Benjamin Haithcock, MD, Promoted to Professor

December 2, 2019

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

November 22, 2019

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

Margot Halpin

November 19, 2019

Margot Halpin was born at Mount Sinai in New York City with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Three months later the Halpin family moved to Chapel Hill and met with the Cardiology & Surgery teams at UNC Children’s Hospital NC Pediatric Heart Center to plan her care.

Chirag Desai, MD, Promoted to Professor

November 6, 2019

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

November 5, 2019

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

Researchers develop method for separating tissue types in tumor samples

October 24, 2019

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.