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Mission and Purpose

Grand Rounds in the UNC Department of Family Medicine is a monthly forum dedicated to the dissemination of up-to-date knowledge to faculty, residents, students, and staff with the objective of advancing education in basic science and clinical medicine to improve patient care and public health.

Grand Rounds presentations address a wide range of relevant topics focusing on advancements in clinical practice and research that improve the health of the population, individually as well as in communities.

Grand Rounds presentations mostly educate on clinical topics and are enhanced when social determinants of health and psychosocial, legal, and financial issues are addressed.

Grand Rounds also promote collegiality and socialization among members of the department and with colleagues in other departments.

Grand Rounds support the academic environment in the Department and across the School of Medicine and UNC Health and strives to be a premiere education event.

Grand Rounds Lectures

We are currently working on gathering information on past Grand Rounds and will be updating this list.


Howard J. Eisenson, MD, and Jonathan B. Kotch, MD

Multimodality Management of Rectal Cancer
José Gaston Guillem, MD, MPH, MBA
UNC Department of Surgery
Chief of the Gastrointestinal Division
Roscoe Bennett Gray Cowper, MD, Distinguished Professor

LGBTQ+ Care: Review and Innovations
Hayden Shafer, MD
Instructor in Clinical Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Perinatal Psychiatry for the Frontline Physician
Riah Patterson, MD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Emergency Medicine
Medical Director, Perinatal Psychiatry In-Patient Unit

COVID-19 Update: Focus on Omicron
David J. Weber, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Professor of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Medical Director, UNC Hospitals’ Departments of Hospital Epidemiology (Infection Prevention)
Associate Chief Medical Officer, UNC Health Care

A Personal Tour: Cultural Humility and Latino/a Populations of NC
Andres Lopez, MD, MS
UNC Family Medicine Resident

History of Civil Rights in Healthcare: Hospital Desegregation and Beyond
Zainab Farzal, MD, MPH
PGY6 – Research Track
UNC Otolaryngology

Reflection on the Siler City Community
Paul Cuadros, Associate Professor
UNC Hussman School of Journalism

Coronary CTA Update for Primary Care Providers
Joseph Sivak, MD, FACC, UNC Division of Cardiology
Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship

Health Equity Curricular Reform: Trainees as Innovators & Structural Racism in the Academy
Robert Rock, MD, Montefiore Dept of Family and Social Medicine

Life in the Time of COVID: Experiences from Two Local Health Departments
Erica Pettigrew, MD, JD, MPH and Kim Newton, MD, MPH

“The Registered Nurse: A Leader and Advocate”
Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, President, America Nurses Association

“Turning the Tide on Rural Maternity Care in the US”
Martha Carlough, MD, MPH and Dana Iglesias, MD, MPH, UNC Family Medicine Faculty

“Human Trafficking and Healthcare: a presentation adapted from the Physicians Against Trafficking of Humans (PATH)”
Resident Michelle Lyman, MD, MPH and Survivor Jennifer Hammer

“The war on drugs, mass incarceration and public health”
Dana K. Rice, Dr.PH, M.S. (She, Her, Hers)

Ghazaleh Moayedi, DO, MPH, FACOG (she/her/hers)
Complex Family Planning Specialist

“Travel Health in the Time of COVID-19… and Beyond”
Philip Sloane, MD, MPH

“Cardiac Evaluation for Chest Pain”
Charles Hicks, MD, FACC

“Care of the Geriatric Patient”
Mallory McClester-Brown, MD

“Special education outcomes among children with hearing impairment: clinician advocacy for health and education equity”
Sherise Epstein, MD, MPH