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ECU physician receives national service award

Dr. Michael Lang (Contributed photo)

Dr. Michael Lang (Contributed photo)

A physician at the ECU Brody School of Medicine has received the 2018 Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry (AMP).

Dr. Michael Lang, clinical associate professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, was recognized for his contributions to the organization during its recent annual meeting in Chicago.

Lang directs the Internal Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program as well as ECU’s electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation programs. He also serves as secretary of the AMP and is co-chairing the planning committee for the group’s next annual meeting.

“The organization, which has as its mission ‘Promoting Education, Mentorship, Research and Quality Patient Care at the Interface of Medicine and Psychiatry,’ benefited greatly from Dr. Lang’s tireless advocacy to further visibility and promote the mission broadly through efforts at local and national meetings, recruitment of effective and inspirational speakers, and work to promote stability and growth in the organization,” AMP president Dr. Jane Gagliardi said.

“Dr. Lang was unanimously selected to receive the 2018 AMP Outstanding Service Award in honor of his important contributions and efforts to further the reach of AMP.”

Lang earned his medical degree from East Carolina University in 2002 and completed residency training at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Medical Center) in 2007. He also completed a fellowship at Duke University in 2009 to become certified in electroconvulsive therapy. He joined the ECU faculty in 2007.


-by Kelly R. Dilda, University Communications

Bright named associate dean for ECU Brody School of Medicine admissions

Dr. Cedric Bright. (Contributed photo)

Dr. Cedric Bright (Contributed photo)

Cedric M. Bright, associate dean for inclusive excellence at the UNC School of Medicine, has been named associate dean for admissions for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, effective Feb. 4.

Bright will step into the role currently held by Dr. James Peden, who will become associate dean for admissions emeritus effective Feb. 1 and will remain a tenured professor at Brody.

Bright will also serve as a clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. A graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, Bright has served on the UNC School of Medicine faculty since 2011. He also has served as assistant dean for admissions, director of the Office of Special Programs and director of pipeline programs. He previously was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Duke University.

“We are certainly fortunate to have Dr. Bright join us, bringing his talent, energy and outstanding work in medical school admissions and diversity,” said Dr. Mark Stacy, dean of Brody and vice chancellor for ECU’s Division of Health Sciences. “We look forward to his expertise helping to lead our efforts to ensure the success of tomorrow’s physicians for North Carolina.”

In conjunction with Bright’s efforts to diversify the student body of the UNC School of Medicine, he has led UNC’s Medical Education Development (MED) program, a summer program that provides students from underrepresented backgrounds training and preparation for success in medical or dental school. The program began in 1974 and is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Since 2004, the MED program has seen more than 1,200 participants, with more than 50 percent gaining entrance into a graduate program. Of the participants, 212 have gone on to become doctors, 90 have become dentists and 124 have graduated with a Master of Science degree.

Bright served as the 112th president of the National Medical Association and is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and National Medical Fellowships Inc. He was featured in the 2015 AAMC report “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine” and participated in a National Academy of Science forum addressing the lack of black males in medicine. He has also led numerous workshops on workforce diversity. In 2017, Bright earned an Award for Distinguished Service in the Health Field from the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.


-by Spaine Stephens, University Communications

ECU surgeon inducted into prestigious Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Dr. Carl Haisch

Dr. Carl Haisch

Dr. Carl E. Haisch, a transplant surgeon and professor at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, recently became one of 91 esteemed international surgeons to be admitted into the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) newly created Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

The academy recognizes surgeon educators who have devoted their careers to surgical education, as the academy’s mission is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties, promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons.

Following a stringent peer review, individuals are selected as either “members” or “associate members” and commit to furthering the academy’s goals, which include: recruiting innovators and thought leaders committed to advancing lifelong surgical education, translating innovation into actions, fostering exchange of creative ideas, disseminating advances in surgical education and positively impacting the quality of surgical care and patient safety.

“This is an important time in medicine for such an accomplished and innovative group of surgeon educators to come together. Underscoring the critical importance of surgical education in a changing health care environment will be one major focus for the work of the Academy,” said Dr. David B. Hoyt, executive director of the ACS.  “We congratulate and welcome all members and associate members of the inaugural class.”

Haisch, who was inducted as an associate member of the academy, is currently Brody’s vice-chair of education and faculty development and the director of surgical education for third- and fourth-year medical students.He alsoserved as Brody’s associate dean for faculty development.

Nationally, he has held a host of leadership positions for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and the PanAfrican Academy of Christian Surgeons.

Haisch was a recipient of the Bernard Vick Teaching Award for Excellence and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award. Last year, surgical residents in Brody’s Department of Surgery created the Carl E. Haisch Humanism Award to honor individuals who demonstrate medical humanism in the care of patients and interactions with others in the medical field. Haisch was named the award’s first recipient.

“Dr. Haisch has long been recognized as a favorite and highly effective teacher for Brody School of Medicine students, residents and fellows. We take great pride in his being named an inaugural member of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators” said Dr. Mark Stacy, Brody’s dean and the vice chancellor for ECU’s health sciences division.


-by Rob Spahr, University Communications

ECU, Eastern AHEC host Rural Health Symposium

Developing community relationships to improve the health of the region was a major direction of the second annual Rural Health Symposium hosted by the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Eastern Area Health Education Center and other partners.

Approximately 110 participants – including physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, counselors, social workers and educators – gathered at Eastern AHEC on Jan. 10-11 from more than 20 different counties across eastern North Carolina.

The difference between health and health care emerged as a significant topic of discussion. The symposium was planned to focus on innovative and collaborative efforts to provide better care to areas with limited resources, exploring community, business, and leadership models.

“We’re really trying to think about health instead of health care,” said keynote speaker Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “It’s more than just what happens in a hospital or clinic. How do we ask about things like food, housing, violence and jobs in the context of a health visit?”

With 80 percent of the state being rural, it’s important to address not only access to care but also business and infrastructure in these areas, Cohen continued. “Brody and others who are focused on serving the people of North Carolina are doing great work. We want folks to see what great communities we have here and to build a life and a family here, as well as to care for them.”

Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, speaks during the second annual Rural Health Symposium on Jan. 10, 2019.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, speaks during the second annual Rural Health Symposium on Jan. 10. (Photo by Jackie Drake)

The discussion needs to be broadened “beyond the four walls of the clinic” to address diverging life expectancy rates and other disparities in urban and rural areas, according to keynote speaker Tom Morris, associate administrator for rural health policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Symposium topics included oral health disparities, veteran health, mental health and health literacy, school-based telehealth, resilience and wellbeing for health care providers, health careers pipeline programming in rural schools, disaster preparedness, Alzheimer’s disease in North Carolina’s American Indians, the impact of soil health on human health, and more.

A networking event, sponsored by the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, was held Thursday evening that allowed professionals to share their projects and progress and make important contacts.

“This symposium is not just for education and knowledge transfer,” said Dr. Lorrie Basnight, executive director of Eastern AHEC and associate dean of continuing medical education at Brody. “This is a setting for people to network and discover new partners and organizations to collaborate with across the region.”

Projects from the ECU Rural Prosperity Initiative were featured, including telepsychiatry in hospital emergency departments across the region, research clusters between the Department of Psychology and the College of Nursing, colorectal cancer screening, community engagement in West Greenville (an urban area with rural applications), and a school-based oral health expansion program between the School of Dental Medicine and Bertie County Public Schools.

“Rural is a state of mind and a state of heart. It’s about community, compassion and commitment,” said Maggie Sauer, director of the Office of Rural Health in NC DHHS. “Yes, there is a lot of need, but there is a lot of strength and a lot of assets in rural areas. These communities know you can’t parcel out health care. Everything has to be discussed, including jobs and the economy, for the health of the community.”

This program was jointly provided by Brody’s Office of Continuing Medical Education, Vidant Health and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in association with Eastern AHEC.


-by Jackie Drake, Eastern AHEC

Brody alumni selected for prestigious teaching award

A pair of Brody alumni recently received a distinguished award for their contributions to teaching and mentoring the next generation of family physicians.

Dr. Bryan Bunn ’10 and Dr. Jeremy Sexton ’11 were selected to receive a 2018 Community Teaching Award from the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

Brody School of Medicine alums Dr. Bryan Bunn, left, and Dr. Jeremy Sexton were selected to receive a 2018 Community Teaching Award from the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

Brody School of Medicine alums Dr. Bryan Bunn, left, and Dr. Jeremy Sexton were selected to receive a 2018 Community Teaching Award from the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. (Photos by Rob Spahr)

The Community Teaching Award honors and recognizes dedicated family physicians who sacrifice their time in the interest of advancing the principles and ideals of family medicine by teaching and mentoring the next generation of physicians.

The Brody alumni received a commemorative plaque, a cash award and recognition at NCAFP’s State-of-the Academy Address & Awards Lunch in Asheville on Nov. 30.

Bunn and Sexton both practice at Vidant Family and Sports Medicine-Edenton in Edenton.



Sexton said he was thankful to be chosen for the Community Teaching Award and that it helps validate efforts to do something beneficial for the people of the region.

“We’re not only providing health care to people who really need it in eastern North Carolina, but also kind of bringing a good example of what primary care can be like to people who are going through the process of deciding what specialty that they’re interested in committing to,” he said. “Hopefully the people who come through here are able to see that we do a lot of different stuff and it stays interesting. So hopefully we can get more medical students committed to primary care.”

Dr. Jeremy Sexton

Dr. Jeremy Sexton

Even though the Edenton practice is extremely busy – due in large part to the shortage of primary care physicians in the region – Sexton said he has enjoyed the experience of having students around.

“It’s nice to work with learners because most of the time they’re still really excited about medicine and sometimes when you are busy, you don’t always remember that ‘Oh yeah, this is pretty cool,’” he said.

Returning to North Carolina to practice after completing his residency training in Idaho was particularly meaningful to Sexton.

“I was in med school in Greenville not too long ago and the mission statement is kind of embedded into everything that Brody does. They really do want to turn out primary care providers who stick around in this part of the state because there is such a big need here,” he said. “If you work in primary care, you can work anywhere you want. There are five openings on the big island of Hawaii right now. I’m in Edenton, North Carolina, and I love it.”

Sexton said one piece of advice he would offer current medical students is to get as much clinical experience as possible.

“Meet or find a doctor that is doing something similar to what you imagine doing, so that you can see what kind of pitfalls they’ve experienced and things that would be helpful to navigate,” he said. “It’s an ever-evolving process and it’s going to keep changing. So it’s helpful to know someone who does something very similar to what you want to do, to get advice from.”



Bunn, a Greenville native, said he appreciates all the ways his Brody experience taught him to treat the patient, not the illness.

“Brody did a good job of continuing to emphasize that the academics are important, and the learning is extremely important, but don’t forget about the patient,” he said. “Don’t forget the history and physical, don’t forget about the social aspects and that the patient might not be able to afford these medicines.”

Dr. Bryan Bunn

Dr. Bryan Bunn

Caring for patients has a different meaning for Bunn and Sexton than it does for primary care physicians in many other parts of the country, they said. In their medically underserved area of northeastern North Carolina, there are only about a half dozen primary care doctors caring for patients across nine counties.

“Between the two of us, there are about 2,000 patients who call us their primary care provider,” said Bunn, adding that their clinic is fairly unique because it offers colonoscopies, inpatient medicine, pediatrics, outpatient medicine and sports medicine – all in one location.

Working in a practice that allows him to use, on a daily basis, more of the skills he learned in medical school and residency is exciting for Bunn, who completed his residency at North Colorado Family Medicine.

“It’s refreshing from my own intellectual standpoint and from what I want to do with medicine. So I appreciate the opportunity that Vidant has afforded us with flexibility and autonomy to do what we do,” he said. “We’re an underserved area and this is needed.”

Bunn said the Community Teaching Award is a meaningful recognition for him, because he never expected to be a “teacher” after choosing a career in medicine. He hopes medical students who are interested in primary care can see all of the opportunities available to them when they spend time in his clinic.

“Having the opportunity to see med students come through and to think that you’re giving back to them is really cool,” he said. “And you learn from them as well, because medicine is always changing. So it’s definitely an honor to know that med students think that we’re helping them too.”


-by Laura McFall Bond and Rob Spahr, University Communications

Brody physician named head of state medical society

Dr. Timothy Reeder, associate professor and executive vice chair for clinical operations in the Department of Emergency Medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, was recently sworn in as president of the North Carolina Medical Society.

Dr. Timothy Reeder (Contributed photos)

Dr. Timothy Reeder, associate professor and executive vice chair for clinical operations in the Department of Emergency Medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, was recently sworn in as president of the North Carolina Medical Society.

Reeder, who has been with East Carolina University since 1998, earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Ohio State University, where he also completed his residency training in emergency medicine. He holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Reeder’s clinical interests include trauma care, pediatric emergency care and disaster medicine. His educational interests include health systems science, including patient safety, quality and leadership. He serves as director of Brody’s Health System Transformation and Leadership Distinction Track, which prepares medical students with advanced expertise in patient safety, quality improvement, interprofessional team-based care and population health.

He has made three medical mission trips to Nicaragua, where he provided primary care in the rural mountain villages of Jinotega, as well as trauma and cardiac education to medical staffs in Leon and Managua.



He was sworn in as the society’s 165th president during its LEAD Health Care Conference in Raleigh on Oct. 19. He previously served the society in a variety of roles, including secretary-treasurer, member of its board of directors, and member of its finance, credentials and communications, and membership advisory committees. He was president of the Pitt County Medical Society in 2007.

During his inaugural address, Reeder stressed the importance of returning joy to the practice of medicine.

“Over the next year I hope to help re-establish the joy in medicine for us. The activities of our organization must at their core, support and ensure the patient-physician relationship. For this is what gives us meaning and joy in our practice and profession,” Reeder said. “No matter the specialty, years in practice, or how disillusioned we may have become, the unifying principle that brought us into medicine was our desire to help another human being through the doctor-patient relationship.”

Reeder said he is honored to have this opportunity to provide leadership toward improving the health of North Carolinians.

“We will continue to provide leadership education to physicians, support physician wellness initiatives and prepare for Medicaid transformation,” he said. “This honor allows me to represent the unique needs of ECU and Brody through the North Carolina Medical Society to the Legislature, payers and leaders across the state.”


-by Rob Spahr, University Communications

Brody School of Medicine names director of alumni affairs

Laura McFall Bond, new director of alumni affairs for the Brody School of Medicine.

Laura McFall Bond, new director of alumni affairs for the Brody School of Medicine. (Photo by ECU Athletics)

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has named its first director of alumni affairs.

Laura McFall Bond will oversee Brody’s efforts to increase the medical school’s engagement with alumni through communications and strategic events. She comes to Brody from the ECU Pirate Club where, as the director of special events and hospitality, she oversaw donor-related events, managed football and men’s basketball gameday hospitality, and led the alumni Letterwinner Experience aimed at bringing former student-athletes together for reunion activities.

Bond brings six years of experience in working with alumni and students through her employment with ECU and two fraternity headquarters, Pi Kappa Alpha and Pi Kappa Phi. She has served on the University of Tennessee’s Martin Young Alumni Council as well as their Martin-Memphis Alumni Board. She currently supports the ECU Chapter of Chi Omega as their advisor.

Bond completed her master’s degree in leadership and policy studies at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2015. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2012.

“Brody is a huge asset to the state of North Carolina, and I am overjoyed to be in a position to work with alumni, faculty, students and staff who are making the world a better place,” said Bond.

“ECU’s medical alumni are an incredible force for good across our state and beyond,” said Brody dean Dr. Mark Stacy. “I’m excited that Laura has joined our team, not only to help us keep our graduates informed about issues important to Brody and the health of our state, but also to help us be more intentional about supporting their efforts and recognizing their successes as they live out the Brody mission.”


-by Amy Adams Ellis, University Communications

ECU appoints assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at Brody School of Medicine

Dr. Irma Corral was recently named assistant dean for diversity and inclusion for the Brody School of Medicine.

Dr. Irma Corral was named assistant dean for diversity and inclusion for the Brody School of Medicine. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University has named an assistant dean for diversity and inclusion for the Brody School of Medicine.

Dr. Irma Corral, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, stepped into the assistant dean position July 23. Corral will continue her faculty appointment work in addition to her new duties.

In her new role, Corral will oversee an office that aims to help create diverse, inclusive environments for learners and employees at the medical school through research, programming and support.

Corral is the behavioral science course director for first-year medical students. She delivers didactic, clinical and service-learning education and serves as a mentor to medical students and physician residents. She also serves as the director of the Division of Behavioral Medicine for the department.

She joined ECU in 2010 as a clinical assistant professor and recently was promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure.

Corral completed her doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in behavioral medicine at the University of California-San Diego. She also holds a master’s degree in public health with a specialization in health promotion from San Diego State University. Her research interests include the social and cultural determinants of physical and mental health.

“Dr. Corral brings a wealth of teaching, service, research and administrative experience to the role of assistant dean for diversity and inclusion,” said Dr. Kendall Campbell, Brody’s associate dean for diversity and inclusion and interim senior associate dean for academic affairs. “I have no doubt she will lead us to new discoveries, as well as help us meet some of our most complex and persistent challenges around diversity.”


-by Kelly Dilda, University Communications

Brody’s Dr. Robert Carroll selected for prestigious teaching award

A professor at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine has been awarded a distinguished international award for his outstanding contributions to medical education.

Dr. Robert G. Carroll, a physiology professor and Brody’s associate dean for medical education, was selected to receive the 2018 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Robert Carroll was selected to receive the 2018 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Robert Carroll was selected to receive the 2018 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. (Photos by Rhett Butler)

Carroll is one of four recipients from across the United States to receive the award. It will be presented on Nov. 4 at the AAMC’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas, where Carroll has been invited to also help lead a discussion about the future of medical education.

Carroll will also receive a cash prize of $10,000 and two grants – $2,500 for teaching purposes and $1,000 for Brody’s AOA chapter.

Carroll said he’s “very honored and humbled” to be recognized for his achievements in teaching.

“I know some of the people who have won this award in the past, and they are truly national and international leaders in the field,” he said.

ECU Brody School of Medicine professor Dr. Robert Carroll leads a group discussion.

Carroll leads a group discussion.

According to the AAMC, Carroll has traveled to more than 20 countries – such as Sri Lanka, Grenada, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Rwanda – in his efforts to improve medical education standards worldwide.

“His journey from the classroom to the global community reflects his dedication to enhancing medical education,” said Dr. Mark Stacy, dean of the Brody School of Medicine.

Carroll has witnessed many changes during his 34-year tenure at ECU’s medical school, the biggest of which is a shift in teaching methods.

He said that today medical education “is no longer about the content. It’s about motivating students and coaching, encouraging, showing them how to approach the information.

“The students are very adept at mastering a huge volume of information, particularly for a huge examination; but then one month later when you ask them, they’ve purged it. They don’t remember,” Carroll said. “So mostly the changes have been more student-centered learning and helping students with how they can learn best, as opposed to teaching them the material.”

Reflecting on his career, Carroll said the most telling piece of advice he received from a mentor was about professionalism.

Dr. Robert Carroll speaks with students outside the Brody School of Medicine.

Carroll speaks with students outside the Brody School of Medicine.

“One of my mentors said, ‘Look at what you’re doing on nights and weekends and find a way to make that more of your 8-5 job, because that’s where your interests lie,’” he recalled. “When I was a young faculty member working late nights or on weekends, generally it was on education related things. So over the years, I’ve gotten a chance to make education more of my 8-5 job.”

For Carroll, this award demonstrates the quality and service that is embedded in the medical school.

“Brody – both the school and the students – has a strong commitment to service and to making the world a better place,” he said. “This is an opportunity to more broadly tell people what’s going on here.”


-by Ashley Beagley, University Communications

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