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Nov. 1, 2006 -- No. 524

Dardess takes on new role
in UNC School of Medicine

Dr. Margaret Dardess, UNC's associate provost for strategic partnerships, will take on additional responsibilities effective today (Nov. 1) as senior counselor to Dr. William L. Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine, chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System and vice chancellor for medical affairs.

Dardess will split her time between the provost's office and the dean's office in the School of Medicine. She will work closely with the School of Medicine and the other health sciences schools to build strategic partnerships with private industry and others.\

"I have worked with Margaret Dardess over many years in her various important roles within the university - senior associate dean and interim dean of the School of Public Health, and now as associate provost for strategic partnerships," Roper said. "She is a bright, able leader, who is able to bring people together to achieve real collaborations."

Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little, UNC's executive vice chancellor and provost, said, "Margaret Dardess has done a wonderful job for us as associate provost for strategic partnerships. We are delighted that she will continue this work as she begins to focus her efforts in the School of Medicine."

Dardess came to UNC in January 2002 following 15 years at GlaxoSmithKline, where she was senior vice president of corporate affairs and a member of the board of directors of Glaxo Wellcome, Inc. At UNC she became senior associate dean of the UNC School of Public Health and adjunct professor of health policy and administration, and from March 2004 until June 2005 served as the school's interim dean.

Dardess is chair of the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology and a member of the North Carolina Economic Development Board. She is president of the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and a member of the boards of directors of the Center for Child and Family Health, the North Carolina Writers' Network and the Carolina Ballet. She also is a visiting professor of the practice at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University and a member of the Constella Group Advisory Board.


Weissler elected regent of the
American College of Surgeons

Dr. Mark C. Weissler was elected a regent of the American College of Surgeons at the group's annual meeting in Chicago. Weissler is the J. P. Riddle Distinguished Professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and chief of the division of head and neck oncology at UNC's School of Medicine.

The college is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. It was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Weissler will serve an initial three-year term as regent.


UNC radiology lab group
receives achievement award

A research lab directed by Dr. Etta Pisano, professor of radiology and vice dean at the UNC School of Medicine, has received an Institutional Achievement Award from the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) for the lab's exceptional performance in ACRIN research. The lab group, led by research manager Elodia Cole, has participated in all four breast trials sponsored by the network during the past five years.

The studies include ultrasound screening for women at high risk for breast cancer, a trial comparing digital to x-ray mammography and two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies for breast cancer patients. UNC was one of nine institutions to qualify for the award based on its performance in data quality, patient accrual and performance at site audits.


UNC cancer center announces
oncology nursing and service awards

Four staff members with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have received the center's 2006 Oncology Nursing Excellence and Clinical Services Excellence awards.

Nurses Linda Fowler and Sharon Cush won the Oncology Nursing Excellence Awards. Administrators Susie Whorley and Tonya Thompson won the Clinical Services Excellence Award. The awards recognize extraordinary hard work, care and dedication. Winners receive a $1,500 stipend to be used towards professional education activities.

Fowler is a nurse in the gynecologic oncology chemotherapy infusion room. One of her nominators said that Fowler "connects with each and every woman on a personal level and her ability to remember details of the patients' personal lives is impressive."

Cush is a nurse clinician who coordinates the neuro-oncology brain tumor clinic. Her nominator said Cush "takes a primary role in education of our patients prior to surgery and serves as an excellent resource for the patients after surgery."

Whorley is a program assistant for the multidisciplinary oncology programs. She was described as "exceptionally conscientious in ensuring that patients' needs are met in a timely fashion and shows genuine concern for patients and family members."

Thompson is a social worker for the in-patient hematology/oncology services. A nominator said Thompson "is continuously advocating for our patients and making the clinicians realize that there is more to the patient than their disease."

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