UNC School of Medicine honors Gwyther with Distinguished Faculty Award

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 — Robert E. Gwyther, M.D., M.B.A., professor of family medicine in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has been awarded the school’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

UNC School of Medicine honors Gwyther with Distinguished Faculty Award click to enlarge Robert E. Gwyther, M.D., M.B.A.

Gwyther, also a member of the UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, is known for his efforts advocating for more effective primary care for patients with alcohol and drug dependency.

The award, first given in 1978, recognizes a full-time UNC faculty member for excellence in teaching, contributions to medicine in the state, leadership in continuing education of practicing physicians and accomplishments in improving communications between faculty, alumni and people of the state.

A ceremony honoring Gwyther – along with several UNC alumni who will receive the school’s Distinguished Service Award – will be held on April 24 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on campus.

Gwyther, a native of Evansville, Ind., received his master of business administration from Case Western Reserve University and his doctorate in medicine from the Medical College of Ohio. Gwyther developed a one-day “Introduction to Substance Abuse” for all first-year medical students, and has been instrumental in the inclusion of substance abuse topics elsewhere in the curriculum. He also speaks frequently on the subject of substance abuse to residents and attending physicians at UNC and at state and national meetings. In 2006, he developed the ICARE Partnership, a consortium of physicians, state health officials, substance abuse service providers and addiction educators that aims to increase the availability of appropriate evidence-based behavioral health services.

For more information, contact Ted Byrnes at (919) 966-2553 or ted_byrnes@med.unc.edu, or go to: http://www.med.unc.edu/medfoundation/pages/distinguished.

School of Medicine contact: Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu