Dr. Pauline Filippou, Chief Urology Resident has been selected to receive one of 2019’s prestigious Pope Clinical Trainee Awards.

Dr. Filippou joins a distinguished list of UNC Urology Residency Program alumni including current faculty member Angela Smith, MD, MS and David Johnson, MD, MPH who were recipients of the award in 2012 and 2014 respectively.


Supported by the John William Pope Foundation, awardees are named by the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center with nominations voted on by all Department Chairs and Division Chiefs of cancer-related clinical and research areas.

The Pope Clinical Trainee Award is designed to honor emerging physician-researchers for excellence, accomplishment, and dedication to cancer research and clinical care.

Dr. Filippou’s Research

Dr. Filippou was recognized for her work in conjunction with Dr. Angela Smith on evaluating the racial differences of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) among men before, during, and after undergoing surgical and radiative treatment for prostate cancer. This research was presented at the 2019 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting this past May in Chicago, Illinois.

“I’m am indebted to Dr. Smith and the rest of the urologic oncology faculty for nominating me for this award, and for continuously supporting the well-rounded development of my career as a future urologic oncologist. I take great pride in caring for our patients, and I am honored to have been recognized for doing work that brings me such fulfillment and joy.”

Pauline Filippou, MD
Chief Resident

Dr. Pauline Filippou, Residency Class of 2020

Next Steps:

After completing residency, Dr. Filippou will be furthering her training at the University of Washington in Seattle where she will be UW’s first female urologic oncology fellow. There she will spend a research year investigating the early integration of palliative care within the urologic oncology clinical setting, followed by a clinical year honing surgical expertise in complex urologic oncology cases.

About The Pope Foundation:

The awards, supported by the John William Pope Foundation, are given to emerging physician-scientists in-training based on their excellence in research and clinical oncology practice.

The Pope Foundation endows the Clinical Trainee Awards through a gift made in 2014 designed to help recruit, educate and train future oncologists.