People Profiles

We're highlighting the faculty, staff and volunteers who help make a difference in the lives of our patients and further the mission of UNC Lineberger and the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

A few minutes with Ken Johnson

A few minutes with Ken Johnson

North Carolina native Ken Johnson knows what hard work looks like. He grew up on a dairy farm milking more than 50 cows multiple times a day, joined the Army right out of high school and has been fighting multiple myeloma for the past 20 years. We recently sat down with Johnson to talk about how he made a connection with UNC Lineberger, his involvement with the Patient and Family Advisory Council and why he feels volunteering is something everyone should do.

A few minutes with Ken Johnson - Read More…

A few minutes with Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

A few minutes with Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

There are more than 15 million survivors in the United States, and this population is growing due in part to advances in prevention and treatment strategies. Although she is busy preparing for UNC Lineberger's Cancer Survivors Day on Saturday, June 9, Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, director of cancer suvivorship at UNC Lineberger, took a few moments to discuss how she became involved in the field.

A few minutes with Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN - Read More…

A few minutes with Simon Khagi, MD

A few minutes with Simon Khagi, MD

Simon Khagi, MD, aspired to be a cardiologist when he was starting his medical training, but a clinical rotation in oncology during his residency changed his focus. Now, he says he can’t imagine not being a neuro-oncologist and having the opportunity to care for his patients and conduct research into new therapies for brain cancer.

A few minutes with Simon Khagi, MD - Read More…

A few minutes with Stephen Frye, PhD

A few minutes with Stephen Frye, PhD

After a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Stephen Frye, PhD, joined the UNC faculty in 2007 with the goal of partnering with physician-scientists to develop new cancer therapeutics. We recently sat down with Frye to talk about his love of chemistry, his interest in writing, and his desire to break the 50 mph barrier on his bicycle. He also shared that he and his wife will ride 60 miles on a tandem bicycle to support Team UNC Lineberger in The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer this May.

A few minutes with Stephen Frye, PhD - Read More…

A few minutes with Melissa Mack

A few minutes with Melissa Mack

During the last two decades, Melissa Mack has had a hand in planning just about every major research event at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as helping with the operations of the main administrative office. Her passion for UNC Lineberger is infectious. Though she isn't planning to leave anytime soon, she said her love for cooking could lead her to opening a café one day.

A few minutes with Melissa Mack - Read More…

A few minutes with Linda Woodard

A few minutes with Linda Woodard

Linda Woodard is best known as the friendly face who helps patients find their way around the N.C. Cancer Hospital, UNC Lineberger's clinical home -- but many may not know what an incredible history she has at Carolina.

A few minutes with Linda Woodard - Read More…

A few minutes with Meghan Fox, LRT/CTRS, CCLS

A few minutes with Meghan Fox, LRT/CTRS, CCLS

Meghan Fox, LRT/CTRS, CCLS, is a psychosocial support coordinator and child life specialist for the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, UNC Lineberger’s clinical partner. She has a true passion for supporting our pediatric patients and their families.

A few minutes with Meghan Fox, LRT/CTRS, CCLS - Read More…

A few minutes with DJ Amatuli, ACSM CPT

A few minutes with DJ Amatuli, ACSM CPT

DJ Amatuli, ACSM CPT, is a senior trainer at Get REAL & HEEL, UNC Lineberger’s cancer after-care program. He and the rest of the Get REAL & HEEL team develop individualized exercise plans that help cancer patients and survivors manage treatment-related symptoms and increase chances of survivorship while increasing their quality of life.

A few minutes with DJ Amatuli, ACSM CPT - Read More…

A few minutes with Regina Jones

A few minutes with Regina Jones

A desire to give back has led breast cancer survivor Regina Jones to volunteer at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, UNC Lineberger’s clinical home. Jones is a member of the Patient & Family Advisory Council, or PFAC, which is composed of patients, family members, survivors, caregivers and staff who work together to ensure that patients receive the highest level of care.

A few minutes with Regina Jones - Read More…

A few minutes with Chad Pecot, MD

A few minutes with Chad Pecot, MD

Chad Pecot, MD, has a unique perspective on cancer. As a physician who specializes in treating lung cancer, he sees the impact cancer and its treatment can have on people and their loved ones. As a scientist, he understands cancer at its most basic level. As a cancer survivor, he knows the challenges of living with a serious health issue.

A few minutes with Chad Pecot, MD - Read More…

A few minutes with Matthew Milowsky, MD

A few minutes with Matthew Milowsky, MD

Matthew Milowsky, MD, is a dedicated clinician who treats patients with cancer of the bladder, prostate, kidney, and testes.

A few minutes with Matthew Milowsky, MD - Read More…

A few minutes with Hank Lewis

A few minutes with Hank Lewis

You've likely spotted volunteer Hank Lewis serving refreshments and sweet treats around the North Carolina Cancer Hospital -- but his true talent is helping patients feel more at ease.

A few minutes with Hank Lewis - Read More…

A few minutes with Vickie Bae-Jump, MD, PhD

A few minutes with Vickie Bae-Jump, MD, PhD

In time for Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, we sat down with UNC Lineberger’s Vickie Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, a researcher and physician in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Bae-Jump will be speaking Oct. 11 at the She ROCKS luncheon in Wilmington that raises money for ovarian cancer research.

A few minutes with Vickie Bae-Jump, MD, PhD - Read More…

A few minutes with Kelly Kivette, LRT/CTRS

A few minutes with Kelly Kivette, LRT/CTRS

Kelly Kivette, LRT/CTRS, is a senior recreational therapist at the N.C. Cancer Hospital and she's on a mission to help people stay active while undergoing cancer treatment.

A few minutes with Kelly Kivette, LRT/CTRS - Read More…