Dr. Kenneth Ataga leads clinical trial for drug that dramatically reduces sickle cell pain

November 15, 2016

Results from an international, multicenter phase 2 clinical trial led by Dr. Ataga were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine on December 3 and were presented December 4 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Diego. The trial found that an investigational compound called SeIG1 dramatically reduces sickle cell pain crises.

Preparing for the Residency Interview Process

November 9, 2016

Our Chair Dr. Ron Falk interviews Residency Program Director Dr. Deb Bynum and former Chief Resident Dr. Evan Shelby in this conversation about residency interviews.

‘It began with an observation’

November 1, 2016

Ronald Falk, MD, has earned National Institutes of Health honors for seminal work as a physician-scientist. He will deliver the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Astute Clinician Lecture on Nov. 2 at the NIH. Falk also received the Edward N. Gibbs Lecture & Award in Nephrology, a lifetime achievement award.

Research Highlights: Hospital Medicine

November 1, 2016

Dr. Ria Dancel is dually appointed in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. She is the Director of the Medicine Procedure Service, led by proceduralist attendings working with resident physicians to perform diagnostic and therapeutic bedside procedures. This service was created in 2014 in order to provide efficient and safe procedures and to standardize resident education and…

Celeste Lee Shares Her Message on the Power of Patient Engagement in New Chair’s Corner Episode

October 26, 2016

Dr. Falk interviews Celeste Lee in this special episode on patient engagement. Celeste is described by Dr. Falk as an “astonishing leader and ferocious advocate for patient engagement,” and discusses the process of getting patients to become advocates for their health. She is also joined by her husband Daniel Lee, PhD on a discussion about being a caregiver and including patient engagement in the health system. Celeste’s work in patient engagement spans the University of Michigan, the Kidney Health Initiative, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and she draws on her own experience as a patient with vasculitis, which she also relates here. Dr. Daniel Lee is a Professor and Chair of Health Policy and Management for the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Patty Chang Featured in New Chair’s Corner Episode on Heart Failure

October 11, 2016

What is heart failure, and what are the newest options for treatment and care for heart failure patients? Dr. Ron Falk interviews Dr. Patty Chang in this podcast about heart failure. Dr. Chang is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of North Carolina. She directs the Heart Failure and Transplantation Program as well as the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program at UNC.

Research Highlights: Cardiology

October 1, 2016

  Brian Jensen, MD Brian Jensen, MD Dr. Brian Jensen’s clinical and investigative efforts focus on heart failure. The Jensen lab uses animal and cell culture model systems to study the mechanisms of heart injury that lead to the clinical syndrome of heart failure. Dr. Jensen has brought clinical questions from the UNC Heart Failure … Continued

Dr. David Margolis & Dr. Allison Mathews Highlight HIV Cure Research in New Episode of Chair’s Corner

September 16, 2016

How close are we to a cure for HIV, and what are the messages about HIV that the community needs to hear? Dr. Ron Falk interviews Dr. David Margolis and Dr. Allison Mathews in this episode about HIV cure research and the efforts of the 2BeatHIV project to connect with the community. Dr. Margolis is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. He is the Director for the HIV Cure Center and leads the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication (CARE.) Dr. Mathews is a researcher who has appointments in both the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Social Medicine at UNC, and leads the “2BeatHIV” project.

Lindsay’s Gift

September 16, 2016

An article published on the Higher Education Works Foundation highlights the kidney transplant story of UNC patient Kevin Howell and donor Lindsay Recchie. Howell, who is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for the UNC system, is a patient of Dr. Falk. When he needed a kidney transplant, Lindsay Recchie, also a UNC system employee, stepped up to donate. She received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for the gift of her kidney to a co-worker.

Research Highlights: Infectious Diseases

September 1, 2016

  David Wohl, MD David Alain Wohl, MD That there are only a handful of Ebola-ologists in the world is something that Dr. Wohl, the Site Leader of the UNC AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Chapel Hill, realized when the massive Ebola outbreak started to peak in 2014. Ebola raged across West Africa and cases … Continued