George Sheldon

George Sheldon 2012Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery, University of North Carolina
Professor of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina
Director, Health Policy and Research Institute of the American College of Surgeons
Editor-in-Chief,, web portal of the American College of Surgeons
Chair, Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina, 1984-2001

Research Fellowship: Surgical Biology, Harvard University at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, 1969-1971
Postdoctoral Fellowship: National Heart Institute, NIH, 1969-1970
Surgery Residency: University of California San Francisco Medical Center, 1965-1969
Internal Medicine Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, 1964-1965
Internship: Kansas University Medical Center, 1961-1962
MD: Kansas University Medical School, 1961


Dr Sheldon remains active in medical education and training. Among his many teaching activities are: history of medicine and history of medical education courses offered regularly in the Humanities and Social Sciences course for second-year medical students; mentoring of students in health policy research; advising of MPH students on work related to graduate medical education.

Dr. Sheldon is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Surgery. Much of his recent work concerns physician and surgeon workforce policy. He recently published a book-length biography of Hugh Williamson, a physician of broad accomplishment who was one of the US Founding Fathers. His current research activities include another book project, a biography of Phililp Syng Physick, the Father of American Surgery.

phone: 919-966-4052

fax: 919-966-0369


post: Department of Surgery, CB #7050 / UNC Department of Surgery / Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7050