2017 Department News

Skills of the Cardiologist, Luck of the Irish

Skills of the Cardiologist, Luck of the Irish

In May, a faulty heart valve nearly put an end to Jim Weber. But after receiving a transcatheter aortic valve replacement at UNC Medical Center, Weber says he feels like he’s been gifted with years he didn’t have before. A lifelong Notre Dame fan, Weber joined Matt Cavender, the doctor who performed the valve replacement, as the Fighting Irish faced the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.

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Cohen Authors Science Perspective on Antibodies to Prevent HIV

Cohen Authors Science Perspective on Antibodies to Prevent HIV

Myron Cohen, MD, from the division of infectious diseases has co-authored a perspective about broadly neutralizing antibodies.

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Three Faculty Physicians From Medicine Chosen to UNC School of Medicine Leadership Academy

Three Faculty Physicians From Medicine Chosen to UNC School of Medicine Leadership Academy

Dr. Saira Sheikh, Dr. Carlton Moore and Dr. Richard Wardrop have been selected to participate in the UNC School of Medicine's Academic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine (ACCLAIM).

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Reception to honor the life and career of Harold R. Roberts, MD

Reception to honor the life and career of Harold R. Roberts, MD

A reception to honor the life of renowned researcher and beloved faculty member Harold Roberts, MD, will be held Saturday, November 11 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Carolina Club.

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Solving Complex Cases With Compassion

Solving Complex Cases With Compassion

Patients come because they know UNC cares. The division of hospital medicine responds with care plans that better serve them, and this contributes to physician wellbeing.

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Mackman Is Selected For 2017 ATVB Distinguished Achievement Award

Mackman Is Selected For 2017 ATVB Distinguished Achievement Award

Nigel Mackman, PhD, John Parker Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, has been selected by the American Heart Association and the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) to receive the 2017 ATVB Distinguished Achievement Award.

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Ebola Is Detected in Semen of Survivors Two Years After Infection

Ebola Is Detected in Semen of Survivors Two Years After Infection

William A. Fischer II, M.D., an assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine and David A. Wohl, M.D., in the division of infectious diseases discuss how the Ebola virus RNA can persist in the semen of survivors more than two years after the onset of infection.

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Rapid Diagnostic Test Helps Distinguish between Severe and Uncomplicated Malaria in Africa

Rapid Diagnostic Test Helps Distinguish between Severe and Uncomplicated Malaria in Africa

“In many areas of rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, malaria is inevitable. Children will be infected,” said Ross Boyce, M.D., MS.c., study author and a fellow in the UNC Division of Infectious Diseases.

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 A Gillings Innovation Lab Award Funds Hepatitis Prevention in Africa

A Gillings Innovation Lab Award Funds Hepatitis Prevention in Africa

A team of UNC researchers will use funds from the Gillings School of Global Public Health to test two interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Vorinostat Renders Dormant HIV Infection Vulnerable to Clearance

Vorinostat Renders Dormant HIV Infection Vulnerable to Clearance

The ability for HIV to hide in the body in a dormant state makes curing the 40 million people living with the virus a challenge. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown the drug Vorinostat reverses this latency, causing resting CD4 T-cells to express HIV.

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Dr. Keisha Gibson Gives Keynote Address at Annual White Coat Ceremony

Dr. Keisha Gibson Gives Keynote Address at Annual White Coat Ceremony

"Because of how society views the medical profession, physicians are leaders. Whether you knew this or not when you started your first day, you are. Leaders communicate a vision, engender trust and buy-in of those they are leading, and nurture a spirit of teamwork to enable realization of that vision." -- Dr. Keisha Gibson

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Congressman David Price Tours UNC Medical Center's Benign Hematology Clinic

Congressman David Price Tours UNC Medical Center's Benign Hematology Clinic

The congressman was then honored with the Cure HHT’s Champion Award for his work securing funding for a multi-state pilot program that will be headquartered in Chapel Hill and led by Raj Kasthuri, MD, director of UNC’s HHT Center of Excellence. Dr. Kasthuri is also an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology.

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UNC Hematology Giant Harold R. Roberts, MD, Died September 9

UNC Hematology Giant Harold R. Roberts, MD, Died September 9

Following is a message from Dr. Lisa Carey, chief of the division of hematology and oncology, and Dr. Nigel Key, director of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, on the passing of Dr. Harold Roberts. This will be updated as information becomes available.

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Congratulations to Medicine Physicians, Named to 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® List

Congratulations to Medicine Physicians, Named to 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® List

Seventy-six (76) faculty physicians in the Department of Medicine have been named to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® list. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this peer selected honor as a result of the biennial Best Doctors Poll.

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The Frontlines of Care Are Changing at UNC Medical Center

The Frontlines of Care Are Changing at UNC Medical Center

While one patient waits coughing into a mask, another could present with chest pain or arrive by ambulance after a trauma. The ER cares for people with every imaginable issue. Some are life-threatening. Some are not, but they all require immediate care. How does a medical center compassionately serve each and use resources efficiently? The answer is UNC’s 1 Memorial Observation Unit.

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UNC Nephrologists Will Contribute to New International Guidelines for Glomerular Disease Therapies and Research

UNC Nephrologists Will Contribute to New International Guidelines for Glomerular Disease Therapies and Research

UNC will be well represented at a signature nephrology event this fall. Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, chief of the division of pediatric nephrology and assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, and Patrick H. Nachman, MD, FASN, Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor and deputy director of the UNC Kidney Center, have been invited to serve on the International Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference on Glomerular Diseases.

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NPR Osteoarthritis Health Story Features UNC's Dr. Richard Loeser

NPR Osteoarthritis Health Story Features UNC's Dr. Richard Loeser

Dr. Richard Loeser was recently interviewed for an NPR health story about the increase in osteoarthritis of the knee. The story "6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear" aired on NPR's Morning Edition, August 15, 2017.

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Brian Jensen, MD, Delivers 2017 Whitehead Lecture

Brian Jensen, MD, Delivers 2017 Whitehead Lecture

The 2017 Whitehead Lecture took place on Wednesday, August 9. This year's lecture was delivered by Brian C. Jensen, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, and awards were presented after the lecture to faculty and students.

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Learning How Two Gut Pathogens Worsen Malnutrition In Children

Learning How Two Gut Pathogens Worsen Malnutrition In Children

Dr. Luther Bartelt is a faculty physician in the division of infectious diseases, researching two gut pathogens commonly found in malnourished children that impair growth. Dr. Bartelt developed a laboratory mouse model of co-infection during malnutrition, and the results of his work have been published in PLOS Pathogens.

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UNC-Project Malawi Looks Forward to Future Discovery

UNC-Project Malawi Looks Forward to Future Discovery

From a vaccine for malaria to ending the HIV epidemic, UNC infectious diseases researchers in Malawi gear up to take on more challenges in a changing country. UNC Chancellor Carol L. Folt recently visited UNC-Project Malawi, as did Vital Signs Editor Jamie Williams who published the following report.

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UNC Study Advances the Ability to Expose Latent HIV

UNC Study Advances the Ability to Expose Latent HIV

UNC researchers led by Nancie Archin, PhD, and David Margolis, MD, have shown that interval dosing of the drug Vorinostat reverses HIV latency and is well-tolerated in people living with HIV. However, while Vorinostat makes latent HIV easier to detect, it does not clear or deplete infection, meaning additional advances will be needed to achieve a cure.

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Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, Discusses Collaborations In Medicine On WCHL Radio

Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, Discusses Collaborations In Medicine On WCHL Radio

YOUR HEALTH® featured Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, a professor of general medicine and director of UNC’s physician assistant program, on WCHL 97.9.

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Department of Medicine Faculty Physicians Recognized For Carolina Care Excellence

Department of Medicine Faculty Physicians Recognized For Carolina Care Excellence

Congratulations to department of medicine providers who received the 2017 UNC Health Care and UNC Faculty Physicians Award for Carolina Care Excellence.

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NIH Renews UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program

NIH Renews UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed funding for the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program. This five-year grant (2017-2022) supports mentored training at 16 affiliated sites in low- and middle-income countries. All are affiliated with at least one of the UJMT consortium’s four U.S. institutions: UNC-Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tulane University.

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Joseph Eron, MD, Is the New Vice Chair of the NIH HIV Research Network

Joseph Eron, MD, Is the New Vice Chair of the NIH HIV Research Network

UNC Professor of Medicine Joseph Eron, MD, from the division of infectious diseases, has been named Vice Chair of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). The ACTG is the largest network of research sites in the world dedicated to finding a cure for HIV, as well as opportunistic infections that exploit a weakened immune system caused by HIV.

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Screening Adults for Depression in Primary Care

Screening Adults for Depression in Primary Care

Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH, has published "Screening Adults for Depression in Primary Care" in the July issue of Medical Clinics of North America.

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Learning How Blood Vessels Control Their Destiny

Learning How Blood Vessels Control Their Destiny

Recent work in the lab of Victoria Bautch, PhD, co-director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute, sheds light on how trafficking proteins produced by endothelial cells blunt signaling proteins that control vessel growth and patterning, processes that affect disease.

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Dr. Scott Commins Discussed Meat Allergy With WUNC's Frank Stasio

Dr. Scott Commins Discussed Meat Allergy With WUNC's Frank Stasio

Dr. Scott P. Commins was a guest on WUNC's The State of Things on July 11, 2017. In his interview with Frank Stasio, Dr. Commins talked about piecing together the meat allergy puzzle.

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Finding Patients At Risk For Kidney Disease and Getting Ahead of Treatment

Finding Patients At Risk For Kidney Disease and Getting Ahead of Treatment

Gerald Hladik, MD, chief of the division of nephrology and hypertension, has been featured in a Hospitals and Health Networks article explaining the need for early detection of kidney disease.

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UNC Project Malawi Is Featured On ABC-11 News

UNC Project Malawi Is Featured On ABC-11 News

UNC Project Malawi is a partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health focused on research, care and training in the capital city of Lilongwe. The project was featured on ABC-11 News.

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Pedaling For a Purpose and the Simple Joy

Pedaling For a Purpose and the Simple Joy

The 2017 Raven Rock Ramble raised over $30,000 last month to assist kidney patients with emergency needs, while also promoting awareness of organ donation. The annual event celebrates the joy of cycling after one man’s kidney transplant. It also gives back to a continuum of care at the UNC Kidney Center.

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Linda Raftery is Named Vice Chair for Department of Medicine Administration

Linda Raftery is Named Vice Chair for Department of Medicine Administration

Ronald Falk, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine has announced that Linda Raftery has been appointed Vice Chair for Administration

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UNC’s Department of Medicine Introduces New Telemetry Protocol

UNC’s Department of Medicine Introduces New Telemetry Protocol

Medicine’s telemetry protocol has been replaced by a new model aimed at improving the value of patient care achieved per unit of cost. This is the first project to be approved and implemented by the Department of Medicine’s Value Care Action Group.

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UNC Allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD, Tells USA Today About Alpha-Gal and a Rare Meat Allergy Caused By the Lone Star Tick

UNC Allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD, Tells USA Today About Alpha-Gal and a Rare Meat Allergy Caused By the Lone Star Tick

Allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD, in medicine's division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, has been featured in USA Today explaining a rare meat allergy from tick bites.

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The Department of Medicine Announces Leadership Transitions,  Beth L. Jonas, MD, Has Been Appointed Interim Chief for the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

The Department of Medicine Announces Leadership Transitions, Beth L. Jonas, MD, Has Been Appointed Interim Chief for the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Ronald Falk, MD, Chair of UNC’s Department of Medicine has announced that Beth L. Jonas, MD, will lead the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. Leadership transitions for the Thurston Arthritis Research Center have also been announced, made by Wesley Burks, MD, Executive Dean for UNC’s School of Medicine

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Is the Finger-Stick Blood Test Necessary for Type 2 Diabetes Treatment?

Is the Finger-Stick Blood Test Necessary for Type 2 Diabetes Treatment?

New type 2 diabetes research from UNC department of family medicine researcher Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, and UNC department of medicine researcher Laura Young, MD, PhD, could change the way non-insulin users manage the disease.

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New Leadership Will Guide the Future of McAllister Heart Institute

New Leadership Will Guide the Future of McAllister Heart Institute

Ronald Falk, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, has announced new leadership that will build on the successes of the McAllister Heart Institute (MHI).

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NOTES from Japan

NOTES from Japan

After a sabbatical in Japan, Ian Grimm, MD, has introduced new forms of Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) to UNC Medical Center.

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Another Reason to Exercise: Burning Bone Fat – a Key to Better Bone Health

Another Reason to Exercise: Burning Bone Fat – a Key to Better Bone Health

UNC School of Medicine researchers use new imaging methods to show that running burns fat in bone marrow, with benefits for bone health. The best effect was seen in obese mice. Maya Styner, MD, a physician and assistant professor in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, was the study's lead author.

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Beyond Condoms: New Approaches to HIV Prevention

Beyond Condoms: New Approaches to HIV Prevention

The UNC Division of Infectious Diseases has launched three simultaneous studies to help prevent HIV within the most susceptible populations.

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Thurston Researchers Present New Scientific Findings at the 2017 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress

Thurston Researchers Present New Scientific Findings at the 2017 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress

When the leading osteoarthritis (OA) thought leaders from across the globe recently gathered in Las Vegas, NV, experts from the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center were there to share insights gleaned from important new research. While speaking in venues ranging from plenary sessions to poster presentations, Thurston scientists shared finding on topics ranging from how knee shape affects OA, to studies of the genetic influences on the development of OA.

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Rheumatologist Beth Jonas, MD, Answered Listener Questions About Arthritis on NPR's "The People's Pharmacy"

Rheumatologist Beth Jonas, MD, Answered Listener Questions About Arthritis on NPR's "The People's Pharmacy"

The topic of arthritis is more complicated than it might seem, with over 100 forms of this sometimes debilitating disease affecting people of all ages. To help shed light on the subject, leading rheumatologist Beth Jonas, MD, recently joined Joe and Terry Graedon to answer listener's questions on The People's Pharmacy.

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Lifetime Risk Of Symptomatic Osteoarthritis in Hands is Approximately 40% According to Study

Lifetime Risk Of Symptomatic Osteoarthritis in Hands is Approximately 40% According to Study

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand is a common condition that causes serious limitations in the daily activities of millions of Americans. The scientific community has statistics on the lifetime risk of developing symptomatic OA of the knee and hip. Now, thanks to the work of leading researchers, it is has data illuminating the risk of symptomatic hand OA.

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Mending Hearts in Nicaragua

Mending Hearts in Nicaragua

In February, three UNC interventional cardiologists and a team of dedicated health care professionals travelled to Nicaragua to perform a life-saving, minimally invasive procedure on as many patients as they could, and to bring the best in cardiac care to a country without heart surgeons.

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A Colorectal Screening Strategy Significantly Increases Testing In Groups With Low Rates

A Colorectal Screening Strategy Significantly Increases Testing In Groups With Low Rates

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Daniel S. Reuland, MD, MPH, report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine that providing one-on-one support and customized tools for decision-making increased screening rates for patients at two community health centers in North Carolina and New Mexico.

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Researchers Find New HIV Target for Cure Research

Researchers Find New HIV Target for Cure Research

Researchers in the Department of Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases have learned the HIV virus persists in macrophages, large white blood cells found in tissues throughout the body. The discovery has significant implications for HIV cure research.

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UNC and Duke Receive a $3M Federal Grant to Develop Better Diagnostic Tests for Zika

UNC and Duke Receive a $3M Federal Grant to Develop Better Diagnostic Tests for Zika

Researchers at UNC are working across departmental lines to answer questions about the Zika Virus. The Department of Medicine's Division of Infectious Disease, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases in collaboration with Duke University, have received a federal grant of $3M to develop a better diagnostic test for Zika.

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Former Department of Medicine Chair David Ontjes, MD, died on May 7

Former Department of Medicine Chair David Ontjes, MD, died on May 7

We are saddened to announce that Dr. David A. Ontjes, Department of Medicine Chair from 1981 to 1989, died on May 7, 2017. Dr. Ontjes specialized in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1964.

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UNC Internal Medicine Residents Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

UNC Internal Medicine Residents Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

The Department of Medicine held its annual end-of-year awards ceremony on May 1, 2017. Many outstanding residents and faculty were recognized for their clinical and academic excellence, honoring the legacies of those who preceded them. Following is a list of recipients who engender the shared and treasured spirit of Medicine.

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 Cynthia Denu-Ciocca, MD, Joins Editorial Board of the American Society of Nephrology for Continuing Medical Education

Cynthia Denu-Ciocca, MD, Joins Editorial Board of the American Society of Nephrology for Continuing Medical Education

Dr. Cynthia Denu-Ciocca, an Associate Professor of Medicine in UNC’s Division of Nephrology, has been selected to serve on the editorial board of the American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) Education Program.

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Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha Inducts New Members

Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha Inducts New Members

Three internal medicine residents have been inducted into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

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Research Day Celebrates the Work of Internal Medicine Residents

Research Day Celebrates the Work of Internal Medicine Residents

The Department of Medicine's Annual Research Day was held on April 18, 2017. Research Day is an opportunity for residents to present research projects to colleagues within the UNC community, celebrating accomplishments and fostering new collaborations.

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New Class of Medication Holds Promise for the Intimate Connection Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

New Class of Medication Holds Promise for the Intimate Connection Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

Dr. Matthew Cavender, Improving Outcomes Through Cardiovascular Research: “We wanted to determine what therapies are cardiovascular specific that can improve outcomes with patients with diabetes. On the flip side, we considered drugs primarily geared toward treating diabetes that could be effective in patients with coronary disease.”

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Dr. Amy Shaheen Shines in Patient Care and Teaching, Recognized for Educational Research That Combines Both

Dr. Amy Shaheen Shines in Patient Care and Teaching, Recognized for Educational Research That Combines Both

Dr. Amy Shaheen, Medicine Professor for the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, has received the Charles H. Griffith, III MD, Educational Research Award.

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Keisha Gibson, MD, Has Been Appointed Chief of Pediatric Nephrology

Keisha Gibson, MD, Has Been Appointed Chief of Pediatric Nephrology

Gerald Hladik, MD, Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, has announced the appointment of Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, as Chief of Pediatric Nephrology

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Orchestrating Arrivals for Patient-Centered Care

Orchestrating Arrivals for Patient-Centered Care

UNC Department of Medicine Innovates Admissions Hub, Medical Admitting Officers Set Pace for Inpatient Care.

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UNC’s Department of Medicine Hosts Annual NC Chapter Meeting for American College of Physicians

UNC’s Department of Medicine Hosts Annual NC Chapter Meeting for American College of Physicians

Every year the NC Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Meeting brings residents, researchers and physician educators together to share internal medicine advances and connect with colleagues. This year it was UNC’s turn to showcase exceptional faculty and excellence in medical education.

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Scientists Closer to Finding Link Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

Scientists Closer to Finding Link Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

David R. Clemmons, MD, is a Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Medicine in the Department's Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and UNC's Diabetes Care Center. UNC Health Care's Newsroom has published an article about his research, featured in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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Decision Aids about Goals of Care for Advanced Dementia Can Lead to Better Palliative Care

Decision Aids about Goals of Care for Advanced Dementia Can Lead to Better Palliative Care

Families and caregivers often face difficult decisions about medical treatments when it comes to taking care of patients with dementia, and making those decisions can be overwhelming.

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Gerald Hladik, MD, Appointed Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Gerald Hladik, MD, Appointed Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Ronald Falk, MD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine has announced that Gerald Hladik, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.

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Dr. Ria Dancel Describes Benefits of UNC Medicine Procedure Service in Chair's Corner Podcast

Dr. Ria Dancel Describes Benefits of UNC Medicine Procedure Service in Chair's Corner Podcast

The latest Chair's Corner episode features a conversation with Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Ria Dancel, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Dancel highlights the procedures that the UNC Medicine Procedure provides and how the service helps resident training as well as patient care.

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David Hemsey, MD, Named Chief of Hospital Medicine Division

David Hemsey, MD, Named Chief of Hospital Medicine Division

The Division of Hospital Medicine is the newest division in the Department of Medicine, established in July of 2016, and was formerly a program within the Division of General Medicine.

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Dr. Kenneth Ataga leads clinical trial for drug that dramatically reduces sickle cell pain

Dr. Kenneth Ataga leads clinical trial for drug that dramatically reduces sickle cell pain

Results from an international, multicenter phase 2 clinical trial led by Dr. Ataga were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine on December 3 and were presented December 4 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Diego. The trial found that an investigational compound called SeIG1 dramatically reduces sickle cell pain crises.

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UNC Diabetes Center & UNC Dance Team Dance Together to Raise Awareness for Diabetes

UNC Diabetes Center & UNC Dance Team Dance Together to Raise Awareness for Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association has challenged people around the world to raise awareness about the impact of diabetes with the Diabetes Dance Dare. Our diabetes physicians, nurses, researchers, and staff joined forces with the UNC Dance Team to take the challenge.

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Dr. Patricia Rivera Highlights the UNC Lung Cancer Screening Clinic in New Podcast

Dr. Patricia Rivera Highlights the UNC Lung Cancer Screening Clinic in New Podcast

The latest Chair's Corner episode features a conversation with Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Patricia Rivera, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, who is the Director of the UNC Lung Cancer Screening Clinic. This is a clinic that specializes in detecting the risk of lung cancer in patients and also in helping patients decide if lung cancer screening is needed. Dr. Rivera and Dr. Falk discuss lung cancer screening guidelines and how the clinic at UNC helps patients.

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‘It began with an observation’

‘It began with an observation’

Ronald Falk, MD, has earned National Institutes of Health honors for seminal work as a physician-scientist. He will deliver the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Astute Clinician Lecture on Nov. 2 at the NIH. Falk also received the Edward N. Gibbs Lecture & Award in Nephrology, a lifetime achievement award.

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Celeste Lee Shares Her Message on the Power of Patient Engagement in New Chair's Corner Episode

Celeste Lee Shares Her Message on the Power of Patient Engagement in New Chair's Corner Episode

Dr. Falk interviews Celeste Lee in this special episode on patient engagement. Celeste is described by Dr. Falk as an "astonishing leader and ferocious advocate for patient engagement," and discusses the process of getting patients to become advocates for their health. She is also joined by her husband Daniel Lee, PhD on a discussion about being a caregiver and including patient engagement in the health system. Celeste's work in patient engagement spans the University of Michigan, the Kidney Health Initiative, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and she draws on her own experience as a patient with vasculitis, which she also relates here. Dr. Daniel Lee is a Professor and Chair of Health Policy and Management for the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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Dr. Patty Chang Featured in New Chair's Corner Episode on Heart Failure

Dr. Patty Chang Featured in New Chair's Corner Episode on Heart Failure

What is heart failure, and what are the newest options for treatment and care for heart failure patients? Dr. Ron Falk interviews Dr. Patty Chang in this podcast about heart failure. Dr. Chang is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of North Carolina. She directs the Heart Failure and Transplantation Program as well as the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program at UNC.

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Dr. David Margolis & Dr. Allison Mathews Highlight HIV Cure Research in New Episode of Chair's Corner

Dr. David Margolis & Dr. Allison Mathews Highlight HIV Cure Research in New Episode of Chair's Corner

How close are we to a cure for HIV, and what are the messages about HIV that the community needs to hear? Dr. Ron Falk interviews Dr. David Margolis and Dr. Allison Mathews in this episode about HIV cure research and the efforts of the 2BeatHIV project to connect with the community. Dr. Margolis is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. He is the Director for the HIV Cure Center and leads the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication (CARE.) Dr. Mathews is a researcher who has appointments in both the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Social Medicine at UNC, and leads the “2BeatHIV” project.

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Dr. Ethan Basch Highlights the Impact of Patient-Reported Outcomes on Patient Care in Podcast

Dr. Ethan Basch Highlights the Impact of Patient-Reported Outcomes on Patient Care in Podcast

What are the challenges that patients face in communicating with their physicians, and how do questionnaires work to help? Dr. Ron Falk interviews Dr. Ethan Basch in this podcast about patient-reported outcomes research. Dr. Basch is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UNC, and a Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health. He is the Director of the UNC Cancer Outcomes Research Program, and serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Department of Medicine Physicians Receive Awards at Whitehead Lecture

Department of Medicine Physicians Receive Awards at Whitehead Lecture

The 2016 Whitehead Lecture took place on August 17 and was delivered by Dr. Frank Church, Professor of Medicine from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The annual event, which serves as an unofficial convocation for the UNC School of Medicine, has been held since 1947. Following the lecture, awards were presented to faculty and students in the School of Medicine. Department of Medicine faculty and residents were among those honored.

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Dr. Lisa Carey Discusses Breast Cancer Research and Care in New Chair's Corner Podcast

Dr. Lisa Carey Discusses Breast Cancer Research and Care in New Chair's Corner Podcast

What is new in the field of breast cancer care and research, and what is UNC's involvement? Dr. Ron Falk interviews Dr. Lisa Carey in this podcast about breast cancer research and care. Dr. Carey is the Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research, and Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UNC. Dr. Carey is the Medical Director of the UNC Breast Center, the Physician-in-Chief of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, and Associate Director of Clinical Research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC Hospitals recognized by U.S. News & World Report in annual ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings

UNC Hospitals recognized by U.S. News & World Report in annual ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings

Ten specialties at UNC Hospitals were recognized as nationally ranked or high performing by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue. Four of our ranked specialties were ranked highest in the state. Across the state, our system performed well. UNC Hospitals, UNC REX Hospital and High Point Regional Hospital ranked No. 2, No. 10 and No. 16, respectively.

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Dr. Patrick Nachman Answers Common Questions about Rituximab Treatment in New Chair's Corner Podcast

Dr. Patrick Nachman Answers Common Questions about Rituximab Treatment in New Chair's Corner Podcast

What should patients know about treatment with rituximab for ANCA vasculitis? What do physicians consider when starting a patient on this medication? Dr. Patrick Nachman and Dr. Ron Falk explain these details in a new episode of Chair's Corner. Dr. Patrick Nachman is the Covington Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at UNC, and he also serves as the Deputy Director for the UNC Kidney Center.

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Researchers Discuss Challenges, Successes of HIV Cure Research in Science

Researchers Discuss Challenges, Successes of HIV Cure Research in Science

A better understanding of HIV latency is the key to eradicating the virus researchers at the University of North Carolina and partner institutions write in a perspective in the journal Science.

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Study Led by Dr. Myron Cohen Proves that HIV Treatment will Prevent Infection

Study Led by Dr. Myron Cohen Proves that HIV Treatment will Prevent Infection

Anti-HIV medications suppress the viral load of people living with HIV and provide durable protection against heterosexual transmission, a study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found. Researchers found a 93 percent reduction of HIV transmission when the HIV-infected person started antiretroviral therapy or ART at a higher CD4 cell count. The groundbreaking final results of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Peadar Noone, MD Introduces the UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care in New Podcast

Peadar Noone, MD Introduces the UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care in New Podcast

The UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care recently opened in Meadowmont in Chapel Hill, NC. In this new Chair's Corner podcast, Dr. Ron Falk interviews Dr. Peadar Noone, who is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Medical Director for this new center. Dr. Noone answers some questions patients commonly ask about bronchiectasis and mycobacterial lung infections.

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Karen Mohlke, PhD and Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD named Smithies Investigators

Karen Mohlke, PhD and Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD named Smithies Investigators

The UNC School of Medicine selected Karen Mohlke, PhD, professor of genetics, and Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD, professor of medicine and member of the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, as Smithies Investigators, an annual award to honor senior faculty members who have made significant research contributions and achieved international recognition for their work.

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UNC researchers help create key diagnostic measures for gastrointestinal disorders

UNC researchers help create key diagnostic measures for gastrointestinal disorders

UNC School of Medicine faculty members Miranda van Tilburg, PhD and William Whitehead, PhD took on critical roles in amending diagnostic criteria questionnaires for the Rome Foundation, an international nonprofit aimed at improving the lives of the millions of people suffering from functional GI disorders (FGIDs).

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Shannon Carson, MD publishes study in JAMA on communication intervention for medical decision-makers

Shannon Carson, MD publishes study in JAMA on communication intervention for medical decision-makers

Dr. Carson, Professor of Medicine and Division Chief of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, along with co-principal investigator Judith Nelson, MD, JD, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Christopher Cox, MD, of Duke University, led a four-year, first-of-its kind clinical study.

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UNC Hospitals honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

UNC Hospitals honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

UNC Hospitals earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

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Diabetes drug lowers risk of cardiovascular complications, kidney disease

Diabetes drug lowers risk of cardiovascular complications, kidney disease

For the first time, a large clinical trial showed across-the-board cardiovascular benefit of a diabetes drug – liraglutide – a much-needed outcome for people with type 2 diabetes.

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New Podcast Featuring Dr. Evan Dellon Describes Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

New Podcast Featuring Dr. Evan Dellon Describes Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

Dr. Evan Dellon describes eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), an allergic condition of the esophagus which causes a person to have trouble swallowing food, in this new podcast with Dr. Ron Falk. In addition to describing the symptoms of this condition, how it is diagnosed, and how it can be treated, Dr. Dellon and Dr. Falk also talk about the risk factors for EoE and why the incidence of this condition is increasing.

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Isaacs honored by American Gastroenterological Association

Isaacs honored by American Gastroenterological Association

At the group’s annual Digestive Disease Week conference in San Diego, Kim Isaacs, MD, PhD, was named the American Gastroenterological Association’s Clinician of the Year.

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UNC Internal Medicine Residents Recognized in Awards Ceremony

UNC Internal Medicine Residents Recognized in Awards Ceremony

The Department of Medicine held its annual end-of-year awards ceremony in May. Many outstanding residents and faculty were recognized for their clinical and academic excellence. Read more for the list of recipients and a selection of photos from this event.

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UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care Begins Serving Patients in Chapel Hill

UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care Begins Serving Patients in Chapel Hill

Located in the UNC Pulmonary Specialty Clinic at Meadowmont, the UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care will diagnose, treat, and provide long-term support for patients with bronchiectasis, as well as patients with mycobacterial lung infections.

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New Chair's Corner Podcast Highlights the Work of "Heart Health Now"

New Chair's Corner Podcast Highlights the Work of "Heart Health Now"

Dr. Sam Cykert leads UNC's efforts for "Heart Health NOW! Advancing Heart Health in NC Primary Care," an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in partnership with Community Care of North Carolina. Researchers use the electronic health record to calculate risk factors and engage with primary care providers to improve the heart health of their patients.

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Promise of nearly a year of life on targeted drug not reality for all liver cancer patients

Promise of nearly a year of life on targeted drug not reality for all liver cancer patients

Study led by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members Hanna Sanoff and Stacie Dusetzina found that the liver cancer drug can have serious side effects and significant out-of-pocket costs for advanced liver cancer patients.

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Awards 2-Year Contract to Improve Research Studies in the Dialysis Community

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Awards 2-Year Contract to Improve Research Studies in the Dialysis Community

Researchers led by UNC Kidney Center’s Jenny Flythe, MD, MPH have won a 2-year award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) which will focus on building the research capacity in the dialysis community at the local level.

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UNC School of Medicine Class of 2016 Selects Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH for Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award

UNC School of Medicine Class of 2016 Selects Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH for Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award

UNC Kidney Center’s Dr. Keisha Gibson was recognized by the Class of 2016 with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award at the School of Medicine Commencement this weekend. This award, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, honors a faculty member “who best demonstrates the Foundation’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence.”

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 UNC Heart Valve Team Successfully Performs First-Ever Suprasternal Procedure Using the Evolut–R  Valve

UNC Heart Valve Team Successfully Performs First-Ever Suprasternal Procedure Using the Evolut–R Valve

Tommy Caranasos, MD and John Vavalle, MD performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the world using a suprasternal approach with the Aegis Surgical Transit system and the Medtronic Evolut-R valve this week on May 3.

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Dr. Shannon Carson Discusses Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at UNC in Chair's Corner Podcast

Dr. Shannon Carson Discusses Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at UNC in Chair's Corner Podcast

This episode features Dr. Shannon Carson, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in an interview with Dr. Ron Falk about UNC's work in the field of lung disease and critical care.

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Joshua Zeidner Raises Awareness for Bone Marrow Donor Needs with Superior Court Judge Carl Fox

Joshua Zeidner Raises Awareness for Bone Marrow Donor Needs with Superior Court Judge Carl Fox

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox hosted a “UNC Heroes” fundraising event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Sunday, April 24 in Carrboro, NC. Judge Fox was appointed as the first black District Attorney in North Carolina in 1984 and became Senior Superior Court Judge in 2005. He was diagnosed in 2015 with a type of blood cancer called myelodysplastic syndrome.

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Dr. Jason Mock Discusses Latest Research in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Our latest Chair's Corner podcast is a conversation on ARDS with Dr. Jason Mock and Dr. Ron Falk. It provides a detailed definition of ARDS, an explanation of the condition from a basic science perspective, and the current lab research investigations at UNC.

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TARC Physicians in the News for Pioneering "Alpha-Gal" Allergy Work

TARC Physicians in the News for Pioneering "Alpha-Gal" Allergy Work

The Thurston Arthritis Research Center has been featured in the news recently for its work on alpha-gal, an allergy to red meat that has been linked to tick bites. TARC physicians Maya Jerath, MD, PhD and Scott Commins, MD, PhD were both interviewed by national and local news media to raise awareness regarding this often serious but frequently undiagnosed allergy.

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Congratulations to the Department of Medicine Physicians Named to 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America®

Congratulations to the Department of Medicine Physicians Named to 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America®

Eighty-five physicians in the Department of Medicine were named to the 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America® list. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review. Best Doctors, Inc helps patients get the right diagnosis and right treatment.

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Juliano Wins Teaching Award

Juliano Wins Teaching Award

Jonathan Juliano, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was recently honored with UNC's Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. Established in 1995, the prestigious award recognizes the important role post-baccalaureate instruction plays in defining a student’s career. Only four faculty from around UNC’s campus are selected annually.

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The Department of Medicine Welcomes Medicine Admissions Officer Joanne Lowry

The Department of Medicine Welcomes Medicine Admissions Officer Joanne Lowry

Joanne Lowry has recently joined the Department of Medicine as Medicine Admissions Officer, a new position designed to streamline Medicine patient admissions at UNC Hospitals.

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