Professorships in the Department of Medicine

An endowed professorship is one of the highest honors the Department of Medicine can bestow on a faculty member, recognizing our most accomplished scientists and educators. Endowed professorships honor exceptional achievement and assist in the recruitment or retention of the highest quality faculty for the Department of Medicine.

Established by philanthropic gifts and existing in perpetuity, endowed professorships can support the recipient faculty member’s salary and research-related expenses including graduate students and support staff, travel, and equipment. 

If you have questions about the Department of Medicine’s professorships or how you can support the Department of Medicine, please contact Beth Braxton, Director of Development for the Department of Medicine, at 919-843-8254 or .


Charles Addison & Elizabeth Ann Sanders Distinguished Professorship

M. Andrew Greganti, MD
Charles Addison & Elizabeth Ann Sanders Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine

Joseph P. Archie Eminent Distinguished Professorship in Medicine

Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH
Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology

Eunice B. Bernhard Distinguished Professorship

Lee R. Berkowitz, MD
Eunice Bernhard Distinguished Professor, Division of General Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology 
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine

M.D. Bonner Professorship of Pulmonary & Allied Diseases

Philip A. Bromberg, MD
M.D. Bonner Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine
Scientific Director, Center for Environmental Medicne, Asthma & Lung Biology 

Allan Brewster Distinguished Professorship

Randy Detwiler, MD
Allan Brewster Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director, Transplant Nephrology Program

Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professorship in Arthritis Research

Leigh F. Callahan, PhD
Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Director of Epidemiology and Outcomes Research
Director, Osteoarthritis Action Alliance

Verne S. Caviness Distinguished Professorship in Investigative Medicine

John B. Buse, MD, PhD
Verne S. Caviness Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Research, UNC School of Medicine
Director, NC TraCS Institute
Director, UNC Diabetes Care Center

John Randolph and Helen Barnes Chambliss Distinguished Professorship of Medicine

Darren DeWalt, MD, MPH
John Randolph and Helen Barnes Chambliss Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professorship

Patrick Nachman, MD
Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Deputy Director, UNC Kidney Center 

Nan and Hugh Cullman Eminent Professorship

Ronald J. Falk, MD
Nan and Hugh Cullman Eminent Professor
Chair, Department of Medicine
Director, UNC Kidney Center

Scott M. and Betsy B. Custer Distinguished Professorship in Cardiology

Francis Roosevelt Gilliam III, MD
Scott M. and Betsy B. Custer Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Henry A. Foscue Professorship of Cardiology

George A. Stouffer, MD
Henry A. Foscue Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Administrative Director, Chief, Division of Cardiology 

Michael E. Hatcher Distinguished Professorship in the Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research & Treatment Center

Michael Knowles, MD
Michael E. Hatcher Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine 

Mary Kay and Eugene Bozymski and Linda and William Heizer Distinguished Professorship

Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH
Mary Kay and Eugene Bozymski and Linda and William Heizer Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Mary and Thomas Hudson Distinguished Professorship for the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Center for Aging and Health 

Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD
Mary and Thomas Hudson Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Center for Aging and Health
Director Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine

Mary Jones Hudson Distinguished Professorship in Geriatric Oncology

Hyman Muss, MD
Mary Jones Hudson Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Director, Geriatric Oncology 

Sarah Graham Kenan Professorship

Timothy S. Carey, MD, MPH
Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology 
Director, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

David R. Clemmons, MD
Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Margaret W. & Lorimer W. Midgett Distinguished Professorship in Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology

R. Balfour Sartor, MD
Lorimer W. Midgett Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Co-Director, UNC Multidisciplinary Center for IBD Research and Treatment

James C. Moeser Eminent Distinguished Professorship 

Richard C. Boucher, Jr., MD
James C. Moeser Eminent Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of 
Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine
Director, Marsico Lung Institute 

Kenny '62 and Carolyn Morris Medical Distinguished Teaching Professorship

Kevin J. Biese, MD
Kenny '62 and Carolyn Morris Distinguished Teaching Professor in Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs
Co-Director, Division of Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Director, Emergency Medicine

John C. Parker, M.D. Distinguished Professorship

Nigel Mackman, PhD
John Parker Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology & Oncology
Director, McAllister Heart Institute 

Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professorship for Breast Cancer Research

Lisa A. Carey, MD
Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research
Associate Director, Clinical Research, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Medical Director, UNC Breast Center
Chief of Hematology/Oncology
Physician-in-Chief, UNC NC Cancer Hospital

Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Arthritis Research

William J. Yount, MD
Reeves Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Arthritis Research, Microbiology and Immunology, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology

Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professorship 

Nigel S. Key, MB, ChB
Harold Roberts Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Division of Hematology and Oncology 
Chief of the Section of Classical Hematology
Director, UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center
Co-Director, Thrombosis and Hemostatis Research Program, McAllister Heart Institute 

Nina C. & John T. Sessions Distinguished Professorship in Digestive Diseases & Nutrition

Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH
Nina & John T. Sessions Distinguished Professor in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division Chief, Emeritus 

Sewell Family/McAllister Distinguished Professorship in Cardiology

John Paul Mounsey, MD, PhD
Sewell Family/McAllister Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Director of UNC Heart Rhythm Services 

Herman & Louise Smith Distinguished Professorship of Medicine in Arthritis

Richard F. Loeser, MD
Herman and Louise Smith Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology
Director of Basic and Translational Research, Thurston Arthritis Research Center 

Mary Elizabeth Thomas Professorship

Jonathan S. Serody, MD
Mary Elizabeth Thomas Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Division of Hematology and Oncology

Doc J Thurston III Distinguished Professorship in Nephrology

Gerald A. Hladik, MD
Doc J Thurston Distinguished Term Clinical Professor in Nephrology
Interim Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Medical Director, Acute Dialysis Unit, UNC Hospitals
Director, Nephrology Training Program 

Yeargan-Bate Eminent Distinguished Professorship

Myron S. Cohen, MD
Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases