Fall Weekend 2019


2019’s annual Fall Medical Alumni Weekend began on Friday, September 27 with meetings of the National Loyalty Fund Committee and the Medical Alumni Council. During those meetings, topics pertaining to fundraising priorities as well as medical research were discussed. Updates to the ongoing Carolina Campaign and Loyalty Fund development were presented by Paul E. Viser, MD ’84. This year’s council meeting speaker was David W. Olilla, MD, who spoke on the topic of Advances in Immunotherapy for Metastatic Melanoma. Various updates regarding the School of Medicine were presented, such as an update to the Office of Global Health Education by Shay Slifko and an update to the Office of Rural Initiatives by Robert A. Bashford, MD ’71.

Friday evening’s main event was the Alumni Loyalty Reception and Dinner, honoring donors to the Loyalty Fund and scholarship funds as well as the recipients of those scholarships, the current Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund scholars. Dr. Viser again spoke regarding the importance of giving to these funds. Medical student Aisha Amuda spoke regarding her personal experiences and the benefits she had received from her awarded scholarship.  Lindsay A. Wilson, MD ’08 shared her experiences as she progressed from a UNC medical student to a resident and later a member of the UNC faculty who had just been named one of the new Medical Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professors for 2019.

Saturday capped off the weekend festivities with an alumni event at the South Terrace of Kenan Stadium for the UNC vs. Clemson football game. It was an exciting game made extra special by each UNC alum being able to share it with their fellow alumni.

Thank you to everyone who was here to share this special weekend at UNC.

Spring Weekend 2019


This year’s Spring Medical Alumni Weekend featured reunion events for the classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.

The weekend got off to a strong start with a meeting of the National Loyalty Fund Committee that included updates on the Loyalty Fund as well as the campaign to fund the new Medical Education Building that will take the place of the existing Berryhill Hall. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall with a target date of 2022 to complete the new building. This meeting also saw the passing of the torch from National Loyalty Fund Committee chair William M. Herndon, Jr., MD ’81 to incoming chair Paul E. Viser, MD ’84.

Many alumni attended the 7th annual Larry Keith Advisory College Student Speech Competition, “What I’ve Learned in Medical School.” Judges included alumni Katrina H. Avery, MD ’91, Jim D. Hundley, Sr., MD ’67, Sheri G. Jordan, MD ’85 and Bill D. Lee, Jr., MD ’74.

The first of two Berryhill Hall events, the Berryhill Farewell Tour & Reception, was held on Friday afternoon. Visiting alumni were able to tour the existing Berryhill Hall and enjoyed refreshments courtesy of the alumni office and our wonderful medical students who graciously volunteered their time.

The Medical Alumni Council Meeting featured a little business and a lot of fascinating information on UNC research led by our new Dean, Wesley Burks, MD. Dr. Burks’ research partner Edwin H. Kim, MD, gave a presentation on the results of their breakthrough research into peanut allergy. Current medical students were present to speak regarding the challenges and rewards of engaging in dual degree programs, such as MD PhD and MD MPH.

Friday’s festivities concluded with the Alumni Reception and Awards Banquet, showcasing six of our superstar alumni, faculty and friends as they received awards for their service to the school and community. Darlyne Menscer, MD ’79, Paul E. Viser, MD ’84, Cherri D. Hobgood, MD ’89, Gregory F. Murphy, MD ’89, Harvey J. Hamrick, MD ’67 and Erskine B. Bowles were all honored. Each honoree shared their often moving remarks with all in attendance, with Mr. Bowles featured in a pre-recorded video as he was unable to attend. The night concluded with the annual hand-off of the Medical Alumni Association presidency from outgoing president Katrina H. Avery, MD ’91 to incoming president Luke Blanchard, Jr., MD ’68.

Saturday’s events were focused on the reunion classes, as many of the classes participated in breakfasts, brunches and lunches honoring their classes. The early afternoon featured the second Berryhill Hall event, an open house and luncheon which was the final event of the weekend at which alumni could visit their former “home away from home” for medical education.

Saturday evening’s reunion events were the entertaining conclusion of a very full weekend. The classes of 1949, 1954 and 1959 as well as those of 1964 and 1969 celebrated with seated dinner events inside the Carolina Inn, while the classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 participated in a combined reunion event on the front lawn of the Carolina Inn. Much laughter and fellowship was shared by those in attendance. Class photos were taken by our photographer, and the dance floor was packed until the end of the event with classes making song requests to our DJ.

Thanks to all for a fantastic weekend!

Events are held throughout the year, but in case you missed one of our events, we publish a short summary of our most recent events for review. Thanks to all who attended and will attend in the future!

Photos of many of our recent events are available at https://brianstrickland.zenfolio.com/uncmedpictures.  Photos of other events are available by request.