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  • “Grateful Patient” Gift Honors Dr. Joe Eron

    Rapid advancements in science and technology may be changing healthcare delivery, but the heart of medicine continues to be the relationship between doctor and patient. When David Howell, PhD (’78), a medical writer for peer-reviewed journals in San Francisco, moved back to North Carolina in late 2020, he needed to find an infectious disease specialist to follow his chronic disea … Read more

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    Sheikh’s Grateful Patient Makes $500K Gift to Support Innovative Autoimmune Disease Research at TARC

    Ginny and Doug Ware have partnered with Saira Sheikh, MD, to support a new fund that will advance science and improve the lives of individuals with autoimmune diseases. Their generous gift was used to create the Virginia A. and Douglas R. Ware Fund for Excellence in Autoimmune Diseases. “This new Fund will support my vision for a program at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Cen … Read more

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    McAllister Heart Institute Pivots to COVID-19

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine’s top physicians and researchers have worked tirelessly to find answers, notably through vaccine research and therapeutic development. While these discoveries have brought us closer to a world without COVID-19, a growing volume of evidence suggests the effect of the virus on health and wellness can last m … Read more

  • Dr. Deb Bynum physician spotlight

    Supporting Residents in the Clinic and Beyond

    For Debra Bynum, MD, her position as director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UNC School of Medicine is deeply personal. Originally hailing from Jacksonville, North Carolina, and being the first in her family to finish high school, lifelong learning became Bynum’s top value. She entered UNC School of Medicine and instantly fell in love, staying for her residency and … Read more

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    Targeted Therapies For a Silent Struggle

    Research evolves quickly and does not always follow a grand plan. For Aadra Bhatt, this flexibility led to finding her career passion. An assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Bhatt came to Chapel Hill in 2007 as a graduate student in microbiology and immunology. She never left. “I just love it here,” Bhatt said. “I’ve fe … Read more

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    Investiture Celebration Honors Jan Busby-Whitehead, Inaugural M. Andrew Greganti Distinguished Professor

    Ron Falk, MD, chair of the department of medicine, led a virtual investiture celebration for Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, on August 5. Busby-Whitehead was named the M. Andrew Greganti Distinguished Professor of Medicine, honored for her work as a researcher, clinician and educator, as well as a decades-long commitment to geriatric medicine. “Congratulations to both Dr. Greganti and D … Read more

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    Teen Raises Funds to Research Rare Disease

    There’s a mutual commitment between community supported agriculture and life in a community. The farm feeds people fresh food and, in turn, the people support the farm. But it’s not always about veggies and flowers. The allegiance can be the heart of a healthy community like in Little Washington, where Petals and Produce, the VanStaalduinen father-son business, has served Beaufor … Read more

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    The Amy Shaheen, MD, Fund for Student Research and Quality Improvement Immerses Students in the Concepts of Quality Improvement.

    A UNC School of Medicine alumnus, and patient, honors his internist Amy Shaheen, MD, by establishing a fund for student research and quality improvement. The fund supports a six-week quality improvement fellowship that exposes medical students to systems and approaches that create space for a physician to focus on patient care, and then to implement improvements in a real-world p … Read more

  • Rick Hobbs, MD, John Vavalle, MD, Rita Bigham, and Michael Yeung, MD

    A Heart for Young People, and their Hearts

    A major gift from Rita Bigham will enable UNC interventional cardiologists to perform more life-saving heart procedures in Nicaragua.

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    Double Lung Transplant Recipient Breathes New Life at 79, Creates Endowed Professorship

    For patients with end-stage chronic lung disease, every breath is tiresome and difficult. When the disease is no longer responsive to medical therapies, a lung transplant is a possibility for patients under the age of 70. This is the tale of two double lung transplants and one enduring tribute.