Alan Stiles, MD, has announced his intention to retire after serving as a member of the UNC School of Medicine faculty for more than 35 years. Since initially joining the Department of Pediatrics faculty in 1986, Stiles had held several leadership roles and played a part in the expansion of care for patients in Chapel Hill and across the state of North Carolina.
Stiles currently serves as Senior Vice President for Network Development and System Affiliations. In his role for UNC Health, he is responsible for working with hospitals and physician groups in the community, the UNC School of Medicine medical faculty, employed physician groups in the UNC Health System, and developing partnerships with hospitals and practice groups across the state.
Stiles was instrumental in the formation of UNC Health’s Clinically Integrated Network – now known as UNC Health Alliance. He has advised numerous community practices on transitioning to population health and value-based practices.
From 2000-2011 Stiles served as Chair of Pediatrics at UNC School of Medicine and Physician in Chief of North Carolina Children’s Hospital. During his tenure the NC Children’s Hospital was opened and established its reputation as one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals.
One of Stiles’ lasting legacies is the Alan Davis Stiles, MD, Lookout Terrace located on the seventh floor of the NC Children’s Hospital. The idea was inspired by a former patient of Stiles, a boy born at UNC who spent the entire five years of his life in the hospital, unable to go outside because of the specialized medical equipment that helped keep him alive.
After the child’s passing, Stiles envisioned creating a safe and secure outdoor space enabling children with serious medical conditions to go outside with all the equipment and access necessary for hospital beds, wheel chairs, IV poles and more. Lookout Terrace is the realization of that dream.
Stiles’ clinical specialty is neonatology. His research covered areas of fetal lung development to the delivery of coordinated care to children with complex illness, and models for rural health care improvement for North Carolina. He over saw the establishment of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program for the Newborn Critical Care Center and served as the Program Director of the Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship for more many years.
His training included the UNC School of Medicine, Chief Residency at UNC Pediatrics, and fellowship training at Harvard School of Medicine in the Joint Program in Neonatology, based at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, the Brigham Hospital, and Beth Israel Hospital.
In lieu of a formal retirement celebration, Dr. Stiles has requested that donations be made to support the NC Children’s Hospital. Click here for more information on ways to give.