• 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

  • Luigi Pascarella, MD

    Luigi Pascarella Receives 2019-2020 Craver Medical Student Teaching Award

    It is with great pleasure we announce that Dr. Luigi Pascarella, Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery and Surgery Clerkship Director has been chosen by the Academy of Educators as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Craver Medical Student Teaching Award. With the support and generosity of UNC School of Medicine alum Dr. Joseph M. Craver, this … 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, 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.

  • Summer 2019 Newsletter Cover

    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 Phae 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.

  • Textured breast implants

    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

  • Melanoma survivor shares story to inspire hope

    When Judith Edmonds discovered an itchy, raised freckle on her leg, she knew something was wrong. At that time, she didn’t realize how important this was going to be to her life. Edmonds, who now lives in Bullock, N.C., was diagnosed with melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer, and she had the cancer … Continued

  • UNC Children’s Hospital provides high-quality care

    BY DR. MELINA KIBBE AND DR. STEPHANIE DUGGINS DAVIS First and foremost, we are physicians who have dedicated our lives to caring for and caring about patients. We celebrate with families the joys of curing illness; and we are deeply impacted by any death, particularly that of a young child. We lead our respective areas … Continued

  • Laura Purcell, MD, Recieves NIH Fogarty Award

    Congratulations to Laura Purcell, MD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, who was offered a position in the 2019-2020 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 UJMT Fogarty Global … Continued

  • Erica Peters, PhD, Receives Award

    Erica Peters, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, was selected to receive a Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2019 Collaborative Research Travel Grant. The grant is for her project entitled: “Development of injectable, niche-responsive peptide amphiphile nanofibers to reduce atherosclerotic plaque burden.” Her grant as approved in the amount of $8,000 to be used between June 1, 2019 and December 31, … Continued

  • Drs. Anthony Charles & Melina Kibbe.

    Anthony G. Charles, MD, MPH Honored with Distinguished Professorship

    Anthony G. Charles, MD, MPH Honored with The Oliver R. Rowe Distinguished Professorship. On Monday, May 13, 2019, Anthony Gbolahan Charles, MD, MPH, was honored with the Oliver R. Rowe Distinguished Professorship. The event, which took place at the Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, was marked by speeches that touched upon the impact and history of … Continued

  • UNC Surgery Spring 2019 Newsletter

    Check out the UNC Surgery Spring 2019 newsletter for the latest news and events.

  • Dr. Chairns and Dr. Maile

    Drs. Bruce Cairns and Robert Maile Co-Investigators on new Grant

    Please join us in congratulating Bruce Cairns, MD, and Robert Maile, PhD, for receiving a Tier 2 Grant.

  • Dr. Melina Kibbe UNC Surgery

    Melina Kibbe, MD, Honored with Presidential Citation

    Melina Kibbe, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Honored with Presidential Citation award from the Association of VA Surgeons. The Presidential Citation is given In special recognition for outstanding contributions made to further the well-being of veterans of the United States of America, the Association of VA Surgeons recognizes your exemplary leadership and dedicated commitment … Continued

  • Mia Klein Takes Home a Win at this Years Association of VA Surgeons Conference

    Mia Klein, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, received the award for Best Basic Science Presentation at the Association of VA Surgeons Conference in April. Not only did she receive the Best Basic Science Presentation which consisted of a cash prize, but she also won the trauma competition. She won a trip to present her abstract to represent … Continued

  • Celebrating our Providers’ Carolina Care Excellence

    Please join us in congratulating our 14 providers who will receive the 2019 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. The survey asks patients if they would … Continued

  • Tim Farrell and Marco Patti

    Timothy Farrell, MD and Marco Patti, MD receive UNC-MAHEC Simulation Grant

    Timothy Farrell, MD, Vice Chair of Education and Professor of Surgery along with Dr. Marco Patti, Professor of Surgery and Simulation Director was awarded a UNC_MAHEC Grant. They received a grant in the amount of $38,000 for one year. Their grant was based on the following proposal: Overview: Surgical simulation is appealing because it allows … Continued

  • Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, new Chief of Pediatric Surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill

    Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, Elected President-elect of Society of Black Academic Surgeons

    Andrea Hayes-Jordan, Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of UNC Children’s Hospital was elected President-elect of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). The mission of the SBAS is to improve health, advance science, and foster careers of African American and other underrepresented minority surgeons. Throughout her career, Dr. Hayes-Jordan has exemplified the qualities of … Continued

  • AWS 2019 Group Photo

    Association of Women Surgeons Spring Event

    The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) medical student group at UNC held a Spring event at the end of April focusing on connecting female medical students with surgeons and residents to discuss what it means to be a female surgeon today. The event was made up of 16 medical students and 16 female surgeons who … Continued

  • Jennifer Carr

    Meet the New Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Jennifer Carr, MD

    Jennifer Carr, MD, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, She sat down to discuss her childhood dream of becoming a singing veterinarian, what inspired her to return to academic medicine and the advice she would share with her younger self. Dr. Carr received a Bachelor … Continued

  • Dr. William Marston

    William Marston, MD, Recently Elected to ASA

    William Marston, MD, Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery was recently elected to membership of the American Surgical Association. As a premier academic society for surgeons, the American Surgical Association will always strive to benefit the patient and the profession of surgery by advocating and promoting excellence, innovation, and integrity in science, … Continued

  • Melanoma Patient Day

    Melanoma symposium to include talks on treatment, nutrition

    The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital are partnering with the Melanoma Research Foundation to host Melanoma Patient Day, an afternoon symposium offering information and support for patients with melanoma. The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital are partnering with the … Continued

  • Tom Egan, MD, Wins a Multi-PI NIH R21 award

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Tom Egan for receiving a multi-PI NIH R21 award. Dr. Egan received the award in collaboration with Dr. Marie Muller, Primary Investigator and Assistant Professor in Mechanical Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University. The multi-PI NIH R21 award was issued from the National Cancer Institute for their project entitled, … Continued

  • Congratulations to our New Trainees!

    Congratulations to all of our new trainees! General Surgery Residents | PGY1 Ursula Adams University of North Carolina Jingjing “Selena” An Duke University Anoosh Bahraini Medical College of Georgia Taylor Carter Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City           Megan Lombardi Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Hannah Trembath University of Iowa Sarah Weiner Univ. … Continued

  • Melina Kibbe, MD, Wins Women Leaders in Medicine Award

    Melina Kibbe, MD, Colin G. Thomas Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair Department of Surgery was honored with the 12th Annual Women Leaders in Medicine Award! The leaders of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) selected Dr. Kibbe as one of the recipients of the 12 Annual Women Leaders in Medicine Awards! The award recognizes women physicians … Continued

  • Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, Receives Faculty Research Fellowship

    Congratulations to Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Downs-Canner received a Faculty Research Fellowship for her research project entitled, “Inhibition of Th17 into Treg conversion as a novel component of immunotherapy in triple negative breast cancer” from the American College of Surgeons. Her research will be funded … Continued

  • Gita Mody, MD, Selected to Receive a TSF Research Award

    Congratulations to Gita Mody, MD, who was recently selected to receive a TSF Research Award. Dr. Mody was selected by The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) for her project entitled, “Improving Lung Cancer Surgery Using Patient Centered Outcomes” in the amount of $80,000 for the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. The mission of the TSF … Continued

  • Congratulations to the IHQI 2019-2020 Improvement Scholars

    Congratulations to Joanna Grudziak, MD, MPH, PGY 5 General Surgery Resident and Michael Phillips, MD, Pediatric Surgeon who were selected as 2019-2020 Improvement Scholars. Only six projects were selected by the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) to be supported through the IHQI Improvement Scholars Program for the period Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, … Continued

  • General Surgeon, Jin H. Ra, MD, Talks about Joining UNC Surgery and her Multiple Roles in the Department

    Jin Hee Ra, MD, joins the UNC Department of Surgery as an Associate Professor, Division of General and Acute Care Surgery as well as the Director of the SICU and the Vice Chair of Quality and Safety. She shares what inspired her to become a doctor, specifically a general surgeon, her passion for finding ways … Continued

  • #HEFORSHE: A Call for Action

    Apoorve Nayyar, MD is a breast surgery research fellow at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a proud member of the AWS, a proponent of #HeForShe in medicine and shares his latest blog post on the Role of HeForShe in gender equity with the Association of Women Surgeons.   “With its unusually large … Continued

  • UNC Surgery Newsletter Winter 2019

    UNC Surgery Winter 2019 Newsletter

    Check out the UNC Surgery Winter 2019 newsletter for the latest news and events.

  • Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, wins UNC Lineberger Developmental Award

    Congratulations to Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology.   Dr. Downs-Canner received a Tier 1 Pilot Award entitled “Inhibition of Th17 into Treg conversion as a novel component of immunotherapy in triple negative breast cancer.” Her research will be funded in the amount of $50,000 over 1 year. … Continued

  • Chirag Desai, MD, Honored as 2019 Health Care Hero

    On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Triangle Business Journal unveiled the 23 winners of its 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards. The Department of Surgery is proud to announce that our very own Dr. Chirag Desai was among this years winners.

  • Melina Kibbe, MD

    Melina Kibbe, MD, Awarded NIH R01 Award

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Melina Kibbe, Colin G. Thomas Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, for receiving an NIH R01 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute The award was given for her project entitled, “A Novel Endovascular Approach to Remove Atherosclerotic Plaque Lesions in Situ”, in the amount … Continued

  • Drs. Bruce Cairns and Robert Maile Awarded NIH R01 Award

    Please join us in congratulating Bruce Cairns, MD, and Robert Maile, PhD, for receiving an NIH R01 award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

  • Dr. Trista Reid

    Association of Women Surgeons Mentor Spotlight: Dr. Trista Reid

    UNC medical student Jihane Jadi interviews her mentor, Dr. Trista Reid, about her career as a trauma/critical care surgeon, being a woman in surgery, and her advice to those beginning their careers. Whenever you ask a resident or a medical student about their experience working with Dr. Trista Reid, her outstanding commitment to patient care, education, … Continued

  • ACS Simulation Training

    American College of Surgeons Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching

    UNC Simulation Laboratory hosts the 3rd annual ACS Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching November 8 – 10, 2018 Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of Outliers: The Story of Success writes, “Achievement is talent plus preparation. However, the ten-thousand-hour research reminds us that the closer psychologists look at the careers of the … Continued

  • Burn Survivors' Reunion

    NC Jaycee Burn Center Survivor Reunion

    NC Jaycee  Burn Center hosted the 27th Annual “Celebration of Life” burn survivors’ reunion on Saturday, November 11th. This event offered survivors, their families and friends, members of the fire service, current and former Burn Center staff, and community volunteers an opportunity to come together to share stories of recovery, struggle, and hope. The event … Continued

  • UNC Surgery Newsletter Fall 2018

    UNC Surgery Fall 2018 Newsletter

    Read the UNC Surgery Fall 2018 newsletter for past articles, recognition, awards and so much more!

  • UNC Center for Transplant Care Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    The UNC Center for Transplant Care is celebrating 50 years of care for patients. To commemorate this milestone there will be an event to recognize patients, doctors,and staff that make the program possible.

  • Dr. Mark Farber

    Division of Vascular Surgery has a Changing of the Guard

    Dr. Mark Farber is appointed as the Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery.

  • AWS 2018 Team Photo

    Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Hold Inaugural Southeast Exchange Conference

    The UNC and Duke Chapters of the Association of Women Surgeons held the inaugural Southeast Exchange Conference on September 22, 2018, at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The conference included a series of workshops and panels on topics aligned with the theme, “Breaking Down Barriers, Building Each Other Up.”

  • Dr. Samuel W. Jones, MD, FACS

    Samuel Jones, MD, to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

    UNC Greensboro (UNCG), the Triad’s largest state university, announced that Dr. Samuel Jones (’93 MA) has been selected to receive the UNC Greensboro (UNCG) College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.

  • Melina Kibbe, MD

    Focus Carolina Interviews Melina Kibbe, MD

    Melina Kibbe, MD, Colin G. Thomas Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, was recently interviewed by Focus Carolina. She discussed the events in her life that led her to become a pioneering doctor, her groundbreaking research and her work as a Vascular Surgeon.

  • Dr. Melina Kibbe UNC Surgery

    Melina Kibbe, MD, Featured on WUNC’s The State of Things

    Melina Kibbe, MD, chair of the department of surgery, spoke to Frank Stacio Monday for an extended interview.

  • Rebecca Maine, MD

    Rebecca Maine, MD, to Co-Direct Malawi Surgical Initiative

    Rebecca Maine, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of General and Acute Care Surgery chosen to Co-Direct Malawi Surgical Initiative