Awards and Honors

The latest awards and honors for the faculty and staff at UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

SOM Professor and Two Graduates Receive 2019-2020 LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Awards

SOM Professor and Two Graduates Receive 2019-2020 LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Awards

Brad Figler, MD, associate professor of urology, received the award for his work creating the UNC Transgender Health Program as a way to support coordination and quality of care for transgender patients. Recent SOM graduates Noa Nessim, MD, and Margo Faulk, MD, received their awards for starting the Gender Affirming Care Clinic at UNC’s Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC, the nation’s first student-run free clinic).

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Cannefax Named Massey Award Winner

Cannefax Named Massey Award Winner

Julie Cannefax, student-business services coordinator for the curriculum in toxicology, received a 2020 Massey Award, one of the most prestigious distinctions for faculty and staff at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Griffith Wins Photographic Society of America’s Progress Award

Griffith Wins Photographic Society of America’s Progress Award

Jack Griffith, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the Progress in Photography Award from the Photographic Society of America for his work using photo-microscopy with the electron microscope to reveal details of DNA mechanics and organization.

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Menard Receives Outstanding District Service Award

Menard Receives Outstanding District Service Award

M. Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH, was honored with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Outstanding District Service Award amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Luigi Pascarella Receives Craver Medical Student Teaching Award

Luigi Pascarella Receives Craver Medical Student Teaching Award

It is with great pleasure we announce that Luigi Pascarella, MD, associate professor of vascular surgery and surgery clerkship director, has been chosen by the Academy of Educators as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Craver Medical Student Teaching Award.

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Knittel Selected as Recipient of Woods Faculty Award

Knittel Selected as Recipient of Woods Faculty Award

Andrea Knittel, MD, PhD, won the James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award for her research on women’s health and the criminal justice system.

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Fischer, Lazear Named Winners of the Jefferson-Pilot Fellowships

Fischer, Lazear Named Winners of the Jefferson-Pilot Fellowships

William Fischer, MD, and Helen Lazear, PhD, earned Jefferson-Pilot Fellowships in Academic Medicine from the UNC School of Medicine for their infectious diseases research and clinical care.

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Fowler, Cohen inducted into UNC’s Order of the Golden Fleece

Fowler, Cohen inducted into UNC’s Order of the Golden Fleece

Wesley Fowler, MD, Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Myron Cohen, MD, Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology and Epidemiology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health, and Director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, have been inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece.

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Congratulations to recent AOA inductees

This spring, 10 medical students, 24 residents & fellows, 10 faculty, and 2 SOM alumni were inducted into AOA, the national medical honor society.

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Tan Honored as Staff Recipient for University Awards for the Advancement of Women

Tan Honored as Staff Recipient for University Awards for the Advancement of Women

Valerie Tan, the associate chair for administration in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the UNC School of Medicine, has been selected as the staff recipient of the 2020 University Awards for the Advancement of Women, offered annually by the Carolina Women’s Center.

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2020 Innovation Pilot Award Winners Announced

The UNC Center for Health Innovation is pleased to announce the winners of the eighth annual Innovation Pilot Awards. Proposals were sought from UNC Health and School of Medicine faculty and employees for innovations across a spectrum of areas including care delivery, new technology, advanced analytics, and more.

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2020 UNC Diversity Awards Winners Announced

2020 UNC Diversity Awards Winners Announced

UNC has announced the winners of the 12th annual Diversity Awards, which recognize individuals and groups who have given their time and effort to further diversity, equity and inclusion at Carolina and in our surrounding community. The UNC School of Medicine has two winners from the faculty and group collaboration categories.

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Drake Receives University Award for the Advancement of Women

Drake Receives University Award for the Advancement of Women

Amelia F. Drake, MD, FACS has been selected as this year’s faculty recipient for the University Award for the Advancement of Women, given by the Offices of the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, and Provost, in collaboration with the Carolina Women’s Center.

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Kirkman Receives ADA’s Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award

Kirkman Receives ADA’s Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award

Sue Kirkman, MD, professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, has received the American Diabetes Association’s 2020 Outstanding Physician-Clinician in Diabetes Award, recognizing her outstanding achievements in improving diabetes clinical practice. The honor is scheduled to be presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 80th Scientific Sessions in Chicago, Illinois, in June.

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UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Third Straight Year

UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Third Straight Year

In the organization’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC School of Medicine 1st in primary care and 23rd in research.

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UNC Explorations in Global Health 2019 Seed Grant Award Recipients

The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID) is pleased to announce the recipients of 2019 Explorations in Global Health seed grants. Seven collaborative projects awarded in July 2019 are now working to establish or strengthen partnerships between UNC researchers and scientists abroad. See the 2019 award winners’ information and a brief description of their research endeavors. 2020 Applications due May 1.

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Jennette Receives Lifetime Achieve Award

Jennette Receives Lifetime Achieve Award

J. Charles Jennette, MD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and professor of medicine, has received the Robert H. Heptinstall Lifetime Achievement Award from the Renal Pathology Society (RPS). The honor was presented February 29 at the RPS Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA.

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Yasemin Cole Receives Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Yasemin Cole Receives Gates Cambridge Scholarship

School of Medicine student Yasemin Cole will be attending the University of Cambridge pursuing a doctoral degree in genomic sciences. She was one of 28 individuals chosen nationwide for the competitive and fully funded scholarship.

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Announcing the Five Teams Receiving Emerging Challenges Grants

The UNC School of Medicine awarded the 2019 Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research Awards to five teams conducting basic science research in the fields of machine-learning, flaviviruses, vaping, and LPL trafficking

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Richmond Awarded 2020 American Geriatrics Society Edward Henderson Student Award

Richmond Awarded 2020 American Geriatrics Society Edward Henderson Student Award

Natalie Richmond, a fourth-year medical student, has been awarded the 2020 American Geriatrics Society Edward Henderson Student Award for leadership and involvement in advancing geriatric medicine.

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