Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecturer

Every year an outstanding School of Medicine faculty member is selected to present the Norma Berryhill Lecture.


The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture began in 1985. Established to honor the medical school's “most able scientists and scholars,” the lectureship is named after the late Norma Berryhill, whose late husband, Dr. Walter Reece Berryhill, was dean of the school from 1941 to 1964. Along with her husband, she is considered the co-founder of UNC's four-year School of Medicine.  While honoring an eminent member of the School of Medicine faculty, the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture series serves as an occasion to welcome new faculty members in an academic convocation and to further the sense of community created and nurtured by Mrs. Berryhill.


The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture is our annual convocation. It is a time when we reflect upon our School’s splendid heritage of collegiality and excellence, to which Norma Berryhill contributed so much. It is also the occasion on which we welcome our newest faculty members.

The Dean and Advisory Committee of the School of Medicine established the Norma Berryhill Lectureship in September 1984.  The Lectureship has two essential components:

  1. a Lecture to be given annually by a member of the faculty of the Medical School; and
  2. a convocation of the Medical School to be held at the time of the Lecture and at which new faculty members will be recognized.

The aims of the Lectureship are twofold.  First, the selection of the Norma Berryhill Lecturer is meant to honor a member of the faculty whose accomplishments have added distinction to the Medical School.

Second, the convocation is intended to further a sense of community within the Medical School.  Because Mrs. Berryhill was a major factor in developing this sense, the Lectureship was named in her honor

The Lecturer shall be an actively employed member of the faculty of the School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the time of selection. Recently appointed faculty who have not arrived in Chapel Hill are not eligible. Nominations can be fixed-term faculty, tenure-track or tenured faculty.

1. Nominations for the Lecturer shall come from individual faculty members and alumni. Departmental, divisional, or other corporate nominations will not be accepted.

2. Nominees should have made distinguished contributions to the stature of the School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

3. The Committee requests that you send the name (s) of your nominee(s) with your reasons for the nomination stated briefly. The Committee will be responsible for obtaining other supporting materials, such as curriculum vitae, etc.

Please submit your nominations to the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture Selection Committee via Amy Armstrong ( by April 29, 2019.

Previous lecturers are:

1985    John B. Graham, MD (Pathology)

1986    G. Philip Manire, PhD (Microbiology)

1987    Floyd W. Denny, MD (Pediatrics)

1988    Mary Ellen Jones, PhD (Biochemistry)

1989    Colin G. Thomas, Jr., MD (Surgery)

1990    Carl W. Gottschalk, MD (Medicine)

1991    William B. Blythe, MD (Medicine)

1992    George Johnson, Jr., MD (Surgery)

1993    Stuart Bondurant, MD (Medicine)

1994    Judson J. Van Wyk, MD (Pediatrics)

1995    Christopher C. Fordham III, MD (Medicine)

1996    Frank C. Wilson, MD (Surgery)

1997    Joseph S. Pagano, MD (Medicine)

1998    Joe W. Grisham, MD (Pathology)

1999    P. Frederick Sparling, MD (Medicine)

2000    George F. Sheldon, MD (Surgery)

2001    Edward A. Norfleet, MD (Anesthesiology)

2002    Oliver Smithies, MA, DPhil (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)

2003    Harold R. Roberts, MD (Medicine & Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)

2004    Philip A. Bromberg, MD (Medicine)

2005    Joel E. Tepper, MD (Radiation Oncology)

2006    Robert C. Cefalo, MD, PhD (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

2007    H. Shelton Earp, III, MD (Medicine)

2008    Richard C. Boucher, Jr., MD (Medicine)

2009    Jeffrey L. Houpt, MD (Dean Emeritus/Psychiatry)

2010     Jenny P. Ting, PhD (Microbiology and Immunology)

2011    Ronald Falk, MD (Medicine)

2012    Eugene Orringer, MD (Medicine)

2013    Judith Tintinalli, MD, MS, FACEP (Emergency Medicine)

2014    Myron Cohen, MD (Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health)

2015    J. Charles Jennette (Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)

2016    Aziz Sancar (2015 Nobel Laureate, Biochemistry and Biophysics)

2017    Nancy Chescheir (OB/GYN)

2018    Giselle Corbie-Smith (Social Medicine)