Faculty and Staff

Program Leaders

Philip Sloane, MD, MPH
Professor of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Sloane, a family physician and geriatrician, is a nationally recognized expert in both fields.  As a researcher, he was the first family physician in the country to receive an NIH research career development award (1986), and he has been continuously funded by the NIH ever since.  He co-directs (with Dr. Sheryl Zimmerman) the Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-CH, which has conducted over 50 funded studies of care issues related to older persons.  He is particularly noted for his work around the management of behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease, for which he received the prestigious Pioneer Award from the US Alzheimer’s Association. An advocate for change and improvement in primary care medical practice, he founded the North Carolina Family Medicine Research Network and the North Carolina Network Consortium, which conduct research statewide under current directors Dr Katrina Donahue and Dr. Jacquie Halladay.

Dr. Sloane is also highly involved in and committee to education of professionals, paraprofessionals, and consumers, including activities that translate research findings into practice.  He co-edits Essentials of Family Medicine and Primary Care Geriatrics, both of which are currently in their sixth editions, and he co-founded the Carolina Alzheimer’s Network, a program dedicated to training primary care providers in evidence-based dementia care.  Four of his current projects involve translational research; topics include antibiotic stewardship in long-term care; assisting caregivers of persons with dementia in assessing and managing medical symptoms; and helping front office staff of medical practices respond to telephone calls from elderly patients; and training nursing assistants to provide better oral hygiene care.

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Professor of Neurology
Director, Memory Disorders Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Clinical Interests: Mild Cognitive Impairment/Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal Degeneration/Primary Progressive Aphasia, Lewy body dementias, Late sequelae of mild traumatic brain injury, Normal-Pressure Hydrocephalus.

Clinical Research Interests: Clinical assessment of meta-cognitive and neuropsychiatric phenomena in MCI and dementia, structural and functional imaging in dementia differential diagnosis, clinical informatics and classification of cognitive disorders, translational research for dementia in primary care, experimental therapeutics for cognitive/neurodegenerative disorders.

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology); 1995; recertification 2005; United Council for Neurological Specialties (Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry); 2008.


  • M.D. University Of Wisconsin.
  • Internship, Montefiore University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Residency, University of Pittsburgh, Neurology.
  • Fellowship: Behavioral / Geriatric Neurology, University of California at Los Angeles.

 Affiliated Professors and Practitioners


Sonya Hardin, PhD, RN
Project Director
East Carolina University

Dr. Sonya Renae Hardin is a Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. She has provided academic leadership for nursing administration, nursing education and nurse practitioner programs. Dr. Hardin has co-authored three books and numerous book chapters and articles in critical care, cardiovascular disease and geriatrics. Her book on the AACN Synergy Model was the first published text utilized by the AACN Certification Corporation to help prepare candidates sitting for certification. She serves on several editorial boards and reviews for many journal focused on critical care and geriatrics. Her PhD is from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is certified as a Critical Care Nurse and an Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience teaching in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. She has served on expert panels to develop geriatric competencies and standards of care. Her scholarship includes serving as PI for East Carolina University -Geriatric Workforce Enhance Program grant funded by HRSA and focused on improving care in rural eastern North Carolina through interprofessional education.

KennethSteinwegKenneth Steinweg, MD
Professor, Geriatrics Division Director
East Carolina University


  • Fellowship: Geriatric Fellowship, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (1987)
  • Residency: Family Medicine, Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC (1978)
  • Doctorate: MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (1975)
  • Undergraduate: Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA (1971)

Board Certifications
Family Medicine, Geriatrics

Areas of Interest
Long-term care, cognitive impairment


Donna W. Roberson, PhD, FNP-BC

Dr. Roberson is at East Carolina University as an associate professor and executive director of program evaluation at the College of Nursing and a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Student Health Service. She teaches primary care, adult-health and facilitates doctoral students’ scholarship across many areas of clinical care. Dr. Roberson’s research/scholarship interests include HIV care and prevention in women and older adults, bariatric surgery decision making and stigma, improving screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, care for adults with neurological conditions and care for adults with dementia/cognitive disorders. She is currently serving as a team member on the ECU Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant. Dr. Roberson is a member of the Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. She speaks regionally, nationally and internationally on her topics of research and scholarship and particularly enjoys providing continuing education sessions on care of older adults.

Chris Duffrin, PhD, MCHES

Dr. Chris Duffrin is an Associate Professor, Education Specialist and ChrisDuffrinDirector of Fellowship Didactic Training, in the Department of Family Medicine at Brody School of Medicine.  He has been involved with medical and health sciences education and project development for over 25 years.  He has served in the university environment as Associate Dean for Research and Director of Sponsored Programs, as well as holding various positions in regional development and emergency medical services with several federal and state agencies.  He has written, co-written or directed over $30 million in grant funded projects and studies health workforce development, improving patient education and communication, and the use of large EMR datasets for improving clinical care.  He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, Paramedic, and has Master’s degrees in Community Health and Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Higher Education.

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Candace Harrington, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, ANP-C
Clinical Associate Professor
East Carolina University College of Nursing

Dr. Harrington is an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner with over 25 years of geriatric nursing experience. She earned her diploma in nursing in 1985 from Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC, her undergraduate degree in nursing from Gardner Webb University in 2002, masters in nursing with adult gerontology concentration from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2005 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Vanderbilt University in 2011.  She is nationally recognized as a nursing content expert in management of chronic disease and heart failure in older adults residing in long-term care settings. She is a clinical associate professor in the family, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in ECU CON. She is a key geriatric nursing specialist for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant.


Jena Burkhart, PharmD, BCPS, CPP

Dr. Burkhart received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy and in 2005 completed a geriatric specialty residency with the UNC School of Pharmacy and UNC Hospitals. She is currently a Geriatric Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at the UNC Medical Center, practicing in the interdisciplinary Geriatrics Specialty Clinic. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Burkhart teaches in both the didactic and experiential settings at UNC and assists in the training of both pharmacy and medicine learners.

Ann Marie Nye, PharmD, GCPAnnMarieNye
Associate Professor, Campbell University
Monk Geriatric Center
East Carolina University


  • Residency: Geriatric Pharmacy Practice, University of Texas, Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital, San Antonio, TX (2002)
  • Doctorate: PharmD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2001)
  • Undergraduate: Post-Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2000)

Board Certifications
Geriatric Pharmacy

Areas of Interest
Geriatric pharmacotherapy, osteoporosis, insomnia, dementia, inappropriate medications in the elderly, falls prevention, pharmacy resident training.


C. Kim Stokes, MHS, PA-C
Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor
East Carolina University
MHS, Duke University 2003
BS, PA Studies, ECU 2003
BS, Biology, Lenoir Rhyne University 1999

Mrs. Stokes teaches Clinical Medicine in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She is a 2003 graduate of the ECU PA Program and is excited to be returning to help educate new PA’s at her alma mater. Being a native of a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she has a strong desire to train excellent medical providers, in the hopes they will consider practicing in rural areas.

Upon joining the faculty in 2012, she brings almost 10 years of clinical experience in a variety of backgrounds, including: primary care, urgent care, occupational health and surgical oncology. She has strong interests in Women’s Health and Rural Health. She currently practices family medicine. Mrs. Stokes lives in Simpson, NC with her husband, Robbie, and two daughters, Emily and Abigail.


Support Staff

Johanna Silbersack, MSW
Project Coordinator
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Shelley H. Rawls
Geriatric Program Coordinator
ECU BSOM, Geriatrics Division
East Carolina University

Karen Wagner
Overall Program Manager
East Carolina University