Congratulations to our Health Care Heroes!

UNC Health Care and Rex Healthcare combined to field eight winners in the Triangle Business Journal's Health Care Heroes Awards for 2015! We've listed our winners below. Congratulations to them all!

Congratulations to our Health Care Heroes! click to enlarge (top row, L to R) Charles Perou, PhD, Julie Huffman, MA CCC-SLP, and Billy Fischer, MD; (middle row, L to R) Jason Katz, MD, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD; (bottom row, L to R) Bit Hardy, president of the Rex Healthcare Guild, Susan Wilson, NP, Ryan Conklin

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dr. Billy Fischer -- Rising Star
Dr. Billy Fischer is a UNC Health Care physician scientist working to treat Ebola.  In May and June 2014 he spent 12 days working to save lives at an Ebola clinic in Gueckedou, Guinea, and wrote movingly about the experience in a series of emails to friends, family and colleagues, which you can read here.  Then in December 2014, Dr. Fischer returned to West Africa. He and another UNC School of Medicine physician, David Wohl, MD, traveled to Monrovia, Liberia to assist in an Ebola treatment clinical trial.Read Triangle Business Journal profile.

Susan Wilson -- Medical Professional
Susan Wilson is a stroke nurse practitioner at UNC who is committed to spreading the latest stroke knowledge and resources to health care workers across the country. This dedication has earned her a 2014 Raise Award from the National Stroke Association.
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Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody -- Physicians/Physician Practice
UNC’s Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody is director of UNC's Perinatal Psychiatry Program and was instrumental in creating an inpatient unit at UNC Hospitals for the treatment of women with postpartum depression, which was the first of its kind in the U.S. She also started a program at UNC to help reduce physician burnout, called "Taking Care of Our Own." In 2012 she was named one of the Triangle's Top 10 Women in Medicine by Triangle Medical News.  
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Dr. Jason Katz -- Physicians/Physician Practice
Dr. Jason Katz of UNC focuses on patients with end-stage heart disease. At UNC Hospitals he is Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit & Critical Care Service. He is also Medical Director of the UNC Mechanical Heart Program.
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Rex Healthcare Guild -- Volunteer
The Rex Healthcare Guild, a group comprised of civic-minded and spirited women, helps support the mission of Rex Hospital financially through their excellent volunteerism and forward vision. Their commitment to Rex Hospital dates back to 1936. The Guild has provided funds and supplies, on both a large and small scale, with profound benefit to our community and also to the talented employees. Since 1936, the Rex Guild has evolved from a handful of physicians' wives to more than 1,300 humble and dedicated volunteers.
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Ryan Conklin -- Support Services Executive
Executive Chef Ryan Conklin heads up Rex Healthcare’s food services unit. Earlier this week he won the “Got to Be NC” Competition Dining Series in a heated final battle on Monday night. After his formal training at The Culinary Institute of America, Conklin worked for the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, and he continued sharpening his skills as a chef in Limerick, Ireland, Sarasota, Fla., and New York’s Hudson Valley Region. He has managed healthcare food service at Rex Hospital for the past 11 years, and is committed to reinventing modern healthcare cuisine, while removing the stigma of “hospital food.” 
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Julie Huffman -- Allied Health Professional
Julie Huffman, a Clinical Coordinator/Speech Language Pathologist at Rex Healthcare, works with patients with voice or swallowing disorders.
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Chuck Perou -- Innovator/Researcher
Chuck Perou runs a science research lab at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Perou’s research crosses the disciplines of cancer biology, genomics, bioinformatics, epidemiology and the clinical treatment of cancer patients. His major contribution to the field has been in the genomic characterization of the diversity of human tumors, which resulted in the discovery of the Intrinsic Subtypes of Breast Cancer. This genomic classification also first identified the Basal-like/Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Subtype, which is now an important biological point of emphasis in his lab. This genomic-based classification is now being used to help physicians better understand why some cancers do, or do not, respond to standard therapies, and to begin to tailor treatment to each patient’s disease.
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In addition to the winners listed above, the following from UNC and Rex were named as finalists:

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