Hospital Ethics Committee Membership

Co-Chairs and Directors

Arlene Davis, JD
HEC Co-Chair
Director, Clinical Consultation
Director, Ethics Education
Associate Professor, Social Medicine
Adjunct, School of Law

Gary J. Gala, MD, FACS
HEC Co-Chair
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Education and Training
Department of Psychiatry


Kathy Peticolas, PMP
Data Coordinator
UNC Center for Bioethics


Ashley Benefield, MSW, LCSW, ACM
Care Manager
Clinical Care Management
UNC Hospitals

Thomas Bice, MD, MSc
Clinical Instructor
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Lizzy Burch, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Care Management
Obstetrics and Newborn Nursery
UNC Health Care

Jean Cadigan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Social Medicine

Bruce Cairns, MD, FACS
UNC Faculty Chair
Professor, Surgery
Director, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center

Crista Creedle, RN,BSN, OCN
Nurse Manager
Impatient Oncology/ Hematology
NC Cancer Center Hospital

Katie Crisp, MSW, LCSW, LCASA
Inpatient Social Worker
Clinical Care Management
UNC Health Care at Wakebrook

Michelle Curl, RN, BSN, BA, CCTC
Peditric Diabetes Coordinator
N.C. Children's Hospital
UNC Hospitals
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

Wendy Familia-Peña
Patient Relations Specialist
Patient Relations
UNC Hospitals

Katherine Higgins, MDiv
Associate Director, Clinical Pastoral Education
Department of Pastoral Care
UNC Hospitals

Laura House, MD, MPH
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
UNC School of Medicine

Jason Huckaby
NC Cancer Hospital Patient & Family Advisory Council Liaison
Sr. Chemical Engineer
Eastern Research Group

Benny L. Joyner, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology
Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Doug MacKay, PhD
Assistant Professor, UNC Department of Public Policy
Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Medicine

Shirley Massey, M.Div., BCC
Department of Pastoral Care
Chaplain Burn Center/Aftercare

Jennifer McEntee, MD, MPH, MA
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine

Carrie A. Nielsen, MA
Clinical Research Program Director
North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center
Department of Surgery, UNC School of Medicine

Paul Ossman, MD, MPH
Associate Director of Education
Division of Hospital Medicine Department of Medicine
Division of Internal Medicine

Ivan Remnitz, BBA, MA
Interpreter Services

Neil Ryan, MHA, BSRT
Clinical Manager
Respiratory Therapy

Matt Scholer, MD, PhD, FACEP
Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Martha Shackelford, RN, MPH
Clinical Compliance Manager
Performance Improvement/Patient Safety Dept.

Louis Sullivan
Transplant Financial Coordinator
Transplant Department
UNC Hospitals

Tina M. Vassar, RN, MSN, CS
Community Member

Amina White, MD, MA
Clinical Associate Professor 
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UNC School of Medicine

Sharon Williams, PhD
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Louise Winstanly, LLB, MSB
Consultant, Consultation and Policy Service
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Co-Chair, UNC Non-Biomedical IRB

Gary Winzelberg, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate Professor
Division of Geriatric Medicine
School of Medicine

Graduate Education Members

Izzy Brassfield
HEC Trainee
UNC MD-PHD Program Candidate

Drew Cutshaw
MS1, UNC School of Medicine

Keren Eyal
MS1, UNC School of Medicine

Erin Hayes, MD
Neonatology Fellow

Karen Meagher, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for Genomics and Society

Sara Scarlet, MD
Resident, Department of General Surgery

Margaret Waltz, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for Genomics and Society

Ex Officios

Ian Buchanan, MD, MPH
Vice President, Cancer and Children’s Services
UNC Health Care

Sarah Fotheringham, JD
Associate General Counsel, UNC Health Care System
Legal Department

Eric Juengst, PhD
Director, Center for Bioethics
Professor, Department of Social Medicine

Christian Lawson, MBA, BSN, RN
Director of Emergency Services
UNC Hospitals

Tony Lindsey, MD
Executive Associate Dean,
Clinical Affairs and Chief of Staff, School of Medicine

Shane Rogers
Director of Patient Relations and Interpreter Services
UNC Health Care

Dalton Sawyer, MS, CHEP
Director, Emergency Preparedness and Continuity Planning
UNC Health Care

Marcia Van Riper, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Chair Family Health Division
School of Nursing
Carolina Center for Genome Studies