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Dr. Richard Sutherland, Professor of Urology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics has stepped down from his position as Division Chief of Pediatric Urology effective January 1st, 2021.

Dr. Sutherland will remain on faculty, focusing his attention on caring for children with urologic problems, teaching, and mentoring. Under his guidance, the Section has grown into a Division within the Department of Urology, from one faculty member to four, expanded into the surrounding areas of the state, and held consistent ranking in the US News & World report.

Dr. Sherry Ross, Associate Professor of Urology and Pediatrics has assumed the role of the new Division Chief of Pediatric Urology. Under Dr. Ross’s leadership and with the addition of new faculty, the Division will expand research efforts as well as its clinical footprint across the state. Such efforts include the extension and development of specialty programs and continued statewide outreach efforts that enhance the care of children and serve the families of NC. Dr. Ross is excited to continue her work with colleagues in the Department of Urology and throughout the Children’s Hospital to improve the already outstanding care provided to children in the UNC Health system.

The Department of Urology is exceedingly grateful to Dr. Sutherland and is excited for the continued and expanding leadership of Dr. Ross.

Thank you Drs. Sutherland & Ross!

From UNC Children’s Hospital

“As the only full-time pediatric urologist for many decades, Dr. Sutherland was always a patient teacher of generalists about urologic issues. He was one of the leading specialty voices on the North Carolina Pediatrics Society. Additionally, he invested time teaching circumcisions to general pediatricians at UNC Children’s allowing our system to better meet the needs of patients and families. As his first general pediatrics circumcision student, he always displayed patience waiting for my untrained hands to pick up the procedural steps!”

“Dr. Ross has become a valued leader with UNC Children’s. She was recruited to help lead the very complicated UNC Children’s Chapel Hill multi-specialty clinic. Her influence has helped improve relationships between physicians and clinic staff and also helped inspire a vision for different clinic structures.”

Mike Steiner, MD
Pediatrician in Chief, UNC Children’s


“Dr. Sutherland has been an important surgical presence for UNC Children’s for decades. For many of these years, he was the only pediatric urologist working at UNC full-time, yet was seemingly always available to children and families with urologic concerns. His leadership and the environment he created helped to pave the way for a part-time urologist from Raleigh, a second and now a third full-time urologist to join the program. He leaves the leadership of the program having helped it to its strongest position ever.”

“Since coming to UNC from Duke, Dr. Ross has built a busy clinical practice but also built her professional leadership skills. She is a graduate of the UNC Health ACCLAIM program and was recently asked to lead the UNC Children’s Chapel Hill multi-specialty clinic which is a 24 specialty clinic with 50,000 patient visits per year.”

Stephanie Davis, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics


“In my two and a half years here at UNC, I have known Richard Sutherland as the consummate advocate for childhood health. His dedication and caring for his patients is unmatched. He has become a welcome partner to me in the management and growth of surgical care in the Children’s Hospital.”

“Congratulations to Dr Ross.  I look forward to Dr Ross’s leadership. I know she has big shoes to fill but she is more than capable and I have no doubt she will continue to lead the pediatric urology division with excellent patient care and a ‘let’s put our children first’ attitude.”

Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD
Chief, Division of General Pediatric Surgery