Program Directors


Donald Pathman, MD, MPH
Program Director

Dr. Pathman has directed UNC’s NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship since 1998. Dr. Pathman is a tenured Professor of UNC’s Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Program on Primary Care Research at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. He serves as the Director of Curriculum Evaluation for the UNC School of Medicine, as evaluator for the North Carolina Statewide AHEC, and evaluator for the UNC Office of Inclusive Excellence. He oversees the survey system and analyses of the Multi-State Clinician Management and Retention Data System that routinely gathers and reports data from 4,500 clinicians in safety net organizations to help the coordinating offices of the 20 participating states better understand and manage this workforce.


Daniel Jonas, MD, MPH
Program Associate Director

Dr. Jonas became one of the fellowship’s Associate Directors in 2013. He is Associate Professor of Medicine and Section Chief for Research of the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. He is Deputy Director for Research for the Cecil G. Sheps Center, and Director of the Center’s Program on Medical Practice and Prevention. He is also Co-Director of the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center and has expertise in evidence synthesis, prevention, and screening. As a 2007 graduate of this fellowship, Dr. Jonas connects well with its current fellows and serves as a role model.


Kori Flower, MD, MS, MPH
Program Associate Director

Dr. Flower became Associate Program Director in 2017.  She is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UNC.  She is also a faculty member in Preventive Medicine, serves as faculty for the Institute of Healthcare Quality Improvement, and is a Fellow of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.  Through her role as Senior Improvement Advisor at Population Health Improvement Advisors, she works to reduce disparities in health and health care for children and families.


Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH
Program Associate Director 

Dr. Donahue became Associate Program Director in 2018.  She is a Professor and Vice Chair of Research at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Department of Family Medicine. She co-directs the North Carolina Network Consortium (, a meta-network of eight practice-based research networks and four academic institutions in North Carolina.  Dr. Donahue is a graduate of the fellowship and has been involved as a faculty mentor for years.