Rahangdale receives James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award

Lisa Rahangdale, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director, NC Women’s Hospital Dysplasia Clinic, has received the school’s prestigious James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award.

Rahangdale receives James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award click to enlarge Lisa Rahangdale, MD, MPH
Rahangdale receives James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award click to enlarge John M. Thorp, Jr., MD, David Kaufman, MD,PhD, Lisa Rahangdale, MD, MPH and William Roper, MD, MPH

Dr. Rahangdale works in the Women’s Primary Healthcare Division and has special interests and expertise in reproductive infectious diseases. This includes not only reproductive decision-making amongst couples in which one of the partners is infected with HIV, but also viral induced dysplasia and ultimately carcinoma of the cervix.

She is a clinical leader in the cervical dysplasia clinic and has completely revamped the operation of the clinic to reflect recent advances in viral detection and immunization. She has also set up an infrastructure that allows for research as part of clinical care.

“Lisa is in the top decile of junior faculty clinicians in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Public Health that I have worked with during my time at UNC,” said John Thorp, MD, Director, Women’s Primary Healthcare.

“She combines the attributes that one would link to Dr. Woods, in that she is an excellent clinician and is embarking upon a research career with great potential centered in her clinical activities.”

The Woods Award was established through the generosity of the late James Watson Woods, MD, a cardiologist and professor in the School of Medicine from 1953 to 1983.  Dr. Rahangdale will receive a total of $3,000 to be used at her discretion for the support of her scholarly endeavors.

Dr. Rahangdale plans to use the funds to conduct a focused research project to test topical treatments for moderate dysplasia of the cervix.  This approach may provide effective treatment of dysplasia and also improve the child-bearing potential of the affected women.