• Virtual Medicine Grand Rounds – Fall 2020 Speaker Schedule

    September 2020 10 – Ron Falk, MD 17 – Kimberly Manning, MD 24 – David Weber, MD, MPH & Joe Eron, MD –  COVID update October 2020 01 – Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH & Crystal Wiley Cené,  MD, MPH, FAHA 07 – Raj Punjabi, MD, MPH – Special Wednesday lecture 15 – Natalie Grover, MD … Continued

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    Stephen Kennedy Memorial Fund Provides Cultural Experiences For Gastroenterology Fellows

    Stephen Mark Kennedy, PhD, long-time coordinator for the UNC Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program, died Friday, July 24.  He served UNC for more than 30 years and was an integral leader of the fellowship program over the course of his long career. He guided more than 100 fellows through the program, providing support and nurturing … Continued

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    Niznik Receives Pilot Funding From the US Deprescribing Research Network

    Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD was awarded pilot funding from the United States Deprescribing Research Network (USDeN) for his proposal entitled “Deprescribing Bisphosphonates in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.” The 1-year award seeks to: 1) develop operational definitions for identifying deprescribing of bisphosphonates using Medicare administrative data; and 2) evaluate patterns and factors that may be … Continued

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    Invitation: First ‘Town Hall’ Meeting, August 6

    The Department of Medicine leadership team invites you to the first town hall meeting August 6 at noon. Although there are so many emails and COVID updates, it’s really helpful to have time together as a department to hear from Dr. Falk and other members of the leadership team. There is much to celebrate, even … Continued

  • Machineni Says Eating Meals Earlier in the Day Could Impact Weight Loss

    Sriram Machineni, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism was interviewed for a Pop Sugar article about weight loss and timing of meals. “A recent study may have confirmed just that when it showed that people who ate closer to the time when their bodies released melatonin — “at the … Continued

  • Sickbert-Bennett Talks to the Washington Post About Mask Safety

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, was interviewed for a Washington Post article about “when, where and how” to wear a mask during the pandemic. Although the CDC does not recommend people wear face shields as a substitute for a … Continued

  • Cohen Explains a Game Changing Treatment For COVID-19 Not Being Talked About

    Elemental Magazine reports most of the public’s interest has been focused on the progress of the various vaccine candidates, which could provide the ultimate form of protection against the novel coronavirus. However, much less attention has been paid to monoclonal antibodies, which are drugs that contain specialized proteins that are intended to stop SARS-CoV-2 from … Continued

  • Wohl Talks With WRAL About the Latest COVID-19 Updates

    David Wohl, MD, gave WRAL an update on COVID-19, discussing current hospitalizations and testing capacity, which still lags behind. “What if I told you that your smoke detector goes off three hours after it detects smoke?” Wohl said.  “It doesn’t do what it needs to do. Anything we get is lagging behind a week. That’s … Continued

  • Henderson Featured in Carolina Highlight

    Ashley Glyn Henderson, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine was featured in a Carolina Highlight this week. Here’s what one of Henderson’s patients had to say: “Dr. Henderson is the best! She is caring, professional, compassionate, concerned about all of my concerns and questions, considers all my … Continued

  • Gay Discusses Planning For COVID-19 Clinical Trials

    Both UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke are recruiting thousands of people to help them test potential coronavirus vaccines. Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, talked with CBS-17 about efforts to recruit 500-1000 volunteers who will participate in COVID-19 clinical trials. Read the article here.

  • UNC Infectious Diseases Division Launching COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

    Led by Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, clinical researches are leaning on years of experience and expertise to partake in a large phase 3 clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine. In February 2020, as bits of data about the SARS-CoV-2 virus started to emerge, Gay and … Continued

  • Recognizing Mental Health Month for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), An Interview with Amy Weil, MD, on Trauma Informed Care

    Since 2008, July has been recognized as Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color Mental Health Awareness Month. Bebe Moore Campbell, who was a renowned American author who dedicated her life to advocacy for mental health in the black and other minority communities, is credited for this recognition. Traumatic events in a person’s life can … Continued

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    UNC Researchers Find Increase In Comorbidities Among Hospitalized Patients With Heart Failure

    Patricia Pat-Yue Chang, MD, MHS, associate professor in the division of cardiology, and Sameer Arora, MD, MPH, fellow in the division of cardiology, are co-authors of a study that shows an increase in comorbidities and mortality risk among hospitalized patients with acute decompensated HFpEF and HFrEF. The study published in the journal Circulation looks at … Continued

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    Faculty Who Received Grants in July

    Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, July 1 – July 27, 2020. Division of Hematology Stephan Moll, MD, received an award from the Anticoagulation Forum for “2020 Clinical Fellowship Award in General Vascular Medicine Focusing on VTE, PAD, and Anticoagulation.” Rafal Pawlinski, MD, received an award from the … Continued

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    Rivera Receives $1.5 Million Grant For Lung Cancer Screening Study

    M. Patricia Rivera, MD, ATSF, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, has received a four year, $1.5 million NIH R01 grant to study “Comorbidity and Functional Status in a Population Undergoing Lung Cancer Screening” with Louise Henderson, PhD, in the department of radiology. The investigators will evaluate the extent to … Continued

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    Air Pollution From Wildfires Shows Link to Death Rates in Patients With Kidney Failure

    Abhijit V. Kshirsagar, MD, MPH, the Covington Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension, is a co-author of new research published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that suggests individuals with kidney failure may face a higher risk of dying prematurely if they’re exposed to air pollution from … Continued

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    Sellers Receives Pilot Funding To Study Upper Respiratory Immune Response in COVID-19

    Subhashini Sellers, MD, MSc, assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, has received pilot funding from the UNC Center for Environmental Health Sciences to study the upper respiratory immune response in COVID-19. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and resulting Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) represents a viral pandemic presently threatening … Continued

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    NIH Awards Cohen, FHI $9.2 Million for Development of COVID Prevention Studies

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded Myron Cohen, MD, and Family Health International $9.2 million to support research through the new COVID Prevention Network (CoVPN). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health formed the COVID Prevention Network (CoVPN) to better coordinate the national research response to the … Continued

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    Scholars Named to Physician Scientist Training Program

    As part of the Forward Together Strategic Plan, the UNC School of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) supports a small number of clinicians committed to translating research findings to advance the practice of medicine in addition to providing clinical care and teaching. PSTP is a pipeline to recruit, train, and retain promising individuals and provide them … Continued

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    Brenner Says Guidance Is Needed To Allocate Resources For Virtual Or Mailed Outreach Care Delivery

    Alison Brenner, PhD, MPH, was interviewed for an article recognizing that new research shows mailing colorectal cancer screening kits to Medicaid enrollees is a cost-effective way to boost screening rates. Brenner acknowledges that the findings are especially timely considering the recent need for alternatives to face-to-face visits with physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many aspects … Continued

  • Sickbert-Bennett Offers Suggestions For Sending Children Back to School Safely

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, offered tips on WRAL News for parents as they make plans to send kids back to school. Sickbert-Bennet suggested that parents should start looking for the best mask now, and that kids should … Continued

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    Mock Appointed Director of Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine

    Clare Mock, MD, CPPS, assistant professor in the division of hospital medicine has been named Director of Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine. For the past three years and while serving as medical director at the UNC Hillsborough Hospital, Mock has been actively involved with the UNC Medical Center Improvement Council (MCIC), and through … Continued

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    Medical Student Update

    As medical students have now returned to all the clinical rotations, thank you everyone for welcoming them back. You have all done such a wonderful job accommodating and educating them. Students are now participating in overnight admissions and the feedback from them has been extremely positive. Our hope at the DOM education task force is … Continued

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    Cené Named UNC Health System Executive Director For Health Equity

    UNC Health has promoted Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, FAHA, into a new role as the organization’s first System Executive Director for Health Equity. Dr. Cené serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine’s Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. In addition, she serves as Director of the Program … Continued

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    Boucher Comments On the Quest For a COVID-19 Cure

    Richard Boucher, MD, the James C. Moeser Eminent Professor of Medicine, in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, and director of the Marsico Lung Institute, explained to Gulf Today why he believes some repurposed drugs currently under consideration to treat COVID-19 patients could work. “The lung only fails in so many different … Continued

  • COVID-19 and Health Equity: Time to Think Big

    Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH and Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, from the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, are authors of a new perspective on health inequities, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine with Avik Chatterjee, MD, MPH, from the … Continued

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    Private Schools Look To New Air Filtration Systems to Limit Virus Spread in Classrooms

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, told WRAL News that a special air filtration system might help reduce the risk for spreading coronavirus but the science isn’t really clear. “One concern I do have is that, if we do put in a really nice, fancy-dancy filtration system, will we … Continued

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    Boucher Discusses Coronavirus Treatments With News & Observer

    While there is hope that a “sophisticated new drug treatment to prevent people from getting severely ill from COVID-19” will be available in the fall, experts says treatments most likely to be available with be repurposed therapeutic drugs meant to treat late-stage symptoms. Richard Boucher, MD, the James C. Moeser Eminent Professor of Medicine, Division … Continued

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    Chang Promotes Kidney Health on Radio Nemo “Highway to Health”

    Long-distance drivers may be at greater risk for kidney problems, and this includes professional truck drivers. Emily Chang, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension, was recently interviewed on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Channel, promoting kidney health and wellness. “The statistics are staggering. Only 10% of people with chronic kidney … Continued

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    Boyce Leads UNC Research Team Studying Antimalarial Drug to Prevent COVID-19

    A UNC research team led by Ross Boyce, MD, is conducting a randomized clinical trial on the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in preventing novel coronavirus infections in U.S. healthcare workers. The study is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which hosts an established network of 850,000 clinicians and hundreds of health care systems. UNC … Continued

  • Shaheen Named Co-PI of NC TraCS

    Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH, the Bozymski-Heizer Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named co-PI of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute. Shaheen’s appointment took effect July 1. He will take over leadership from Tim Carey, MD, MPH, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor … Continued

  • Wohl Discusses Surge in Coronavirus, Reopening Schools, and Airborne Transmission

    As the highest daily numbers of COVID-19 cases are reported globally, David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, talks with WRAL about schools reopening, recognizing a hybrid system that can reduce the density of students makes a lot of sense. He also acknowledged that many people remain divided about students … Continued

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    HIV and Coronavirus: Q & A with David Margolis

    David Margolis, MD, director of Carolina’s HIV Cure Center, was interviewed by “The Well” on how HIV and SARS-CoV-2 differ, how far the science has evolved since HIV first emerged, and why he’s hopeful about a COVID-19 vaccine. David Margolis knows viruses. He has spent his career working to eradicate the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), … Continued

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    Wohl Says Risk of Being Infected With COVID-19 Has Increased Since May

    As NC planned to reopen under Phase Two of Governor Roy Cooper’s plan, reporters consulted with UNC and Duke physicians about their comfort level in visiting restaurants dining rooms, barbershops and church services. In a follow up this month, the same experts, including David Wohl, MD, were asked how they felt about sending kids back … Continued

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    Expecting the Unexpected

    Myron Cohen, MD, and several colleagues in the division of infectious diseases and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, were featured in this in-depth “Time and Tenacity” Endeavors magazine article on HIV and COVID-19 research. Since HIV became a pandemic, more than 75 million people have been infected with the virus and … Continued

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    Companies Hire Epidemiologists To Provide Reopen Guidance During Pandemic

    A Washington Post article recognizes how navigating the pandemic has become complicated for businesses and reports companies are hiring epidemiologists to help guide their efforts to reopen and stay open. David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, acknowledged the complications, and has been working with UNC to determine how … Continued

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    Experts Warn Of New Concern On How Coronavirus Spreads

    A growing number of epidemiologists believe the coronavirus can float much longer in the air than previously thought, potentially making it more potent and dangerous. A WSOC-TV Charlotte news story suggests people need to do more to ensure safety, not less. In an interview, David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious … Continued

  • Sickbert-Bennett Talks With WRAL About Rising COVID-19 Cases

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, discussed rising numbers of coronavirus cases with WRAL News. “The more interactions with others, the likelihood of infections is going to increase if we don’t put control strategies into place,” Sickbert-Bennett said in … Continued

  • Most COVID-19 Cases in NC Are Now Among Young People

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, told the News and Observer that the new positive cases skewing younger means North Carolina is facing more community spread, rather than outbreaks, as more people become more active. “We’re learning from contact … Continued

  • Coronavirus Could Upend Cancer Trends in the US

    Patients undergoing cancer treatments are weighing their risk of cancer against their risk of getting COVID-19, a recent Time article reports, and recognizes National Cancer Institute predictions of how the pandemic might affect deaths from breast and colon cancers. Lisa Carey, MD, FASCO, L. Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor for Breast Cancer Research … Continued

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    Kizer Recognized in Carolina Care Highlight

    John S. Kizer, MD, professor of medicine and vice chief in the division of geriatric medicine, was recognized in a new Carolina Care Highlight. He is described by one patient as really knowing “how to listen and help me to sort out various dimensions of my medical situation.”  The patient adds, “I’ve had many physicians … Continued

  • From H1N1 to COVID-19, Vigeland’s Career Focuses on Helping the Sickest

    Christine Vigeland, MD, found her calling during residency as the H1N1 pandemic was ending in 2010. She dedicated her career to researching acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and treating ICU patients. Ten years later, the knowledge she’s gained and her continued commitment to the most critical patients are guiding her through another pandemic. “I don’t … Continued

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    WRAL News Interviews Paulsson About Mental Health Study During Pandemic

    Olafur Palsson, PsyD, professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, led a national study examining the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health. In an interview with WRAL News, Palsson says it has taken a bigger toll on younger people and minorities. Watch the interview here. Learn more the study in … Continued

  • Sickbert-Bennett Talks To Washington Post About Visiting the Dentist During the Pandemic

    As dentist offices reopen, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, suggests staggered appointments and reconfigured spaces in order to ensure patient safety.  She also says if you’re not feeling well, you should cancel your appointment. “You don’t want to … Continued

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    ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’: Adimora Talks To Cleveland Newspaper About Bars and Safety

    Attention on the role of bars in spreading the coronavirus is increasing, and some bars have been identified as the source of outbreaks. A Cleveland Plain Dealer article asks if it is possible to keep Ohio bars open in a safe way. Anthony Fauci, MD, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert explained that bars are not … Continued

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    Wohl Tells CBS17 Young People Are Not Taking Safety Precautions

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, told CBS17 News that transmission of the COVID-19 virus has increased as businesses reopen and young people are not taking the right safety precautions. “We’re letting down our guard,” Wohl said in the interview. “It’s a lot of young people congregating indoors, not outside … Continued

  • Cohen Shares Concern For COVID-19 Surge Statewide

    While health systems leaders believe they can handle surges in COVID-19 patients more effectively than they could in April, there is still concern that hospitals may reach their limits if trends continue, reports the News and Observer. Myron Cohen, MD, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology, acknowledged the importance of … Continued

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    McCann, Hanson Worked Proactively to Support Congregate Living Communities Early in the Pandemic, UNC Health Receives ‘Community Health Partnership Award’

    Nursing homes and assisted-living centers remain particularly vulnerable during the pandemic, but thanks to Meghan McCann, UNC Medical Center’s Vice President of Operations, Laura Hanson, MD, MPH, professor of geriatric medicine, and community teams with a proactive approach, residents and healthcare personnel have been supported in the communities that UNC Medical Center serves. “I’ve never … Continued

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    Healthcare Worker Demonstration Brings Together UNC Medical Students, Residents and Physicians

    Medical students, residents and physicians participated in a demonstration June 6 to advocate for culturally sensitive healthcare services and education for underserved populations. UNC’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA), played an integral role in planning the event. As a former SNMA member, Emily Chang, MD, associate professor in the division of nephrology, said she was … Continued

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    Cavender Talks With Forbes About COVID and Blood Clots

    Matthew Cavender, MD, MPH, associate professor in the division of cardiology and interventional cardiologist, was interviewed by Forbes magazine, discussing the use of blood thinners for patients with clots related to COVID-19. “COVID patients are clearly at higher risk of thrombotic events,” said Cavender, in the article. “Blood thinners certainly play a role in clot … Continued

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    Walker Presented Cardiology Study Program That Improved Provider Practices For AFib

    T. Jennifer Walker, ANP-BC, nurse practitioner in the division of cardiology, presented an overview of a study on a virtual case-based educational program that improved provider knowledge on practices for AFib, during the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2020’s virtual meeting. “We found that primary care provider play a significant role in the management of atrial … Continued

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    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 … Continued

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    Moll Publishes Guidance For Unexplained Arterial Thromboembolism

    Stephan Moll, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology, has published the clinical educational article “How I Treat: Unexplained Arterial Thromboembolism” in Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology.  The article bridges hematology, vascular medicine, neurology, cardiology and general medicine, discussing existing knowledge about etiology and clinical management of unexplained arterial … Continued

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    Callahan Voted President-Elect of US Bone and Joint Initiative

    Leigh Callahan, PhD, the Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, has been voted president-elect of the US Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).  As associate director of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center and national director of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, Callahan has been a vital part … Continued

  • Commemorating Pride Month: History, Education, SafeZone Training

    LGBT Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. This raid sparked a riot among bar patrons … Continued

  • As COVID-19 Patients Increase, Hospitals Prepare For Surge

    Myron Cohen, MD, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology, shared his thoughts with the News and Observer on UNC Health’s preparedness as hospitals prepare for a surge in COVID-19 patients. “What we have done is drastically improve medical care,” said Cohen, the associate vice chancellor for global health and medical … Continued

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    Monroe Receives NIH Award To Help Guide Development of New Therapeutics For Bleeding

    Dougald Monroe, PhD, professor medicine in the division of hematology and member of the UNC Blood Research Center, has received an NIH NHLBI award. The R01HL151984 grant “An integrated computational and experimental approach to understanding the hemostatic response during treatment of bleeding” was awarded four years of funding and will enable researchers to create better … Continued

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    Tschernia, Voorhees Receive Fellowship Grants From AACR

    Two faculty physicians from the division of oncology are in the newest class of American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) grant recipients. Nicholas Tschernia, MD, has received the 2020 AACR-AstraZeneca Clinical Immuno-oncology Research Training Fellowship. Timothy J. Voorhees, MD, has received the 2020 AACR-AstraZeneca Lymphoma Research Fellowship for “Pilot study of anti-PD-1 therapy following CD30 … Continued

  • Hagan Receives ATS Junior Investigator Award

    Robert Hagan, MD, PhD, instructor in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, has received a Junior Investigator Award from the American Thoracic Society’s Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. The prestigious award recognizes Hagan’s research on innate immunity in respiratory infections and lung injury and his paper Myeloid TBK1 Signaling Contributes … Continued

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    Transitioning Diabetes Patients To Virtual Care During Pandemic Shows Positive Results

    In a journal article published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, first author Morgan Jones, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, said transitioning to virtual care models does not limit the glycemic outcomes of inpatient diabetes care. Telehealth visits for patients with diabetes appear to show positive results, according to … Continued

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    Iweala Receives $1-Million NIH Grant to Study Alpha-gal Syndrome

    Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, has received a $1-Million NIH Grant to study alpha-gal syndrome. Alpha-gal syndrome is an allergic condition with global reach. Global reports describe patients with delayed allergic reactions to mammalian meat and there is limited understanding of the mechanisms underlying this condition. Iweala’s research explores the role of glycolipids and unconventional T … Continued

  • Living Through COVID-19: How to Decide What’s Safe

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, offers insights on various real-life aspects of living through a pandemic as the state and country “re-open.” “I have had many friends and family members ask me, can I do this, or should … Continued

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    Adimora Comments On Risks Associated With Visiting an Indoor Bar, in New York Times

    As communities open up, the indoor bar scene is uniquely suited to transmission of Covid-19. A New York Times report looked at all of the ways that small particles can persist in the environment. Ada Adimora, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, addressed what makes bars  risky. “People go to … Continued

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    Loeser Receives Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professorship in Medicine

    Richard Loeser, Jr., MD, has been named the Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology. An appointment to a named professorship is one of the highest honors  bestowed on faculty, recognizing scholarly achievement and distinction. Learn more about Dr. Loeser here.  

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    Cohen Comments On Progressing Toward a Coronavirus Vaccine

    Top national infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said he is cautiously optimistic that a coronavirus vaccine would be available to Americans by the beginning of 2021. In a recent News and Observer article, Duke and UNC experts discussed the process of testing a vaccine, and the many steps it takes to go from … Continued

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    Research Continues to Reopen in the Department of Medicine

    It is amazing what UNC has accomplished during the past quarter to contribute to research, specifically on SARS-CoV-2; I’d particularly point to the very fine paper from UNC in Cell with department of medicine authors Alena Markmann, Luther Bartelt, David Margolis, and Rick Boucher (doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.05.042), among many others in print and press. We have every reason … Continued

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    UNC Internal Medicine Residents Celebrate Annual Awards

    Following is a list of 2020 award recipients who engender the shared and treasured spirit of the department of medicine, presented at the annual resident awards ceremony, June 22, 2020.   Chairman’s Award Given in recognition of scholarly excellence, creativity and for exceptional dedication to the mission of the department of medicine. Max Diddams, MD … Continued

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    Dellon Study Shows EoE Disease Activity Rapidly Recurs With Topical Steroids

    Evan Dellon, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, published results of a new study on the recurrence of eosinophilic esophagitis disease (EoE) activity in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. “Because most subjects had recurrent endoscopic and histologic signs not reliably detected by symptoms, maintenance therapy should be recommended in EoE patients achieving … Continued

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    Adimora Comments On Economies Reopening, COVID Spikes

    In the Bloomberg article “We Will Live With the Coronavirus Pandemic Well Into 2021,” Ada Adimora, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, recognizes that the ability to co-exist with the coronavirus will increasingly depend on how individuals assess risks and make decisions. “I understand there is a perception of the need … Continued

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    Cohen Co-Authors JAMA Article On Monoclonal Antibodies

    Myron Cohen, MD, associate vice chancellor for global health and medical affairs; the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology; and director of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases at UNC-Chapel Hill, co-wrote an article on monoclonal antibodies with colleagues Mary Marovich, MD, and John Mascola, MD, both from the Vaccine … Continued

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    Cohen Participates in National Webinar Series Focused On Learning to Treat COVID-19

    The American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine are sponsoring a webinar series exploring the state of the science surrounding the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and globally, with a focus on the emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact. From the UNC Department of Medicine’s Division … Continued

  • Young Shows Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Reduces Hypoglycemia in Older Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

    Laura Young, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, was UNC’s principal investigator for a six-month clinical trial that shows the use of continuous glucose monitoring reduces serious levels of hypoglycemia compared with standard monitoring by daily use of blood glucose finger-stick test strips. Learn more from the UNC … Continued

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    Cené Addresses Latino Health During Pandemic, Recognizing Need For More Data and More Support

    The News and Observer reported that a survey on coronavirus among Latinos, of corresponding health departments in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, resulted in data from 46 counties. “Information from the remaining 54 counties was either not provided or health departments did not respond to requests for it,” the story reported. Crystal Wiley Cené, … Continued

  • Carson Says NC Is in the Midst of a Slower But Steady Surge of COVID-19 Cases

    A News & Observer article recognizes that the statewide stay-at-home order and other steps that have been take to keep people physically apart has worked to prevent a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases. However, the virus hasn’t gone away.  Shannon Carson, MD, chief of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine says North Carolina is in … Continued

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    Boucher Study Featured in Stars and Stripes

    Richard Boucher, MD, and the landmark study he co-authored was featured in Stars and Stripes, demonstrating why it’s important to wear a mask that covers the nose. Read the article here. Boucher is the James C. Moeser Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine.  

  • Sickbert-Bennett Provides Mask Guidance in WRAL Interview

    As Raleigh begins a new order that requires masks be worn in public, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, reiterated the importance of wearing a mask to curb the possibility of a second wave of infections. “The mask you choose should be comfortable, should be … Continued

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    Cohen Featured in 60 Minutes Episode About Reopening Universities in Fall

    Myron Cohen, MD, joined UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, and UNC-Chapel Hill student body president Reeves Moseley, in a 60 Minutes segment about  reopening for the fall semester during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Watch the segment here.  Find the UNC-Chapel Hill Roadmap for Fall 2020 here.

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    Boucher Discusses Landmark Coronavirus Study With the News and Observer

    Richard Boucher, MD, the James C. Moeser Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, talked with the News & Observer about the landmark study he co-authored, finding that the coronavirus infects the cells of in the nose much more easily than those in the throat and lungs. Read … Continued

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    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, … Continued

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    Corbie-Smith, Cené Discuss COVID-19 Spike in North Carolina

    An Associated Press article published in the Winston-Salem Journal recognized North Carolina’s highest one-day increase to date in coronavirus cases. The article states part of the growth in cases comes from the increase in tests, but another “driving force behind the uptick” is believed to be “residents traveling throughout the state to newly reopened businesses … Continued

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    Wohl Says the Number of COVID Hospitalizations Provides Best Indication For How NC Is Flattening the Curve

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and director of UNC Health’s Respiratory Diagnostic Center, told NC Health News that it could be several weeks before hospitals know the impact of the late May reopening and mass gatherings that have occurred since. Wohl believes focusing on hospitalizations rather than testing … Continued

  • Arora Discusses GI Symptoms of COVID-19 in Forbes Article

    Shifali Arora, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, spoke to Forbes about digestive symptoms of COVID-19. “The common GI manifestations of Covid are diarrhea, nausea and vomiting,” says Arora in the article, “but the other issue to watch out for are elevated liver enzymes which we see typically as well.” … Continued

  • Sickbert-Bennett Tells CBS-17 About a Disturbing COVID-19 Trend As NC Plans to Reopen

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of infection prevention at UNC Medical Center, recognizes there could be issues with the way test data report that need to be considered when it comes to COVID-19 testing. “We’re seeing the symptomatic percent positive go up pretty substantially,” said Sickbert-Bennett. “That’s not reflected … Continued

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    Mackman, Key Receive Emerging Challenges Grant to Combat COVID-19

    The UNC School of Medicine and NC TraCS have awarded pilot funding to three teams for the 2020 Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research Awards in a call highlighting research to address the COVID-19 pandemic. From the department of medicine, Nigel Mackman, PhD, FAHA, John C. Parker Distinguished Professor of Medicine and associate director for basic science … Continued

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    Cené Co-authors Nature Medicine Article About Africa’s COVID-19 Response

    Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, associate professor in the division of general medicine and epidemiology, is co-author of a new article in Nature Medicine that says Africa is well-equipped to prevent the continent from becoming the next COVID-19 hot spot if its countries are able to apply fast and thorough contact tracing and monitoring, and ensure … Continued

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    Callahan Quantifies Impacts of Exercise on Anxiety and Depression in People With Arthritis

    Leigh Callahan, PhD, is a co-author on the first research paper to quantify — on a state-by-state basis — the number of physically inactive people with arthritis who could reduce their anxiety and depression through exercise. The study showed that more than 3 million people could benefit from exercise, and provides particularly useful insights when … Continued

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    Boucher Explains to US News & World Report How Coronavirus First Infects the Nose

    Richard Boucher, MD, discussed a major new scientific study that shows the coronavirus first infects the nasal passages, where cells have more of a protein that the virus needs to attach itself. “If the nose is the dominant initial site from which lung infections are seeded, then the widespread use of masks to protect the … Continued

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    Berkowitz Will Present Free ADA Webinar on Food Insecurity and Health Disparities, CME Credits Offered.

    Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of general medicine, will participate in a health disparities education webinar with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on July 9, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm EST. The webinar is designed for primary care providers, nurses, dietitians, certified diabetes care and education specialists, community health workers, … Continued

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    Cohen Says Masks Make a Difference, As UNC Leaders Make Decisions About Fall Semester

    Myron Cohen, MD, acknowledges that masks make an “incredible difference,” in a News and Observer article that recognizes student and faculty concerns over the return to campus during the coronavirus pandemic. As reported hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in North Carolina continue to climb, the article reports more than 650 faculty members, graduate teaching fellows and … Continued

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    Allergy and Immunology Clinic Becomes FCN Discovery Center of Distinction, Kim Is Lead Investigator

    The UNC Allergy and Immunology Clinic has been selected to become an FCN Discovery Center of Distinction. With this new designation, lead principal investigator, Edwin Kim, MD, MS, will receive a $100,000 stipend to help develop critical infrastructure necessary to deliver optimal clinical care and leadership in the community to patients with food allergy. This … Continued

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    Gehi Receives Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Grant To Help AFib Patients Through Pandemic

    Anil Gehi, MD, Sewell Family-McAllister Distinguished Professor in the division of cardiology, 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. The program uses MyChart to recruit patients with AFib to participate in a survey to understand how patients … Continued

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    Muss Receives ASCO’s Allen S. Lichter Visionary Leader Award For Improving Cancer Care in Older Adults

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology honored Hyman B. Muss, MD, FASCO, the Mary Jones Hudson Distinguished Professor of Geriatric Oncology at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, with the 2020 Allen S. Lichter Visionary Leader Award for his career-long dedication to improving the care of older patients with cancer.

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    Wohl Suggests Covering Your Face, Keeping Your Distance If Participating in Protests.

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, advises people who protest to consider distance and wear masks, in a WRAL news story. “I think what we need is multiple layers of protection…so keeping distance from each other especially when we’re shouting or singing.” Wohl said. “I think that makes a … Continued

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    North Carolina Healthcare Heroes Join Online Research Community to Help Fight COVID-19

    From clinicians to first responders, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, and food service workers, a wide range of North Carolina’s healthcare workers have enrolled in a new online research community to share the perspectives and problems faced by those on the COVID-19 pandemic front lines and to help find solutions. The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) … Continued

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    Boucher, Baric Map SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Cells of Nasal Cavity, Bronchia, Lungs 

    In a major scientific study published in the journal Cell, scientists have characterized the specific ways in which SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – infects the nasal cavity to a great degree – replicating specific cell types – and infects and replicates progressively less well in cells lower down the respiratory tract, including the … Continued

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    Wohl Expresses Concern For Rising COVID-19 Hospitalizations

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, expressed his concern regarding the number of people with COVID-19 in North Carolina that continues to rise, in a News and Observer article. Wohl said new coronavirus cases can vary with the number of people tested and that counting people who end up … Continued

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    Teaching COVID-19’s Real-Time Lessons, Smithson Contributes to Restructuring of Medical Education

    In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, many faculty in the School of Medicine (SOM) were tasked with restructuring courses and content for medical students to ensure they could effectively finish their semesters and be able to engage in unprecedented learning opportunities in a safe and constructive way. Many leaders stepped up to the challenge, … Continued

  • New OGHE Global Health Scholars

    The Office of Global Health Education recently announced the 4th cohort of Global Health Scholars, and two are from the department of medicine. The competitive, two-year, multi-disciplinary program provides funding to support the career and leadership development of residents and fellows with a strong interest in global health. Jennifer Morgan, MD, is a first year fellow … Continued

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    Cohen Says Hydroxychloroquine Studies More Provocative Than Definitive

    A Bloomberg article recently featured a key study of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, for Covid-19 protection, that involved 821 health-care workers, first responders and people living with infected patients.  The article reports “half were given hydroxychloroquine for five days, while the other half received a placebo pill that contained the vitamin folate…after two weeks, 12% … Continued

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    O’Leary, Cavender Recognize Emerging Ways to Use Real World Data

    Matt Cavender, MD, MPH, FACC, associate professor of medicine in the division of cardiology, recently published a paper in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism with medicine resident Colin P. O’Leary, MD, analyzing new opportunities to utilize real world data. “Emerging opportunities to harness real world data: An introduction to data sources, concepts, and applications” recognizes randomized … Continued