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Three researchers who are physicians with the UNC Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, as well as staff members of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC) have been recognized for outstanding patient care. Dr. Alfredo Rivadeneira, Dr. Maya Jerath and Dr. Bill Yount are recipients of the 2017 UNC Health Care and UNC Faculty Physicians Award for “Carolina Care Excellence.”


A recent UNC survey asked patients if they would recommend their provider’s office to their family and friends. More than 95% of the responding patients of these physicians indicated “Yes, definitely!,” which places the doctors in the top quartile nationally. In addition, Drs. Rivadeneira, Jerath and Yount are multi-year recipients of this award.

“Our team could not have won this award without the quality care provided by our outstanding front desk staff as well as our skilled and empathetic nursing staff,” said Dr. Bill Yount, who has received the award for three consecutive years.

Congratulations to the team for creating an exceptional experience for patients, and for being exemplary in delivering high quality care combined with expertise and compassion.

Learn more about the UNC Allergy and Immunology Clinic, the UNC Rheumatology Clinic and UNC Rheumatology Lupus clinic.