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  • Dr. Raquel Reyes Steps in as HISC Course Director, “Clerkship Director”

    It takes a dedicated, empathetic and effective educator to take on the role of Hospital, Interventional and Surgical Care (HISC) course director, previously known as the Internal Medicine Clerkship. Raquel Reyes, MD, MPA, associate professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine, will be stepping into this position at the end of June. The HISC course … Continued

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    Dr. Christopher Klipstein Turns the Page as Clerkship Director

    Christopher Klipstein, MD, has won over 25 teaching awards, been a role model for thousands of medical students and has transformed the Hospital, Interventional and Surgical Care (HISC) course, also known as the Medicine Clerkship. As he turns the page on his 20-year run as clerkship director, he feels lucky to have landed what he … Continued

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    Novavax Q&A Video With Dr. Cindy Gay

    An independent expert advisory committee recommended 21-0 that the FDA grant emergency use authorization for a fourth COVID-19 vaccine, made by Novavax. We sit down with Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UNC School of Medicine to discuss the Novavax data, its effectiveness, and how … Continued

  • Study Reveals Vaccination Response to Hepatitis A Outbreaks in the Veterans Healthcare Administration

    Outbreaks of hepatitis A, a highly contagious viral infection involving the liver, have been on the rise since 2016. What initially began as outbreaks in a handful of states has since led to ongoing or recent hepatitis A outbreaks in 33 states across the country. Patients under the care of the Veterans Health Administration have … Continued

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    Tessa Andermann Receives Pilot Award from the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Research

    Tessa Andermann, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases, has received a pilot award from the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease (CGBD) for the study “Investigating the role of secondary bile acid derivatives in Th17-mediated disease: A pilot study of multiple myeloma and treatment response.” Dr. Andermann presented the proposed study … Continued

  • William E. Whitehead Discusses the Connection Between the Brain and the Digestive System

    If you’ve ever felt your insides twist in knots before a big speech, you know the stomach listens carefully to the brain. In fact, the entire digestive system is closely tuned to a person’s emotions and state of mind, says William E. Whitehead, PhD, a professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology … Continued

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    Spencer Dorn Explains Four Ways to Improve Specialty Health Care in the U.S.

    Spencer D. Dorn, MD, MPH, MHA, a professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and vice chair for care innovation in the Department of Medicine, wrote this article in Harvard Business Review. Summary: The current structure of specialty care in the United States makes it less accessible, increases costs, tarnishes patients’ experiences, … Continued

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    Telehealth Shows Promise for Obesity Management

    John A. Batsis, MD, an associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, discussed the advantages and challenges of using telehealth and remote monitoring in obesity management with Healio. He said delivering behavioral weight loss interventions through telehealth is feasible, acceptable and efficacious. “There’s evidence that demonstrates face-to-face vs. telemedicine-based interventions for weight loss are … Continued

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    Using Telehealth to Regularly Report Symptoms Improved Overall Well-being for Patients with Advanced Cancer

    People with advanced cancer who communicated their symptoms weekly using an electronic survey had about a one-third better physical function and over a 15% better control of their symptoms compared to those who were evaluated less frequently via in-person clinical visits, according to findings from a multi-state study conducted at 52 community cancer clinics. The … Continued

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    Dr. Hanna Sanoff Writes Editorial about Rectal Cancer Study

    A paper published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine. For the small study, all 18 patients were given dostarlimab, a checkpoint inhibitor. The results were astounding. Every patient’s cancer disappeared, undetectable by physical examination, endoscopy, PET scans, or M.R.I. scans. Dr. Hanna K. Sanoff, MD, MPH, an associate professor of medicine in the … Continued

  • UNC Geriatrics Represented at the 2022 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting

    The American Geriatric Society held its 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL, May 12-14, 2022. Composed of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Center for Aging and Health, UNC Geriatrics was fully represented at this year’s meeting. In attendance at the three-day event were Geriatrics faculty, fellows, residents, Center staff, and MSTAR students*. *The UNC-CH T-35 MSTAR program … Continued

  • Drs. Floris-Moore, Eron lead Joint ID/CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship Program

    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected 11 infectious diseases (ID) programs for the first Joint ID/CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship. With funding from the CDC, IDSA launched this joint pilot program for ID physicians who are interested in the CDC’s EIS. … Continued

  • How Ageism Impacts Us All

    Every year, each one of us adds one more candle to the birthday cake. This additional year brings new experiences and goals. However, how we think about our age and how others perceive that number can impact our health. Ageism refers to the stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination towards oneself and others based on age. It … Continued

  • Drs. Meier, Gray, Steinbach receive support from the UNC School of Medicine Physician Scientists Training Program

    Jeremy Meier, MD, PhD, and Simon Gray, MD, PhD, and Erin Steinbach, MD, PhD, will receive support from the UNC School of Medicine Physician Scientists Training Program to cultivate their careers as translational clinician scientists. Dr. Meier and Dr. Gray are both clinical fellows in the Department of Medicine while Dr. Steinbach is an assistant … Continued

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    Dr. Sellers Named as a Science of Medicine Course Director

    Subhashini Sellers, MD, MSc has been named as a new course director for the Science of Medicine course, a required course in the Individualization Phase at the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Sellers and Sheryl Jordan, MD, RCC, will teach students the science behind medical advances, exploring the steps of basic research, translational research, and clinical … Continued

  • Dr. Kistler Explains How Drinking Water in the Morning can Support Healthy Aging

    Christine E. Kistler, MD, associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, explained why older adults are more vulnerable to dehydration and how drinking water in the morning can support healthy aging. Forget the wrinkle-smoothing creams and anti-aging serums. The secret to growing old gracefully comes straight from your sink. Yep, water helps keep every system … Continued

  • Dr. Oludamilola Aladesanmi Receives Bondurant-Ehringhaus Award

    This year, the UNC Internal Medicine Resident Research Day was held in person for the first time in three years. A special guest, Susan Ehringhaus, made an appearance to announce Oludamilola Aladesanmi, MD, MPH, as the recipient of the Bondurant-Ehringhaus Award. The Bondurant-Ehringhaus Award recognizes either a current second year internal medicine resident, second year … Continued

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    VCAG Update: Dr. Arora Discusses Progress of New Endoscopy Procedure Tools

    Since July of last year, Shifali Arora, MD, an assistant professor of medicine and the vice chief of clinical operations in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been working on a VCAG (Value Care Action Group) project to improve the efficiency of inpatient endoscopy. To date, the project has yielded several valuable tools that are … Continued

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    Congratulations, Carolina Care Excellence Awardees!

    Every year, UNC Hospitals conducts the Press Ganey Medical Practice survey to obtain input from patients. Patients are asked if they would refer their provider’s practice to friends and family in the survey. Over the last year, 154 providers within UNC Hospitals received the highest recommendation from more than 89 percent of their patients, putting … Continued

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    Emily Pfaff, PhD, Leads Study Using Machine Learning Models to Help Identify Long COVID Patients

    A study published in The Lancet Digital Health led by Emily R. Pfaff, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, shows how the National COVID Cohort Collaborative used XGBoost machine learning (ML) models to better define long COVID and identify potential long-COVID patients with a high degree of accuracy. Clinical scientists used … Continued

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    Two Cardiology Clinical Trials Selected for a Top Research Site Award

      UNC Health Care has been selected for a 2022 Top Research Site Award by the Heart Failure Collaboratory (HFC) and the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) for outstanding performance on two clinical trials: PARAGLIDE-HF, and LY3461767 in Participants With Chronic Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction. The vision of the Heart Failure Society … Continued

  • JARS: Interns Transition into Upper Level Residence

    The Department of Medicine’s interns are taking another plunge into the deep end as they transition into upper level residents. The JARS conference brought them together to celebrate this accomplishment as well as reiterate that their first year of residency has taught them how to swim. Dr. Katie Allen, outpatient chief resident, who is helping … Continued

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    Spotlight on Assistant Professor Joshua Niznik

    UNC Geriatrics recognizes Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, for his recent accomplishments. Dr. Niznik was recently appointed to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) editorial board, was lead author of a COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy study, and was interviewed for an AARP article … Continued

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    Dr. Alyssa Tilly Receives Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physicians Award

    The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physicians Award is an honor only six physicians every two years receive. Alyssa Tilly, MD, assistant professor in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, and the UNC Palliative Care Program, has been named a 2022 recipient. “I was overwhelmed with gratitude,” Dr. Tilly said. “I feel so fortunate to … Continued