Zollicoffer Conference 2019

On behalf of the Office of Special Programs, and the Zollicoffer and Cross family, we cordially invite you the 38th Annual Zollicoffer Conference. Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer (1930-1976) was the fourth African-American graduate of the UNC School of Medicine and founder of the Garywn Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Zollicoffer graduated from NC A&T State University at age 17, the youngest to do so. He then earned his medical degree in 1962 from UNC School of Medicine after waiting nearly a decade for its doors to open to students of color. A supporter and activist for civil and human rights, Dr. Zollicoffer dedicated his life to the health care of the community in which he practiced. Throughout his life, he exemplified qualities that students admire and hope to emulate as future physicians. Accordingly, we have planned several events directed towards celebrating the legacy of Dr. Zollicoffer and honoring the accomplishments of our lecturer, Dr. Donald E. Wesson.


The 38th Zollicoffer-Merrimon Lectureship
The Zollicoffer Lectureship was established in 1981 by members of the UNC chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) with the support of Dean Bondurant of the UNC School of Medicine. Named in honor of Lawrence Zollicoffer, MD the lecture is intended to increase the awareness of minority health issues and introduce the student body to dynamic minority role models in the field of medicine. In 2004, the Merrimon Family joined in providing support to this program.
Lecturer: Donald E. Wesson MD, FASN
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 12 – 1 PM
Location: MBRB 2204
Registration: Not required

SNMA Silent Auction and Reception
Each year the UNC SOM chapter of the Student National Medical Association hosts a Silent Auction during the Zollicoffer events to benefit a community non-profit such as a local mentoring program for elementary students.
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Carolina Club
Registration: Not required; please remember to register for the banquet.

Zollicoffer-Merrimon Banquet
The 38th Annual Zollicoffer-Merrimon Banquet is our annual event that honors our lecturer as well as recognizes the contributions of our SNMA, LMSA and QSA students to the community this past year, award the Zollicoffer-Cross Community Health Fellowship and honors some special guests in attendance.
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Carolina Club
Registration: Please register here

Directions to The Carolina Club

Directions to The MBRB Building (Closest parking for MBRB is the ACC Parking Lot)

If you have any questions, please contact, Lisa Long: lisa_long@med.unc.edu

We hope to see you all!

Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP
Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence
Director, Office of Special Programs
Clinical Associate Professor – Medicine
UNC School of Medicine
112th President National Medical Association

Highlights from Zollicoffer past

Alumni Reconnect Committee (ARC) Members

Katrina Avery, MD ’91
Cedric M. Bright, MD ’90
Hector Cooper, MD ’96
Roy Flood, MD ’91
Lisa Gillespie, MD ’94
Leon Herndon, MD ‘ 91
Yewande Johnson, MD ’99
Saundra Maass-Robinson, MD ’81
Zana H. Marks, MD ’90
Sean McLean, MD ’98
Pam Oliver, MD, MPH ’01
LeVonne Powell-Tillman, MD ’99
Vincent Schooler, MD, MPH ’00
Michael L. Zollicoffer, MD ’84
Wesley C. Fowler, MD ’66, Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs
Georgette Dent, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Emily Stevens, Director of Medical Education and Alumni Development