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Health, Health Care, and Medical Innovation

Health, Health Care, and Medical Innovation

ECU will save lives, cure diseases, and positively transform the quality of health care for the region and state.

ECU researchers have developed life-changing technologies to improve people’s health. SpeechEasy is a small device worn in a person’s ear that dramatically reduces stuttering and produces near-fluency among those who suffer from the speech impediment. The device was developed by ECU’s communication sciences and disorders department.

ECU’s Brody School of Medicine is consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the nation that emphasize primary care. The school was recently ranked second in the nation by the American Academy of Family Physicians for productivity of family physicians.

ECU Physicians, the medical practice of the Brody School of Medicine, is the largest and most comprehensive medical practice in eastern North Carolina.

The new ECU Family Medicine Center and the Frances J. and Robert T. Monk Sr. Geriatric Center will enable the university to expand its services and leadership in these areas.

Bringing together a team of leading experts, the East Carolina Heart Institute provides patient care and professional education and conducts pioneering research. The institute provides research labs, outpatient and educational facilities, operating and interventional rooms, and patient beds to a region in need of advanced health care.

East Carolina has the only allied health sciences college in North Carolina, with more than 85 percent of its graduates practicing in North Carolina.

ECU doctors have earned national reputations for their expertise in bariatric research. ECU faculty developed the widely used procedure known as the Greenville Gastric Bypass, which reduces the size of a person’s stomach and re-routes food around part of the small intestine. A study found that 80 percent of type 2-diabetes patients who underwent the surgery reversed their diabetes. Researchers at the ECU Metabolic Institute are continuing to study this effect with the hopes of discovering a potential cure for diabetes.

ECU is known internationally for pioneering work in robotic surgery. The first minimally invasive robotic-assisted mitral valve heart surgery in the United States was performed by ECU surgeons. ECU faculty train surgeons from around the world in these techniques.

East Carolina is recognized for having one of the most successful in vitro fertilization programs in the United States. The program was recently ranked first in North Carolina and fourth in the nation.

The ECU School of Dental Medicine is being built on an innovative program that will train a new generation of dentists and health professionals while providing regular dental services through university-run clinics located across North Carolina in areas where such services are not regularly available.

ECU provides model programs for the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Lejeune. The College of Health and Human Performance is using an innovative combination of biofeedback techniques and gaming technology to help US Marines recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.