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.
Technology-Driven Healthcare Brings New Opportunities to Engage People and Provide the Care They Need
Expert in the News: Dr. Lisa Hightow-Weidman featured on WUNC (91.5) Radio’s The State of Things
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Department of Medicine welcomes the return of Dr. Darren DeWalt as Chief of the Division of General Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. DeWalt spent many years at UNC during his residency and fellowship training, and then as a faculty member of the Division. He spent the last two years directing the Learning and Diffusion Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. DeWalt's new appointment will take effect near the end of July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Joanne Jordan and Dr. Ron Falk discuss osteoarthritis care and current studies in osteoarthritis at UNC.
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.