UNC Med. Mourns Loss Of Two Respected Collegues

Dr. Keith Amos; Courtesy UNC Health

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Health Care System is morning the loss of two respected and cherished doctors this week. Dr. Keith Amos, assistant professor of surgery, and surgical oncologist, died unexpectedly while traveling as a visiting scholar in Scotland. Dr. George Sheldon, who chaired the UNC Department of Surgery from 1984 to 2001, died due to illness at UNC Hospitals Sunday. He was 78 year old.

Dr. Amos is survived by his wife, Ahaji, and their three young daughters.

Dr. William Roper, Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of the UNC Health Care System, said this in his blog regarding the loss of his colleagues:

“George and Keith were very different people in many ways, and they were at very different places in their careers – one near the end his, the other in the most productive period of his. But they both were passionate surgeons, dedicated to serving others. We will miss them very, very much.”

Dr. Sheldon was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the American College of Surgeons in 2012. Dr. Amos was recruited to UNC in 2007, and during his career in Chapel Hill, focused on the UNC Breast Center.


News Around Town: Teen Tech Week; Il Palio’s Chef Serves The Sick

CHAPEL HILL – The Orange County Library is hosting Teen Tech Week March 10-17 and will involve a meme contest and a special gaming event.

Participants in the meme contest are asked to design a funny, catchy image that says something about the library and are to submit memes between March 1 and March 17. The winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card.

The special gaming event is an invitation for everyone ranging from ages 11-18 to come play Wii, Xbox 360 Kinect, board games, cards, and more on Wednesday March, 13 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Attendees can bring games as well.

The Teen Book Club will meet Sunday March, 17 at 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is open to ages 11-18.

For more information on the meme contest, visithttp://www.co.orange.nc.us/library/MemeContest.asp


The executive Chef of Il Palio Italian restaurant Adam Rose has been invited to help lead UNC’s Health Care industry in supplying restaurant quality food to patients and guests.

Chef Rose will work with Food Services Director Angelo Mojica in this innovative effort.

In the lobby of the Children’s Hospital on Tuesday March, 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Chef Rose will collaborate with UNC’s Executive Chef Shawn Dolan to cook an Il Palio lunch special that will be featured for patients at the hospital’s Terrace Café.

UNC Nausea Outbreak Linked To Norovirus, Limited To Students

CHAPEL HILL – Results are in for the cause of the outbreak of nausea on UNC’s campus late last week that affected more than 80 students.

“Of the five samples we sent in, three of them did come back positive for norovirus,” Orange County Health Department’s Public Information Officer Stacy Shelp says.

Norovirus is fecal-based but can be transferred through touch as well as food. Shelp says symptoms are often like those of the flu.

“It does call gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, etc.,” Shelp says.

And despite investigation into the source of the cause, Shelp says they were not able to find it.

“We worked very closely with campus Health Services on UNC’s campus and surveyed the students who had come in with the illness,” Shelp says. “Out of the 85 that we surveyed, 50 responded, and we did not have a single source, no single meal or venue that indicated as being the likely source of the exposures.”

She says the patients were limited to college students. It affected 85 people that they know of, but luckily only lasted about 24 hours.


UNC Health Care Begins Construction On Facility In Former Border’s Building

CHAPEL HILL-UNC Health Care is preparing for several new endeavors over the course of the coming year—and they’ve just begun construction on the new Comprehensive Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in Chapel Hill’s former Border’s building on Fordham Boulevard.

Vice President For Facilities Planning and Development Ray Lafrenaye says the facility is slated to be used for research on brain injuries.

“Just in the past few days, we learned that we were awarded part of the NFL Research for Brain Injuries Award,” he says. “We were one of four finalists for that award.”

In the spring of 2011, the Border’s location on Fordham Boulevard permanently shut its doors. About a year later, UNC Health Care officials announced that they were in the final stages of leasing the building.

UNC Health Care is also working on opening a medical office building in Hillsborough, a wellness center in Cary, and an ophthalmology development at the corner of Farrington Road and Highway 54.

“That’s going to be an exciting development,” says Lafrenaye. “That’s about 24,000 square feet on the second and third floor of that building.”

In the meantime, the Comprehensive Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center is set to begin operations over the next few months.