2017 March 30
Dr. Giselle Corbie Smith, Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine, and Director of the Center for Health Equity Research, has been elected to a three-year term as president of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) ... more
2017 March 22
New England Journal of Medicine
Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ever since its enactment. But President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are discovering what Democrats learned long ago: health care reform is politically treacherous. Can the GOP dismantle Obamacare? ... more
Gail Henderson to Advise Federal Agencies on Human Genome Initiatives and to Present at HIV Conference in Thailand
The new year is proving fruitful for Gail Henderson, PhD. The professor of Social Medicine and Director of the Center for Genomics and Society at UNC has been confirmed for a four-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research, and asked to speak at the 19th Bangkok International Symposium on HIV Medicine. More
Gail Henderson Wins Outstanding Mentor Award
The UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has announced that Gail Henderson is a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Mentor Award in recognition of her exceptional mentoring of post-doctoral scholars. Dr. Henderson is a Professor of Social Medicine and leads the Center for Genomics & Society. Congratulations Gail!
Wizdom Powell Named CHER Associate Director
Wizdom Powell, associate professor of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed as associate director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research, which is directed by Giselle Corbie-Smith. Professor Powell is also joining the faculty of the Department of Social Medicine as a secondary appointment. Social Medicine is thrilled to welcome Wizdom on board in these new roles!
Social Medicine Welcomes Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein to the Faculty
Social Medicine is thrilled to announce that Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein has joined the Department as an assistant professor. She will also serve as a core faculty member in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. Lauren holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and comes to Chapel Hill following post-doctoral work at Brown. Her research focuses on incarceration, health, and HIV.
Jean Cadigan Featured on PBS
Jean Cadigan is featured in a PBS NewsHour story on the scientific promise and ethical issues associated with biobanking in Kannapolis.
Jill Fisher Featured on National Public Radio
Jill Fisher’s research on healthy volunteers in Phase I trials and professional “guinea-pigging” is featured on NPR Weekend Edition.
Barry Saunders Wins Teaching Excellence Award
Barry Saunders is the 2016 winner of the Clinical Teaching Excellence Award for Basic Science from the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators. This award recognizes faculty who have made significant contributions to the School of Medicine curriculum in the preclinical years. Congratulations Barry!
Mara Buchbinder and Annie Lyerly Co-author Lead Article in Hastings Center Report
Mara Buchbinder and Annie Lyerly, along with three co-authors, have the lead article in the March/April 2016 issue of the Hastings Center Report, addressing North Carolina’s new rules for abortion providers and the role of conscience in framing providers’ responses. Two commentaries in the Hastings Center Report on their article follow.
Giselle Corbie-Smith Selected as 2016 Recipient of the Hebert W. Nickens Award by the Society of General Internal Medicine
The Society of General Internal Medicine’s Nickens Award honors an individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to cultural diversity on medicine or to improving minority health. The selection committee noted the impact of Dr. Corbie Smith’s community-based participatory research and her many contributions to promoting cultural diversity in medicine and addressing health disparities. Congratulations Giselle!
Dr. Erin Malloy selected to direct the Center for Faculty Excellence
The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Erin Malloy to be the fourth Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence. Dr. Malloy is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Social Medicine with extensive leadership experience in the clinical and educational arenas.
2016 Spring Semester
Susan E. Lederer is visiting Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Professor
The UNC Center for Bioethics and the Department of Social Medicine are hosting Dr. Susan E. Lederer this 2016 spring semester as the 2016 Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Professor at UNC and Duke University. Susan E. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she is the chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics.
Raul Necochea Named Simmons Scholar
The Simmons Scholars Career Development Program – a UNC School of Medicine initiative to support the work and professional development of minority faculty members – recently welcomed pediatrician Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, and Raul Necochea, PhD.
Terry Holt’s new book, Internal Medicine, makes New York Times Science Bestsellers List
2015 November 30
Article Profiles Joan Krause and Rich Saver’s Innovative Joint Medical/Law Student Course
In “Current Issues in Law & Medicine,” teams composed of both MD and JD students work together across traditional boundaries to explore the legal and medical considerations surrounding health care subjects.
For many years now, clinical physicians and medical researchers have faced a growing need to understand a wide variety of legal issues that impact their work. At the same time, there has been an equally compelling need for lawyers to approach this problem from the other side – to understand the medical and scientific issues involved, as well as the perspectives of people trained in these disciplines...
2015 November 24
Mosaic features Anne Lyerly’s work
Hard labour: the case for testing drugs on pregnant women
Traditionally, expectant mothers have been excluded from clinical trials, but could this practice be doing more harm than good? Emily Anthes investigates.
When the heart stops beating, minutes matter. With every minute that passes before a rhythm is restored, a patient’s odds of survival plummet. Which is why Anne Lyerly was surprised when, one night 20 years ago, she got a phone call from a doctor who had paused in the middle of treating a patient in cardiac arrest. Lyerly was a newly minted obstetrician; the caller was an internal medicine resident who was desperately trying to resuscitate a dying patient. A pregnant dying patient. He had called because his supervisor wanted to know whether a critical cardiac drug would be safe for the woman’s fetus…
2015 November 2
Giselle Corbie-Smith to co-lead Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Clinical Scholars Program
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to serve as the National Program Leadership Center for a new RWJF leadership initiative. In this capacity, it is anticipated that UNC-Chapel Hill will co-design and launch the New Clinical Scholars program, which will train and network groups of leaders in communities across the country who will contribute to building a national Culture of Health.
2015 October 20
David Penn and Sue Estroff play key role in national schizophrenia treatment study.
Early intervention for psychosis improves key outcomes in NIH funded study.
Penn and Estroff played key roles in new research demonstrating that treating people with first episode psychosis using a team-based, coordinated specialty care approach produces better clinical and functional outcomes than typical community care. Investigators also found that treatment is most effective for people who receive care soon after psychotic symptoms begin.
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