Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD

Marschall Runge

Dr. Marschall S. Runge is Executive Dean for the UNC School of Medicine. In this role he assists UNC Dean and Health Care CEO Dr. William L. Roper in providing overall academic and clinical leadership for the School of Medicine and the UNC Health Care System, working in close partnership with Gary L. Park, president of UNC Hospitals and Dr. Allen Daugird, President of the faculty practice plan, UNC Physicians & Associates and many other School and HCS leaders. Dr. Runge is also Chair of the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Runge is also Principal Investigator and Director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at UNC-CH and has financial, human resource and strategic oversight responsibilities for this program. The NC TraCS Institute is one of 55 medical research institutions working together as a national consortium to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. The consortium, funded through Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), shares a common vision to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, and to engage communities in clinical research efforts. The CTSA program is led by the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health.


An honors graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Biology and a Ph.D. in molecular biology, Dr. Runge earned his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he was an intern and resident in internal medicine. He then completed a cardiology fellowship at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and was a faculty member there prior to moving to Emory University as an Associate Professor of Medicine in 1989. Before joining the UNC faculty in 2000, Dr. Runge held the John Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair in Internal Medicine and was Director of the Division of Cardiology and the Sealy Center for Molecular Cardiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.