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WakeMed Names Perry Vice President of Medical Education

John Perry, MDWakeMed Health & Hospitals announced the promotion of John Perry, MD, to Vice President of Medical Education. In this role, Perry (photo right) is responsible for all educational activities and programs for residents and medical students throughout the WakeMed system.

WakeMed has a well-established medical student and resident teaching relationship with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill), and is exploring future opportunities with additional medical student teaching programs including the Physician Assistant Program at Campbell University and the new Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Perry also continues to serve as the executive director of the Wake Area Health Education Center (Wake AHEC), which is based at WakeMed and supports the training of health care providers across a nine-county region. Perry also continues as a practicing physician with WakeMed Faculty Physicians Hospitalist program.

“Dr. Perry has been an exceptional leader in medical education with WakeMed for many years, and he has helped grow our residency program to be one of the very finest in North Carolina,” explains William Atkinson, PhD, MPH, MPA, president & CEO. “This newly created executive-level role emphasizes WakeMed’s continued commitment to health education, to our existing teaching relationship with UNC-Chapel Hill as well as to future relationships with the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine and others. The future of health care relies on having a talented pool of highly-trained and skilled health care workers across the health care continuum. Dr. Perry and his team will ensure WakeMed plays an integral role in leading the next generation of health care education throughout the region.”

Perry earned both his bachelor of science and his medical degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his residency in primary care and internal medicine at the University of Rochester, followed by a year as chief medical resident at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, NY. He then earned his fellowship in general medicine from the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, VA. Perry has a master of science degree in epidemiology from the University of Virginia.

Perry’s promotion coincides with 26 physicians transitioning from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine employment to being WakeMed employees.  For more than 40 years, WakeMed has served as the largest off-site teaching location for residents from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. To facilitate the teaching program, these exceptional physicians have historically been employees of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, although they worked exclusively at WakeMed and have played an integral role in the WakeMed system for years.