2017 Distinguished Medical Alumna Award recipient

Sara Lippard Hoyt

Dr. Sara Lippard Hoyt was a true pioneer at the UNC School of Medicine. She graduated in 1954, one of only two female members of the institution’s first class of four year graduates.

Dr. Hoyt arrived in Chapel Hill already possessing years of professional experience that helped her to succeed as a student. A graduate of Tusculum College, Hoyt received a master’s degree in medical technology from Wayne State University. Following this graduate training, she worked as a medical technologist for several years before enrolling at the UNC School of Medicine.

After her graduation in 1954 from the UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Hoyt completed an internship in Pediatrics at Duke before returning to UNC for two years of residency training. When her husband, Bill Hoyt, completed his PhD training at Duke Divinity, he took a faculty position at Berry College and the young family moved to Rome, Georgia.

In Rome, Dr. Hoyt joined a local private practice, seeing patients full time until 1966.

At that point, she made the decision to leave private practice in order to spend more time with her three young daughters. The decision was difficult, but she felt raising her daughters should be her most important priority.

Though she was no longer a full time pediatrician, Dr. Hoyt never was very far away from her passion for patient care. She would often fill in for local pediatricians when they were ill or on vacation, up until 1997. She was also a prominent leader and community advocate in Rome, serving on the board for Hospitality House, a home for abused women and children, the Rome Arts Council, the Rome Beautification Society, and other organizations.

In 2001, the Hoyts moved to Asheville. Even now, Dr. Hoyt stays close to the medical field, keeping current with medical literature and attending meetings and lectures at MAHEC and Mission Hospital.

“Dr. Hoyt is a trailblazer and incredible role model, accomplishing her academic pursuits successfully, even as a distinct minority, building a robust career as a clinician, advocate, and leader,” said Julie Byerley, UNC School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Education.

In recognition of her exceptional achievements as a clinician, advocate, and enduring role model, we are proud to present the Distinguished Medical Alumna Award to Dr. Sara Hoyt.