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Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the department of social medicine and medicine (division of general medicine and epidemiology), is 41st president of the Society of General Internal Medicine. She was inducted at the society’s annual meeting in Denver, CO, on April 13. Corbie-Smith will serve a three-year term as president of the organization.

“I am honored to be elected president of the SGIM, a professional organization that has always put the care of our patients, particularly those most vulnerable, at the center of teaching, research, and policy,” Corbie-Smith said.

The Society of General Internal Medicine is a national medical society of 3,000 physicians, focused on clinical research and studies to improve internal medicine.

“This election gives me the opportunity to bring together my 20 plus years of involvement in the organization, my leadership and research as a health equity researcher, the work we are doing within the Center for Health Equity Research, UNC’s commitment to the health of NC residents and national efforts to ensure health equity.”

In addition to her teaching appointments, Corbie-Smith holds leadership positions at UNC including as director of the Center or Health Equity Research (CHER), director of the NC TraCS Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarships (CARES) services, co-director of the Program on Health Disparities through the Sheps Center, and co-director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program.

As a researcher, she is nationally recognized for her expertise in community-engaged and patient-oriented studies. She has been the principal investigator of grants funded through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), and the National Human Genome Research Institute, among others.

Berryhill Distinguished Lecture

Corbie-Smith will also deliver the 34th Annual Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 18.The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture is the UNC School of Medicine’s annual convocation, described as a time to reflect upon the School’s splendid heritage of collegiality and excellence. It is also an occasion that formally welcomes new faculty members.

Each year, a committee selects one faculty member to deliver the lecture with two aims: to honor a member of the faculty whose accomplishments have added distinction to the medical school and to further a culture of community in the medical school. The Lectureship was named in honor of Mrs. Norma Berryhill because of her contributions to the medical school community.