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Kevin A. Carneiro, DO

Executive Director

Kevin Carneiro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Medical Director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes as well as the Executive Director of the Brain and Body Health Program. He is the physician for all patients in the Matthew Gfeller Concussion Clinic. Kevin is a native of Canada, and received an honors undergraduate degree in Human Biology from the University of Toronto. He received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and a fellowship in Sports and Spine Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Sports Medicine. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Liane, and their three kids. 

James Kurz, MD

Medical Director

James Kurz, MD, serves as the Medical Director and Internal Medicine physician for the Brain and Body & Milestone Wellness Assessment Programs. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Kurz is originally from St. Louis, MO, but moved with his family to Raleigh, North Carolina when in middle school. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1988 in Mechanical Engineering, then worked a year for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis before attending the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia. He then moved back to North Carolina for his residency training at UNC in Chapel Hill and has been working for UNC since 1993. He helped start one of UNC’s first off-campus primary care clinics and served as Medical Director there before directing UNC’s Executive Health Program. He is listed in Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Physicians. His focus is primary care and preventative care but also has an interest in medically complex individuals.

Karla Thompson, PhD


Karla Thompson, PhD, serves as the BBHP/MWA’s neuropsychologist and provides neuropsychological evaluations and consultations.  She is an assistant professor in the UNC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, with a joint appointment in Psychiatry.  She is a neuropsychologist with more than 17 years of experience in evaluating and treating patients with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, anoxic brain injuries, brain tumors, dementias, and other forms of cognitive impairment.  She also works with patients with other kinds of disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries.  She is a research collaborator with the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, has served on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of NC, and is the faculty facilitator of UNC’s Brain Injury Support Group.

Ana Felix, MBBCh


Ana C.G. Felix serves as one of the neurologists for the BBHP/MWA. Dr. Felix is a Neurologist with Board Certification in Adult Neurology and is fellowship trained in Vascular Neurology. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (MBBCh) in South Africa in 1989 and completed her Internship Training in Boston at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston, followed by Neurology Residency at Boston City Hospital and the Combined TUFTS Neurology Training Program. She completed her Fellowship training at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA and joined the faculty at UNC in 2002. Dr. Felix has a strong interest in clinical neurology, with a focus on patient-centered care and shared decision-making. In addition to her work with this program, she splits her time between the Internal Medicine Clinic where she serves as an embedded Neurologist and the UNC School of Medicine, teaching, advising and mentoring students, residents and fellows. 

Daniel Kaufer, MD


Dan Kaufer helped launch the UNC Brain and Body Health Clinic and is the primary neurologist for the NFLPA Milestone Wellness Assessment Program. He is the division chief of Cognitive Neurology and director of the UNC Memory Disorders Program in the department of Neurology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He completed neurology training at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at UCLA.  Dr. Kaufer is board-certified in Neurology, a diplomate in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He has been continuously recognized among America’s “Best Doctors” since 2005 and combines research interests in the diagnosis and treatment of neurocognitive disorders with compassionate, cutting-edge clinical care.

Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD

Exercise Physiologist & Sport Nutritionist

Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN serves as the Nutritionist for the BBHP/MWA program by providing a comprehensive nutrition and body composition consult.  She is an Associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, where she serves as the Director of the Applied Physiology Lab. She is also and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Nutrition. Her research interests center around exercise and nutrition interventions to modify various aspects of body composition, cardiovascular health, and metabolic function.  She is an active researcher in the field of metabolism, sport nutrition and exercise performance, in both healthy and clinical populations, leading projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and International and National industry sponsored clinical trials.   She was recognized by the NSCA as the Nutrition Researcher of the Year (2013) and the Young Investigator of the Year (2015). Dr. Smith-Ryan currently serves as a University liaison for the ‘Working on Women in Science (WOWS)’ initiative. She has a passion for improving the health and quality of life of others through evidenced-based research.

Dana Lebo, PhD

Life Skills & Transition Coach

Dana Lebo serves as one of the BBHP/MWA’s Life Skills and Transition Coaches. She is a coach, leadership trainer, and licensed psychologist with Bell Leadership Institute. For 20 years, Dr. Lebo has applied her extensive background in psychologies of performance, health, sports, and whole brain integration to help hundreds of individuals, teams, couples, and families achieve their goals in their professional and personal lives. Dr. Lebo devotes her career to helping people build the skills of leadership and manage the stress, conflict, and complexities of busy home and work lives.

Dr. Lebo earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University and Master’s degrees from Columbia’s Teachers College and Georgetown University’s School of Graduate Studies. She began her career in the field of international development with fellowships to study anthropology and Arabic in the Middle East, manage projects at a global relief agency in Cairo, and teach resettlement skills to refugees at the American Cultural Center in Alexandria, Egypt.