 and 2 per year … Continued

  • Melina Kibbe, MD

    Melina Kibbe, MD, Receives the 2019 University of Chicago Distinguished Service Award

    The Alumni Awards Committee, comprised of fellow alumni of the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Division of the Biological Sciences, selected Dr. Kibbe as one of the 2019 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. This Award recognizes alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the Division of the Biological Sciences and to the … Continued

  • 2019 Nathan A. Womack Graduation Celebration

    Nathan A. Womack 2019 Graduation Celebration

    Graduating Residents and Fellows, accompanied by their families, attended the Department of Surgeries Graduation Ceremony on June 7, 2019 at the Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill. This year’s event included fellows from Critical Care, Advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Complex General Surgical Oncology, and Vascular Surgery as well as residents from General Surgery, and Plastic … Continued

  • 4th Annual Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society Research Day

    The Department of Surgery hosted its 4th Annual Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society Research Day on Friday, June 7, 2019. Over 70 faculty members, alumni, residents and medical students in the Department took part in the day. There were 54 poster presentations and eight oral presentations from across the nine divisions that showcased an array … Continued