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Physicians Honored by Peers

Two faculty members at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University have received awards from their peers recognizing important work during their careers.

Dr. Walter Pories, a professor of surgery and biochemistry at the Brody School of Medicine and leader of the Metabolic Institute, received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society for Bariatric Surgery at that group’s annual meeting June 11-16 in San Diego. Pories is a pioneer in bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery, and his team at ECU discovered patients who had diabetes before the surgery showed no signs of it afterward.

Researchers are now looking for reasons why the diabetes disappears and seeking a medicine that will mimic the process.

Dr. Charles Willson, a clinical professor of pediatrics and director of health promotion and policy development at the medical school, received a distinguished service award from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine during the school’s alumni meeting April 20. Willson, 2005 president of the North Carolina Medical Society, has been a leader in bringing medical care to children on Medicaid.

He helped found the Community Care Plan of Eastern North Carolina in 1997, a program that is a model for designating a primary care physician for children on Medicaid statewide. He’s served on numerous commissions aimed at improving access to care in North Carolina. Willson is also co-director of the Center for Children with Complex and Chronic Conditions at ECU.


This page originally appeared in the August 24, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at