The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture began in 1985. Established to honor the medical school's “most able scientists and scholars,” the lectureship is named after the late Norma Berryhill, whose late husband, Dr. Walter Reece Berryhill, was dean of the school from 1941 to 1964. Along with her husband, she is considered the co-founder of UNC's four-year School of Medicine. While honoring an eminent member of the School of Medicine faculty, the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture series serves as an occasion to welcome new faculty members in an academic convocation and to further the sense of community created and nurtured by Mrs. Berryhill.
The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture is our annual convocation. It is a time when we reflect upon our School’s splendid heritage of collegiality and excellence, to which Norma Berryhill contributed so much. It is also the occasion on which we welcome our newest faculty members.
The Dean and Advisory Committee of the School of Medicine established the Norma Berryhill Lectureship in September 1984. The Lectureship has two essential components:
- a Lecture to be given annually by a tenured or tenure track member of the faculty of the Medical School; and
- a convocation of the Medical School to be held at the time of the Lecture and at which new faculty members will be recognized.
The aims of the Lectureship are twofold. First, the selection of the Norma Berryhill Lecturer is meant to honor a member of the faculty whose accomplishments have added distinction to the Medical School.
Second, the convocation is intended to further a sense of community within the Medical School. Because Mrs. Berryhill was a major factor in developing this sense, the Lectureship was named in her honor.
The Lecturer shall be an actively employed member of the faculty of the School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the time of selection. Fully retired faculty and recently appointed faculty who have not arrived in Chapel Hill are not eligible.
- Nominations for the Lecturer shall come from individual faculty members and alumni. Departmental, divisional, or other corporate nominations will not be accepted.
- Nominees should have made distinguished contributions to the stature of the School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- The Committee requests that you send the name (s) of your nominee(s) with your reasons for the nomination stated briefly. The Committee will be responsible for obtaining other supporting materials, such as curriculum vitae, etc.
Nominations should be submitted to the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture Selection Committee in hard copy format (CB #7000) or via email to Marie Mitchell (Marie_Mitchell@med.unc.edu) in the Dean’s Office, School of Medicine.
2011 Selection Committee
M. Andrew Greganti, MD, Committee Chair
David Anderson, President, UNC Medical Foundation
James M. Anderson, MD, PhD
Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD
Elizabeth Dreesen, MD, FACS
James P. Evans, MD, PhD
James R. Harper, MD
Terry Magnuson, PhD
Previous lecturers are:
1985 John B. Graham, MD (Pathology)
1986 G. Philip Manire, PhD (Microbiology)
1987 Floyd W. Denny, MD (Pediatrics)
1988 Mary Ellen Jones, PhD (Biochemistry)
1989 Colin G. Thomas, Jr., MD (Surgery)
1990 Carl W. Gottschalk, MD (Medicine)
1991 William B. Blythe, MD (Medicine)
1992 George Johnson, Jr., MD (Surgery)
1993 Stuart Bondurant, MD (Medicine)
1994 Judson J. Van Wyk, MD (Pediatrics)
1995 Christopher C. Fordham III, MD (Medicine)
1996 Frank C. Wilson, MD (Surgery)
1997 Joseph S. Pagano, MD (Medicine)
1998 Joe W. Grisham, MD (Pathology)
1999 P. Frederick Sparling, MD (Medicine)
2000 George F. Sheldon, MD (Surgery)
2001 Edward A. Norfleet, MD (Anesthesiology)
2002 Oliver Smithies, MA, DPhil (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
2003 Harold R. Roberts, MD (Medicine & Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
2004 Philip A. Bromberg, MD (Medicine)
2005 Joel E. Tepper, MD (Radiation Oncology)
2006 Robert C. Cefalo, MD, PhD (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
2007 H. Shelton Earp, III, MD (Medicine)
2008 Richard C. Boucher, Jr., MD (Medicine)
2009 Jeffrey L. Houpt, MD (Dean Emeritus/Psychiatry)
2010 Jenny P. Ting, PhD (Microbiology and Immunology)
2011 Ronald Falk, MD (Medicine)