Department of Medicine News

  • William Whitehead, PhD., Co-director of the UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders and faculty member in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology was named a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology on October 16. This award is reserved for senior investigators who exhibit excellence in clinical research. He was 1 of 5 people to receive this award at the 2010 ACG Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio, TX and is the 1st non-physician to be so honored since the inception of the award.

  • Leslie Scheunemann, M.D. and Michael LaMantia, M.D., M.P.H., who are both fellows in the Division of Geriatric Medicine/Center for Aging and Health, received Presidential Poster Awards at the American Geriatrics Society 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting on May 14 for their outstanding academic presentations. Amy Weil, M.D., F.A.C.P., (GIM) received the Clinical Preceptor Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UNC Academy of Educators. For more information about Dr. Weil and the other award winners, click here.
  • Hyman Muss, M.D., (Hem-Onc) is co-author of the case study, "Case 15-2010 — An 85-Year-Old Woman with Mammographically Detected Early Breast Cancer," published May 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Charles M. van der Horst, M.D., (ID) is co-author on two notable articles published in the past week. The first, "Maternal or Infant Antiretroviral Drugs to Reduce HIV-1 Transmission," was published on June 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The lead author is Dr. Charles Chasela, a former UNC trainee. Other DOM faculty on that grant are Mina Hosseinipour, M.D., Francis Martinson, M.D., Irving Hoffman, M.D., and Peter Kazembe, M.D. (all ID). The second publication, "Nurse versus doctor management of HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (CIPRA-SA): a randomised non-inferiority trial," was published in The Lancet on June 16.
  • James Evans, M.D., Ph.D., (Hem-Onc) discusses the recent US District Court gene patenting ruling in a video interview on the UNC Lineberger/NC Cancer Hospital Web site.
  • UNC has been awarded $1.7 million from the CDC for a large study to detect and manage acute HIV infection. Cynthia Gay, M.D., Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H., and Peter Leone, M.D., M.P.H., (all ID) are co-PI's on the grant. For more, click here.
  • Two Department of Medicine residents, Jennifer McEntee, M.D., (Med-Peds) and Madeline Dillon, M.D., (Rheum.) were among the six recently honored with Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Awards. Read more here.