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#ValuesSuperStars: Daya Watelski

Posted 17 hours ago

#ValuesSuperStars: Daya Watelski – The Joy In Her Heart Brings Light to All If you’ve met Daya Watelski, chances are that she has made an impression on you. It seems everyone she touches is thankful for the joy she brings … Continued

UNC School of Medicine Class of 2025 Begins Journey

Posted 1 month ago

Earlier this month, the UNC School of Medicine Class of 2025 took the next step in its journey toward becoming our future healthcare professionals with the beginning of the fall semester. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, this class is … Continued

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New Fund To Promote Diversity In Speech and Hearing Science

Posted 2 months ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation Jenni Shafer, PhD, has dedicated her career to helping others. In addition to academic accomplishments that include earning her PhD from the UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and a … Continued

Targeted Therapies for a Silent Struggle

Posted 2 months ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation Research evolves quickly and does not always follow a grand plan. For Aadra Bhatt, this flexibility led to finding her career passion. An assistant professor in UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology and … Continued

Celebrating by Giving Back: Beth’s Crowdfunding Story

Posted 2 months ago

Six years ago, Beth Silverstein took charge of her destiny. After consulting with an interdisciplinary team from UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Charlotte resident decided to have a bilateral mastectomy on Feb. 3, 2015, and a Salpingo-oophorectomy to remove … Continued

Gladwell Orthodontics’ Charity Café Benefits UNC Children’s

Posted 3 months ago

UNC Children’s is ecstatic to be the selected charity benefitting from Gladwell Orthodontics’ Charity Café for the entire third quarter! From July-September, you can visit any of their three locations in the Triangle–Wake Forest, Raleigh and Downtown Raleigh–for a FREE … Continued

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Carrying Kindness Forward

Posted 4 months ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation Patti Brenton had an infectious personality. When it came time to create a slideshow of photos to celebrate Patti’s life earlier this year, the funeral director in charge found the task of culling the … Continued

Cookies for Kids: Support UNC Children’s!

Posted 4 months ago

Triangle area Chick-fil-A locations will be supporting UNC Children’s and other local children’s hospitals May 31 through June 5! Purchase Chocolate Chunk Cookies (6-count) at any of the following Greater Triangle area Chick-fil-A restaurants and Chick-fil-A will donate 25% of … Continued

Supporting Residents in the Clinic and Beyond

Posted 5 months ago

For Debra Bynum, MD, her position as director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UNC School of Medicine is deeply personal. Originally hailing from Jacksonville, North Carolina, and being the first in her family to finish high school, lifelong … Continued

UNC School of Medicine students volunteer at the Friday Center vaccine clinic.

Students, Faculty Connecting Through A Pandemic Year

Posted 5 months ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation Celia Mizelle has never experienced “normal” medical school. The first-year Lucius Blanchard Carolina Family Scholarship recipient from Chapel Hill came to the UNC School of Medicine last fall after spending a year working and … Continued

PM&R Bringing Collaborative Care To COVID-19 Recovery Clinic

Posted 6 months ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, as increasing numbers of patients dealing with acute infections were being treated across the UNC Health system, doctors in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and … Continued

Population Health Services Manager Randi Towns leads a UNC Health Alliance team at a mobile health clinic providing COVID-19 testing and related services to the community on August 21, 2020 in Raleigh, NC on the campus of St. Augustine’s University, a community partner in providing the valuable services.

Leading The Way Toward Health Equity

Posted 7 months ago

UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine are committed to health equity for all. In an effort to identify and address systemic disparities that have prevented equitable access to healthcare in the past, a number of new and existing … Continued

McAllister Heart Institute Pivots to COVID-19

Posted 7 months ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine’s top physicians and researchers have worked tirelessly to find answers, notably through vaccine research and therapeutic development. While these discoveries have brought … Continued

UNC School of Medicine To Launch MED EXCEL Program

Posted 8 months ago

By Claudis Polk, O’Rese Knight, Neva Howard and Beat Steiner   We want to share with you an exciting and powerful innovation centered on social justice and aimed at narrowing persistent and severe health disparities in our state and in … Continued

Q & A: COVID-19 Vaccine Research at UNC Health

Posted 8 months ago

Blossom Damania, PhD, is Vice Dean for Research in the UNC School of Medicine and the Boshamer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.   How did the Moderna trials come to be at UNC Health? UNC School … Continued

Stephen Tilley, Kristie McNeill and Mary Clark

A Patient Advocate: Adult Asthma Care

Posted 9 months ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation In the midst of a public health crisis centered around a virus that attacks the lungs, asthma continues to be of great concern to Stephen Tilley, MD, and his team. A life-long Tar Heel … Continued

Carolina Care in Action

Posted 10 months ago

If you ask Kelly Barris about her experience working as an outreach nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic, she’ll tell you it’s not as simple as just calling patients. On the morning of June 10, Barris was speaking with a COVID-positive … Continued

Lauren Lux, MSW, and Catherine Swift, LCWSA, chat with a patient.

AYA Cancer Program Thriving At Five

Posted 10 months ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation The story of UNC Lineberger’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program started with a single spark. A spark in the form of Sophie Steiner, a teen cancer patient who saw what others hadn’t … Continued

Serving the Human First

Posted 10 months ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation “Healing doesn’t start with your hands in the clinic or your head in the classroom – it starts with your heart in the community.” Claudis Polk, Director of Scholastic Enrichment and Equity at UNC … Continued

A Mother’s Promise Endures After Treatment Ends

Posted 12 months ago

Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2016, 11-year-old Dylan Thomas fought for two years through bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy treatments and relapses before he succumbed to the disease in 2018.   Before this courageous young man passed, he wanted his … Continued

UNC Football Ladies Clinic a Virtual Touchdown

Posted 1 year ago

UNC football head coach Mack Brown and his wife Sally hosted the 2020 Ladies Virtual Football Clinic online this August, raising more than $12,000 for the “Say Yes” fund, benefitting the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.   Coach Brown spoke about … Continued

UNC Children’s Hospital School Reaches Fundraising Goal

Posted 1 year ago

The UNC Children’s fundraising campaign for the UNC Hospital School’s reached its goal of raising more than $25,000 to purchase iPads and school project kits, which have become essential in continuing the school’s mission of educating patients during the pandemic. … Continued

First Look: Game Changers

Posted 1 year ago

Game Changers is back and better than ever! Game Changers is a virtual series of conversations with the expert physicians, researchers and faculty who make UNC Health a global leader in the fight to keep us all healthy and safe. … Continued

Uncovering a Hidden Allergy

Posted 1 year ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation For millions across the nation, summer means sunshine, cookouts and outdoor activities (from a safe distance, of course). However, increased time spent outdoors means potential exposure to bites from harmful insects such as ticks. … Continued

UNC Health Mobile Clinic Goes Beyond COVID-19 Testing

Posted 1 year ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation 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 … Continued

Chalk Art Lifts Staff, Patients Alike At UNC REX

Posted 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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