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    How Do We Cope? A Message From Dr. Keisha Gibson

    Exhausted. Traumatized. These words describe what so many communities of color are feeling as we grapple with the seemingly never-ending instances of unarmed Black and Brown people losing their lives at the hands of police for either non-violent crimes or during everyday activities that most people take for granted.  Breona Taylor, an EMT, was gunned … Continued

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    Simpson Describes Chest Pain Symptoms For Heart Disease

    Ross Simpson, Jr, MD, PhD, professor medicine in the division of cardiology, was interviewed for an MSN article “50 Warnings Signs You Have Heart Disease” that identifies a variety of signs, symptoms and risk factors that can help identify heart disease before it becomes life-threatening. “Chest pain is the most common and important symptom related … Continued

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    Working the Frontlines: Interview with Charlene Whayne

    Cardiology nurse Charlene Whayne, RN, is back at the UNC Heart and Vascular Center, scheduling patients and preparing to reopen. But for nine weeks, she had a different job. Charlene worked at the Respiratory Diagnostic Center (RDC) in the Quick Treat, the outdoor tent facility for drive through COVID-19 testing and assessment. It was an … Continued

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    Researchers Discover Key Player in Hepatitis A Virus Infection

    How hepatitis A virus (HAV) manages to enter liver cells called hepatocytes and initiate infection had remained a mystery for fifty years until now. University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers designed experiments using gene-editing tools to discover how molecules called gangliosides serve as de facto gatekeepers to allow the virus entry into liver … Continued

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    Buse, Site Leader For Effort Gathering Big Data to Accelerate COVID-19 fight

    A nationwide collaboration of clinicians, informaticians, and other biomedical researchers aims to turn data from hundreds of thousands of medical records from coronavirus patients into effective treatments and predictive analytical tools that could help lessen or end the global pandemic. Through the National COVID Cohort Collaborative, about 60 clinical institutions affiliated with the National Institutes of … Continued

  • Internal Medicine Providers Serve Patients at RDC Care and Treat

    The UNC Health Respiratory Diagnostic Center (RDC) opened last month with a drive through Quick Treat and Care and Treat unit to monitor and screen patients with respiratory symptoms that may be associated with coronavirus. Led by David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, the RDC is enabling clinics to … Continued

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    Research in the Department of Medicine, A Message from Dr. Janet Rubin

    A message from Janet Rubin, MD, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine. For the last two months, except the (many) researchers working specifically on Covid-19 related topics, our labs have been closed. People are taking advantage of … Continued

  • Sickbert-Bennett Shares Research On the Effectiveness of Face Masks

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of infection prevention at UNC Medical Center, discussed the effectiveness of different face masks in a WRAL TechWire news article written by Mark Derewicz. UNC researchers measured the “fraction of submicron particles that penetrate into the breathing space of subjects wearing a mask while … Continued

  • Sickert-Bennett Tells How Hospitals Are Keeping Clean During the Pandemic

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of infection prevention at UNC Medical Center, explains how hospitals are staying clean during the COVID-19 pandemic in a new UNC Health Talk article. The article recognizes that hospitals are always committed to keeping their facilities clean and sanitary to prevent the spread of … Continued

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    Wohl Offers Advice For Reopening Establishments

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, recommends in a News and Observer article that establishments adopt the model use in health care settings, which are designed to keep people from getting infected: people are kept from getting too close to each other, they wear masks and they clean surfaces … Continued

  • Bartelt Tells How Plasma Donations Can Help COVID-19 Patients

    Luther Bartelt, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, was featured in a News and Observer article about the use of COVID-19 plasma as therapy. “The antibodies are like a sponge that would soak up and neutralize the virus to impede its ability to replicate,” said Bartelt. He also added that … Continued

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    Use of Arthritis Drug For COVID-19 Lacks Clear Evidence of Clinical Improvement

    Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, was interviewed by the Charlotte Observer regarding the use of arthritis drug toxilizumab in treating COVID-19 and a case report that indicates “clear evidence of clinical improvement” is limited. This study “made us rethink our use of the drug,” says Parr in … Continued

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    Barritt, Moon Find High COVID-19 Mortality Rates Among Those with Liver Disease

    Sidney Barritt IV, MD, MSCR, associate professor in UNC’s division of gastroenterology and hepatology, and Andrew Moon, MD, MPH, a fellow in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, are co-authors of a new study of patients with COVID-19 and liver disease. Published in the Journal of Hepatology, the international study found high mortality rates from … Continued

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    Fauci Commends Adimora For COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines for HIV/AIDS

    Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has commended Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, for participating in a panel that has developed a set of treatment guidelines for COVID-19 in people with HIV/AIDS. “You responded in an exceptional way and worked tirelessly to develop an outstanding initial set of … Continued

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    Kistler Talks To AARP About Visits To Older Family Members

    Christine Kistler, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine and associate professor in the department of family medicine, was interviewed by AARP for a story that considers visits to older family members. “As much as possible,” she says in the article, “we should still be trying to limit contact with elders in order … Continued

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    Medical Students Return to Clinical Setting

    Following is a message from Koyal Jain, MD MPH and Ashley Henderson, MD, directors of undergraduate education in the department of medicine. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption in medical education and administration of the USMLE step examinations throughout the country. The UNC School of Medicine and Department of Medicine have been working closely … Continued

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    Key Featured in ASH Clinical News About Coagulation Dysregulation

    Nigel Key, MBChB, FRCP, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professor in the division of hematology and director of the UNC Blood Research Center was featured in  American Society of Hematology Clinical News discussing recommendations for hospitalized patients with COVID-19. “The published studies so far suggest that the more profound the COVID-19 infection, the more likely that … Continued

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    Jones Publishes Article Demonstrating Inpatient Transition to Virtual Care During COVID-19

    Morgan S. Jones, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, is lead author on a new paper published in Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, reporting on novel approaches to the COVID-19 outbreak that leveraged UNC’s diabetes co-management service, initiated in July, 2019. Driven by the need to reduce the use of … Continued

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    Long-Acting Injectable Cabotegravir Highly Effective at Preventing HIV Infection

    Myron Cohen, MD, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology, co-led a global randomized, controlled and double-blinded study that shows the drug cabotegravir lowered HIV incidence among cisgender men and transgender women who have sex with men. An announcement about the study was published in the UNC Health and UNC School … Continued

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    Wohl Encourages People to Exercise Caution In Phase 2 Opening

    As businesses prepare for phase 2 in North Carolina’s reopening, David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, cautions members of the community that “just because you can go somewhere, doesn’t mean you should.”  In a new WRAL.com article, Wohl says there are several things to consider before venturing out during … Continued

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    UNC Academy of Educators Announces New Members From the Department of Medicine

    The UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators (AOE) has welcomed 99 new members, and 24 are from the UNC Department of Medicine. Founded on enhancing research and scholarship toward excellence in teaching, the AOE annually seeks nominations for faculty and residents/fellows who strive for the creation and design of new curricular materials and scholarly … Continued

  • Austin Leads Compilation of Resources For Age-Friendly Best Practices in Pulmonary Care

    C. Adrian Austin, MD, MSCR, instructor in the division of geriatric medicine and division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, led the compilation of a tool-kit for age-friendly pulmonary and critical care best practices. The project was sponsored by the American Thoracic Society. Key points include: In older patients with a critical illness, pre-ICU functional … Continued

  • UNC Behavior and Technology Lab Featured in New Medscape Video Series

    A new series produced by Medscape Video features the work of three members of the UNC Behavior and Technology Lab in the division of infectious diseases. ‘Confronting the HIV Epidemic’ includes compelling stories of people living with HIV and interviews, with Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, Kate Muessig, PhD, assistant professor in the department of health behavior, and Lina Rosengren-Hovee, … Continued

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    Wilson Receives Teaching Excellence Award

    Lindsay Wilson, MD, MPH, is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Academy of Educators Foundation Phase Teaching Excellence Award, awarded for her significant contributions to courses taught in the Foundation Phase. Selection was based on teaching contributions and student evaluations. Wilson is associate professor of medicine in the division of geriatric medicine and John W. Foust … Continued

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    Iweala, Burks Publish Review of Study About IgE-Producing B Cells in Gut Tissues

    Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, and Wesley Burks, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health, published a review in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology looking at how IgE-producing B cells in the gut expand the gut’s role in food allergy. “Before this study, … Continued

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    Buse Explains What People with Diabetes Need to Know About COVID-19 

    John Buse, MD, PhD, chief of the division of endocrinology and metabolism, director of the UNC Diabetes Care Center, and director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, explains how diabetes is linked to more severe cases of COVID-19 in a new UNC Health article. He also encourages patients not to skip their … Continued

  • Three Tips to Avoid Contracting COVID-19 from Surfaces

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of infection prevention at UNC Medical Center, shares three tips that will help people avoid contracting COVID-19 from surfaces. In a new UNC Health article, Sickbert-Bennett says the hands are the mechanism that can bring any germs from surfaces to the face (and into … Continued

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    Is It Coronavirus Or Allergies? Sheikh Emphasizes Value Of Telemedicine During the Pandemic

    Saira Sheikh, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, was interviewed for a Self Magazine article recognizing that the spring allergy season is more complicated than ever with coronavirus in the mix. In the article, Sheikh recognizes the value of telemedicine visits, especially during a time when people are … Continued

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    Bice Talks About Life After a Ventilator

    Thomas Bice, MD, MSc, assistant professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, discusses the use of ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic and their lasting effects on patients which can lead to post-intensive care syndrome. “There are two groups of patients who end up with mechanical ventilation. The majority are … Continued

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    Buse Discusses the Future of Insulin

    John Buse, MD, MPH, was interviewed by Endocrine Today describing what the future of insulin may look like. The article recognizes novelty treatments to manage diabetes, including the smart insulin patch that “leverages chemistry to release insulin in parallel with fluctuations of glucose.” Buse says that if “successfully translated to human use, it could dramatically … Continued

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    Wood Leads National COVID Registry for Hematologic Malignancy

    William Wood, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology, is leading the development of a national COVID registry for Hematologic Malignancy. “The intent of the registry is to make data publicly available for health care providers through visualizations and reports, updated regularly,” said Wood, who serves as chair of the American Society … Continued

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    Cohen Co-Authors Editorial in Science Magazine

    Myron Cohen, MD, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology, co-authored “Combination prevention for COVID-19,” an opinion article, with University of Washington colleague Lawrence Corey, MD, based on their decades-long research on prevention and treatment of HIV. The article was published in Science Magazine and featured in the UNC Health and … Continued

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    Corbie-Smith Says Minorities Are Disproportionately Affected By COVID-19

    Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, a professor of medicine in the division of general medicine, and Alexa Mieses Malchuk, MD, assistant professor of family medicine, told ABC 11 News that “COVID-19 is putting a magnifying glass on health disparities.” Corbie-Smith, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Social Medicine, recognizes minorities tend to have higher risk factors for poorer outcomes … Continued

  • Sickbert-Bennett Talked With WRAL About NC Reopening and New Rules

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of infection prevention at UNC Medical Center, emphasized to WRAL news that prevention strategies are still necessary for safety as stay-at-home order eases. “It is still very important to physical distance ourselves from other people,” she said, and “use masks in public because we … Continued

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    Weber Talks With New York Times About Disinfectants For COVID

    David Weber, MD, MPH, medical director of hospital epidemiology (infection prevention), discussed household cleaners and disinfectants for the coronavirus in a New York Times article. “For a germicide to work, it has to touch the germs,” Weber said.  “If you have a layer of grime, the dirt can protect the bacteria. Cleaning has to precede … Continued

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    Moll Discusses Blood Thinner Treatment and Survival in Sickest Covid-19 Patients

    Stephan Moll, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology, is quoted in a new Physicians Weekly article that recognizes anticoagulents in patients hospitalized with COVID “appeared to improve hospital survival times both in and out of the ICU, in an analysis of outcomes among more than 2,700 cases treated within the Mount Sinai … Continued

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    Cohen Recognizes COVID Recovery Data is Lacking

    Myron Cohen, MD, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology, told PolitiFact that the number of recoveries is also “not a metric used to calculate the prevalence (current cases) or incidence (new cases) of an infectious disease.” “Recovery, even if it were measured properly, does not reflect interventions because we have almost … Continued

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    Cohen Discusses How HIV Prevention Trials Continue During Pandemic

    Myron Cohen, MD, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology, was interviewed by Science Magazine discussing the importance of continuing HIV prevention trials while recognizing the effects that the coronavirus pandemic may have on trial participants. Cohen, who is the director of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and … Continued

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    UNC Blood Research Center’s Robert Lee Receives Early Career Investigator Award

    Robert H. Lee, PhD, a member of the UNC Blood Research Center and assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and biophysics, has received the American Heart Association’s Kenneth M. Brinkhous Early Career Investigator Award for “Evaluating the Impact of Thrombocytopenia and Platelet Transfusion on Bleeding and Thrombosis in the Setting of Anti-Platelet Therapy.” The … Continued

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    Kirkman Talks to Livestrong.com About Prediabetes

    Sue Kirkman, MD, talked to Livestrong.com about prediabetes and what most people should know about the condition. The article explains prediabetes as a condition that occurs when blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. “It’s sort of an in-between condition,” says Kirkman in the article. “It’s considered a precursor … Continued

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    Buse Talks To Livestrong.com About Type 2 Diabetes and Who Is At Risk

    John Buse, MD, MPH, talked to Livestrong.com about the key things to know about type 2 diabetes. “Insulin functions as the key that unlocks the door that allows sugar to go from the bloodstream into the cells and tissues to be used as fuel,” explains Buse in the article. He also recognizes “Type 1 is … Continued

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    Callahan Explains How To Create A Successful Walking Program in Podcast

    Leigh Callahan, PhD, discusses the secrets to creating a walking program you will “stick to,” in a new podcast interview with the Arthritis Foundation. The podcast provides specific, practical methods for beginning and maintaining an exercise routine that is designed for each person’s specific physical needs and personal goals. Callahan is the Mary Link Briggs … Continued

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    Wohl Encourages Continued Vigilance As NC Considers Reopening

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, comments on UNC Health’s preparedness and capacity to treat patients for a potential surge of coronavirus as NC reopens. In a WRAL news interview he recognizes efforts trying to “open up the economy and get businesses going on,” but he says “there’s got to … Continued

  • David Weber, MD, MPH

    Weber Commended By Fort Bragg Lieutenant General and William Roper

    David Weber, MD, MPH, medical director of hospital epidemiology (infection prevention), has been commended by Fort Bragg’s US Army Commanding Lieutenant General Michael Kurilla for his “leadership and critical partnership with Fort Bragg and Womack Army Medical Center.” Kurilla’s letter expressed gratitude for Weber’s efforts, which he said are not only vital to the health … Continued

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    Loeser Answers Questions About Osteoarthritis in New Podcast

    Is osteoarthritis an inevitable part of aging? This is the question Richard Loeser, MD, answers in a new rheumatology podcast interview with, “Joint Action,” sharing insights from the latest research to address common misconceptions regarding osteoarthritis. “The term ‘wear and tear’ was used a lot in the past and it had a negative consequence on … Continued

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    Boyce Discusses Coronavirus Antibody Tests On WRAL News

    Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, said there are many unknowns about COVID-19, the illness associated with the virus, and antibody testing. The article reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently ordered increased oversight of the hundreds of tests now on the market, some of … Continued

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    Cohen Inducted Into Order of the Golden Fleece

    Myron Cohen, MD, Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology and Epidemiology and director of the UNC Institute for Global Health, joined Wesley Fowler, MD, associate dean for medical alumni affairs, as new inductees into the Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Read more here.      

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    Gilbert Discusses Gait Speed Study With Rheumatology Consultant

    Abigail Gilbert, MD, MSCI, was recently interviewed by Rheumatology Consultant discussing pharmacologic and behavioral interventions for the management of knee osteoarthritis, as well as findings from her recent study on gait speed among adults with knee osteoarthritis. Gilbert is assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, specializing in adult and … Continued

  • Fischer, Lazear Named Winners of Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship

    William Fischer, MD, assistant professor in division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine in the UNC Department of Medicine, and Helen Lazear, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC Department of Microbiology and Immunology, were named recipients of this year’s Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine for their research and clinical care related to infectious diseases, such … Continued

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    Wohl Addresses NC’s Partial Reopening on WRAL

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, addresses a partial reopening in North Carolina in a WRAL interview. “This is a hard train to stop so we haven’t all been able to stay at home to stop the transmission completely, from person to person, but we’ve made great strides,” Wohl … Continued

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    Weber Discusses Possibilities Of Second COVID Wave

    David Weber, MD, MPH, medical director of hospital epidemiology (infection prevention), talked with ABC 11 News about new concerns for a second wave. The story reports that Weber “believes it’s not a question of when we’ll have more peaks but how big they are.” Weber, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, … Continued

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    Gehi Addresses Risks With Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in COVID-19

    QT interval prolongation, an electrical disturbance that makes the heart muscle take longer than normal to recharge between beats, is a safety concern for patients taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat COVID-19. In MedPage Today, Anil Kishin Gehi, MD, the Sewell Family-McAllister Distinguished Professor of cardiology said “blithely taking these drugs can potentially be more harmful than … Continued

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    Q&A With David Wohl on COVID-19 and HIV

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, offered insight into the current pandemic based on what he witnessed during the Ebola epidemic in an interview with Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)’s Positively Aware. “Right now, what holds for people living without HIV holds for people living with HIV,” Wohl said … Continued

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    Adimora Addresses Concern For the Effects of COVID-19 Among People Living With HIV

    Ada Adimora, MD, MPH, the Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of infectious diseases, expressed concern in an interview with Healio Infectious Disease News, about the lack of studies regarding the specific impact of effect of COVID-19 in people living with HIV (PLWH). “People with well-controlled HIV have an excellent prognosis from … Continued

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    Schranz Receives Grant from NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Asher Schranz, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, has received a grant from the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for the project “Drug-use associated infective endocarditis: Post-hospitalization outcomes and patient treatment preferences.” Schranz’s research is broadly focused on the intersection of infectious diseases and substance use disorders. … Continued

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    Study Reveals Communication Gap Between Women and Doctors About Breast Cancer Treatment Symptoms

    Kirsten Nyrop, PhD A new study led by Kirsten Nyrop, PhD, assistant professor in the division of oncology and member of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Research Center, reports a gap in communication between women with early-stage breast cancer and physicians about the severity of their chemotherapy treatment-related symptoms. The study compared how women with breast … Continued

  • Rivera Appointed Secretary-Treasurer of the American Thoracic Society, President in 2023

    Patricia Rivera, MD, ATSF, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, has been elected the secretary-treasurer of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and will serve as president of the organization in 2023. “This a banner day for the Division and the School of Medicine,” said Shannon Carson, MD, professor of … Continued

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    Novel Primary Care Model Promotes Lifelong Comprehensive Care for People Living with HIV

    Shana Ratner, MD, associate professor in the division of general medicine, and section chief for education and clinical practice, announces a novel collaboration with the division of infectious diseases that includes a multidisciplinary primary care clinic to serve people living with HIV. The new model lays the groundwork for multidisciplinary care in advance of the … Continued

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    Basch Co-authors Cancer Treatment Guidance in JAMA

    Ethan Basch, MD, MSc., chief of the division of oncology and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has detailed cancer treatment guidance to balance cancer patients’ treatment and infection risk in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In JAMA, Basch and co-authors describe a framework for physicians making cancer care decisions amid the pandemic. … Continued

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    New Global Health Initiatives in Pediatric Nephrology

    Kidney disease is increasingly recognized as an important contributor to the global burden of disease, and surveys show there is a high level of perceived inadequacy in the pediatric nephrology workforce. Dorey Glenn, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatric nephrology, has been working to create new opportunities for education and training in resource limited parts … Continued

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    Gibson Study Showcased at National Kidney Foundation’s Annual Spring Meeting

    The National Kidney Foundation showcased a global study led by Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, chief of pediatric nephrology, designed to understand the experimental immunosuppressant drug Voclosporin as a treatment for patients with lupus kidney disease. The study “AURORA Phase 3 Trial Demonstrates Voclosporin Statistical Superiority Over Standard of Care in Lupus Nephritis (LN)” was selected as a … Continued

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    Bice Recognized As Everyday Hero Caring For COVID-19 Patients

    Thomas Bice, MD, MSc, takes care of some of the sickest coronavirus patients at UNC Medical Center. He was recently named an everyday hero by Spectrum News. “This is the most severe pandemic certainly in my career,” said Bice, while expressing his optimism for current measures to slow the peak of the virus. He also … Continued

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    Pecot Explains What Patients With Lung Cancer Need to Know About COVID-19

    Chad Pecot, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of oncology told Cure he is caring for patients by phone and making decisions with colleagues about chemotherapy treatment. “Something that we would never do as an oncologist is to give chemo without seeing a patient,” he said in the Cure interview. “But that’s becoming … Continued

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    Rubin Receives $2.4M Grant From National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

    Janet Rubin, MD, the Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, has received a five-year R01 grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The $2.4 million grant will support a study of the role of force regulated nuclear structure in expression of … Continued

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    New Chief Residents Will Serve 2020-2021 Academic Year

    The UNC Internal Medicine Program welcomes the following chief residents who will serve during the 2020-2021 academic year. The administrative chief resident is a position of distinction, professionalism and leadership. These appointed physicians will lead and mentor residents, as they learn to recognize the needs of the department and hospital. Inpatient Chief: Carlos Rubiano, MD … Continued

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    Little, Scheidler Receive Innovation Pilot Award

    Jane Little, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology and member of the UNC Blood Research Center, has received an Innovation Pilot Award from the UNC Center for Health Innovation for “OneSCD UNC: Improving Care for People with Sickle Cell Disease in North Carolina.” William Scheidler, MD, assistant professor in the department of … Continued

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    UNC Receives NIH Diabetes Research Center Grant with Partner Institutions

    John Buse, MD, PhD, is UNC site principal investigator for a $5.7 million diabetes research collaboration with Duke, Wake Forest, and NC A&T, funded through the National Institutes of Health. Diabetes Research Center grants are designed to enhance and extend the effectiveness of diabetes research by encouraging collaboration among investigators from relevant disciplines. “We are … Continued

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    Cené Interviewed By NBC On COVID-19, Black Americans Are Disproportionately Affected

    Crystal Cené, MD, MPH, recognizes documented research on vast racial disparities in health in an NBC News interview, but says there is “little evidence of pandemic response plans focusing resources on black Americans.” In the article, she introduces a list of needed actions that include “a mass expansion of testing and deploying students in a number … Continued

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    Monroe Will Create Math Models To Guide New Therapeutics for Bleeding

    Dougald Monroe, PhD, professor of medicine in hematology and member of the UNC Blood Research Center is an investigator for a new grant from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The R01 grant “An integrated computational and experimental approach to understanding the hemostatic response during treatment of bleeding” was awarded four years of … Continued

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    Pulmonary Fellow Kenton Dover Creates Children’s Book For Families of Healthcare Workers

    Kenton Dover, MD, a fellow in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, created a children’s book with his son Levi, for families of healthcare workers. The book introduces a series of questions that a young child may ask in order to understand why a parent’s job requires more time away, compared to other … Continued

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    Weiss, Vincent Eye Personalized, Adaptive Cancer Vaccine

    Ben Vincent, MD, and Jared Weiss, MD, are in the final stages of launching a clinical trial for a therapy they’re calling PANDA-VAC, which stands for “personalized and adaptive vaccine.” They say an upcoming clinical trial is their shot at curing lung and head and neck squamous cell carcinomas — cancers linked to smoking. Both … Continued

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    Serody and Basch Will Lead Divisions in Realignment of Hematology and Oncology

    In a realignment of the division of hematology and oncology that will form two divisions from one, Ron Falk, MD, chair of the UNC Department of Medicine has appointed  Jonathan Serody, MD, chief of hematology and Ethan Basch, MD, chief of oncology. Melba Ribeiro, MPH, will serve both divisions as associate chief for administration. “The … Continued

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

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

  • Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH

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

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

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

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

  • David Wohl, MD

    Wohl Discusses Testing Shortages With New York Post

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, says the signs were clear in early February and that was the time to ramp up, in the New York Post article “Rich and famous get COVID-19 test but average people can’t.”  Wohl expresses his concerns about “a serious lack of preparation and … Continued

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

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

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

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

  • David Weber, MD, MPH, is a professor of medicine and pediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine and a professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

    Weber Answers Coronavirus Questions on People’s Pharmacy

    David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, answered questions about COVID-19 on The People’s Pharmacy with Joe and Terry Graedon. He explained a cytokine storm and the immune reaction to the virus. He also discussed drugs being considered for treatment. The March 26 podcast can be accessed here.

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    Key, Mackman, Publish Research in the Journals Blood and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery

    Nigel Key, MD, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pathology and director of the UNC Blood Research Center published a study that identifies the intrinsic coagulation pathway as a potential target to prevent thrombotic and inflammatory complications after RBC transfusion. The article “Red blood cell microvesicles activate the contact system, leading to … Continued

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    Moll Announces Reintroduction of Clot Connect

    Stephan Moll, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology and member of the UNC Blood Research Center, announces the reintroduction of Clot Connect, a public service clearinghouse for clinically relevant information on thrombosis, thrombophilia, and anticoagulation information for patients and health care professionals. Established in 2010, the resource was created for … Continued

  • UNC Receives Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers Accreditation

    The UNC Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) program has received reaccreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association as a Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) for the period 2019-2022, building upon their initial accreditation as the first CCC in the state in 2015.  This continued designation recognizes the ability to deliver the highest level of inpatient and outpatient care in a multidisciplinary … Continued

  • Rose Receives NCI Grant to Study Entinostat Combined With Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Urothelial Cancer

    Tracy Rose, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, received a National Cancer Institute K08 grant “Selective histone deacetylase inhibition with entinostat to enhance the anti-tumor immune response to immune checkpoint inhibition in urothelial cancer.” This study uses a window … Continued

  • Faculty from UNC Blood Research Center Publish High Impact Papers in ASH Journal, Blood

    Nigel Key, MB ChP FRCP, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pathology and director of the UNC Blood Research Center (BRC) has published important findings on the mechanism of thrombin generation induced by stored red blood cells (sRBC). In a recent study, first author Denis Noubouossie, MD, former postdoctoral fellow in the … Continued

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    Raffs Receive IHQI Grant to Improve Teamwork and Communication

    Lauren Raff, MD, assistant professor of surgery, and Evan Raff, MD, assistant professor in the division of hospital medicine have been awarded a grant by the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) to improve teamwork and communication during rapid responses. The grant provides professional development in quality improvement, as well as funds for the … Continued

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    Weiss Presents Clinical Findings at 2020 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium

    Jared Weiss, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, presented preliminary findings at the 2020 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium from a phase II trial that combined radiation therapy and immunotherapy for patients with locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Learn more from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive … Continued

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    COVID-19 in Older Adults: Biese Publishes Key Points for ED Providers

    Kevin Biese, MD, MAT, associate professor of emergency medicine and associate professor of medicine in the division of geriatric medicine, with co-authors, has published key information on the role of the ED in diagnosis and acute management of COVID-19 in older adults. The article, published in the Journal of Geriatric Emergency Medicine, includes two case … Continued

  • Saira Sheikh, MD

    Sheikh Addresses Media Questions About Lupus Drug Shortages

    In an interview with UK-based newspaper the “Independent,”  Saira Sheikh, MD, director of the UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic and assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, provided clarity regarding chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. The two medications have been in the news recently, following coverage related to Coronovirus. The result has been … Continued

  • Christine Kistler, MD

    Supporting Older Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis, Kistler Interviewed for CNBC News

    Christine Kistler, MD, MASc, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine and the department of family medicine, was interviewed by CNBC describing the need to support seniors, who are among the most vulnerable, during the coronavirus crisis. She explained the importance of reaching seniors in new ways to help them stay healthy. Kistler also … Continued

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    Kirkman Receives ADA’s Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award

    Sue Kirkman, MD, professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, has received the American Diabetes Association’s 2020 Outstanding Physician-Clinician in Diabetes Award, recognizing her outstanding achievements in improving diabetes clinical practice.  The honor is scheduled to be presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 80th Scientific Sessions in Chicago, Illinois, in June. “This … Continued

  • Match Day, Virtually Welcoming the Class of 2020

    The UNC School of Medicine celebrated Match Day on Friday, March 20, welcoming the Class of 2020 virtually with leaders Wesley Burks, Cristy Page, Julie Byerley, and Beat Steiner. Listen to their celebratory message in this YouTube video. Altogether, the UNC Department of Medicine matched 27 categorical, 10 preliminary, and 5 med-peds residents to the … Continued

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    Key Receives Grant Award from National Hemophilia Foundation

    The National Hemophilia Foundation has awarded Nigel S. Key, MB, ChB, CRCP, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professor in the division of hematology and oncology, and director of the UNC Blood Research Center, a $180,000 grant for the project “Evaluating the Mechanism of Emicizumab-related Thrombotic Microangiopathy.” Find a list of new grants awarded to UNC … Continued

  • Weber Comments On Surface Stability of COVID-19

    David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and medical director of UNC Hospitals’ Department of Hospital Epidemiology, comments on a new study that finds the ability of the novel coronavirus (also known as SARS-CoV-2) to stay in the air and on surfaces is highly similar to that of SARS, … Continued

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    ViiV Healthcare, UNC-Chapel Hill announce five-year, $20 million renewal of HIV cure partnership

    This unique public-private collaboration provides funding for HIV Cure Center and Qura Therapeutics, the joint venture that brings academic and pharmaceutical research scientists together for the goal of curing people with HIV. David Margolis, MD, is the director of the UNC Cure Center. “Without the Qura partnership we would not have been able to get … Continued

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    Primary Care Ranked First for Third Straight Year

    For the third year in a row, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine was ranked first in the country for primary care education as a part of U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” “Earning the number one ranking in primary care three consecutive years is a tremendous … Continued

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    IHQI Improvement Scholars Announced, Five in Medicine

    The Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) has announced projects that will be supported through IHQI’s Improvement Scholars Program. Half of these scholars are members of the UNC Department of Medicine, and they include the following.   Mildred Kwan, MD PhD, with lead Renae Boerneke, PharmD, BCPS, CPP — Reducing the Healthcare Utilization of Broad … Continued

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    Physician Resources: Weber Responds to COVID-19 Questions

    David J. Weber, MD, MPH, medical director of infection prevention at UNC Hospitals responds to common questions physicians have about COVID-19. Listen here. UNC Health is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19 and points to the CDC website for Healthcare Professionals for answers to general questions.    

  • David Weber, MD, MPH

    Weber Interviewed by NC Health News, Discusses COVID-19 Preparations

    In “What’s it Like to Get the Coronavirus,” UNC Department of Medicine’s David Weber, MD, MPH, describes worst-case scenario plans under consideration with healthcare teams at UNC Medical Center. Read the NC Health News article here. Weber is professor of medicine and pediatrics, and a professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global … Continued

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    CAR-T Immunotherapy Studied at UNC Lineberger Receives Fast-Track Designation From FDA

    Based on proof-of-concept results from clinical trials at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, an investigational cellular immunotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma has received a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Jonathan Serody, MD, the Elizabeth Thomas Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology in the … Continued

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    Moll Contributes to Shape Article on Women and Blood Clots

    Stephan Moll, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, recognizes that many associate blood clots with having major surgery, smoking or being elderly or overweight. In the article “Why Active Women Are At Risk For Blood Clots,” Moll tells Shape Magazine that they can “strike anyone, even fit women.” Read the … Continued