Those Who Have Come Before Us

In our special 60th Anniversary issue of Well, we profiled a few of the many people who have contributed to UNC Medical Center and the UNC School of Medicine over the years. Because it would be impossible to include everyone, our goal is to highlight a broad range of people and professions across our health care system. Here are some others who have been a part of our organization during the last 60 years.

Eric B. Munson, MBA

Mr. Munson became president and CEO of UNC Hospitals in 1980 and guided N.C. Memorial Hospital through an impressive period of growth and improvement. Expansion under his leadership included the establishment of three additional hospitals—N.C. Children’s Hospital, N.C. Women’s Hospital and N.C. Neurosciences Hospital. Mr. Munson also presided over several other key developments of UNC Hospitals’ facilities, including the opening of the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center in 1981, the UNC Ambulatory Care Center in 1992 and the purchasing of UNC REX Healthcare in 2000. During his 24-year tenure, the number of employees increased from 3,000 to more than 5,000, the operating budget increased from $80 million to more than $582 million, and UNC Hospitals became ranked among the best in the United States. After becoming president emeritus in 2004, Mr. Munson served as senior advisor to UNC Health Care for two years before retiring in Chapel Hill.

Christopher C. Fordham, III, MD

In Memoriam

Prior to serving as the sixth chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1980 to 1988, Dr. Fordham was dean of the UNC School of Medicine, making him the only medical doctor to serve as chancellor of the University. Under his leadership as dean, from 1971 to 1979, the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program was established, linking the University with other in-state medical schools to provide service opportunities to physicians and increase the ratio of health professionals to North Carolina’s population. Dr. Fordham was inducted as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he was honored with the American Medical Association Award and the N.C. Hospitals Association’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2002, Dr. Fordham received the William Richardson Davie Award, the highest honor bestowed by the University’s Board of Trustees, for his dedication, commitment, loyalty and service. In addition to the University’s biotechnology building being named Christopher C. Fordham Hall in 1988, the U.S. 15-501 Bypass in Chapel Hill is also named Fordham Boulevard in his honor. A few of Dr. Fordham’s many accolades include the General Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Medal and membership in the Order of the Golden Fleece, a campus honorary society.

Other Contributors 

  • Thomas J. Bacon, DrPh, director of the AHEC program in 1996
  • Dennis Barry, former general director of N.C. Memorial Hospital (1975-1980)
  • Kenneth M. Brinkhous, MD, developed the first effective treatment for hemophilia and the first chair of Pathology Department (1946-1973), In Memoriam 
  • Charles Burnett, MD, first Department of Medicine chair (1951-1964), In Memoriam
  • Robert Cadmus, MD, first director of N.C. Memorial Hospital (1951-1962), In Memoriam 
  • Cora Zeta Corpening, MD, in 1915 she became the first woman to enroll in the UNC School of Medicine, In Memoriam 
  • Ernest Craige, MD, at the age of 34 served as chair of the Division of Cardiology (1953-1987), In Memoriam 
  • Edward C. Curnen, MD, first Department of Pediatrics chair (1952-1960), In Memoriam
  • John Danielson, first general director of N.C. Memorial Hospital (1972-1975)
  • Floyd W. Denny Jr., MD, renowned pediatrician and department chair, 21 years, In Memoriam 
  • Edward O. Diggs, MD, first African-American admitted to UNC School of Medicine (April 14, 1951)
  • Thomas M. Egan, MD, MSc, performed the first double lung transplant for a Cystic Fibrosis patient at UNC Hospitals on Oct. 8, 1990.
  • William E. Easterling Jr., MD, associate dean for clinical affairs (1974-1989), In Memoriam 
  • William L. Fleming, MD, first Department of Preventive Medicine chair (1951-1969)
  • William C. Friday, served as president of the UNC System for 30 years until his retirement in 1986, In Memoriam
  • Peter Gilligan, PhD, director of the hospitals’ Clinical Microbiology Laboratory 
  • Robert N. Golden, MD, chair emeritus of Department of Psychiatry 
  • Brian P. Goldstein, MD, MBA, executive vice president and COO of UNC Hospitals and UNC School of Medicine’s associate dean for clinical affairs and chief of staff (2002-present)
  • Carl Gottschalk, MD, who transformed nephrology, 45 years, until his death in 1997, In Memoriam 
  • John B. Graham, MD, a pioneer in bleeding disorders research, who established one of the first coagulation labs in the U.S. He was also instrumental in establishing a genetics curriculum for the School of Medicine, In Memoriam
  • Gordon Gray, second president of the consolidated UNC, (1950-1955), In Memoriam 
  • Joe W. Grisham, MD, Kenan professor and former chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 29 years (1973-1999)
  • George C. Ham, MD, first chair of Department of Psychiatry (1951-1964)
  • Thomas W. Harris, first dean (1879-1885), In Memoriam
  • Elaine M. Hill, a former director of Volunteer Services, served for 23 years, In Memoriam 
  • Viola Jacobs, the first Volunteer Services director, served for 17 years 
  • George Johnson Jr., MD, founded the Division of Vascular Surgery at UNC and director of the Ambulatory Surgery Service in the Ambulatory Care Center, In Memoriam 
  • Mary Ellen Jones, the first woman to chair a department in the School of Medicine and the first woman to be named a Kenan professor, In Memoriam
  • Larry Keith, MS, assistant dean of admissions, associate director of Office of Educational Development and a pioneer in recruiting minority students into the health professions, In Memoriam 
  • Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA, founding chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1994-present), medical director of the UNC Rehabilitation Center and Occupational/Physical Therapy (1992).
  • Stanley Mandel, MD, executive associate dean for Clinical Affairs (1989-2002) and chief of staff of UNC Hospitals
  • G. Philip Manire, MD, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (1966-1979), during his time as chair the department grew in faculty and international recognition for molecular biology, microbiology and immunology research at UNC, In Memoriam
  • Isaac Hall Manning, MD, first professor of physiology and biological chemistry, and succeeded Dr. Whitehead as dean in 1905, In Memoriam
  • Eugene S. Mayer, MD, served as second director of AHEC (1978-1994), In Memoriam 
  • Michael R. Mill, MD, in 1998 he became director of the UNC Heart and Heart-Lung Transplant programs. He performed both the first heart-lung transplant (1991) and the first pediatric heart-lung transplant
  • Gary L. Park, MPA, president of UNC Hospitals (2004-present)
  • Erle Peacock, MD, recruited to UNC Hospitals by Dr. Womack, and developed the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1962), In Memoriam 
  • Michael Peck, MD, former director of the Burn Center
  • Richard Beverly Raney, MD, first chief of orthopedics
  • William L. Roper, MD, MPH, named CEO of UNC Health Care and dean of the UNC School of Medicine (2004-present)
  • Robert A. Ross, MD, first chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department (1952-1965)
  • Roger E. Salisbury, MD, the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center’s first director (1981)
  • James H. Scatliff, MD, chair emeritus of Department of Radiology 
  • George F. Sheldon, MD, Zack D. Owens professor and third chair of Department of Surgery
  • Michael A. Simmons, MD, succeeded Dr. Bondurant as dean (1994-1996)
  • James N. Slade, MD, second African-American to attend and graduate from UNC School of Medicine
  • P. Frederick Sparling, MD, former chair of the departments of Medicine, and Bacteriology and Immunology, joined UNC’s faculty in 1969
  • Isaac M. Taylor, succeeded Dr. Berryhill as dean (1964-1971), In Memoriam
  • Clayton E. Wheeler, MD, first chair of the Department of Dermatology (1972-1987), In Memoriam
  • Richard H. Whitehead, MD , dean of School of Medicine and professor of anatomy (1890-1905), In Memoriam
  • Benson Reid Wilcox, MD, served 29 years as chief of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, In Memoriam
  • Glenn Wilson, AHEC’s founding director (1972-1978)
  • Nathan A. Womack, MD, first chair of Department of Surgery (1951-1966), In Memoriam
  • Lawrence Zollicoffer, MD, (1930-1976), fourth African American graduate of the UNC School of Medicine