Giselle Corbie-Smith Elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 25, 2018

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the departments of social medicine and medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine for her scholarly work on the practical and ethical issues of engaging communities in research to achieve health and equity.

Social Medicine Welcomes Tonia Poteat to the Faculty

October 25, 2018

Social Medicine is thrilled to announce that Tonia Poteat has joined the Department as an assistant professor. She will also serve as a core faculty member in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. Tonia holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins and an MPH and MMSc from Emory, and is a practicing physician assistant. Her research, teaching, and clinical practice have focused on HIV and LGBT health disparities, with particular attention to the health and well-being of transgender communities.

Sue Estroff receives UNC’s Thomas Jefferson Award

October 25, 2018

The annual Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes a UNC faculty member who, through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing and scholarship, has best exemplified the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson. UNC faculty members nominate candidates for the honor, which carries a cash prize; a faculty committee chooses the recipient. Chancellor Carol Folt presented the award to Sue Estroff, PhD, at a meeting of the Faculty Council last week.

Buchbinder article analyzes debate over aid-in-dying laws

May 7, 2018

   Medical aid-in-dying laws are on the rise in the U.S., but patients still face substantial barriers to access, according to      an analysis by Mara Buchbinder, PhD. Eight U.S. jurisdictions (seven states plus the District of Columbia) now allow physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a mentally competent, terminally ill … Continued

Lyerly and Jaffe co-author JAMA Viewpoint on Zika and Guidelines for Testing Pregnant Women

October 30, 2017

Annie Lyerly, Professor of Social Medicine and Associate Director of the UNC Center for Bioethics, and Elana Jaffe, a research project manager in Social Medicine, co-authored, along with Ilona Goldfarb, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital. A JAMA Viewpoint article analyzing new CDC guidelines for testing pregnant women for the Zika virus.

Repeal, Replace, Repair, Retreat — Republicans’ Health Care Quagmire

August 9, 2017

Jon Oberlander. New England Journal of Medicine. For 7 years, Republicans vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With Donald Trump in the White House and Republican majorities in Congress, the GOP was poised to make good on that pledge. Yet less than 7 months into the Trump administration, the GOP’s crusade … Continued

Mara Buchbinder Receives Hettleman Award

August 1, 2017

Dr. Mara Buchbinder, Associate Professor of Social Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology, has been selected to receive a 2017 Ruth and Philip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. The Hettleman award is one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s most prestigious acknowledgments of faculty excellence. Dr. Buchbinder was recognized by … Continued

Annie Lyerly Co-Authors Guidance on Pregnant Women & Zika Vaccine Research

June 1, 2017

Dr. Annie Lyerly, Professor of Social Medicine and Associate Director of the UNC Center for Bioethics, co-led development of new guidance from The Ethics Working Group on ZIKV Research & Pregnancy on how to ensure that the needs of pregnant women and their offspring are adequately included and addressed in the race towards an efficacious vaccine against the … Continued