Chair's Corner

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Allergy PromoNew Series: Conversations on Food Allergy

Food allergies occur when our immune system mistakenly sees a particular food as harmful. When our immune system attacks the food allergen, our body responds with symptoms that can be mild or life-threatening. Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern, but early recognition and strict avoidance of food allergens can help patients manage the symptoms. How can a food allergy be diagnosed? What new research is being done to help people with food allergies? UNC physicians answer these questions in this new podcast series from the Chair’s Corner.

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. 

Episodes provide information to help patients understand and manage their health, presented by UNC physicians. We welcome your feedback. 

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Newest Episode - September 19, 2017: Alpha-Gal Allergy Patient Story

JoAnne, a patient with alpha-gal allergy, joins Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Scott Commins to talk about her experience with getting diagnosed with alpha-gal allergy. JoAnne recounts her first allergic reaction to meat, and provides some tips to others for coping and eating with this allergy.  


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  • Alpha-Gal Allergy Patient StoryJoAnne, a patient with alpha-gal allergy, joins Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Scott Commins to talk about her experience with getting diagnosed with alpha-gal allergy. JoAnne recounts her first allergic reaction to meat, and provides some tips to others for coping and eating with this allergy.  
  • "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. 
  • David Cole's StoryDavid Cole shares his story in this new podcast on how he went from a very healthy athlete, to a person diagnosed with kidney disease. And then, how his life changed after having a kidney transplant. 
  • Having an Autoimmune Condition...Without Having a Clear Diagnosis - Dr. Falk interviews a patient who tells her experience of developing autoimmune disease symptoms. This patient describes what it's like to deal with symptoms that fit the description of an autoimmune disease process but is unable to receive a clear-cut diagnosis for what is happening. 

Interviews with UNC Division Chiefs

  • Dr. John Buse  - Diabetes research and care
  • Dr. Lisa Carey -  Breast cancer research and care at UNC
  • Dr. Shannon Carson - Pulmonary and Critical Care at UNC
  • Dr. Mike Cohen - A discussion on the Zika virus (published Feb 2016)
  • Dr. Joanne Jordan - Osteoarthritis care and current studies in osteoarthritis
  • Dr. Nicholas Shaheen - Gastroenterology & Hepatology; covering topics like heartburn, screenings for colorectal cancer, and some of the exciting things happening in this division and in the field.