Jennifer (Jenny) Flythe, MD, MPH
Jenny Flythe is a nephrologist and clinical investigator at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center and Director of Dialysis Services at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. She completed medical school at the UNC School of Medicine, Internal Medicine residency training at Oregon Health & Science University, and Nephrology fellowship training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Massachusetts General Hospital Combined Program. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is active in the dialysis and nephrology communities with service on the American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) Dialysis Advisory Group and Quality Committee, two Kidney Health Initiative (public-private partnership between the Food and Drug Administration and ASN) workgroups, and a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) dialysis initiation controversies committee. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. Her research interests include comparative effectiveness of dialysis treatment interventions, stakeholder engagement, and patient-reported outcomes among individuals undergoing maintenance dialysis. Dr. Flythe’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and Industry.
Magdalene Assimon, PharmD, PhD
Magdalene Assimon is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center. She completed pharmacy school at the Albany College of Pharmacy and remained at her alma mater to complete her clinical fellowship training in nephrology pharmacotherapy. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Assimon’s current research focuses on using administrative claims data and electronic health care record (EHR) data to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of medications commonly used by maintenance dialysis patients. She hopes to translate her medication-related research findings into quality improvement initiatives and policies that promote safe and effective medication prescribing among clinicians who care for dialysis patients. Dr. Assimon’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and industry.
Julia Narendra, MPH
Julia Narendra is the Dialysis Research Program Manager at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center. She earned her Master’s of Public Health in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She manages multiple dialysis-related clinical research studies, including study planning, execution, and staffing, regulatory compliance, budgets, and data management and reporting. Current research includes studies focused on improving timely vascular access placement, vascular access education, and the development of a dialysis symptom measure. Her research interests include patient and stakeholder engagement, dialysis patient-reported outcomes, qualitative research methods, health services access, and digital health and peer support interventions. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to exotic locations, hiking, and cooking Indian food.
Adeline Dorough, MPH
Adeline Dorough is a Research Coordinator at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center. She graduated with her Master’s of Public Health in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. During her graduate studies, she worked with the team to develop research education materials and a patient-reported outcome measure. She is currently collaborating with diverse stakeholders to build a person-centered care planning process and companion evaluation measure around dialysis care individualization. She is interested in qualitative research methodology, patient preferences, intervention and measure development, stakeholder engagement, and health education. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, exploring outdoors, and refining her “dad-joke” collection.
Lily Wang, PhD
Lily Wang is a biostatistician and statistical programmer in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Her research interests include pharmacoepidemiology and end-stage kidney disease.
Matthew Tugman, BA
Matthew graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, where he majored in Chemistry and Spanish. As a research assistant, he has worked on various studies including a clinical trial examining how ultrafiltration profiling affects dialysis-related cardiovascular stress and a quality improvement project on the implementation of a patient-reported outcome measure in clinical practice to improve patient experience of care. He also works with Dr. Emily Chang on a study analyzing the effectiveness of lung ultrasound to identify volume overload in hospitalized dialysis patients. Matthew ultimately hopes to pursue a career in medicine and has outside of work interests in The Office, Carolina basketball, and finding new places to travel.
Emily Palmiter is a nursing student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will graduate in the spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a minor in biology. She is a Student Research Assistant at the UNC Kidney Center, where she provides office assistance for multiple dialysis-related research studies. Her duties include preparing and organizing data collection documents, entering data, and supporting various study efforts. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and fiancé, binge watching Netflix, and making wish lists of wedding plans.
Taya Joseph is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will graduate in the spring of 2021 with a major in Community Health and Health Equity, with minors in Spanish for the Medical Professions and Neuroscience. She is a Research Assistant at the UNC Kidney Center where she works with the Flythe Research Team to build a person-centered dialysis care planning process and companion evaluation measure. Taya also assists Dr. Emily Chang in analyzing the efficacy of lung ultrasounds in detecting fluid retention for hemodialysis patients, and processes blood samples in the Falk lab. She plans to pursue a career in medicine upon completing her undergraduate degree and spending time conducting research or serving as a hemodialysis patient care technician. Her personal interests include educating others about mental and physical wellness through her fitness page on Instagram, thrift shopping, and spontaneous adventures.
Shannon Murphy, MD, MPH
Shannon Murphy is a nephrologist at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center. She completed medical school at the UNC School of Medicine, while also earning a Master’s of Public Health in Health Care and Prevention. She remained at UNC for her internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship training. She has been interested in glomerular disease since medical school, with clinical research evaluating treatment of membranous nephropathy. During fellowship, Shannon developed a strong interest in patient-reported outcomes and health-related quality of life, which has become the focus of her research.
Surya Manivannan, MD
Surya Manivannan grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she also received her undergraduate and medical degrees. Upon graduating, she moved to the lovely state of North Carolina to complete her internal medicine residency at UNC Chapel Hill. During this time, she worked under the guidance of Julia Narendra, Dr. Jenny Flythe, and Dr. Shannon Murphy on a quality improvement project about vascular access planning for advanced CKD patients. As a current nephrology fellow, she is interested in continuing to learn about patient outcomes research in the field of end-stage renal disease in the geriatric population.
Johnathan Hilbert, MS
Johnathan Hilbert is a medical student at the UNC School of Medicine. Upon completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at North Carolina State University, he spent a service year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Brooklyn, NY. He returned to his alma mater earning his Master’s in Physiology in 2015. His research focuses on development and fit testing of an e-tablet-based hemodialysis symptom patient-reported outcome measure. He also helped pilot test a research readiness toolkit designed to improve the research capacity of dialysis clinics. In the past, he has worked on the team’s research related to psychosocial risk factors for hospital readmission among dialysis patients. His interests include plant-based nutrition and endurance sports.