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Giselle Corbie-Smith, M.D.

Giselle Corbie-Smith, M.D.

Professor, Social Medicine
Professor, Department of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith is Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is nationally recognized for her scholarly work on the practical and ethical issues regarding involvement of minorities in research. She completed medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and trained as an Internal Medicine Intern, Resident and Chief Resident at Yale University School of Medicine. She received a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research from the Epidemiology Department at Emory University. Her interest in minority health issues, especially access to care and the influence of culture, race, ethnicity, and social class on health, dates from early in her academic career. Her clinical work has always focused on serving underserved populations in public hospitals or clinics.

She directs the Program on Health Disparities at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill and has been a member of several national and regional committees including Institute of Medicine committees examining the ethical issues of involving minority communities and underserved groups in housing-related research and on standards for systematic reviews in comparative effective research. Her empirical work, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, has focused on the methodological, ethical, and practical issues faced by mandated inclusion of minorities in research and the need for this research to address racial disparities in health. In all of her studies, she has built multidisciplinary research teams to conduct research in conditions with health disparities. Her work on community members’ expectations and perceptions of benefits of research emphasizes the principles and expected outcomes of community-based research.

She has effectively developed and conducted research across systems to address the health needs of vulnerable populations with the goal of eliminating health disparities, while providing support to pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and junior faculty trainees. She has been the principal investigator of grants funded through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Human Genome Research Institute. She is the Deputy Director of the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), which serves as the academic home of the NIH Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA). She also serves as the Director of NC TraCS’ Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship (CARES) core. The CARES core engages communities, faculty, and health care providers as partners in clinical and translational research and ultimately transforms the way that academic investigators and community members work together while boosting public trust in research.

Under the direction of Dr. Corbie-Smith, the CARES core aims to leverage UNC-CH’s extensive experience serving North Carolina communities and multiple existing community-based research efforts to create a unique program with interdisciplinary leadership. Some of the CARES core focus priorities include: HBCU Fellows Program, Research Engaged Community Scholars, Audience-Tailored Trainings, Dissemination and Implementation Research and Infrastructure in Community-Based Research. Her recent line of inquiry has focused on developing methods and interventions to engage minority and underserved communities in research. She has focused on interventions to increase minority participation in clinical research and the use of engaged research methods, like community based participatory research, to work collaboratively with communities to address the issues of most concern. In addition, she has used each project to mentor young scholars from a variety of disciplines and from undergraduates to junior faculty members and currently holds a K24 to support her mentoring efforts. She has also been honored for her research accomplishments with the Leadership in Health Disparities Research award from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities and at UNC with the James E. Bryan Award for Public Service and the Jefferson Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine.

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