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Meet your UNC study team

Erin Carey, MD [Principal Investigator]

Dr. Erin Carey is an Assistant Professor in addition to the Division and Fellowship Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at the University of North Carolina in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her bachelor of liberal arts and doctor of medicine in a combined BA-MD program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 2006. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 2010 and a fellowship in advanced laparoscopy and pelvic pain at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012.

Dr. Carey also received a master of science in clinical research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health in 2012 and completed a fellowship in pain anesthesia at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. Her national leadership roles include Scientific Program Director and Secretary of the International Pelvic Pain Society, and Director-at-Large for the AAGL Fellowship of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Board. Her clinical expertise in female pain disorders and established clinical collaborations provides the ideal environment to accomplish her research goals in caring for women with vestibulodynia.

Elizabeth Geller, MD [Principal Investigator]

Elizabeth Geller, MD is an Associate Professor as well as Fellowship Program Director and Medical Director of the Rex Office in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University, then completed medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and residency in Ob/Gyn at the University of California at Irvine.  She completed her Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008.

Dr. Geller is the Ob/Gyn Clerkship Director for the UNC Physician Assistants Training Program. She also directs the Interstim Neuromodulation Program and serves on the UNC Data Safety Monitoring Board.  Her national leadership roles include Chair of the American Urogynecology Society (AUGS) Program Directors Committee, membership on the AUGS Program Committee, International Urogyncology Association (IUGA) Education Committee, IUGA Program Committee, and Programming Chair for the AUGS Fellows Day.  Her teaching excellence is demonstrated by the Berlex Best Teaching Resident Award, the UNC Fellows Teaching Award and the annual Golden Tar Heel Teaching Award as faculty at UNC.  Her research interests include clinical outcomes with pelvic floor dysfunction, including vaginal pain. As a surgeon and physician who treats women with vaginal pain, she is dedicated to finding treatment options that can improve women’s quality of life.

Debbie Farb, RN, BSN, MPH, IBCLC [Research Nurse]

Debbie has worked across the board in women’s health for ~20 years, and she looks forward to meeting study participants at UNC Hillsborough. Debbie is a Registered Nurse, and also has a Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health. Her variety of women’s health experience includes: in-patient obstetrics/gynecology, clinic-based prenatal/postpartum care and family planning, mother/baby nurse home visiting, public health obstetrics case management, and public health nurse consulting/leadership. Debbie is excited to work together with study participants to gain knowledge about VBD to help women and their loved ones now and in the future.

Contact Us 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of North Carolina
UNC Hillsborough Medical Office Building
460 Waterstone Drive, 3rd Floor
Hillsborough, NC 27278

* Research Nurse

Debbie Farb, RN, BSN, MPH, IBCLC
debbie.farb@unc.edu
Phone:           (919) 886 – 3024

* Principal Investigators

Erin Carey, MD
Erin_carey@med.unc.edu

Elizabeth Geller, MD
Elizabeth_geller@med.unc.edu