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Elizabeth Runyon

Elizabeth Runyon has been named Chief of Staff to CEO of UNC Health and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine Wesley Burks. In this role, Runyon will collaborate directly with Burks and other UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine leaders to develop and execute strategic initiatives, ensuring alignment with the health system’s mission and vision.

This position was previously held by Katie Eimers who was recently named UNC Health’s Chief Culture and Engagement Officer.

Runyon has been with UNC Health since 2018, most recently serving as Vice President & Senior Counsel for System Operations and Regulatory Affairs. In her role within UNC Health’s legal office, Runyon has become a trusted advisor and partner to system leadership in efforts to expand clinical offerings and develop new facilities in compliance with the state’s regulatory and oversight structure. Over the last year, she has worked closely with leadership and the government affairs team on Medicaid expansion and other significant State health policy issues.

She will bring this experience to her new role as Chief of Staff, where she will be counted on as a trusted advisor to the CEO and Dean, offering counsel and guidance on critical issues and emerging trends.

“I am grateful for this opportunity and am thrilled to join Dr. Burks as his Chief of Staff,” Runyon said. “I look forward to working with our leaders and teammates in this new capacity, as we continue the critical work of advancing our mission.”

Prior to joining UNC Health, Runyon spent more than ten years as a lawyer in private practice, largely advising health care clients. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Florida School of Law.