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Featured Advanced Practice Professional: Kelly Stepanek, ACNP-BC

November 21, 2022

Kelly Stepanek, ACNP-BC, specializes in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal and enjoys mentoring and teaching APP students. She has dedicated 15 years to the Division of Hospital Medicine and has helped shape the APP role. Kelly is a baseball/soccer mom and loves cheese!  What is your role in the Department and what patients do you serve?  I … Continued

Featured Staff Member: Alex Kass, MSN, MBA, RN, CDCES

November 18, 2022

Alex Kass, MSN, MBA, RN, CDCES, is a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. His personal experience with type 1 diabetes led him to purse a career where he can help others with the disease. Alex is also a space enthusiast and enjoys playing adult kickball.  What’s your role and how long have … Continued

The Complex Challenges of COVID-19 Prevention Among Jails in the South

November 16, 2022

Since the start of the pandemic, people in jail have faced an inequitably high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Overcrowding and lack of hygiene supplies have left jail populations particularly vulnerable to outbreaks, while frequent population turnover has made it difficult to prevent and track the spread of new variants. In addition, racial incarceration disparities and … Continued

Department of Medicine Faculty and Staff in the News Throughout November

November 14, 2022

The clickable links below navigate directly to outside media articles which featured Department of Medicine faculty throughout the month of November.  Sascha Tuchman, MD, MHS, spoke at a CancerNetwork program about new recent research in multiple myeloma.  Scott Commins, MD, PhD, accessed a study on, how long allergy patients will take sublingual iImmunotherapy. Scott Randall, PhD, … Continued

High-Impact Hepatology: An Update on Care of the Patient with Liver Disease

November 9, 2022

Register Here 20th Annual Hepatology Symposium A hybrid – live in-person and virtual – conference!   The practice of clinical Hepatology remains challenging for many gastroenterologists due to rapidly changing disease management paradigms and often complex, critically-ill patients. The 20th Annual High Impact Hepatology program is specifically designed to bring the latest information from national … Continued

Dr. Mildred Kwan and Dr. Andrew Winslow Receive $100K Pfizer Grant to Address Health Disparities in Antimicrobial Stewardship

November 8, 2022

The 2-year grant will help build capacity to address health disparities through antimicrobial stewardship telehealth and telemonitoring. The name of the grant is: “A novel patient-led penicillin allergy de-labeling program targeting underserved children through a mobile-enabled virtual platform.” Dr. Kwan is an Allergy & Immunology faculty member in the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, and … Continued

Emily Duberman Leads With Compassion Providing Tools that Empower

November 3, 2022

Social workers promote individual and community wellbeing, supporting people through some of life’s most difficult challenges. Emily Duberman, LCSW, CHES, is the Ryan White Lead Social Worker at the UNC Eastowne Infectious Diseases Clinic. She says it’s particularly gratifying to witness patients grow in independence and empowerment.

Dr. Weber Elected President of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

November 3, 2022

David Weber, MD, MPH, was elected as the incoming vice president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) during the group’s meeting held in conjunction with Infectious Diseases Week, an international conference, in Washington, D.C., in October. David Weber, MD, MPH, was elected as president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America … Continued