Considered the father of pediatric endocrinology at UNC, Dr. Van Wyk is largely responsible for the development of the Department of Pediatrics. His influence at UNC began in 1955 when he was recruited as the fourth member of the pediatric faculty by Ed Curnen, MD, chief of the department. Prior to his time at UNC, Dr. Van Wyk spent two years at the National Institutes of Health, working as a member of the National Heart Institute. His relationship with the NIH, however, did not end there. He received numerous research awards and training grants from the NIH, and under his direction, basic pediatric research and clinical care flourished side by side. Dr. Van Wyk considered the endocrine training program for postdoctoral students at UNC to be the source of his greatest professional and personal satisfaction.
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