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  • Improving Global Lung Health Through a Transcontinental Collaboration

    Shannon Carson, MD, chief of the UNC Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Brad Drummond, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine, are spearheading efforts to elevate global pulmonary research capacity through the American Thoracic Society MECOR China Program. The MECOR (Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research) Program, under the support of … Read more

  • Dr. Lara Longobardi Receives R01 Renewal from NIH to Study the Role of CCR2 in Osteoarthritis

    Lara Longobardi, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the Division on Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, recently received funding through the National Institute of Health (NIH); National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) for the renewal of her R01. The project, “Role of CCR2 in osteoarthritis”, will establish the molecular events leading … Read more

  • Dr. Bill Wood Advocates Inclusive Clinical Trials at White House Forum

    William (Bill) Wood, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the UNC Division of Hematology, was invited to the White House Clinical Trials Forum in June. Representing the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Wood shared his perspectives as the Medical Director of UNC Cancer Navigation and Senior Medical Advisor to the American Society of H … Read more

  • Faculty and Staff in the News Throughout June

    The clickable links below navigate directly to outside media articles which featured Department of Medicine faculty throughout the month of June.  UNC SOM researchers led by Jason Akulian, MD, are the first to use a fully implantable automatic effusion shunt with no external catheters or expensive drainage canisters to provide an innovative new option for patients who struggle wi … Read more

  • Floris-Moore Delivers the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture, Honoring the Work of Adaora Adimora

    Michelle Floris-Moore, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and a member of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, delivered the 2024 Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture on June 20. Her presentation honored the trailblazing work of her mentor, the late Adaora Adimora, who was selected as the 2023 distinguished lecturer but was not able to present the lecture last ye … Read more

  • Dr. Jason Akulian Leads First Clinical Research Site to Test Innovative Pleural Effusion Care

    In collaboration with the company Pleural Dynamics, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Jason Akulian, MD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine, are the first to use a fully implantable automatic effusion shunt with no external catheters or expensive drainage canisters to provide an innovative new option for patients who struggle with chronic fluid collection.  … Read more

  • UME Faculty Spotlight: Michael Ribadeneyra, MD, FACP

    We are so excited to showcase some of our brilliant UME educators in the department of medicine and across our AHEC sites. For many of us there are certain teachers in our past who left a mark on our lives and are highly valued. For some they may be the reason you went into medicine or the specialty you are in. The DOM along with the AHEC sites have many highly regarded educators … Read more

  • Featured APP: Natalie Lappas

    Meet our APP of the month, Natalie Lappas is a Nurse Practitioner for the Advanced Endoscopy/Biliary Team at UNC Gastroenterology. She received the Anthea Darling Award for Excellence in Clinical Nursing in 2019 and 2021 from the GI Fellows. Natalie  is also an avid reader and traveler, having visited 20 countries! What is your role in the Department and what patients do you serv … Read more

  • Featured Fellow: Stephanie Sweitzer, MD, MSPH

    Stephanie Sweitzer, MD, MSPH, a third-year infectious disease fellow, is passionate about bridging clinical expertise with global health impact. Between working with leaders like Dr. Michael Herce to conducting impactful research in Lesotho, she’s committed to improving lives worldwide. Beyond medicine, you’ll find Dr. Sweitzer and her husband hiking North Carolina’s Mountains-to … Read more

  • From Broom Closet to Division Chief: Nick Shaheen’s Impact on UNC GI & Hepatology

    After an illustrious 12-year tenure as Division Chief, Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH, will step down from this role on July 1 to assume the position of director of The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) at The University of North Carolina. “I never imagined that I would end up where I am now, when I started here. At the beginning, I was just delig … Read more

  • MacNider Building

    Academy of Educators Recognize Faculty and Trainees

    Founded as a part of UNC School of Medicine’s strategic plan, the Academy of Educators (AOE) has been enhancing research and scholarship towards excellence in teaching since 2006. The Mission of the Academy is also to promote and fund curricular innovation, evidence-based curricular change and a scholarly approach to the education mission and provide a forum for education leaders … Read more

  • Dr. John A. Batsis

    Why are GLP-1 Drugs Like Ozempic Risky for Older Adults?

    Among older adults, losing weight can be a life-changing choice. In some cases, weight loss can help extend a person’s lifespan by reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. These are two conditions which affect older adults in greater proportion than younger people. Although GLP-1 drugs like Ozempic were created to treat type 2 diabetes and help regulate blood sugar … Read more