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CT Surgery Teammates Honored at UNC Basketball Game

March 8, 2024

Members of the Cardiothoracic Surgery team were honored in a tribute delivered at the pre-game ceremony of the UNC-NC State Basketball Game on Saturday, March 2, 2024 for their care of Brian Smith, grandson of Dean Smith. Pictured from L-R:  Scott Smith (Brian’s Dad), Mike Yeung MD (Brian’s Cardiologist), Tommy Caranasos MD (UNC CT Surgeon), … Read more

Spanheimer Receives Prestigious National Cancer Institute’s K08 Career Development Award

August 2, 2023

Congratulations to Philip Spanheimer, MD, for receiving the very competitive and prestigious National Cancer Institute’s K08 career development grant which will support 5 years of funding for his research “Repurposing RET Inhibitors for Endocrine Resistant Breast Cancer”. “We have the unique opportunity to bridge laboratory studies and patient care” said Spanheimer as his study explores … Read more

Perez Accepted into Leading Transformation in Academic Medicine 23-24

July 14, 2023

Arielle Perez, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Surgery, Director, UNC Hernia Center, and Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program Division of General Surgery. We wish her congratulations on acceptance to participate in the 2023-2024 Leading Transformation in Academic Medicine (LTAM).  LTAM is described as “the most robust leadership development program the School of … Read more

Hill, Hollowell Named 2023 Advanced Practice Providers of the Year

July 11, 2023

Congratulations Advanced Practice Providers of the Year, Lauren Hill, DNP, NP and Jamie Hollowell MSN, ACNP Advanced Practice Providers are a huge part of our UNC Surgery team. Read on for ways their nominating colleagues described each. Lauren Hill, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioner: She is the pillar of the thoracic surgery service. She fulfills … Read more

Kapadia, Perez, Wood are 2023 Honorees of UNC’s Academy of Educators

June 12, 2023

Three Department of Surgery Faculty members were honored for their excellence and impact by the UNC Academy of Educators during the Alan W. Cross Evening of Scholarship on June 6th, 2023. Congratulations to Dr. Jeyhan Wood, Dr. Muneera Kapadia, and Dr. Arielle Perez.   Application/Individualization Phase Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award: Jeyhan Wood, MD Application/Individualization … Read more

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Awards Akerman R01 Grant

June 2, 2023

The UNC Department of Surgery is pleased to announce that the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has awarded Dr. Adam W. Akerman, PhD, an R01 grant and a 4-year funding period for his study entitled: “Enhanced Biochemical Monitoring for Aortic Aneurysm Disease.” Dr. Akerman and his team—which includes Drs. John Ikonomidis and Chris Agala … Read more

Felicia Williams, MD, FACS Selected as Southern Surgical Association Leadership Scholar

April 28, 2023

Felicia Williams, MD, FACS is the Associate Division Chief, Associate Director of the Burn Intensive Care Unit, and Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Burn Surgery. She has been selected as a Scholar in the Southern Surgical Association’s Leadership Development Program’s Class of 2023.  Learn more about Dr. Williams here  The Southern Surgical … Read more

Damitz, Stitzenberg, Wood & Gallagher Named Exceptional Women in Medicine

March 21, 2023

Congratulations to these exceptional women physicians and faculty members on the recognition of their excellence as they serve the people of North Carolina and beyond. About the Exceptional Women in Medicine Award: (Award by Castle Connolly Top Doctors):  Awardees are recognized annually, based on peer nominations and outstanding accomplishments and dedication to the field of … Read more