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    Weiss Appointed Principal Investigator for Advancing PDS Biotech Combination Studies in Head, Neck and HPV-related Advanced Cancer

    Jared Weiss, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, and researcher with UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, will lead an advancing Phase 2 study that evaluates the efficacy and safety of PDS Biotech’s Versamune®-based immunotherapy, PDS0101–in combination with Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab)–in the first-line treatment of patients with recurrent or … Continued

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    Flythe Appointed to KDIGO’s 2020 Executive Committee

    Jenny Flythe, MD, MPH, associate professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension and medical director of UNC Hospital’s Dialysis Services, has been elected to serve on the executive committee for Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO), beginning January 1, 2020. More than 120 physician scientists worldwide were considered for five slots on the 2020 … Continued

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    Six Medicine Faculty Recognized for Highly Cited Research

    Six UNC Department of Medicine faculty members were named in the 2019 Thomas Reuters List of Highly Cited Researchers. The annual list recognizes the most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers than rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. … Continued

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    Barnes Presentation Designated a Presidential Poster at ACG Annual Meeting

    Edward L. Barnes, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, also won an Outstanding Presenter Award for this research. A research poster presented by Edward L. Barnes, MD, MPH, an assistant professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, was designated a Presidential Poster at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) … Continued

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    Keisha Gibson appointed vice chair for diversity and inclusion

    Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, and chief of pediatric nephrology, has been named vice chair for diversity and inclusion for the department of medicine. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gibson to this new position, leading our commitment to nurturing an environment of diversity inclusion,” said Ron Falk, MD, chair … Continued

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    Week of wellness promotes provider health

    Wellness champion Amy Weil, MD, invites colleagues to submit questions and share perspectives on institutional well-being, to inspire actionable insights. Wellness Expo Week kicks off this Monday, November 18, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs & Leadership Development and the UNC School of Medicine Well-Being Committee. Amy Weil, MD, professor of general medicine and … Continued

  • Ronald Falk, MD

    Falk contributes to US News & World Report’s patient guide to autoimmune disease

    “All autoimmune diseases have what are called relapsing and remitting tendencies,” says Ron Falk, MD, chair of the UNC Department of Medicine and co-director of the UNC Kidney Center, in a new patient’s guide. “You may have long periods where you feel relatively well followed by severe disease flare-ups or exacerbations.”

  • Katherine Reeder-Hayes, MD

    “Know Your Girls” campaign draws attention to racial differences related to breast cancer

    A new campaign aims to reduce the black women mortality rate from breast cancer by 25 percent over five years, in 10 US communities. Katherine Reeder-Hayes, MD, in the division of hematology and oncology was interviewed for this WRAL news story, recognizing black women are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.

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    Rosman study shows risk of stroke increases in younger adults with PTSD

    Lindsey Rosman, PhD, in the division of cardiology, explains research that demonstrates a strong association between PTSD and premature TIA and stroke. While the study involved only veterans, Rosman recognizes in this Forbes article that PTSD is a “serious public health problem,” affecting close to 8 million adults in the U.S.

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    Busby-Whitehead, Dale discuss dementia-friendly training in Modern Health Care

    Dementia patients “often forget where they are and that they are not in their home,” says Maureen Dale, MD, in Modern Health Care. “When clinicians are coming in and out of their room to do their job, it can be alarming.” Busby-Whitehead also emphasizes that staff members feel more confident speaking with patients and reorienting them, after this training.

  • Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH

    New York Times opinion article highlights Berkowitz study

    A study by Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, in the division of general medicine and epidemiology, showing medical tailored meals are associated with fewer hospital and skilled nursing admissions, is recognized in this New York Times article.

  • Barbara Lee LeVarge, MD

    LeVarge recognized in “Carolina Care Highlight”

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) Our Carolina Care Highlight this week recognizes Dr. Barbara Lee LeVarge from the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care. Here’s what one of Dr. LeVarge’s patients had to say: “Dr. LeVarge is extremely knowledgeable not only in the disease … Continued

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    Dellon explains novel medicine for rare gastrointestinal disorders during AGA Annual Meeting

    Evan S. Dellon, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and epidemiology in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, explained how AK002 could be the answer to treating rare gastrointestinal disorders, during an interview with MD Magazine.

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    Memorial service for Adam Brock on November 16

    Updated: A memorial service for Adam Brock is planned for 4 pm, Saturday, November 16 at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The service will be followed by a light meal in the fellowship hall. The UNC Department of Medicine mourns the loss of one of our own. Dr. Adam … Continued

  • Christine Kistler, MD

    Kistler receives pilot award to test feasibility of pharmacogenomics to reduce adverse events to medication

    The UNC Program for Precision Medicine in Health Care (PPMH), which aims to transform patient care through evidence-based precision medicine, and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) have awarded three pilot grants. The pilot grants have direct clinical or human translational impact and are … Continued

  • Scott Commins, MD, PhD

    Commins discusses alpha-gal allergy on the “Dr. Oz” Show

    Scott Commins, MD, was recently featured on the “Dr. Oz” Show where he explained the alpha-gal allergy, which is connected to tick bites. He also answered questions about symptoms and management of the red meat allergy.

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    Patients with blood disorders don’t receive recommended vaccines and screenings

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) New research from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has found that only a low percentage of hospital patients being treated for immune-mediated blood disorders, such as immune thrombocytopenic purpura, receive the recommended vaccinations and infectious disease screenings. “The management of patients with … Continued

  • Dan Jonas, MD, MPH

    Jonas awarded $2.2 million grant to address unhealthy alcohol use

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) The UNC School of Medicine is one of six grantees in a new $16 million federal initiative to help primary care practices increase efforts to address patients’ unhealthy alcohol use. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Agency for Healthcare … Continued

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    Allen receives pilot grant to generate evidence of precision medicine approach

    The UNC Program for Precision Medicine in Health Care (PPMH), which aims to transform patient care through evidence-based precision medicine, and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) have awarded three pilot grants. The pilot grants have direct clinical or human translational impact and are … Continued

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    Evon finds mental health disturbance, substance abuse not associated with nonadherence to chronic hepatitis C treatment

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) A new UNC School of Medicine study, led by Donna  Evon, PhD, a clinical health psychologist and research professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology in the department of medicine, finds that self-reported medication adherence was very high in a group of patients with … Continued

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    Smith receives award in China

    Sidney C. Smith, MD, presented the keynote lecture at the 30th Anniversary Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology, held in Beijing, China, October 10-13. During the Congress, Smith was recognized with the “Outstanding Contributions Award for Improving Care for Cardiovascular Disease” at the 5th Anniversary of the Improving Cardiovascular Care in China Quality Improvement Program.

  • Kelli Allen, PhD

    Study shows reduction of physical therapy and lifestyle changes for knee osteoarthritis

    Kelli Allen, PhD, in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, was interviewed for a news story related to the rise in the use of pain prescriptions for knee osteoarthritis and drop in lifestyle management.

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    Media attention for new research from Dr. Lindsey Rosman

    Dr. Lindsey Rosman’s new publication in Stroke, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Risk for Stroke in Young and Middle-aged Adults: A 13-year Cohort Study, is garnering substantial media attention. See the coverage in ABC News, Reuters, and Forbes.

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    Smoking cessation hotline calls increase 20 percent amid vaping concerns

    Ilona Jaspers, MD, and Bradley Drummond, MD, are interviewed by WTVD-11 in response to growing health concerns about vaping. E-cigarette studies show vaping, like smoking, may promote emphysema.

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    Rivera received 2019 Educator Award

    M. Patricia Rivera, MD, received a 2019 Educator Award from the American College of Chest Physicians. The honor was presented at the CHEST Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Each year, CHEST honors physicians and others who are making significant or meritorious contributions to chest medicine. All honorees are recognized for advancing work in specific areas … Continued

  • Adaora A. Adimora, MD, MPH

    Adimora elected to the National Academy of Medicine

    Ada Adimora, MD, MPH, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine and professor of epidemiology with the UNC Gillings School of Public Health has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).  Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who … Continued

  • Nigel Key, MD

    Medicine introduces new multi-disciplinary blood research center

    The UNC Department of Medicine announces the formation of the new UNC Blood Research Center (UNC BRC), administratively housed within the division of hematology and oncology. With faculty participation from medicine, pediatrics, pathology and biochemistry, the Center will promote basic and clinical research in non-malignant blood disorders, building on ground-breaking discoveries that laid the foundation … Continued

  • Kittra Felton and Maureen Dale, MD

    Geriatric medicine celebrates three-year anniversary in Hillsborough

    The opening of UNC Hospital’s Hillsborough Campus in 2015 provided a unique opportunity for medicine services to expand. Ron Falk, MD, chair of the department of medicine, envisioned a service that could be accessible and comfortable to the geriatric population, combining specialized geriatric care with all of the amenities at UNC Hospital’s new Hillsborough Campus. … Continued

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    Drummond discusses vaping related illnesses in Carolina Journal

    Flu and vaping-related illnesses present the same symptoms, but each requires different treatments. Bradley Drummond, MD, associate professor in the division of pulmonary medicine, says disentangling the two entities will be a challenge during flu season, in this interview with Carolina Journal.

  • Monica Reynolds, MD

    New clinic serves reproductive women with kidney disease

    A new UNC Health Care clinic opened this month led by Monica Reynolds, MD, MSCR, assistant professor of medicine in nephrology, and Christina Herrera, MD, MSCI, assistant professor in the division of maternal-fetal-medicine, in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. “We are very excited to announce the opening of our multidisciplinary combined maternal-fetal medicine and … Continued

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    Eastowne Updates

    Eastowne is on track to be completed in Fall, 2020. Planning teams are moving from design to an operational focus, excitedly working towards our vision of patient-centered design and care delivery. Last month, each Eastowne clinic team participated in a “table top” exercise to model provider and clinical care partner staffing models. This will help … Continued

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    UNC Panther Creek MOB on schedule

    The UNC Panther Creek Medical Office Building (MOB) is on schedule to open for patient care on 1/21/20. Faculty physicians from the department of medicine will be welcoming patients in a new collaborative care model, made up of specialists from internal medicine, cardiology, pulmonology and nephrology. Claire West, MD, associate professor in the division of … Continued

  • Brad Drummond, MD

    Drummond says symptoms of vaping illness are similar to flu

    Vaping associated lung injury continues to rise with symptoms nearly identical to influenza.  Brad Drummond, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, says physicians are at the forefront of the epidemic as flu season begins. He explains that doctors know how to treat the flu, but specialists are just … Continued

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    Giselle Corbie-Smith receives Edward Graham Kidder Award

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom.) The Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award recognizes distinguished service to the state, the nation, and the university by a faculty member. This year, the award was presented to Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, as part of the University Day ceremony on October 12 … Continued

  • Jensen discusses adverse events with ibrutinib

    Brian Jensen, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of cardiology, offers perspective in Medscape Medical News, recognizing the occurrences of ibrutinib-induced hypertension in the cardio-oncology clinic. Jensen reports the most common reason for the referral of patients taking ibrutinib is atrial fibrillation.

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    Moll discusses athlete-blood clot connection in UNC Health Talk

    Stephan Moll, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, specializes in coagulation and classical hematology, with a focus on thrombosis and anticoagulation. Moll was recently interviewed by UNC Health Talk about the athlete-blood clot connection where he explained how blood clots develop and how the condition affects athletes.

  • Abhijit V. Kshirsagar, MD, MPH

    Kshirsagar emphasizes the importance of kidney transplant in JAMA Surgery

    Abhijit Kshirsagar, MD, MPH, emphasizes the importance of kidney transplant in the editorial Transplant First, Dialysis Last, with Melina Kibbe, MD, chair of the department of surgery, and David Gerber, MD, from the division of abdominal transplant surgery. Published in JAMA Surgery, the editorial recognizes transplants as cost-effective with the greatest survival advantage, extending life by … Continued

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    UNC IGHID receives NCHTEC grant to provide training in HIV prevention and treatment

    The UNC’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID) has been awarded a 5-year contract to house the North Carolina HIV Training & Education Center (NCHTEC) through 2024. NCHTEC is a federally-funded program with a mission to support the training and technical assistance needs of North Carolinians engaged in the prevention and treatment of HIV. The … Continued

  • David Margolis, MD

    UNC IGHID receives $3 million grant to study Lassa fever in Liberia

    The UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (UNC IGHID) has been awarded a three-year grant (US$ 3M) to launch a large epidemiological study of Lassa fever in Liberia by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).  The study is part of a five West African nation project to better understand the incidence and … Continued

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    Goralski receives clinical research scholars grant through Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

    Jennifer Goralski, MD, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, is one of three national recipients of the Clinical Research Scholars Program through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and the Therapeutics Development Network (TDN) announce the Cystic Fibrosis Clinical … Continued

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    UNC’s board pass rate for residents exceeds national average

    The UNC Department of Medicine is pleased to acknowledge that the UNC Internal Medicine Residency Program has been recognized for achieving a 100% board pass rate, and a 99% five-year board pass rate, higher than the national average of 88-91%. Passing ABIM boards demonstrate that physicians have met rigorous standards and have the clinical judgment, … Continued

  • Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD

    ‘Dementia Friendly Hospitals Day’ recognizes expansion of special training program

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) Governor Cooper proclaimed Sept. 26, 2019, as ‘Dementia Friendly Hospitals Day’ in North Carolina. UNC Health Care marked this occasion by celebrating the expansion of its special training program aimed at providing better care for patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The first … Continued

  • Maya Styner, MD

    New study shows exercising while restricting calories could be bad for bone health

    Maya Styner, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, discussed with WRAL TechWire her recently published study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research that shows how bones in mammals are negatively impacted by calorie restriction, especially by the combination of exercise and calorie restriction.

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    Featured Physician: Matthew Painschab, MD

    Dr. Painschab originally thought he would become a lawyer, but a physiology course in college changed his mind. The ability to explain medical phenomena and the research that goes into it attracted him to medicine. He also says the best advice he’s ever received is to approach life the way a cat does, with a consciousness largely of now.

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    TARC receives $3.4 million NIH grant to study rheumatic diseases

    The Thurston Arthritis Research Foundation (TARC) has received a five-year, $3.4 million NIH grant to implement high-quality, innovative studies of rheumatic diseases, led by Leigh Callahan, PhD, associate director of TARC. As principal investigator, Callahan will lead a team of scientists who are advancing understanding, prevention and treatment of diseases like osteoarthritis.

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    Dale explains the importance of dementia-friendly training on WCHL Radio

    Maureen Dale, MD, was interviewed by WCHL radio, discussing UNC’s Dementia Friendly Hospitals Initiative and the first year of dementia-friendly training at the Hillsborough campus.

  • Richard Loeser, MD and Leigh Callahan, PhD

    Loeser, Callahan participate in first annual osteoarthritis fellowship in training meeting

    Richard Loeser, MD, and Leigh Callahan, PhD, led discussions at the recent “OA FIT Bootcamp” meeting for fellows. The event was the first annual Osteoarthritis FIT (Fellows In Training) meeting, hosted by the Arthritis Foundation and the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, giving young investigators and clinician scholars an opportunity to engage in interactive lectures, patient panel discussions and breakout sessions.

  • Eltaraboulsi advocates for patient access to care and solutions to workforce shortage

    Rami Eltaraboulsi, MD, a fellow in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, recently joined rheumatology leaders on Capitol Hill to advocate for patient access to care and solutions to workforce shortage while participating in the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) annual “Advocates for Arthritis” meeting, focused on patient needs and policy issues that affects patients and their providers.

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    Jonas featured in “Curbsiders” podcast discussing lupus

    Beth Jonas, MD, was recently interviewed in a “Curbsiders” podcast discussing lupus. The podcast series focuses heavily on best practices in diagnosing patients with this often difficult-to-diagnose disease, as well as the basic of treatment for patients.

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    Featured Physician: Matthew Painschab, MD

    Dr. Matthew Painschab originally thought he would become a lawyer, but a physiology course in college changed his mind. The ability to explain medical phenomena and the research that goes into it attracted him to medicine. Dr. Painschab says the best advice he’s ever received is to approach life the way a cat does, with a consciousness largely of now.

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    Hanson plays key role in NIA’s IMPACT Collaboratory

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) UNC will play a key role in the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) newly announced IMPACT Collaboratory, a national research incubator to improve care and quality of life for people living with dementia. Laura Hanson, MD, will lead the collaboratory’s Patient and Caregiver … Continued

  • Lisa Carey, MD

    Carey, one of three UNC researchers to receive Susan G. Komen funding

    (Excerpt republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) Komen Scientific Advisory Board Member Lisa Carey, MD, will receive $400,000 to study how HER2+ tumors respond to HER2-targeted therapies. This project will integrate and analyze data from more than 1,300 women participating in six neoadjuvant, first step treatment, clinical trials of HER2- … Continued

  • CDC adopts UNC Kidney Center screening tool for chronic kidney disease

    Kidney specialists and public health officials agree, at-risk populations often go untested for chronic kidney disease (CKD) because patients with early CKD have few or no symptoms to indicate kidney damage. Diagnosis at the earliest stage offers the best patient outcomes. Abhi Kshirsagar, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and director of the UNC Kidney Center’s … Continued

  • Susan Hogan, PhD, and Laura Loehr, MD, PhD, MS

    New k-level grant writing initiative adds to infrastructure that supports junior investigators in pursuit of research training and protected time

    Physician-scientists are uniquely positioned to transfer clinical insights to research discoveries, to return a better understanding of human disease to the clinic. A new initiative led by Laura Loehr, MD, PhD, MS, associate professor in general medicine and clinical epidemiology, and Susan Hogan, PhD, MPH, associate professor in nephrology, will help junior faculty in the … Continued

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    Think eConsults, a virtual care connection to specialists

    Access to high quality, specialty care can be challenging. Now, a new tool from the UNC Department of Medicine makes it much easier. “Any UNC physician and advanced practice provider can now use eConsults for fast specialty input on focused clinical questions,” said Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH, MHA, associate professor of medicine in the division … Continued

  • Ashley Henderson, MD, and Koyal Jain, MD

    Henderson, Jain appointed directors of undergraduate education in the department

    Ron Falk, MD, chair of the department of medicine, has named Ashley Henderson, MD, associate professor of medicine in pulmonary medicine, and Koyal Jain, MD, assistant professor of medicine in nephrology, the new directors of undergraduate education in the department of medicine. “The best education curriculum responds to changes in medical knowledge and puts them … Continued

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    Falk presents grand rounds lecture on finding joy in academic medicine

    Ron Falk, MD, chair of the department of medicine, presented the first Medicine Grand Rounds lecture of the new academic year, on Thursday, September 5. A video recording of the lecture can be found in the Grand Rounds Archives.

  • Claire Kathryn Larson, MD

    Larson explains how older adults can see the world and stay healthy

    Claire Larson, MD, assistant professor in the division of geriatric medicine, is featured in a new UNC Health Talk article for older adults who travel. She offers 11 tips and suggestions that older adults need to keep in mind to stay healthy during a big trip.

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    Featured Resident: Michael Croglio, MD

    Dr. Michael Croglio grew up in Syracuse, New York. He attended Georgetown University and Stony Brook University for medical school, where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Croglio is a basketball fan interested in gastroenterology.

  • Nigel S. Key, MB, ChB, FRCP

    Key publishes practice guideline updates for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis

    Nigel S. Key, MB, ChB, FCRP, chief of hematology in the division of hematology and oncology, recently published practice guideline updates for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis (VTE) for patients in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  In these updates, Key recognizes that direct oral anticoagulants have been added as options for treating VTE prophylaxis in patients with … Continued

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    Smith receives World Heart Federation Lifetime Achievement Award

    World Heart Federation Past President Sidney C. Smith, Jr., MD, was presented with the WHF Lifetime Achievement Award today at the opening of ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology, for his remarkable contribution to the mission of the World Heart Federation and the entire CVD community over the entirety of his illustrious … Continued

  • Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH, MHA

    Dorn appointed vice chair of care innovation

    Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH, MHA, associate professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, has been appointed to lead changes that will enhance care across the department of medicine. “Dr. Dorn is a creative physician who knows how to get things done,” said Ron Falk, MD, chair of the department of medicine. “He … Continued

  • Andrew Greganti, MD

    Greganti Retires After Distinguished Career

    Andrew Greganti, MD, the Charles Addison and Elizabeth Ann Sanders Distinguished Professor, and vice chair of the department of medicine has retired following more than 40 years of distinguished service as faculty at the UNC School of Medicine. Greganti was universally loved and respected by fellow physicians, patients, internal medicine residents, and hospital staff. He is well … Continued

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    Researchers Find Combined Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis May Help Speed Remission

    RTI and UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, including Beth Jonas, MD, and Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, analyzed results from 22 studies to support combination therapy as a way improve outcomes for some rheumatoid arthritis patients. The results of their systematic review have been published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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    Diekman Lab Develops Novel Way to Rapidly ‘Age’ Cartilage Tissue, Facilitating Search for New Osteoarthritis Therapies

    Scientists need to be able to research how cells become senescent–no longer able to divide normally–with age and after joint injury; however, isolating them for further study is challenging. The Diekman Lab has developed a tissue culture system that could reproducibly generate a population of senescent cells for further observation. This work establishes a system for identifying what drugs are most likely to kill senescent cells in cartilage without damaging the surrounding healthy cells.

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    Little Considers Benefits and Risks of Treating Sickle Cell Patients with CRISPR Gene-Editing

    A new CNN health story features Jane Little, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, discussing how CRISPR gene-editing technology could impact patients in a new study of adults with severe sickle cell disease. Little specializes in improving care for sickle cell patients and helping them manage their conditions.

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    Iweala Contributes to NPR Health Story About Sesame Allergies

    Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, offers perspective on new research that estimates the number of sesame-allergic Americans to be approximately 1.6 million. The study findings come at a time when the FDA is considering whether to add sesame to the list of top allergens required to be identified on food packaging.

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    Sheikh, Kwan receive Pfizer grant to improve awareness for pneumococcal immunizations

    Saira Sheikh, MD, and Mildred Kwan, MD, PhD, have received a Pfizer grant to improve awareness of pneumococcal immunization among patients with immunocompromising conditions. This will include promoting healthcare provider and patient awareness about the importance of vaccines in patients with autoimmune, immunodeficient and allergic respiratory diseases, while educating providers to recognize clinical settings where particular vaccines are indicated or contraindicated.

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    UNC Kidney Center takes outreach program to Kinston

    The UNC Kidney Center hosted a free kidney screening at the Kinston Community Health Center on Monday, August 5. Primary interventions in outreach aim to raise awareness about chronic kidney disease and promote the role of organ donation for people with end-stage kidney disease. The event was featured on Greenville, NC, news station WNCT-9.

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    Expertscape recognizes Falk and Mackman as world experts

    Ronald Falk, MD, and Nigel Mackman, PhD, FAHA, have been recognized as top-rated experts in their fields in the 2019 ranking by Expertscape. Falk is the Nan and Hugh Cullman Eminent Professor of Medicine, chair of the department of medicine and co-director of the UNC Kidney Center. Falk’s expertise in vasculitis ranks in the top 0.01% … Continued

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    UNC Center for Aging and Health receives $3.75 million grant to integrate geriatrics throughout NC primary care practices

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom.) The UNC Center for Aging and Health has received a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide geriatrics training throughout North Carolina. This comprehensive award partners the Center for Aging and Health with community-based organizations and … Continued

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    Buse interviewed for NPR health news story about reversing diabetes

    John Buse, MD, PhD, chief of endocrinology and the Verne S. Caviness Distinguished Professor, was interviewed for the NPR health news story “2 Nurses in Tennessee Preach ‘Diabetes Reversal.'” Buse confirms diet is the key to managing diabetes and recognizes the difficulty in helping patients with lifestyle changes. In this article, two nurses are featured helping their community with lifestyle counseling and dietary changes that have the potential to reverse Type 2 diabetes.

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    Pou discusses thyroid nodules and evaluations for thyroid cancer in UNC Health Talk

    Karla Pou, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, was recently interviewed for a UNC Health Talk article explaining how doctors evaluate thyroid nodules for thyroid cancer.

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    Jones discusses chronic pancreatitis and treatment with autologous islet cell transplant

    Morgan Jones, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology, is interviewed for a UNC Health Talk article about chronic pancreatitis and autologous islet cell transplants. When a surgeon removes the pancreas, cells are harvested to make insulin (islet cells). These cells are then infused into the liver to produce insulin, like they once did, in the pancreas.

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    Gibson receives nephrology’s Maestro Award

    Erica Bjornstad, MD, MPH, announced this year’s Maestro Award winner at the recent dinner for 2019 graduates, and her speech reflected the collective thoughts and praises for Dr. Keisha Gibson, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, chief of pediatric nephrology and director of the pediatric nephrology training program.

  • Shehzad Z. Sheikh, MD, PhD

    Sheikh and post-doctoral fellow Toyonaga receive Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Research Award

    Shehzad Z. Sheikh, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, and post-doctoral fellow Takahiko Toyonaga, MD, PhD, have received a fellowship research award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Sheikh and Toyonaga are investigating novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), seeking to understand … Continued

  • Welcome to 2019 rheumatology and allergy/immunology fellows

    We are proud to extend a hearty welcome to Rheumatology Fellows, Amanda Lusa, MD; and Enid Sun, MD, MPH; and Allergy/Immunology Fellows, Olivia Francis, MD; and Stephen Schworer, MD, PhD.

  • Dr. Ria Dancel, a hospitalist in the department of medicine.

    Dancel receives 2019 Pilot Innovation Award

    Ria Dancel, MD, FAPP, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics in the division of hospital medicine, has received a 2019 Pilot Innovation Award from the UNC Center for Health Innovation.  To date, faculty physicians in the department of medicine have received 10 Pilot Innovation Awards since the Center introduced the awards in 2013. Dancel is principal … Continued

  • Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network hosts 33rd annual meeting

    Community practice and academic health care professionals joined together at the 33rd annual meeting of the Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network (GDCN) on Saturday, May 4, in Chapel Hill. The guest speaker Jai Radhakrishnan, MD, professor of medicine and director of nephrology clinical services at Columbia University Medical Center.

  • Carlton Moore, MD, MS

    EHR enhancements linked to better cognitive performance in physicians

    Carlton Moore, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of hospital medicine, contributed to a recent quality improvement study published in JAMA Network Open that considers how current interfaces for electronic health records (EHR) may be associated with excess cognitive workload and poor performance levels for physicians. The study included residents and fellows from … Continued

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    Eastowne providers are invited to visit ‘mock-up’ work area, in MacNider #322

    Eastowne medicine providers are invited to visit a full mock-up of the interior work spaces designed for the new six-story medical office building, opening next year. Starting this Friday, July 12 – July 26, in MacNider Room #322, a mock-up will offer a “hands on” introduction to new collaborative work spaces that will support multi-disciplinary, … Continued

  • Dr. Scott Commins

    Commins appointed to national tick-borne disease working group

    Scott Commins, MD, PhD, continues to research “alpha-gal” meat allergy and create awareness for the tick-borne illness as a new CDC research study begins. Recognized as a leading national expert, Commins will now guide a US DHHS Tick-Borne Working Group Subcommittee. The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has appointed leading alpha-gal allergy … Continued

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    Research Highlights: Gastroenterology and Hepatology

    The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and its affiliated Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, is a national leader in gastrointestinal and liver disease research. In 2018, the Division received more than $23 million in research awards, one of the largest funding bases in UNC’s School of Medicine, including both basic and clinical departments. Remarkably, … Continued

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    Kirk defines different types of diabetes

    Over 30 million Americans have diabetes, and there are many misconceptions about what it does to the body, who can get it and how to treat it. Endocrinologist Deepa Kirk, MD, explains the differences in this UNC Health Talk article.

  • Sameer Arora, MD

    UNC Division of Cardiology research impacts patient care nationwide

    A new coverage decision on Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) was issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  CMMS uses data and the current literature to formulate decisions. Three UNC Cardiology papers (lead author Dr. Sameer Arora) were cited in this national coverage decision for TAVR, demonstrating the impact UNC’s Division of Cardiology … Continued

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    Falk presents chair awards for diversity in thought

    Every year, the UNC Department of Medicine presents the Chair Award to two outstanding residents. At last week’s Medicine Grand Rounds, Dr. Ron Falk recognized Dr. Grace Prince and Dr. Seyi Fayanju for diversity in thought. “The first award goes to a former chief resident, who was instrumental in leading us all into Fusion Fridays, … Continued

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    Remembering Dr. Charlie van der Horst

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) Retired professor of medicine and internationally renowned HIV researcher Charlie van der Horst passed away Friday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. During the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York, retired UNC School of Medicine Professor Charlie … Continued

  • Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH

    Chelminski discusses opioid prescribing in JAMA article

    Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, associate professor in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, was interviewed by the Journal of the American Medical Association, discussing management of pain with opioids and how limits on opioid prescribing can leave patients vulnerable.

  • Dr. Laura Anne Young

    Researchers featured in ADA video for international conference

    Laura Young, MD, PhD, and John Buse, MD, PhD, in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, and Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, in the department of family medicine, were featured in an American Diabetes Association video about the MONITOR Trial and a $1.3 million PCORI-funded effort to translate UNC diabetes research into the clinic.

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    Keyserling co-leads “Med-South” weight loss study supported by new $3.8 million grant

    (Republished from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom) The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to fund research that will address the challenge of … Continued

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    Ciccone receives Thrasher Research Foundation Early Career Award

    Emily Ciccone, MD, MHS a clinical fellow in the division of infectious diseases in the department of medicine, received an Early Career Award from the Thrasher Research Foundation. The two-year, $25,000 award will allow her to explore the use of a rapid point-of-care C-reactive protein assay to differentiate viral from bacterial respiratory infections among malaria-negative children at … Continued

  • Dr. Koyal Jain and Dr. Keisha Gibson

    Jain and Gibson receive Foundation Phase Teaching Excellence Awards

    The UNC Academy of Educators (AOE) held its annual Alan W. Cross Evening of Scholarship on May 23, an event that celebrated the accomplishments of the previous year, welcomed new members and awarded outstanding educators in the community. Koyal Jain, MD, FASN, and Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, both received a Foundation Phase Teaching Excellence award … Continued

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    Internal medicine residency announces Fisher and Bryan Awards

    The Fisher Award is annually presented to residents who are recognized by their peers for being outstanding medical teachers while the Bryan Award recognizes excellence in outpatient medicine. Dr. Deb Bynum and Dr. Karen Kimel-Scott announced the winners on June 6 at Medicine Grand Rounds. “Dr. Janet Fisher was the first woman in the department … Continued

  • Chung receives a Jefferson Pilot Award

    Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi, assistant professor in the division of general medicine and pediatrics, has been selected to receive a Jefferson Pilot Award for her research that seeks to develop novel statistical and visualization approaches to enable precision lifestyle recommendations. This research is focused on patients with inflammatory bowel diseases and leverages prior work … Continued

  • Bowman receives James W. Woods Faculty Award

    Natalie Bowman, MD, assistant professor in the department of medicine’s division of infectious diseases, has been selected to receive the annual James W. Woods Faculty Award for 2018-2019, an award that supports promising young clinical faculty early in their academic career. With this award, Bowman is recognized for efforts to organize clinical resources with Bolivian … Continued

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    Kirkman discusses results of latest National Diabetes Education Survey

    For more than a decade, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has collected data to measure diabetes awareness, knowledge, and behavior over time. The NDEP National Diabetes Survey (NNDS), a periodic population-based probability survey of U.S. adults, provides insight on areas of interest to the diabetes community. Dr. Sue Kirkman, National Diabetes Education Program Chair, … Continued

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    Medicine welcomes new director of clinical trials

    Clinical trials determine how well new medical approaches can serve patients, testing the safety and effectiveness of new treatments and devices. As patient-centered care helps patients assume a more active role in their health, clinical trials can also put patients in the center of the research process, as active participants. Ashwini Roy-Chaudhury, MPH, recently joined … Continued

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    Alice Ma elected to serve on ACGME’s Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee

      Alice Ma, MD, FACP, professor of medicine and fellowship director in the division of hematology and oncology, has been elected to serve on the Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee for the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education). Nominated by the American Society of Hematology and the American Medical Association, Dr. Ma is one of … Continued

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    UNC Department of Medicine will offer multidisciplinary care at Panther Creek

    Dr. Helen Claire West is an associate professor in the division of general medicine and medical director of the UNC Medicine Clinic at Panther Creek, set to open in Winter 2020.  Here, she explains how a new clinic care model has the potential to transform UNC’s primary care footprint in the community.  Where will the UNC Panther … Continued

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    American Thoracic Society Honors Rivera For Lifetime Achievement

    The Thoracic Oncology Assembly of the American Thoracic Society presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to UNC Lineberger’s M. Patricia Rivera, MD, professor of medicine in the department’s division of pulmonary and critical care medicine. Rivera was recognized at the society’s international conference in Dallas in May, for her outstanding scientific contributions in the field of thoracic … Continued