3rd Edition of The Social Medicine Reader Published

May 29, 2019

The UNC Department of Social Medicine is pleased to announce publication of the 3rd edition of The Social Medicine Reader, which includes Volume 1 ( Ethics and Cultures of Biomedicine) and Volume 2 (Differences and Inequalities). Six current and two former faculty from the department are editors of The Social Medicine Reader,  which is published … Continued

Sullivan, Lyerly publish article in PLOS ONE

May 9, 2019

Kristen A. Sullivan, PhD, is first author and Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, is corresponding author of an article that examines women’s views about contraception requirements for biomedical research participation. Both are in the Department of Social Medicine and the UNC Center for Bioethics. Kristen A. Sullivan, PhD, is first author and Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, is … Continued

Sitting in Limbo — Obamacare under Divided Government – Jonathan Oberlander, PhD (NEJM)

May 9, 2019

Nearly a decade after its enactment, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains in limbo. The Trump administration’s recent decision to ask a federal appellate court to uphold a district court ruling that invalidated the entire ACA underscores the ongoing conflict over health care reform. Yet the ensuing controversy over the administration’s action illustrates the formidable barriers to overturning Obamacare. What are the origins of the latest legal … Continued

Oberlander to serve on Medicare eligibility study panel

April 26, 2019

Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, professor and chair of social medicine, will serve on a new study panel formed by the National Academy of Social Insurance to examine potential changes to Medicare eligibility. Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, professor and chair of social medicine, will serve on a new study panel formed by the National Academy of Social Insurance to examine … Continued

Lyerly publishes editorial in JAMA

April 24, 2019

Statutory Restrictions on Advance Care Planning and Pregnancy Honoring a person’s wishes at the end of life is widely recognized as profoundly important to humane, ethical care. To that end, efforts to help individuals make their preferences about end-of-life care known have involved advance care planning, including the completion of advance directives and identification of a surrogate decision maker. Yet, in … Continued

Tonia Poteat Featured in ‘Game Changers in HIV’ Video

March 28, 2019

Tonia Poteat, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Social Medicine, is featured in an immersive video produced by TheBodyPRO.com. click to enlarge Tonia Poteat, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Social medicine, is featured in an immersive video produced by TheBodyPRO.com, which says she “transformed HIV and LGBTQ health care” and “her story is important for … Continued

Long overlooked by science, pregnancy is finally getting attention it deserves – Dr. Anne Lyerly (The Washington Post)

March 11, 2019

For two years, a group of world-class scientists pitched their idea for a hot new biotech company to investors: a start-up focused on a promising therapy for preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication that can become life-threatening. It was cutting-edge science, backed by a Nobel laureate, a Harvard kidney specialist, a leading chemist, and a biologist with … Continued