Fight As Hard As You Run
Laura Byrnes is the mother of Molly Offstein, a survivor of a severe TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) who was treated here at UNC Chapel Hill immediately following her accident in March of 2017. Laura graduated from the United States Military Academy and served on active duty and in the reserves for 8 years as a Military Intelligence officer. She helped facilitate the assimilation of women into the corps of cadets at the Virginia Military Institute and enjoyed working with the corps of cadets at Virginia Tech as well. After working in management for Corning and Alliant Techsystems, Laura switched professions to the health care field in order to spend more time with and to coach her two daughters, Madison and Molly Offstein, in soccer, basketball, and track. Madison, age 22, will be graduating from Princeton University this year and has been a solid contributor and motivator to the women’s varsity cross country and track teams for 4 years. She and her little sister, Molly, were the pride and joy of Western Maryland giving their rural high school, Mountain Ridge, 6 State Champion titles in running, in addition to several State Runner-Up finishes, school records, and national elite times between them. Both girls also served in their class student government, National Honor Society, Girls State, Fellowship for Christian Athletes, and were their class valedictorians. Molly was a freshman at Elon University on a full ride as an Honors Fellow and Division 1 Track and Cross Country Athlete. But more important than their accolades, both Madison and Molly represent the best qualities of a small coal mining town: kindness, hard work, humility, grit, and a strong sense of community and family.
On March 6, 2017, Molly was trying to get to the Elon Forest just outside the University gate for a morning long training run, when she was hit head on by a car at the intersection of North O'Kelley Avenue and University Drive. The driver was going the speed limit which at the time was 55 mph. As he was driving east bound, his vision was blinded by the rising sun. Molly was life-flighted to UNC Chapel Hill where her journey to “Fight As Hard As You Run” began… Her journey has been miraculous and inspiring. Given the variable nature of recovery from severe TBIs, especially Grade 3 Diffused Axonal Injuries, and the graveness of the accident, Molly’s potential to recuperate was primarily forseen and fueled by the hard work and dedication of her mother and encouraged by Dr. Rhonda Cadena from UNC and Dr. Stacy Suskauer from Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI). However, the journey has been supported by a much larger community of doctors, therapists, nurses, friends, family and over 7 thousand Facebook followers across the country and world. Her small home town recognized Molly as the Most Fascinating Person for 2018.
Laura and Molly are honored to be here to share this journey with a group of people who are instrumental in the success of such stories. Molly is an amazing young woman and while she has made remarkable progress so far, the race is not over. People who know Molly Offstein and the clinicians that continue to support Molly are confident she has the determination, positivity, and heart to succeed in a meaningful recovery where the love of life and clarity of our purpose here on Earth bring full meaning.
Assistant Chief, South Orange Rescue Squad, Technical Rescue Team South Orange Rescue Squad
Lindsay Bailey, MPH
Injury Prevention Coordinator Tar Heel Trauma Program UNC Hospitals
Lindsay Bailey has served as the Trauma Program’s injury prevention coordinator since August of 2017. In her role she provides community programs and education to prevent injuries amongst both children and adults in the Mid Carolina Trauma RAC. Most of her work with adults involves increasing the number of community programs available to reduce falls, delivering falls prevention education, and serving in leadership positions for state and regional falls prevention coalitions. Her previous work includes delivering falls prevention interventions at a local continued care retirement community and coordinating a workplace injury prevention program for housekeeping staff at UNC Chapel Hill. She has an MPH in Health Behavior from UNC Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Journalism from West Virginia University. While earning her graduate degree she received the Katherine Kerr award to recognize her commitment to social justice through public health.
Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, FRCSEd, FACS
Chief, Division of Trauma/Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Director, UNC ECMO Program, Director of Global Surgery UNC Institute of Global Health, Adjunct Professor of Public Health UNC School of Medicine
Robert Dixon, MD, FSIR
Professor of Radiology – Vascular Interventional Radiology, Program Director – Interventional Radiology Residency & IR Fellowship, RADY Course Director, UNC School of Medicine
Dr. Dixon is the Interventional Radiology Program Director and a Clinical Professor in the department of Radiology. He completed his fellowship in Vascular-Interventional Radiology at UNC in 2004 and his residency in Radiology at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse in 2003. His areas of interest include complex IVC filter removals, endoleak repairs, oncologic interventions, hepatobiliary interventions, venous interventions, medical education, global health and radiation safety. Dr. Dixon served as the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Director from 2011 until 2015, when he became the Interventional Radiology Residency Program Director. In addition to speaking on radiation safety and other interventional radiology topics nationally, he serves on the RSNA Education Committee, the Image Wisely Committee, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology, the American Journal of Radiology and Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.
Elizabeth B. Dreesen, MD, FACS
Associate Chief of the Medical Staff, Medical Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, UNC School of Medicine
Joseph Grover, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor UNC School of Medicine,
Maureen Heck, RN
Nurse Manager Surgical Intensive Care Unit UNC Hospitals
Medical Student, Class 2020 UNC School of Medicine
Operation Detachment – A / Senior Medical Sergeant Personally treated over 30 U.S. service members for traumatic injuries sustained in combat operations. Provided medical care to hundreds of isolated Afghan nationals. Conducted over 30 special operation missions as assault leader and team medic. Coordinated and conducted medical training sessions in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) to over 200 Afghan Commandos. Provided for the medical needs of the team and trained all members in tactical medical responses. Designed several training courses in English and Spanish for use in Belize, Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
Randy Hoffman, AAS, BS
Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator, Mid Carolina Healthcare Coalition UNC Hospitals
Marc Levy, MD, FACS
Division Chief, Pediatric Surgery Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Associate Director of Trauma Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Orlando Florida
Marc Levy is a pediatric surgeon in Orlando, FL. He has been in practice for 20 years at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children where he serves as the Division Chief, Associate Director of Pediatric Trauma and Director of Pediatric Surgical Education. He serves on the American College of Surgeons Injury Prevention and Control Committee. Following the Pulse Nightclub shooting he developed a keen interest in firearm fatalities. He has become outspoken about the public health problems related to gun violence and has given multiple presentations regarding mass casualty incident preparedness and gun violence.
He has an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University; medical school at University of South Florida; general surgery residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center; and pediatric surgery fellowship at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Brenda Lanan, MD, MPH
Assistant Director of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Medical Director of NC 400- Duke State Medical Assistance Team Duke University Health System
Dr. Brenda Lanan is board certified in Emergency Medical Services and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Prehospital and Disaster Medicine at Duke University, the Medical Director for NC-400 (Duke State Medical Assistance Team), and the Chair of the Duke Regional Advisory Council. She also serves as the physician advisor to the Duke Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (HCPC) and recently deployed during Hurricane Florence as the Chief Medical Officer at a special medical needs shelter in Goldsboro, NC. She completed her EMS Fellowship at the University of New Mexico in 2016 after completing Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Texas at Houston in 2015.
Detective Sergeant---Raleigh Police Intelligence Center Raleigh Police Department
Sergeant Neighbors has served with the Raleigh Police Department for 15 years and is currently a team leader with the Raleigh Intelligence Center where he supervises detectives as well as crime analysts. Sergeant Neighbors is a gang expert and has developed multiple courses on gang investigations based on years of interviews and encounters with gang members. His previous assignments include Southeast District Patrol, Gang Suppression Unit, Drugs and Vice Unit, Aggravated Assault Unit, Homicide Unit, and he worked a multi-year R.I.C.O. gang investigation with the FBI. He has a B.A. degree in Psychology and graduated magna cum laude from N.C. State. While obtaining his degree, he earned his membership in Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. Sergeant Neighbors is also a former sergeant of the United States Army (Infantry) 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Robert F. Ostrum, MD
Professor Orthopaedic Surgery Director of Orthopaedic Trauma UNC School of Medicine
Paul B. Perryman, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Patient Services Manager III 4 Neurosciences Hospital Geriatric, Perinatal, Crisis Stabilization Psychiatry and ECT UNC Hospitals
Paul earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of Chapel Hill in 2008. In the 10 years since completing this degree, he served at UNC Hospitals in the critical care setting for 7.5 years and more recently as the Nurse Manager in psychiatry over the Crisis Stabilization Unit, Geropsychiatry, Perinatal Psychiatry and the Electroconvulsive Therapy clinic. As manager of the nursing component of the Behavior Response Team at UNC Hospitals, Paul has been working the past two years to establish the Behavior Response Team as a system that incorporates oversight and quality improvement in an attempt to best serve frontline healthcare workers and provide differentiated and therapeutic care to dysregulated patients.
Ivan Puente, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Division of Trauma and Critical Care Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery Broward Health Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale FL Delray Medical Center, Delray Beach, FL Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
Carolyn Quinsey, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery Associate Program Director Project Director, UNC Neurosurgery Initiative in Malawi Director, Neurosurgery Skull Base Lab UNC School of Medicine
Karen Serrano, MD, MPH
Assistant professor of Emergency Medicine Medical Director, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program UNC School of Medicine
Karen Serrano attended medical school at the University of Chicago and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin. She now serves as an assistant professor of emergency physician at University of North Carolina Hospitals. She spends her time caring for patients in UNC and Hillsborough Hospitals emergency departments, teaching residents, working as a consultant with the Beacon child maltreatment telemedicine outreach program, and serving as medical director for UNC’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. Her areas of interest include child abuse, critical care, and medical education.
Benjamin Smith, MD
Assistant Medical Director, Carolina Air Care UNC School of Medicine
Anna Soloway, BSN, RN-PMHN
Clinical Nurse IV 4 Neurosciences Hospital, Geriatric, Perinatal, Crisis Stabilization Psychiatry and ECT UNC Hospitals
Anna Soloway began her nursing career working with forensic and chronically hospitalized patients at The Oregon State Psychiatric Hospital. The experience instilled in her a determination to help foster nursing staff’s desire to seek out and celebrate the humanity in people requiring care for serious and chronic mental illness. Anna currently works as a Clinical Nurse IV on 4 Neurosciences at UNCMC, which is comprised of three areas: Geriatric Psychiatry, Crisis Stabilization and Perinatal Psychiatry. Anna also responds to behavioral emergencies throughout UNCMC as a member of the UNC Behavioral Response Team. She relishes the opportunity to work with staff and patients all over the hospital and loves the challenge of de-escalating folks!
LaClaire Stewart, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Assisant Director of Beacon Child Maltreatment Telemedicine Outreach Program UNC School of Medicine
Dr. Stewart attended UNC School of Medicine and earned an MPH from Johns Hopkins, after which she completed residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Arizona. She currently serves as an assistant professor in General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UNC, where she spends her time implementing a telemedicine outreach program to support child abuse recognition and management in rural ED’s, doing child abuse inpatient consultations and outpatient clinic evaluations, and teaching first year medical students the art of the history and physical and clinical reasoning. She has a passion for rural and underserved patients and families, education, access to care, and continuity of care in the medical home.
Wes Wallace, MD
Adjunct Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical Director, Mid Carolina State Medical Assistance Team II
Wes Wallace is adjunct professor in emergency medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC. He has special interests in wilderness, disaster and international medicine. He is medical director of the University of North Carolina based Mid Carolina State Medical Assistance Team II. He teaches wilderness first aid, regularly travels to Honduras to provide medical care to remote populations along the Rio Platano, and attends at the Vidas de Esperanza Clinic in Siler City, North Carolina. He is active in the Sierra Club, was on the North Carolina Governors Commission on Smart Growth, has testified before the NC legislature on clean air issues and has served as president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the United States affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.