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Congratulations to Shelley Earp, MD, upon receiving this award given to honor faculty who have made “the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”

Dr. H. Shelton Earp, recipient of the 2023 Oliver Max Gardner Award

For his efforts in cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment and continued cancer research, benefitting the residents of North Carolina and beyond, joint faculty member, Shelley Earp, M.D., was awarded the prestigious 2023 Oliver Max Gardner Award, which recognizes any UNC systems faculty member who has “made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.” First presented in 1949, it is the highest honor conferred on faculty by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

“Since 1997, Earp has worked to make UNC Lineberger into the premier institution it is today. The N.C. Basnight Cancer Hospital, clinical home of UNC Lineberger, is ranked as the top cancer center in North Carolina and is among the top 30 nationwide. Earp has also initiated partnerships with other University of North Carolina System schools, including NC State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and East Carolina University, recognizing the importance of collaboration in research that leads to new treatments for cancer.” (~excerpt from the full press release: Top UNC Cancer Researcher Receives 2023 Oliver Max Gardner Award, published May 25 on The Univeristy of North Carolina System News Archive.)