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UNC-Chapel Hill

Education and Training

BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992
MS, North Carolina State University, 1995
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003

Teaching and Research

Dr. Gilliland teaches anatomy and directs cell biology and histology in the following courses for 1st-year and 2nd-year medical students:

  • The Patient (MTEC 131): the patient as person, body, family member, and community member
  • Molecules to Cells (MTEC 132): introduction to biomedical sciences
  • Circulation (MTEC 133): blood and cardiovascular system
  • Homeostasis (MTEC 134): respiratory and renal systems
  • Body Regulation (MTEC 135): endocrine and gastrointestinal systems
  • Reproductive and Genitourinary Health (MTEC 136): reproductive and urinary systems
  • Neurons to Networks (MTEC 137): nervous system and special senses
  • Life Stages (MTEC 138): life cycle and behavioral health
  • Integrated Systems (MTEC 139): autoimmunity and cancer

He also directs Introduction to Medical Education (OMED 152) , Educational Technology (OMED 153), and Clinical Anatomy for 4th-year Medical Students (CBAM 403). His educational scholarship evaluates curricular interventions, and his basic research focuses on the development of the lens of the eye and cataract development.

Awards and Honors

Order of the Golden Fleece (2024)

Innovation in Teaching Award (Department of Cell Biology and Physiology) (2021)

Academy of Educators Educational Scholarship Award (2018)

Academy of Educators Foundation Phase Teaching Award (2017)

First-year Basic Science Course Award (2006, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

Medical Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor (2009-2013)

School of Medicine Whitehead Lecturer (2010)

Academy of Educators Innovation in Teaching Award (2009)

Larry Keith Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008)

“Honorary Coach of the Game” Faculty Award (2008)

First-year Basic Science Teaching Award (2007)







Kurt Gilliland