William J. Yount, MD, of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center was recently awarded 2012 Medical Alumni Citation Award from the University of Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association. The Medical Alumni Citation Award goes to a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health alumnus who has achieved distinction in medicine. Achievement is recognized through excellence in the practice of medicine, in academic activities and in research accomplishment.
In 1970, Dr. Yount was recruited to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine to found the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology. He established the Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology Laboratories, and Rheumatology and Allergy Fellowship Programs. His research focused on the IgG subclasses and he studied the role of complement receptors in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus. He continues to consult and teach in Rheumatology and Allergy and Immunology at UNC and was awarded the Reeves Distinguished Professorship in 2006.