Graduate: North Carolina State University – Master of Education, Instructional Technology
Undergraduate: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Bachelor of Science, Radiologic Science
Leveraging her knowledge and skills as a healthcare professional, educator, and leader, Melissa Culp is committed to increasing access to health services and to educating the next generation of global radiology leaders. Currently, she serves as Director of Global Radiology for the UNC Department of Radiology and supports collaborations in Kenya, Malawi, and North Carolina to improve health equity in the medical imaging landscape. Melissa creates alignment with a dynamic team of colleagues, partners, and stakeholders to achieve robust and sustainable global health progress – that promotes the vision of UNC Health and advances the university’s aims within the Carolina Next strategic plan.
From 2013 – 2020, Melissa served as an executive leader of the 501(c)(3) non-profit RAD-AID International, which seeks to improve access to radiology globally. In this role, she mentored RAD-AID directors in program development, implementation, and evaluation using a health services model with community-based partners in over 30 nations, including the United States. Concurrently, Melissa has held a faculty appointment with the UNC School of Medicine since 2012 and has been leading the global health program for the UNC Department of Radiology and for the Division of Radiologic Science in the Department of Allied Health Sciences since 2013 – with an official appointment recognizing these efforts awarded in 2019.
Using her graduate degree in education, Melissa has designed and implemented structured curricula to support the next generation of global radiology leaders, including the creation of the RAD-AID Certificate of Proficiency in Global Health Radiology and joint educational efforts with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and with UCLA. Presently, she facilitates the UNC Department of Radiology’s Global Health Leadership Pathway for residents and the department’s global radiology learning opportunities for medical students. Melissa believes it is important for health professionals entering the academic field of global health to have frameworks for sustainable collaboration that consider ethics and best practices.
Since 2006, Melissa’s experiences as a healthcare professional, educator, and global radiology leader confirm and underscore to her that each individual colleague, patient, and life is significant and has inherent value. To that end, she strives to listen deeply, to help her team members and learners grow their unique strengths and potential, and to intentionally and mindfully foster a community of belonging and respect.