Meet Our Residents!

The residents, by far, are the best part of our residency program.  The environment is supportive and collegial.  Residents also spend time together outside of work enjoying such activities as annual weekend retreats (often at the beautiful NC coast), Durham Bulls baseball games, UNC sporting events, attending-sponsored resident appreciation dinners and listening to bluegrass at "Fridays on the Front Porch" at the Carolina Inn. We are also proud to field a team in the UNC employee softball league endearingly called Failure to Thrive.

First Years
Kiri Bagley, MD, MPH - Kiri attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate, graduate and medical school.  She chose to remain at UNC for residency because of the warm, collaborative spirit and the pediatric residents and attendings always strive to provide excellent education, both within formal instructional settings and during informal teaching opportunities.  In her spare time, she enjoys baking, cycling, tennis, and playing to piano and saxophone.
Elizabeth Blyth, MD - Elizabeth graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in English and Spanish.  She went to medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Before medical school, Elizabeth spent a year as a research assistant for the UNC Department of Nephrology.  She enjoys all outdoor activities, especially tennis, biking, swimming, camping and hiking.  Elizabeth and her husband are the proud parents to a daughter, born this year.    
Laura Cannon, MD - Laura majored in Biology and English at Duke University.  She went to medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Laura stayed at UNC for residency because she wanted the opportunity to work with and learn from the amazing faculty and residents.  She is an avid runner and has competed in several half and full marathon races.  Laura is also a Netflix junkie and a Blue Bell ice cream connoisseur.   
Keila Clark, MD - Keila graduated from Spelman College with a degree in Chemistry.  She went to medical school at Meharry Medical College.  During medical school, she volunteered at the Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Second Harvest Food Bank and her research focused on the role of atopy in children with sickle cell disease.  She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and music.  If Keila could be any animal, she would be an elephant.     
Fatmata Daramy, MD, MPH - Fatmata majored in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, received her MPH from Johns Hopkins University and attended medical school at the University of Virginia.  Fatmata knew UNC was the place for her - "I felt like the residents I met at the interview dinner could be my friends...the super awesome primary care program was the icing on the cake".  She loves to travel (her goal is to visit every single country in the world) and enjoys running and hiking. 
Emily Gurnee, MD - Emily majored in Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin Madison before venturing to North Carolina for medical school at Duke University.  She chose UNC for residency because she loves living in the Triangle Area and also great co-residents, teachers and patients.  During college, Emily lived on an ecology research station and also went to Thailand to study bird flu.  Before medical school, she worked as a middle school science teacher through Teach For America.   Emily is one of our prelim residents and is planning a career in Dermatology.
Erin Hansen, MD - Erin graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Biology and Psychology.  She went to medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern.  During medical school, she worked on the medical staff for a camp for children with diabetes.  She enjoys playing soccer, running, baking and hiking - just before residency, she went on a hiking trip to Everest Base Camp.  Erin chose UNC because of the people she met - the residents, faculty, staff and patients.
George Hightower, MD, PhD - George graduated from the University of California in San Diego with a self-designed undergraduate major, “Disease, History and Society.”  He continued at UCSD to complete medical school and a PhD in HIV pathology.  Along the way, his interests, projects, and friendships have taken him to Mexico, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, Ethiopia and Germany.  He was initially drawn to the Triangle area for fellowship training in skin biology research and found North Carolina’s hospitality and greenery a great fit for his family.  George is one of our prelim residents and is planning a career in Dermatology.
Senyene Hunter, MD, PhD - Senyene received a BS in Chemistry and a PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Before entering medical school at UNC, Senyene was a professor at St. Augustine's College.  She enjoys creative writing, biking the local trails, weight lifting, cooking, and rollerblading (which includes an extensive amount of falling).  Her favorite way to relieve stress is engaging her 9 year old son in a spirited game of soccer or basketball.  A whiz with the reflex hammer, Senyene is in our combined Pediatrics – Child Neurology Program. 
Denise Jones, MD - Denise went to Furman University for undergraduate school, majoring in Biology.  She attended the University of Florida for medical school.  One of the reasons Denise chose to come to UNC is the Triangle area - great breweries, the food scene, the biking/hiking trails and the nearby lakes.  She enjoys scuba diving, camping and gourmet cooking.  Despite having ties to UF, Denise prefers the chop to the chomp - go Noles!
Katie Jordan, MD - Katie graduated from Williams College with a degree in Psychology.  She received her medical education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Choosing to remain at UNC for residency was an easy choice for Katie - "I knew that I loved the people here - residents, fellows and attendings are all so nice...I also knew that I would learn so much".  She enjoys playing soccer, hiking (especially in the mountains), reading novels and learning how to cook.
Anna Kowalczyk, MD - Anna attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate and medical schools.  After interviewing at UNC, she knew this was the place for her - "the faculty seemed very invested in teaching residents...I also liked the opportunity of rotating at different clinical sites and being exposed to different aspects of medicine".  Anna is a gardener - she is currently growing a pineapple that she transported from Florida, enjoys bike riding, and loves her Gators!      
Cameron Lang, MD - Cameron graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Psychology and went to medical school at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  She chose to come to UNC because of the people and the primary care training.  Cameron loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, enjoys traveling and is a huge Boston Celtics fan.  She prides herself on her cookie baking abilities - her cookies have been described as "amazing" and "maybe the best ever".
Elizabeth Luke, MD - Elizabeth double majored in Biology and Psychology at the University of Georgia and attended medical school at the University of Alabama.  She has a strong interest in helping the underserved - during medical school, she researched barriers to the use of generic drugs in a rural population, and she also helped design a diabetes education module for Equal Access Birmingham which is the UAB student-run clinic.  Elizabeth has lived in Peru, completed numerous half-marathons, and enjoys gardening, graphic design and Ultimate Frisbee. 
Mike Nidel, MD, MS - Mike graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Computer Engineering and then continued his education at Stanford University, receiving a MS in Computer Science.  Before entering medical school at the University of Virginia, Mike spent nine years as a software engineer.  He enjoys soccer, ice hockey, playing guitar and reading - his favorite book is The Lord of the Rings.  Mike is also a fan of The X-Files - he's even seen the second X-Files movie (who knew there was a sequel?). 
Jordan Norris, MD, MPH - Jordan received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Kentucky University.  She attended medical school at the University of Virginia.  Jordan was drawn to UNC because of the happy, friendly residents and because the Durham/Chapel Hill area is a fantastic place to live, not to mention a great couples match destination.  She enjoys watching sports, cooking and playing tennis.
Patience Obasaju, MD - Patience majored in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  During undergrad, she was the Chair for the UNC Dance Marathon, which raises money for our Children's Hospital.  She attended Indiana University for medical school.  Patience enjoys traveling, running, tennis and yoga.  She chose to return to UNC because of the great balance of primary care and academic medicine that allows residents to practice medicine in multiple settings and because she's a Tar Heel!
Lola Owolabi, MD - Lola is a graduate of Duke University, where she majored in Public Policy.  She returned to her home state of Texas for medical school, attending the University of Texas Southwestern.  The great family feel drew her to UNC for residency.  She enjoys college basketball (Go Blue Devils!), traveling and attending theater productions.  Lola is a huge foodie - "can't cook but I sure can eat!"
Brian Pitts, MD - Brian received a BA in History and Mathematics from the University of Kansas.  Before going to medical school at Virginia Tech Carilion, Brian taught middle school math to 7th and 8th graders (he was also the boys basketball coach).  He enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, international travel, board games and reading.  Brian isn't ashamed to admit that the first concert he went to was Boyz II Men.
Melissa Smith, MD - Melissa graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Biology and attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She enjoys scuba diving and trail biking.  Melissa chose to come UNC because of the bright, friendly residents and attendings, and because of the good balance of tertiary care and clinic experience not to mention the beautiful area.
Erin Sukhu, MD - Erin went to the University of Virginia for both undergraduate and medical schools.  She found UNC to be the perfect combination of great training with fantastic people, and it's situated in a great area to live.  She has studied in Morocco, lived in Australia and worked in Costa Rica and Ecuador.  Erin loves traveling, singing, hiking, knitting, baking and spending time with her husband and their canine child, Tank.  She is also a huge Redskins fan.
Danielle Volandt, MD - Danielle majored in Biology at the College of Charleston and went to medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina.  She enjoys running, hiking, biking and recently tried her hand at carpentry - built a farmhouse style table and matching bench (with assistance from her husband).  Danielle would be a great asset to any camping trip - she's certified in Wilderness Medicine and is working toward becoming a fellow with the Wilderness Medical Society.  She is the proud parent to a beautiful fur baby - her rescue dog, Sadie.
Second Years
Adam Bensimhon, MD - Adam received a degree in music from the University of North Carolina and his MD from the University of Vermont.  During medical school, he spent time in Bolivia as an English teacher and medical volunteer.  Adam was the principal violist for the UNC symphony and has played Carnegie Hall.  For two years, he was the nanny for a family with two sets of twins.  Adam enjoys running, cycling, hiking, playing Frisbee or tennis (most anything to be outside);  playing the viola; spending time with his wife and their puppies; and mastering the art of baking the perfect Baguette.
Erica Bjornstad, MD, MPH - Adventure is Erica’s middle name - she has skydived in North Carolina, hiked the jungle of Ecuador, bungee jumped in Peru, cruised on the Zambezi River by Victoria Falls, and lived in Afghanistan for three months.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina with degrees in Biology and Mathematics.  She earned an MPH in Humanitarian Assistance from Johns Hopkins University and her MD from the University of Maryland.  She chose to return to Chapel Hill for residency because of the international opportunities.
Jeff Chambliss, MD - Jeff hails from the Lone Star State.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance.  He received his MD from the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio.  During medical school, Jeff was an active volunteer with his school’s student-run free clinic, Habitat for Humanity, and Project Haiti.  Jeff enjoys running, soccer, and brewing his own beer.

Leigh-Anne Cioffredi, MD, MPH - Leigh-Anne received a BA in Mathematics from Wheaton College, where she also played varsity field hockey all four years.  She has an MPH from Tufts University, and earned her MD from Georgetown University.  Leigh-Anne has gone on multiple mission trips to Africa - her work there included building homes for widows and orphans, and teaching math to 10th and 11th graders.  She also spent two years at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigating the effects of targeted therapies on lung cancer.  Leigh-Anne enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and traveling.

Melissa Fitzgerald, MD - Melissa majored in Visual Arts Studies at the University of Florida where she also went to medical school.  During medical school, Melissa completed a fellowship program at the Betty Ford Institute learning about rehabilitation programs, participated in two mission trips to the Dominican Republic, and spent time working at a health department in rural Florida.  As her undergrad major suggests, she has a strong interest in art and photography.  She also enjoys cooking and baking.

Marisa Gallant, MD - Marisa received a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia and her MD from Northwestern University.  While at Northwestern, Marisa was active with the Children’s Youth Program where she volunteered and coordinated clinics to assist providing health care to underprivileged inner-city youth.  Her research focused on non-canonical sonic hedgehog signaling in Burkitt Lymphoma cell lines.  Marisa enjoys running (Chicago Half 2011 and Chicago Marathon 2012), cooking and painting.

Kathleen Gorman, MD - Kathleen graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Art History.  She also went to Maryland for medical school.  Kathleen chose UNC because of the people and the dedication of the program to expose its residents to tertiary care pediatrics as well as community pediatrics.  As a Baltimore native, Kathleen is a huge Orioles and Ravens fan.  She loves sports, travel and trying new foods and restaurants, om nom nom nom!

Erin Hayes, MD - Erin majored in Biology and minored in Spanish at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Prior to entering medical school at the University of Vermont, she worked at a shelter for troubled adolescents and also as an emergency department clinical attendant.  Erin is an accomplished ballet dancer having danced for more than 20 years.  She also enjoys yoga, pilates, cooking, baking, and traveling.

Emily Hodnett, MD - Emily attended James Madison University and received a BS in Health Science.  She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.  She chose to come to UNC because of the great residents, attendings, and city - Chapel Hill has lots to do plus it’s close to the beach, mountains, and larger cities.  Emily is a big foodie, and if she wasn’t a pediatrician, she would open her own bakery.

Amy Jones, MD - A master of the Babinski, Amy is a resident in our Child Neurology – Pediatrics combined program.  She received a BA in Biological Sciences and Spanish Studies from the University of Delaware and her MD from Jefferson Medical College.  She selected UNC for residency because of diverse educational opportunities and the ability to work with outstanding faculty and residents.  Amy enjoys running, Scrabble, bowling and boating with her husband on Jordan Lake.

Jennifer Jutson, MD - Jennifer is the first resident in our new Pediatrics - Anesthesiology combined residency program.  She received a BS in Nursing from Abilene Christian University and worked as a NICU nurse prior to attending Texas Tech University for medical school.  She fell in love with UNC while interviewing with Anesthesiology, and her day with Pediatrics sealed the deal!  Jennifer already has plans for her first paycheck as an attending - fixing up the 1969 Ford farm truck that her grandparents gave her.

Pete Leahy, MD - Pete is a graduate of Notre Dame (BA in Anthropology) and Florida International University College of Medicine.  He chose to come to UNC because of connections made during a visiting rotation with our Genetics and Metabolism division - and it didn’t hurt that his alma mater is moving to the ACC - Go Irish!  He is our local lemur expert, having spent time during undergrad studying the cute, little primates.  Pete enjoys playing and watching all sports especially basketball, football, tennis and golf.

Ashley Mabina, MD - Ashley received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her MD from East Carolina University.  On her interview day, she got the sense that UNC had a wonderful reputation for providing the highest quality of care and did so with sincere humility. During medical school she served as a mentor for young girls and co-founded a grant-funded youth empowerment program. She enjoys singing, swimming, medical missions, and spending time with her niece and nephews

Chris Nassef, MD - Chris is one of our “Triple Heels” - he attended the University of North Carolina for undergraduate school (BA in Spanish), medical school, and now residency.  He chose to remain at UNC for residency mostly because of the residents - a great atmosphere of collegiality - and because of the faculty’s dedication to teaching and creating a positive learning environment.  Before medical school, Chris spent two years as a construction crew leader for Habitat for Humanity.

Sumee Panigrahi, MD - Sumee double majored in Biology and Chemistry at Emory University.  While at Emory, she co-founded Taal Soul, a multicultural dance team.  She received her MD from the University of Florida.  During medical school, she received NIH funding to assess the role of synaptotagmin and dynamin in model Min6 cells and was able to present her findings at the national symposium.  Sumee is passionate about dance (performing, learning dance forms, and choreographing), loves to scrapbook and also enjoys baking, cooking, painting, and reading.

Mike Parsons, MD - Mike attended the University of Virginia for both undergraduate (double major in English and Biology) and medical school.  He chose UNC because of the great combination of specialists and outstanding primary care and the opportunity to experience greater levels of autonomy while still being exposed to tertiary care services.  Mike enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and running with his dog.  If Mike could be in any movie, he would have played Michaelangelo in the 1990 action film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Amanda Pratt, MD - Amanda double majored in Biology and Spanish at the University of North Carolina.  She received her MD from Georgetown University.  Having gone to UNC for undergrad, she was eager to return to Chapel Hill for residency - the town is amazing!  Amanda likes arts and crafts, yoga, dance, old movies, warm climates, pets of all shapes and sizes and practicing her Spanish-speaking skills - she spent a semester in Seville, Spain.

Beth Sandberg, MD - Beth majored in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan and attended Northwestern University for medical school.  She chose to come to UNC because of the excellent faculty she met on her interview day, the friendly residents, and the very welcoming program director.  Beth is a huge fan of Michigan football - not only is she an alumna but almost all of her immediate family are alumni, too.  She has a twin sister, enjoys running - ran the Chicago Marathon, and loves any and all shows on Bravo.

Sarah Stephens, MD - Sarah earned a BA in Political Science from Duke University and her MD from Tulane University.  Between undergrad and medical school, Sarah spent two years working as a study coordinator at Children’s National Medical Center.  Her work focused on clinical trials for children with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and also epilepsy research studies.  While at Tulane, she spent a summer in Ecuador providing health care to a rural indigenous community.  Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, and salsa dancing.

Whitney Stern, MD - Whitney attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate (BS Zoology) and medical schools.  She chose UNC for residency because of the different training sites that offer exposure to any and all aspects of both primary care and subspecialties - and having grown up in New Jersey and then spending eight years in Florida, North Carolina will provide a happy medium of changing seasons :)  While at UF, Whitney was a varsity springboard and platform diver.  She enjoys the outdoors and going to country music concerts.

Genny Taylor, MD - Genny graduated from Rice University with a degree in Bioengineering and received her MD from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  She spent a summer at Wake Forest University participating in a project to create a bioengineered liver for future use in organ transplantation.  Genny enjoys international travel, road biking, running, yoga, musicals, Nebraska Football, Rice Baseball, and Carolina Basketball.

Peyton Wilson, MD - Peyton earned a BA in Biology from Princeton University and her MD from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is dedicated to working with underserved populations and has been on numerous mission trips: Haiti, Peru, Honduras and Guatemala.  In addition to her international work, she has been a very active volunteer domestically working in rural parts of Virginia and inner-city Richmond.  Peyton enjoys hiking, biking, cooking desserts, bluegrass music and skiing.

Third Years

 

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Jim Antoon, MD, PhD - Jim received a degree in Economics from Davidson University. In addition to receiving his MD from Tulane University, he also earned a PhD in Pharmacology. Jim is a publication machine – around 50 presentations and publications under his belt – most recently an article about Ehrlichia meningitis in Clinical Pediatrics. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, camping, cooking – particularly sauces, and billiards.

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Josh Arenth, MD - Josh attended Vanderbilt University for undergraduate school, receiving a BS in Biomedical Engineering. While at the University of Florida School of Medicine, Josh was voted "Best Male Classmate" by his class – once you meet him, you’ll understand why! In his spare time, he enjoys running, cooking, reading, soccer, and studying Orthodox Christian Theology.

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Christy Ashburn, MD - Christy is a graduate of the University of Richmond (BS Biology) and Tulane University School of Medicine. At Richmond, Christy was a varsity cheerleader – Go Spiders! Her hobbies and interests include oil painting (especially landscapes), crafting, photography, cooking, Civil War era history, and gymnastics. If Christy could be any animal, she would be a migratory water fowl.

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Matt Baldwin, MD - Matt earned a BS in Biology from Duke University and attended Texas Tech University for medical school. He chose UNC Pediatrics because of the balanced experience between both tertiary care treatment centers and community hospitals. His favorite thing about being a resident at UNC is the people! Matt has a players contract with the Denver Broncos, collects old records, and enjoys jogging on nature trails.

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Kaitlin Brandstadter, MD, MPH - Kaitlin is a Biochemistry major from Smith College.  She earned an MPH from the University of North Carolina and her MD from Duke University.  Kaitlin chose to come to UNC because of the strong commitment to primary care and serving the underserved and the broad diversity of training opportunities.  She enjoys music, theater, and bicycling.  She also enjoys cooking as if she were dropped off in someone else's kitchen – making use of any random ingredients/leftovers to create a meal.

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Matt Bruehl, MD - If you enjoy camping, Matt is the guy you want to have with you – he is certified by the Wilderness Medicine Institute as a Wilderness First Responder. And he knows how to make calzones on a camp stove. Matt received a BA in Anthropology and his MD from the University of Oklahoma. Matt chose to come to UNC because of the wonderful scholastic reputation and the emphasis on family.

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Jalan Burton, MD, MPH - Jalan graduated from the University of Virginia, majoring in Interdisciplinary Human Biology. She earned an MPH at Columbia University and her MD from The George Washington University with a focus on underserved communities. She chose UNC because of the friendly spirit of the program, the outstanding faculty, and the up-beat, state-of-the-art facilities. When she is not at work, you can find her at the playground with her husband and their energetic 3 year old son.

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Mackenzie Esch, MD - Mackenzie received a BS in Biology from the College of New Jersey and her MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her favorite thing about being a resident at UNC is the great people she works with! She’s a true herpetologist at heart, having studied the response of timber rattlesnakes to commercial logging as well as suitable habitats for the endangered queen snake, Regina septemvittata. In addition to being a New Jersey Devils fan, Mackenzie enjoys the outdoors – she even makes her own fishing poles!

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Whitney Haddix, MD - Whitney graduated from the University of Virginia, earning a BA in Biology.  For medical school, she attended Temple University.  In her former life, Whitney spent a year working as an ophthalmic technician.  She enjoys cooking, reading, trying new restaurants and sampling different cuisines, running, traveling, and dancing – she has worked as a choreographer for a dance troupe.  Whitney will be one of our Chief Residents in 2015-2016.

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Jesse Hansen, MD - Jesse graduated from Trinity College with a BS in Psychology.  She went to New York Medical College for medical school.  Jesse has a passion for traveling and enjoys exploring new cultures and communities.  When not eating fried silkworms in South Korea or whitewater rafting in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador, Jesse loves cooking, reading, music (plays the saxophone), and sports – she played varsity soccer at Trinity and during her freshman year, was named Rookie of the Year!

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Kristen Harring, MD - Kristen earned a BSPH in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina.  She went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis.  Her favorite thing about being a UNC Peds resident is her co-residents – they are amazing!  Kristen enjoys running (she qualified for the Boston Marathon!), fishing, reading, and Frisbee.  She is also a dog lover – loves hiking with rescue dogs – both her own and those waiting to be adopted.

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Laura Jacobsen, MD - Laura is a true Florida girl – she didn’t own a pair of boots until moving to NC!  She bleeds orange and blue having gone to the University of Florida for both undergraduate (double major in Chemistry and Communication Sciences) and medical school.  She chose to come to UNC because of the different sites that cover the full spectrum of pediatric care.  She enjoys playing soccer and making afghans and hats – her grandmother taught her to crochet.

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Olivia Linthavong, MD, MS - Olivia earned both her BA in Psychology and MD from the University of North Carolina.  She also received an MS in Human Nutrition from Columbia University.  Her favorite thing about being a UNC Peds resident is the people – the residents are smart, fun loving, and extremely supportive of one another.  Olivia loves to spend her free time outdoors – running, biking, volleyball, hiking, and kayaking – and she’s also a closet thrill seeker that enjoys extreme sports!

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Robert Morgan, MD - While working toward a BS in Business Administration from UNC, Robert enjoyed hanging out with famous athletes – playing pickup soccer with members of the U.S. Women’s National Team and meeting UNC’s favorite son, Michael Jordan.  He earned his MD from East Carolina University.  One of the main reasons he chose to return to UNC for residency is that Chapel Hill is an awesome place to live!  Robert enjoys American history, playing tennis, camping, kayaking, and fishing.

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Molly Rusin, MD - Molly majored in Peace Studies at the College of St. Benedict.  She received her MD from Creighton University.  During undergraduate school, Molly spent four months living in Guatemala working with Primeros Pasos, a non-profit organization that offers quality and affordable health care and health education to the rural, underserved communities of Guatemala.  She enjoys traveling, playing piano, hiking, and running.  Molly will be one of our 2015-2016 Chief Residents.

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Amanda Sayed, MD - Amanda earned a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina and her MD from East Carolina University.  One of the reasons she chose to return to UNC for residency is the combination of inpatient experience at UNC, Moses Cone and WakeMed – great exposure to both common and incredibly rare pathology.  When she’s not working, you can find her playing soccer or tennis, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, biking, traveling, or playing with her adorable twin nieces!  Amanda is also a UNC basketball fan – Go Heels!

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Cherrelle Smith, MD - Cherrelle is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, earning a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science.  She went to medical school at Meharry Medical College.  Cherrelle chose to come to UNC because of the outstanding program leadership – on her interview day, the Chief Residents and Program Director made her feel like she belonged at UNC!  She is an experienced cheerleader – ten years of cheering and coaching.  Don’t let the scrubs fool you – Cherrelle loves any and everything about fashion!

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Melissa Smith, MD - Melissa earned a BS in Biology from Kansas State University and her MD from the University of Kansas.  She began her medical career while still in undergrad – she was a certified nursing assistant.  Between undergrad and medical school, Melissa spent a year as a researcher in Multiple Sclerosis Clinic/Neurology Department at the University of Kansas.  In her free time, Melissa enjoys running and reading.

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Will Stoudemire, MD - Will is a graduate of Davidson College, earning a BS in Biology.  He went to UNC for medical school.  There are many things that he loves about being a resident at UNC, but what makes it the most enjoyable is the fantastic people – the kids, attendings, and residents really make his time at work a wonderful experience.  Will recently entered into the world of amateur apple cider making – he built an apple cider press and starting pressing his very own last year!  Will is one of our 2015-2016 Chief Residents.

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Mimi Tesfaye, MD - Mimi double majored in Health Policy and Administration and Biology at the University of North Carolina, where she also received her MD.  Between undergrad and medical school, Mimi received an NIH research award and spent a year as a researcher for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, outdoor activities, and traveling.

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Heather Wright, MD - At Virginia Tech, Heather triple majored in Psychology, Biology, and Spanish.  She received her MD from East Tennessee State University.  She chose UNC Peds because she wanted a program where she would have excellent exposure to all areas for fellowship possibilities, while still getting a great primary care education.  Outside of work, Heather enjoys horseback riding and has competed in the World's Championship Saddlebred Horse Show!