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UNC Health Mobile Clinic Goes Beyond COVID-19 Testing

Posted 2 weeks ago

By Katie Nash While the coronavirus has been devastating for many North Carolinians, underserved communities across the state are feeling an outsized impact from the outbreak. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted disparities in access to care and health outcomes across … Continued

Chalk Art Lifts Staff, Patients Alike At UNC REX

Posted 3 weeks ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation As a clinical care and NICU night shift nurse at the UNC REX Women’s Center, Nicole Proctor has seen firsthand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her patients and their families. She’s also experienced … Continued

Colleagues Helping Colleagues

Posted 3 weeks ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation With the countless disruptions and uncertainties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many UNC Health employees have gone above and beyond their job duties to ensure their colleagues are prepared and cared for during … Continued

Tenacious Tenley Defies the Odds

Posted 3 months ago

Finding out that your unborn child might have birth defects is difficult for any expecting parent to hear. But that’s the situation Kristen Gavalier found herself in seven years ago, during a routine pre-natal test with her unborn daughter Tenley. … Continued

“What a Real Doctor Should Be”

Posted 5 months ago

An accomplished physician himself, UNC School of Medicine alumnus Dr. William Nebel knows a good doctor when he sees one. And he says Dr. Amy Shaheen, his internist of more than a decade, fits the bill as “what a real … Continued

The Sixth Annual Women’s Heart Symposium

Posted 5 months ago

On February 22, 2020, Dr. Paula Miller, UNC School of Medicine professor and director of the UNC Women’s Heart Program, will lead UNC’s sixth annual Women’s Heart Symposium. This free event provides hundreds of women with knowledge and resources designed … Continued

“The Heart and Soul of Health Care”

Posted 6 months ago

As the oldest student-run free health clinic in the United States, UNC School of Medicine’s Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) exemplifies the great things that happen when students, faculty, and alumni come together to improve the health of the North … Continued

A Healing Legacy

Posted 6 months ago

If one thing is clear from speaking with Steven Mozian’s parents and sister, it is that this son and brother made the most out of his short, 33-year life. Steven had a contagious laugh and a quick wit — two … Continued

Thank You, First Lady Kristin Cooper

Posted 7 months ago

On December 18, North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper and her daughter Natalie came to visit the NC Children’s Hospital. Patients and their families were thrilled to meet her and open presents. Being in the hospital during the holidays, even … Continued

An Evening Celebrating Philanthropy

Posted 7 months ago

On November 14, UNC Medicine held one of our largest events of the year to say “thank you” to our amazing supporters. As we enter the holiday season of gratitude, we are ever thankful for the philanthropic generosity from each … Continued

The Joy of Giving Back

Posted 7 months ago

Tomma and Bob Hargraves started their UNC journey in 1996 as “parents of a Carolina boy.” It was that same Carolina boy, now a physician in Georgia, who sent Tomma back to UNC 10 years later when she was diagnosed … Continued

“Boundless Opportunities” for Food Allergy Research

Posted 7 months ago

As director of the UNC Food Allergy Initiative and medical director of the UNC Allergy & Immunology Clinic, Dr. Edwin Kim treats children and adults living with a range of food allergies, and it is this hands-on work that informs … Continued

The Early Detection Difference

Posted 8 months ago

Cynthia Powell, MD, Professor in the Division of Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism, has dedicated her career to the improvement and implementation of advanced newborn screenings to identify rare diseases. In the U.S., the term “rare disease” applies to treatable conditions … Continued

Fighting the Wave of Diabetes

Posted 8 months ago

One in three Americans will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Or, UNC Diabetes Care Center founder and director John Buse puts it, “Anyone who is reading this article needs to look to the right and the left. One of those … Continued

Health Career Symposium Draws 135 High School Students

Posted 9 months ago

Every year since 1963, UNC Hospitals Volunteer Association has sponsored a North Carolina High School Health Career Symposium in Carrington Hall, the School of Nursing. This year the focus was on Neonatology, the care of premature and ill infants. Over … Continued

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Grant from Prolacta Bioscience Foundation Already Making Impact

Posted 9 months ago

10/14/2019 Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Prolacta Bioscience Foundation, the UNC Children’s NICU nurses are being provided more resources for breastfeeding mothers. On October 14th, a training session took place for our NICU nurses, funded by Prolacta Bioscience Foundation. … Continued

A Community of Support Like No Other

Posted 10 months ago

When Dr. Beat Steiner, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education at the UNC School of Medicine, welcomed students to campus this summer, he set the tone for their upcoming year of medical education. Dr. Steiner welcomed the MS1s and … Continued

Navigating the Opioid Crisis

Posted 11 months ago

As a pain physician, Dr. Brooke Chidgey is on the front lines of North Carolina’s opioid crisis. She sees the addiction and misuse that have defined these prescription drugs. At the same time, she sees patients who rely on opioid … Continued

UNC Medicine: Who We Are

Posted 11 months ago

At UNC Medicine, we get many questions about who we are and what exactly it is that we do. Between UNC Medicine, UNC Hospitals, and UNC School of Medicine, we know that this jumble of brands can quickly become confusing. … Continued

Q & A with UNC’s Dr. Ed Kernick

Posted 1 year ago

In 2018 and 2019, UNC School of Medicine’s Dr. Ed Kernick received the highly distinguished “Professor Award” at graduation. This award, selected by the senior class, is given in recognition of a faculty member who, by his or her willingness, understanding … Continued

A Passion for Her Patients: Dr. Deanna Sasaki-Adams

Posted 1 year ago

One of the first things you notice when meeting Dr. Deanna Sasaki-Adams is that she cares deeply about her patients. Her face lights up when she talks about aneurysm patients like Kaylan King, the young patient for whom she secured … Continued

Paying it Forward: The Alumni Loyalty Fund

Posted 1 year ago

Listening to Samantha “Sam” Giugliano Robin and Dr. Ted Kerner talk with one another, you would think they have known each other for the better part of a decade. In fact, they met less than three years ago, when Sam received … Continued

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Former Leukemia Patient Becomes Rockstar of 5C!

Posted 1 year ago

This is Ethan. He’s 19. About four and a half years ago, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He spent over 100 nights on the fifth floor of the NC Children’s Hospital before his leukemia went into remission. He … Continued

A Change of Wedding Plans

Posted 1 year ago

Less than a week before their wedding, Dustin Riedesel and his fiancée Katie were debating whether they should cancel. Riedesel had just been diagnosed at UNC Medical Center with a rare form of blood cancer called acute promyelocytic leukemia. At … Continued

Beyond the Field: UNC Medicine in Traumatic Brain Injury Care

Posted 1 year ago

UNC is internationally known for its research on sports-related concussions, led by Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Jason Mihalik, Associate Professor of Athletic Training. However, the way this research has influenced hands-on … Continued

In His Own Words

Posted 2 years ago

Michael Herce, MD, MPH, MSc, is focused on reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and is working toward a vaccine for the disease. Dr. Herce has lived in Zambia with his family for four years and has worked in both Zambia … Continued

The Little Things: Compassionate Care at UNC Children’s

Posted 2 years ago

Sometimes the little things define patient care. For Angie King, the care her daughter Kaylan received at UNC Children’s is defined by a late-night spaghetti delivery, special birthday decorations, and meeting Harry Styles. Ten-year-old Kaylan King had performed in her … Continued

Changing the Game for Cancer Survivors

Posted 2 years ago

Those who have undergone cancer treatments know that treatments come with difficult side effects, most notably fatigue. For some, side effects extend to pain, loss of muscle mass, loss of strength, depression, nausea and shortness of breath. UNC’s Get Real … Continued

A Research Mission to End Alzheimer’s

Posted 2 years ago

When Dr. Todd Cohen came to UNC in 2014, he was determined to understand what causes our brains to transform when we turn 40 or 50 years old. In just five years, he has built a lab that is paving … Continued

“Why Should I Care?”

Posted 2 years ago

“Why should I care?” With so many people in need all around us, people in our own communities, people across our state and our nation, it can be difficult to look past our immediate surroundings. The Institute for Global Health … Continued

Head for the Cure 5k with Dr. Simon Khagi

Posted 2 years ago

Neurological oncologist Simon Khagi, MD, thanks participants at the annual Head for the Cure 5k and discusses the far-reaching effects of brain cancer and the importance of raising critical funding for research.   For more information on how to support … Continued

Stepping Up to Serve

Posted 2 years ago

When Dr. Julie Byerley, Vice Dean for Education, saw how hard Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington, North Carolina, she immediately thought of the students and faculty at UNC School of Medicine’s branch campus at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). She … Continued

Global Health with Dr. Groesbeck Parham

Posted 2 years ago

Groesbeck Parham, MD, discusses his work in Zambia with gynecological oncology and increasing women’s access to cervical cancer screening and treatment, as well as elevating women to alleviate poverty.     For more information on how to support our global … Continued

A Partner for Progress

Posted 2 years ago

Aaron Mitchell, MD, demonstrated that physicians who received payments from pharmaceutical companies for meals, talks, and travel were more likely to prescribe these companies’ drugs for two types of cancer. Kate Westmoreland, MD, spent a year in Malawi, Africa researching … Continued

Honoring a Son’s Passion for Research

Posted 2 years ago

Mary Cress’s eldest son, David Richards, always had a penchant for science. She fondly remembers Dave returning home from a fourth grade science lesson to tell her with wonder that scientists had isolated DNA molecules and, a few years later, … Continued

Creating Leaders in Healthcare and Philanthropy

Posted 2 years ago

UNC’s Medical Education Development (MED) program provides underserved and underrepresented students with an avenue to explore their interest in applying for medical or dental school. The students supported by this program may not otherwise pursue a career in medicine, filling … Continued

Bearing Witness

Posted 2 years ago

UNC Medicine and UNC Children’s are working with clinicians in Malawi to care for children and make sure their stories are told.  

Leading by Example

Posted 2 years ago

Drs. Daniel and Kathleen “Katchy” Clarke-Pearson speak with tenderness and humor towards each other, yet remain modest when discussing their noteworthy accomplishments. This engaging pair have always been true partners—supporting one another’s careers in obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, respectively, … Continued