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Dr. Giselle Corbie

Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Dr. Giselle Corbie, MD, MSc, is a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Social Medicine and Medicine, the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and the Director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Studies. Nationally recognized for her scholarly work on the inclusion of disparity populations in research, Dr. Corbie has over a decade of experience in using community engagement to conduct innovative, translational health equity research. Her empirical work has focused on the methodological, ethical, and practical issues of research to address racial disparities in health. She has served as the Principal Investigator of several community-based participatory research projects focused on disease risk reduction among rural racial and ethnic minorities. For over 25 years, Dr. Corbie’s research has garnered awards and funding from the National Institutes of Health and numerous foundations. Her efforts have made her a leader in the field: she recently served as the President of the Society of General Internal Medicine and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2018.

Dr. Corbie is accomplished in drawing communities, faculty, and health care providers together into working partnerships in clinical and translational research. This engagement ultimately transforms the way that academic investigators and community members interact while boosting public trust in research. She has also shown a deep commitment to working in North Carolina by bringing research to communities, involving community members as partners in research, and improving health of minority populations and underserved areas. Those commitments to fostering healthier, stronger, and more equitable communities across the state is abundantly apparent in her work with our faculty and University communities. In 2013, she established and became Director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research to bring together collaborative multidisciplinary teams to improve North Carolina communities’ health.