Paul Godley, MD, PhD, MPP, has held multiple leadership positions within the UNC School of Medicine. He’ll soon assume the newly created position of Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, effective February 1. In this role, he will lead the School of Medicine’s efforts to build a diverse faculty and inclusive environment that values and respects the contributions of all members. Godley will work closely with leaders from across the institution, including admissions, human resources, faculty recruitment, professional development, academic leadership, institutional advancement, and colleagues in the UNC Health Care System. Godley will report directly to Executive Dean, Wesley Burks, MD.
Godley will oversee the creation of a Diversity Strategic Plan at the School of Medicine, working to promote and advance diversity among faculty, staff, trainees and students. He will advise departments on ways to foster diversity within their ranks and ensure that those traditionally underrepresented in medicine will have representation within leadership committees and a voice in the development of new initiatives.
“The new position of Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion signals the importance of diversity at a critical time for the medical school, the state of North Carolina and the country,” Godley said. “I am honored to accept this position and I very much look forward to working with my colleagues to make UNC School of Medicine a leader in diversity and inclusion.”
Godley has held multiple administrative roles at the UNC School of Medicine, most recently serving as Vice Dean for Finance and Administration. This role will be restructured after Godley moves out of the position on January 31. Prior to his role as Vice Dean, he held the position of Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. In 2001 Godley became Director of the Program on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes (ECHO), a UNC-wide initiative to advance understanding and elimination of racial health disparities through multidisciplinary research, education and training, and community partnerships. He serves as the Rush S. Dickson Distinguished Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, and is an active clinician and researcher, conducting a wide range of research in prostate cancer.
Godley is a graduate of Yale University; he earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and Master of public policy degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He completed his internship and residency at the Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and the Cleveland VA Medical Center. He came to UNC in 1987 for a research fellowship in cancer epidemiology, earning his PhD from UNC in 1993 as well as completing his subspecialty training in hematology and oncology.