Common sense about Ebola

Approaching Ebola with intelligence, not politics Public health used to be something almost no one cared about. With Ebola cases reaching the U.S. it suddenly, it seems that all politicians have become public health experts, creating on the fly policies about an infectious disease about which they know little and… Read More

When a parent dies

My father’s passing Last week, my 93-year-old father, Irving Rimer, (and father of Liz and Sara) died after a brief illness, peacefully, as he had wished, without extraordinary measures. All of us were present, and his ease in passing was possible because of a compassionate medical team at UNC Hospital… Read More

A powerful push for racial equity leaders

Students, faculty and staff members, and community leaders grapple with structural racism On Saturday, I had the kind of powerful, in-the-moment experience that makes me so grateful to be a dean at Carolina. Early last year, Deborah Stroman, PhD, CLU, a Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprisefaculty member I… Read More

How many former students would attend your celebration of life?

Over the weekend, I went to a very inspiring celebration of life for clinical associate professor, Dr. Diane Calleson, who passed away a few weeks ago after an eight-year battle with cancer. The event was at a beautiful, historic church in Hillsborough, N.C., on a gorgeous Carolina-blue day. It was… Read More

Whither Football?

Accumulating health evidence about football Last Saturday night, when we met my father for our regular dinner, I said to him, “So, did you read the New York Times article on football this morning? The evidence about the harms of football for players is now incontrovertible, as the recent settlement… Read More