Chair's Corner

Welcome to the Chair's Corner

Autoimmune imageWe can't see our immune system, but we know it's there to defend the body against disease and infection. What happens when our defense changes? When autoimmune disease develops, the immune system attacks healthy cells by mistake.

The Chair's Corner presents a new podcast series, "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." We'll bring you 12 weeks of episodes related to autoimmune disease -- from the basic science to the diagnosis, along with a special focus on a selection of diseases. Segments provide information to help patients understand and manage their health, presented by UNC physicians. We welcome your feedback. Please follow us on FaceBook and subscribe on iTunes to stay connected, and bookmark our site to listen and find transcripts.

The Chair's Corner is an educational podcast hosted by Dr. Ron Falk, Department of Medicine Chair at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. We hope you'll join Dr. Falk, a caring physician, world-renowned researcher and mentor of young physicians and scientists. He's passionate about helping patients and their caregivers have access to information that's empowering and vital to managing their health conditions. 

Visit the archive to listen to previous episodes of Chair's Corner.


Lupus - with Saira Sheikh, MD

Lupus - with Saira Sheikh, MD

This is Episode Five of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Saira Sheikh discusses lupus & how it is diagnosed and treated, and offers suggestions on how to cope with the challenges of this disease. Dr. Sheikh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and directs the UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology at UNC; she also directs the Clinical Trials Program for the UNC Thurston Arthritis Center.

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Multiple Sclerosis - with Ana Felix, MD, MBBCh

Multiple Sclerosis - with Ana Felix, MD, MBBCh

This is Episode Four of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Ana Felix talks with Dr. Ron Falk about multiple sclerosis (MS), the different forms of the disease, getting an MRI, and issues related to treatment. Dr. Felix is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at UNC.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease - with Millie Long, MD, MPH

Inflammatory Bowel Disease - with Millie Long, MD, MPH

This is Episode Three of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." This episode features Dr. Millie Long with an in-depth look at inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - what it is, how it's different from IBS, and the long journey patients often have on the road to diagnosis. She also discusses what can help patients feel better. Dr. Long is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at UNC.

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Getting Diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease - with Patrick Nachman, MD

Getting Diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease - with Patrick Nachman, MD

This is Episode Two of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," a new Chair's Corner podcast series. Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Patrick Nachman talk about the process of getting diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and what can help people get through this. Dr. Nachman sees patients who have vasculitis and other diseases that affect the kidney; he is a Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the University of North Carolina Division of Nephrology.

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The Science Behind Autoimmune Disease - with Meghan Free, PhD

The Science Behind Autoimmune Disease - with Meghan Free, PhD

This is Episode One of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," a new Chair's Corner podcast series. Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Meghan Free begin this series with a conversation about what goes wrong in the cells of the human body during an autoimmune disease process. Dr. Free is a basic science researcher whose work focuses on the autoimmune disease vasculitis; she is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UNC Division of Nephrology.

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Dr. Ria Dancel & the UNC Medicine Procedure Service

Dr. Ria Dancel & the UNC Medicine Procedure Service

What is the Medicine Procedure Service at UNC, and how does it benefit patients? In this episode of Chair's Corner, Dr. Ria Dancel highlights the procedures provided at UNC and how this helps resident training as well as patient care. Dr. Dancel is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, and is Director of the UNC Medicine Procedure Service.

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Dr. Patricia Rivera & the UNC Lung Cancer Screening Clinic

Dr. Patricia Rivera & the UNC Lung Cancer Screening Clinic

This episode of Chair’s Corner features a conversation with Dr. Patricia Rivera about the UNC Lung Cancer Screening Clinic. They talk about who should get screened for lung cancer, the risks of CT scans, and what patients can expect at a visit to this clinic. Dr. Rivera is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, and is Director of the Lung Cancer Screening Clinic.

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Celeste Lee on the Power of Patient Engagement

Celeste Lee on the Power of Patient Engagement

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 on Heart Failure: Treatment & Research

Dr. Patty Chang on Heart Failure: Treatment & Research

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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HIV Cure Research and Connecting to the Community: with Dr. David Margolis and Dr. Allison Mathews

HIV Cure Research and Connecting to the Community: with Dr. David Margolis and Dr. Allison Mathews

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 & Patient-Reported Outcomes Research

Dr. Ethan Basch & Patient-Reported Outcomes Research

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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Dr. Patrick Nachman & Treating ANCA Vasculitis with Rituximab

Dr. Patrick Nachman & Treating ANCA Vasculitis with Rituximab

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 discuss these details in this podcast. Dr. 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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Dr. Lisa Carey on Breast Cancer Research & Care at UNC

Dr. Lisa Carey on Breast Cancer Research & Care at UNC

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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Identifying Health Disparities in the Treatment of Lung Cancer - with Dr. Sam Cykert

Identifying Health Disparities in the Treatment of Lung Cancer - with Dr. Sam Cykert

Dr. Sam Cykert explains the health disparities that exist among African Americans and the increased risk for lung cancer outcomes, as well as interventions that UNC is using to help. Dr. Cykert is Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Medical Education for NC AHEC Program, and Clinical Director of the NC Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology.

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Improving Heart Health in North Carolina - with Dr. Sam Cykert

Improving Heart Health in North Carolina - with Dr. Sam Cykert

This Chair's Corner episode features Dr. Sam Cykert, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Medical Education for NC AHEC Program, and Clinical Director of the NC Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology. Dr. Falk and Dr. Cykert discuss the research project “Heart Health Now” which seeks to improve heart health of patients in primary care practices in North Carolina.

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Dr. Peadar Noone & the UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care

Dr. Peadar Noone & the UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care

Dr. Peadar Noone introduces us to the UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care, which recently opened in Meadowmont in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Noone is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and he is Medical Director for this new center.

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) - with Dr. Evan Dellon

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) - with Dr. Evan Dellon

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

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Osteoarthritis Discussion with Dr. Joanne Jordan: Part One

Osteoarthritis Discussion with Dr. Joanne Jordan: Part One

Dr. Joanne Jordan and Dr. Ron Falk discuss osteoarthritis care and current studies in osteoarthritis at UNC.

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Dr. Richard Loeser & Osteoarthritis Research

Dr. Richard Loeser & Osteoarthritis Research

This episode of Chair's Corner features a discussion with Dr. Richard Loeser and Dr. Ron Falk on research in osteoarthritis. Dr. Loeser explains the science behind osteoarthritis and reactive oxygen species, and discusses prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis .

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Dr. Jason Mock: Part One

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Dr. Jason Mock: Part One

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, ARDS, is a condition that occurs when fluid fills the lungs and often requires a patient to be placed on a ventilator. Dr. Jason Mock, an Instructor in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, provides a detailed definition of ARDS, explains the science behind the condition, and the current lab research investigations at UNC.

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Dr. Nicholas Shaheen: Gastroenterology & Hepatology at UNC

Dr. Nicholas Shaheen: Gastroenterology & Hepatology at UNC

This episode features Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in an interview with Dr. Ron Falk. They discuss several topics including heartburn, screenings for colorectal cancer, and some of the exciting things happening in this division and in the field.

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Dr. Richard Loeser & Osteoarthritis Research: Part Two

Dr. Richard Loeser & Osteoarthritis Research: Part Two

This episode of Chair's Corner features a discussion with Dr. Richard Loeser and Dr. Ron Falk on research in osteoarthritis. Dr. Loeser discusses prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis in the second segment of their conversation.

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Dr. Jason Mock: Care of ARDS

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Dr. Jason Mock: Care of ARDS

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, ARDS, is a condition that occurs when fluid fills the lungs and often requires a patient to be placed on a ventilator. Dr. Jason Mock, an Instructor in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, discusses how physicians care for ARDS, how to prevent ventilator injury, and communicating with families of a patient with ARDS.

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Osteoarthritis Discussion with Dr. Joanne Jordan: Part Two

Osteoarthritis Discussion with Dr. Joanne Jordan: Part Two

In Part Two of the conversation featuring Dr. Joanne Jordan and Dr. Ron Falk, they discuss the comprehensive nature of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, its work in understanding Alpha-Gal, and community involvement with the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance and "Walk with a Doc."

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Dr. Shannon Carson: Pulmonary & Critical Care at UNC

Dr. Shannon Carson: Pulmonary & Critical Care at UNC

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 the field of lung disease and critical care.

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Valentine's Day: Is it about the heart, or the hormones?

Valentine's Day: Is it about the heart, or the hormones?

In this Valentine's Day-themed discussion, Dr. John Buse and Dr. Ron Falk discuss the role of hormones and the endocrine system. This is one part of his upcoming diabetes podcast with Dr. Ron Falk.

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Dr. Joseph Duncan & UNC's Physician Scientist Training Program

Dr. Joseph Duncan & UNC's Physician Scientist Training Program

This is the first episode of Chair's Corner. It features an interview with Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Joseph (Alex) Duncan, in a discussion on the new UNC Physician Scientist Training Program.

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Dr. Maya Styner & Bone Marrow Fat

Dr. Maya Styner & Bone Marrow Fat

Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Maya Styner discuss Dr. Styner's recent research in bone marrow fat. Topics of discussion include the importance of marrow fat, the effects of exercise on marrow fat, and the significance of Dr. Styner's recent publication.

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