Campion to step down from position as Chair, Department of Orthopaedics

Edmund Campion, MD, has announced that he will be retiring effective at the end of this year. A national search will commence to find a replacement for Campion as Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.

Campion to step down from position as Chair, Department of Orthopaedics click to enlarge Ed Campion, MD

Edmund Campion, MD, has announced that he will be retiring effective at the end of this year. A national search will commence to find a replacement for Campion as Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.

Dr. Campion has been a member of the UNC School of Medicine since starting his Orthopaedic residency in 1985. During his 33 years at UNC, he has held numerous leadership roles, culminating in the position of Frank C. Wilson Distinguished Professor and Chair of Orthopaedics, where he has served since 2013. From 1995 – 2012 he served as Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Program at UNC. His commitment to education also led to his appointment as Director of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons educators’ course for nearly two decades.  This course is the longest running in the country dedicated to educating physicians, of any discipline, in how to teach.  Dr. Campion has served as Interim Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from October 2016 through February 2018.

Clinically, Dr. Campion is recognized as an authority in the field of pediatric orthopaedics. Recently he led the effort to position UNC as one of the first facilities in the country to offer the Magec Rod, a life-changing therapy for children with scoliosis. He has also contributed his time and expertise to expanding orthopaedic care internationally. Dr. Campion is co-founder and board member of COAN (Cooperation Orthopaedica Americana, Nicaraguense), a nonprofit organization working to remake orthopaedic care in Nicaragua. In addition to medical work in Nicaragua, he has provided pediatric orthopaedic care throughout the developing world, including  Panama, Columbia, Morocco, Romania, Palestine, Jordan, Kenya and, the Philippines. In 2010, Dr. Campion received an honorary professorship at Leon University in Nicaragua for his contributions to the health of their nation from over a decade of service and education.

“Dr. Campion is an outstanding clinician, leader, and mentor,” said Wesley Burks, MD, Executive Dean of the UNC School of Medicine. “Under his leadership, the Department of Orthopaedics has cemented its reputation as a leader in sports medicine and greatly expanded its clinical offerings to patients throughout our area. We thank him for his service to our institution and wish him well in retirement.”

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