Paul A. Godley, MD, PhD, MPP, became the inaugural Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in February 2017. He is a Rush S. Dickson Distinguished Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a Senior Fellow at the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Previously Dr. Godley held the positions of Vice Dean for Finance and Administration and Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. In 2001 Dr. Godley became Director of the Program on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes (ECHO), a university initiative to advance understanding and elimination of racial health disparities through multidisciplinary research, education and training, and community partnerships.
Dr. Godley is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Medical School, and holds a PhD in epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health. He has also earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He completed his internship and residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and the Cleveland VA Medical Canter. He came to UNC in 1987 for a research fellowship in cancer epidemiology, earning his PhD from UNC in 1993 as well as completing his subspecialty training in hematology and oncology.
In addition to leading prostate cancer clinical trials he has federally funded research experience in the epidemiology of prostate cancer, determinants of treatment choice, and treatment outcomes of this common condition that disproportionately affects African-Americans. Dr. Godley is PI of the NCI-funded, “Carolina Community Networks,” which utilizes community-based participatory research to develop cancer prevention interventions.