• Olafur Palsson, PsyD

    Palsson Leads National Survey on Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

    Olafur Palsson, PsyD, professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, led a study investigating the emotional and mental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. The study authors are releasing their findings directly to the public in an effort to provide guidance and understanding to individuals and clinicians as the pandemic evolves. The findings of … Continued

  • David Weber, MD, MPH

    Weber Tells NBC, US Is Still Experiencing the First Wave of COVID-19

    A recent NBC news story recognized that the coronavirus seemed to slow down for several weeks in May, but is on the rise, prompting fears that a second wave has hit the US. NBC News reached out to experts who study patterns of disease, including David Weber, MD, MPH, from the division of infectious diseases, who said a second wave of the coronavirus would suggest that the first w … Continued

  • UNC Department of Medicine Commemorates Juneteenth

    The UNC Department of Medicine community is encouraged to learn and reflect on the significance of Juneteenth (June 19), and consider how we can work together to make our community more inclusive and equitable. Following is a historical overview from Dr. Keisha Gibson, our vice chair for diversity and inclusion. What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated c … Continued

  • Message From Linda Raftery

    COVID-19 To-Date Thank you for the amazing work you have been doing over the last six weeks.  We could not be more proud of what you have done to take care of our patients, our learners, and each other.  You have each stepped up to help in countless ways. Here is an abbreviated list of some of the specific achievements: Relocated internal medicine schedulers from the trailers to … Continued

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    CNN Consults Sheikh On the Use of Hydroxychloroquine for Patients with COVID-19

    Experts say there isn’t sufficient evidence currently to show hydroxychloroquine—used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis—will benefit people affected by the coronavirus. Saira Sheikh, MD, director of the UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic and director of the clinical trials program at UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center, told CNN that “hydroxychloroquine may also cause side … Continued

  • Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH

    Berkowitz Proposes Innovative Methodological Approach to Studies that Address Health-Related Social Needs

    Studies have shown health-related social needs–which include food insecurity, housing instability, and lack of transportation–are associated with poor health outcomes, more health care use, and higher health care spending.  Integrating human services that address health-related social needs into health care may address these issues, but we need better methods to study such prog … Continued

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    Cohen Comments On Fauci and Birx As National COVID-19 Advisors

    Myron Cohen, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, has known NIH Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, and Deborah Birx, MD, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, since the 1980s, he told the Washington Post in a recent interview. Speaking on their partnership as scientists and public health officials, he emphasized that “the pair are too driven b … Continued

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    Bice Interviewed by WRAL with Wife Katie, Who Organizes Meal Train for Healthcare Workers

    Thomas Bice, MD, assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, and his wife Katie, were interviewed by WRAL.com for an article about how the local community is supporting healthcare workers. Katie is working with volunteers to prepare individually-packed meals and organize deliveries to UNC Hospital workers. Find the article here.

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    COVID-19 and Autoimmune Disease, Jonas Answers Questions About Medications

    Beth Jonas, MD, chief of the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, was interviewed for an article in Health Central, answering questions about autoimmune disease medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis that have been shown to increase the risk of certain viral infections. Find the article here.

  • New Grants

    Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, June 1 – June 30, 2020. Division of Cardiology Anil Gehi, MD, received a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to create a new patient education program to help patients with atrial fibrillation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Division of Hematology Dougald Monroe, PhD, received NIH f … Continued