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Meghan McCann Appointed ‘Vice Chair for Hospital Integration’ in the Department of Medicine

February 23, 2021

Ron Falk, MD, has appointed Meghan McCann, MSN, RN, NE-BC, UNC Medical Center’s Vice President of Operations, as the vice chair for hospital integration in the UNC Department of Medicine. In this role, McCann will help the hospital system and Medicine subspecialties effectively manage operations for clinical service lines, particularly for patient-centric clinical programs that … Continued

Heart Awareness Month, Highlighting Cardiovascular Services and One Mission

February 22, 2021

Medicine’s cardiology specialists care for thousands of patients every year, in clinic and in hospital, focused on one mission–exceptional heart care for the people of North Carolina while advancing the science and clinical practice of cardiovascular medicine. Following is a look at service highlights. Women’s Heart Program The UNC Women’s Heart Program provides clinic counseling … Continued

UNC Eastowne Going LIVE in March

February 22, 2021

After four years of planning, the time has come. In what was once a vacant lot near the 15-501/I-40 intersection, now stands a six-story 150,000 square-foot medical building and 1,000 parking space garage. UNC Health’s Eastowne Medical Office Building represents the vision of the future of academic medicine and an opportunity to transform care in … Continued

Sickbert-Bennett Discusses Mask Fit and Efficiency

February 20, 2021

Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases, in the division of infectious diseases, and director of the UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, continues to share perspective and study learnings about mask filtration efficiencies. She contributed to the following news reports this month. How to avoid buying counterfeit N95 masks –  (USA Today) Nasal … Continued

Al-Qadi Receives CHEST Research Award

February 19, 2021

Mazen O. Al-Qadi, assistant professor in pulmonary and critical care medicine has received the Alfred Soffer Research Award for “Respiratory variation in right atrial pressure predicts right ventricular dysfunction in patients with precapillary pulmonary hypertension.” This award is named in honor of Dr. Alfred Soffer, Master Fellow of the College, Editor-in-Chief of the journal CHEST … Continued

Women’s History Month, Other Observances

February 19, 2021

March is Women’s History Month Women’s History Month started in 1987 and recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations to recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Learn how women’s … Continued

Study Shows Unmet Social Needs and Worse Mental Health After Expiration of COVID-19 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.

February 18, 2021

The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic saw historic increases in unemployment, which remained elevated throughout 2020.  Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provided unemployment insurance beneficiaries an extra $600 a week, a benefit that initially expired in July 2020. A new study, led by Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, published today in Health Affairs, examined … Continued

Busby-Whitehead Talked With the Wall Street Journal About Older People Participating in Activities After the COVID-19 Vaccine

February 17, 2021

A Wall Street Journal report about the first Americans to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, older people, recognizes how many are still struggling to know what activities are safe. Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, interviewed for the report, said she and colleagues continue to urge caution because most of the US population isn’t vaccinated. There are also … Continued

Buse Appointed Co-Chair of the CTSA Program Steering Committee

February 16, 2021

John Buse, MD, PhD, has been appointed the Co-Chair of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Steering Committee, along with Christopher P. Austin, MD, the Director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health. The CTSA Program Steering Committee provides direction to NCATS and the ~60 … Continued