For more than 30 years, Dr. Cross was a member of the UNC School of Medicine faculty. At the time of his death, he was vice chair of the Department of Social Medicine and professor of pediatrics and professor of maternal and child health in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Cross was honored by medical students, colleagues and others in recognition of his compassion and empathy in the delivery of care. He received the annual Whitehead Lecture in 2011, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award, also in 2011, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Educators in 2010. Dr. Cross held many other notable leadership roles, such as director of the Preventative Medicine Residency program in the School of Medicine, interim chair of the Department of Social Medicine from 2007 to 2009 and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
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