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From Sea to Shining IV: OPAT Program Improves Outcomes, Decreases Hospital Readmissions

April 23, 2024

As health care shifts from reimbursement based on numbers of patients seen or procedures performed, to reimbursement based on quality of care, the infectious diseases specialty is challenged to accurately reflect the complex, expert care that ID physicians provide. One way could be outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy, or OPAT, which monitors patients who are discharged from … Read more

Featured Advanced Practice Provider: Becky Sawchak

April 19, 2024

Becky Sawchak, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-C, cares for patients with Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, but also chronic leukemias and Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Professionally, Becky is most proud of the clinical trial she opened here at UNC. Outside of work Becky often finds herself baking French Macarons— “they’re difficult to make, but just like medicine, it’s so rewarding when things work out!”

Save the Date: UNC Sickle Cell Fundraiser Set for September 15

April 17, 2024

The UNC Sickle Cell Program proudly hosted its first fundraiser, the ‘Full Court Press for Sickle Cell’ basketball tournament, in 2023. With over 250 attendees and 90 players competing for the championship, the event successfully raised $10,000. This year, the fundraiser is returning with even more excitement! Mark your calendars for September 15th and join … Read more

Christine Hill Receives School of Medicine Staff Development Grant

April 12, 2024

Christine Hill, MHA, CRA, business officer for the UNC Blood Research Center received a $3,300 School of Medicine Staff Development Grant. The grant covers professional education and training and can be used for credit and non-credit courses, conferences, certificate programs or similar instructional opportunities. In total, 133 grants were issued for the 2024 program. The … Read more

Cardiologists Performs First Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement in North Carolina

April 8, 2024

John P. Vavalle, MD, MHS, FACC, and Matthew A. Cavender, MD, MPH, FACC, interventional cardiologists and their collaborative team in the Structural Heart Disease Program at UNC, have performed their first transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement in the clinical setting, a revolutionary treatment for patients living with a common type of heart valve disease. For the … Read more

95 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers Awarded 2024 Carolina Care Excellence

April 4, 2024

Each year, UNC Hospitals administers the Press Ganey Medical Practice survey to solicit feedback from patients. The survey asks our patients about their likelihood of recommending their provider’s practice to their friends and family. This year, 205 UNC physicians and advanced practice providers received the highest recommendations, which places them in the top quartile nationally. … Read more

Faculty and Staff in the News Throughout March

March 31, 2024

Andrew Moon, MD, MPH, published “Biochemical Safety of SBRT to Multiple Intrahepatic Lesions for Hepatocellular Carcinoma.” Sasha Deutsch-Link, MD, was featured in a New York Times article about alcohol-related liver disease. The Lancet published a tribute for Adaora “Ada” Alise Adimora.  Andrea Coviello, MD, discussed what happens if you top taking weight-loss drugs in this UNC … Read more

DOM Teammate Council Welcome Lunch

March 27, 2024

We are thrilled to announce the official launch of the DOM Teammate Council on April 1st and sincerely appreciate your enthusiasm to foster a more collaborative and fulfilling work environment. Teammate Council chairs, teammates and advisors, please join us on Tuesday, April 9 from 11am-1:15pm for a shared meal, where we will have the chance … Read more

Featured Resident: Emma Healy, MD

March 25, 2024

Emma Healy, MD, is from New Hampshire and attended Columbia University for medical school. She has interest in  narrative and humanism in medicine activities. Dr. Healy has hiked Nüümü Poyo (the JMT) and the northern half of the Appalachian Trail.

Vavalle, Mazzella Announced as Cardiovascular Training Program Directors

March 25, 2024

John Vavalle, MD, MHS, will assume the role of Director of the UNC Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, while Anthony Mazzella, MD, joins as Associate Program Director. Dr. Vavalle’s commitment to mentorship, coupled with Dr. Mazzella’s passion for education, brings a formidable combination of leadership qualities to the program. Dr. Vavalle is widely recognized as an … Read more