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PRESERVING THE MISSION
The Brody School of Medicine - 2015


Updated July 2015

When the East Carolina University School of Medicine was created four decades ago, our threefold mission was clearly established and deep-seated within our values and our daily work:

  • Increase the supply of primary care physicians to serve our state;

  • Improve the health status of citizens in eastern North Carolina;

  • Enhance the access of minority and disadvantaged students to a medical education.

Today, in the midst of tectonic shifts in health care and medical education, our vision remains clear and our mission remains constant. Brody will remain dedicated to training our doctors and treating our citizens.

Change for Brody is inevitable, but it provides an opportunity to imagine and build our future.


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View 2014 Brody School of Medicine Status Report.


Mission Champions

Mission Champions is part of a Faculty Vitality Initiative at the Brody School of Medicine aimed at honoring and recognizing the value that front line faculty and staff bring to our multi-missioned organization.

Dr. Rukiyah Van Dross-Anderson

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Brody School of Medicine Dean Paul Cunningham, right, congratulates Van Dross-Anderson. (Photos by Gretchen Baugh)
Dr. Rukiyah Van Dross-Anderson of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology was recently named a Brody School of Medicine Mission Champion. Since joining Brody in 2005, Van Dross-Anderson has made valuable contributions to the teaching mission of the department, as evidenced by several teaching awards for which she has been nominated or selected. Furthermore, she was able to maintain an active laboratory that is making great strides toward obtaining funding and developing novel chemical structures that may be useful in treating skin cancer.

Van Dross-Anderson has also been responsible for the development and maturation of the Summer Biomedical Research Program, which provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to spend a summer conducting research at Brody. And she led the Vice Chairs for Diversity group from 2008–2013, during which time she played an integral role in advancing the group’s work in accordance with the Brody mission.

Most recently, Van Dross-Anderson assumed a major administrative role in the department as director of the graduate program and is performing magnificently at a time when there is considerable change occurring in the graduate programs at the Brody.

Dr. Jamie Powell

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Dr. Nick Benson, left, and Dr. Cunningham, right, congratulate Dr. Jamie Powell.
Dr. Jamie Powell was named a Mission Champion in clinical care. Formerly serving as a resident and chief resident in internal medicine, Dr. Powell worked as a primary care provider in Ahoskie before returning to ECU.

He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and is known for his leadership and dedication to the school’s mission. He has been instrumental in guiding a faculty though a stressful time for the division, during which his selfless dedication to his colleagues and passionate commitment to patient care was truly inspiring. He has continued to lead his division forward, successfully recruiting new faculty (while working clinically far beyond what is expected of him) and managing to find time to educate.

Dr. Powell represents the finest essence of what a physician should be: dedicated, hard working, loyal, compassionate, sacrificing, determined and honorable.

Martha Dartt

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Martha Dartt accepts the Mission Champion award from Dr. Cunningham.

Martha Dartt was named a Mission Champion for her service to ECU Physicians. Martha has been with ECU for 27 years and is a tremendously skilled team leader and team member.

She is known as a go-person for the clinical staff because of her wealth of knowledge and her passion for providing care for our patients is always at the forefront of her work.


Dr. Don Fletcher

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Dr. Cunningham presents the Mission Champion award to Dr. Don Fletcher.
Dr. Don Fletcher was named a Mission Champion in medical education. His 20 years of leadership as course director for Gross Anatomy and Embryology have borne great results.

Over 92 percent of Brody students and alumni have passed through his classroom in the last 33 years and they consistently rank the course higher than the national average for gross anatomy courses. It is among the strongest at Brody.