Named in honor of Alan Cross, M.D.
•Member of the UNC School of Medicine faculty from 1978 until his death in
•Medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
•Trained as a pediatrician and served as a primary care clinician throughout his career
•At the time of his death, professor and vice chair of the Department of Social Medicine, professor of pediatrics, and clinical professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
•From 10 years, co-director and director of the UNC SOM Preventive Medicine Residency Program and for 11 years, director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
•Principle investigator for grants totaling over $12.5 million on topics including health promotion and disease prevention and the enhancement of medical school curricula in the areas of behavioral and social science. Pioneered the infusion of the humanities in the UNC SOM curriculum
•Spent several years working with community clinics in Nairobi, Kenya and served for many years on the board of directors for Carolina for Kibera, a student-run group focused on alleviating poverty in Kibera