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The Selection Committee for the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecturer seeks nominations for the 2023 Lecturer.

Nominations for the Lecturer shall come from individual faculty members and alumni.  Departmental, divisional, or other corporate nominations will not be accepted. The nomination deadline is June 9, 2023.

Eligibility criteria

The Lecturer shall be:

  • a fixed-term, tenure-track, or tenured member of the School of Medicine faculty at any rank
  • an actively employed member of the faculty of the School of Medicine at the time of selection

Criteria for selection

Nominees will be considered based on:

  • accomplishments that have added distinction to the Medical School
  • citizenship as members of the Medical School


Nomination packets should be submitted to the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture Selection Committee, Attention: Carrie Jackman-Hoyle, and include:

  • A Nomination Letter
  • A current curriculum vitae of the nominee


Please consider nominating a colleague from our extraordinarily talented faculty. Your input into this process is critical to the success of this annual event.




The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture began in 1985. Established to honor the medical school’s “most able scientists and scholars,” the lectureship is named after the late Norma Berryhill, whose late husband, Dr. Walter Reece Berryhill, was dean of the school from 1941 to 1964. Along with her husband, she is considered the co-founder of UNC’s four-year School of Medicine. While honoring an eminent member of the School of Medicine faculty, the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture series serves as an occasion to welcome new faculty members in an academic convocation and to further the sense of community created and nurtured by Mrs. Berryhill.


The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture is our annual convocation. It is a time when we reflect upon our School’s splendid heritage of collegiality and excellence, to which Norma Berryhill contributed so much. It is also the occasion on which we welcome our newest faculty members.

The Dean and Advisory Committee of the School of Medicine established the Norma Berryhill Lectureship in September 1984. The Lectureship has two essential components:

  1. a Lecture to be given annually by a member of the faculty of the Medical School; and
  2. a convocation of the Medical School to be held at the time of the Lecture and at which new faculty members will be recognized.

The aims of the Lectureship are twofold. First, the selection of the Norma Berryhill Lecturer is meant to honor a member of the faculty whose accomplishments have added distinction to the Medical School.

Second, the convocation is intended to further a sense of community within the Medical School. Because Mrs. Berryhill was a major factor in developing this sense, the Lectureship was named in her honor.

Previous lecturers are:

2022 Nancy Raab-Traub, PhD (Microbiology & Immunology)
2021 Craig A. Fletcher, DVM, PhD (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
2020 Ralph S. Baric, PhD (Microbiology & Immunology)
2019 William L. Roper, MD, MPH (Former Dean of the School of Medicine, Interim UNC System President)
2018 Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc (Social Medicine)
2017 Nancy Chescheir, MD (OB/GYN)
2016 Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD (Biochemistry & Biophysics)
2015 J. Charles Jennette, MD (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
2014 Myron Cohen, MD (Medicine)
2013 Judith Tintinalli, MD, MS, FACEP (Emergency Medicine)
2012 Eugene Orringer, MD (Medicine)
2011 Ronald Falk, MD (Medicine)
2010 Jenny P. Ting, PhD (Microbiology & Immunology)
2009 Jeffrey L. Houpt, MD (Psychiatry)
2008 Richard C. Boucher, Jr., MD (Medicine)
2007 H. Shelton Earp, III, MD (Medicine)
2006 Robert C. Cefalo, MD, PhD (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
2005 Joel E. Tepper, MD (Radiation Oncology)
2004 Philip A. Bromberg, MD (Medicine)
2003 Harold R. Roberts, MD (Medicine & Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
2002 Oliver Smithies, MA, DPhil (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
2001 Edward A. Norfleet, MD (Anesthesiology)
2000 George F. Sheldon, MD (Surgery)
1999 P. Frederick Sparling, MD (Medicine)
1998 Joe W. Grisham, MD (Pathology)
1997 Joseph S. Pagano, MD (Medicine)
1996 Frank C. Wilson, MD (Surgery)
1995 Christopher C. Fordham III, MD (Medicine)
1994 Judson J. Van Wyk, MD (Pediatrics)
1993 Stuart Bondurant, MD (Medicine)
1992 George Johnson, Jr., MD (Surgery)
1991 William B. Blythe, MD (Medicine)
1990 Carl W. Gottschalk, MD (Medicine)
1989 Colin G. Thomas, Jr., MD (Surgery)
1988 Mary Ellen Jones, PhD (Biochemistry)
1987 Floyd W. Denny, MD (Pediatrics)
1986 G. Philip Manire, PhD (Microbiology)
1985 John B. Graham, MD (Pathology)