News Update


The newest members of Brenner Children’s Hospital enjoy active lifestyles, healthy eating and interacting with children. They also have paws and fur. Brenner Children’s has adopted three playful yet comforting puppy mascots—Brenn, Belle and Beau. As mascots, these costumed Brenner pups will work together to spread compassion, offer encouragement and educate the youngest residents of the 24 counties that the hospital serves.

• Brenn has blue eyes, multicolored fur and wears a green collar. She’s the oldest of the pups, optimistic and enjoys encouraging patients. Brenn also enjoys being a role model to her brother and sister.

• Belle has bright green eyes, chocolate-brown fur and a small white patch on her chest. She adds an attentive, comforting and informative identity to the group. She sports a blue collar and enjoys giving advice to youngsters.

• Beau, the only male in the group, is scruffy with tan fur, white paws and brown eyes. He is a spontaneous rascal who enjoys exercising and telling jokes. Beau wears a red collar and is an advocate of health and wellness.

“Going to the doctor or being in the hospital can be scary, especially for our youngest patients,” said Julie A. Freischlag, MD, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist. “By associating friendly characters with the doctors and nurses, we hope the Brenner pups will help ease some of those fears and make children feel a little less apprehensive about a doctor visit or hospital stay.” READ FULL RELEASE


The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) is leading a five-year, $20 million effort to apply advanced manufacturing to regenerative medicine, with the goal of speeding up the availability of replacement tissues and organs to patients.

“We are excited to be at the forefront of this next frontier in regenerative medicine,” said Anthony Atala, MD, director of WFIRM, which is part of Wake Forest Baptist. “Just like the invention of the moving assembly line reduced the cost of cars and made them commonplace, the field of regenerative medicine must develop standardized manufacturing processes to successfully make replacement tissues and organs more widely available.”

A public-private partnership that involves the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command awarded the project. The goal of this partnership, known as the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), is to accelerate progress in regenerative medicine manufacturing. MTEC awarded $10 million for projects WFIRM will perform, which was matched by a consortium of regenerative medicine industry leaders and non-profit organizations. READ FULL RELEASE


Wake Forest Baptist has opened a new integrative medicine clinic in Winston-Salem and has named a new director of its Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM).

Greenfield (above) and Coeytaux

Wake Forest Baptist Health Integrative Medicine – Highland Oaks, located near Hanes Mall at 755 Highland Oaks Dr., is now offering a range of wellness and medical therapies that improve health and well-being by pairing integrative medicine with conventional treatments.

New services include integrative medicine consultations, acupuncture, Healing Touch therapy and non-pharmacological attention deficit disorder management. Services already offered by the Medical Center that are provided at this new location are pain-management and psychology services, as well as nutrition and neurology consultations.

“This is a true integrative medicine clinic where conventional medical care is honored alongside diet and lifestyle factors, and select health and wellness therapies,” said Russ Greenfield, MD, the clinic’s medical director.

The new clinic is closely affiliated with the CIM, which oversees research, educational and community outreach activities. The CIM is directed by Remy Coeytaux, MD, PhD, who joined Wake Forest Baptist in February as the Caryl J. Guth Chair in Integrative Medicine.

Coeytaux is a family physician, clinical scientist and a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in Integrative Medicine. He served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University for a combined 17 years, during which time he founded the Acupuncture Clinic at UNC. READ FULL RELEASE


One of Wake Forest Baptist’s leading researchers in pain management earned an audience with the Dalai Lama.

Fadel Zeidan, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy, met with the Dalai Lama in Mongolia. Zeidan gave a presentation on his research that shows brief bouts of mindfulness meditation training can significantly reduce the experience of pain.

Dalai Lamas are important monks in Tibetan Buddhism. The current Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and has traveled the world speaking about the welfare of Tibetans, the environment, economics, women’s rights, non-violence, interfaith dialogue and a range of other topics, including physics, astronomy and cognitive neuroscience.


For the second straight year, four flight paramedics with the Medical Center’s AirCare Critical Care Transport Services have won a national competition of professional emergency medical services teams.

Roger Horton, NREMT-P, Barry McMillian, NREMT-P, Robert Coleson, NREMT-P, and Justin Bowers, NREMT-P – all of whom are stationed at the AirCare base at the Elkin Municipal Airport in Surry County, N.C. – placed first in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services 2017 Games Advanced Clinical Competition. The competition, held in Salt Lake City in February, attracted 24 teams from across the country and around the world.

Teams earned points for how well they provided quality, compassionate and efficient care to multiple patients during a
high-stress mass casualty simulation. Since 1986, AirCare has transported more than 20,000 patients and currently averages around 1,100 flights a year. READ FULL RELEASE


Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist, received reverification as a Level I pediatric trauma center—the highest certification possible—by the American College of Surgeons.

Brenner Children’s is one of only 51 Level I pediatric trauma centers in the country, the only one in our region and one of only three in North Carolina. It became the first Level I pediatric trauma center in the state in 2011 and has consistently maintained its verification ever since. READ FULL RELEASE


Medication drop-off boxes, non-opioid anesthesia and mindfulness training for pain management are part of Wake Forest Baptist’s action plan across its health system to deliver medical care and research to reduce the growing opioid epidemic.

“We recognize that opioid abuse is a serious public health epidemic,” said Kevin High, MD, executive vice president, health system affairs, Wake Forest Baptist Health. “That’s why we are confronting this problem head-on, with programs aimed at research, prevention, screening and treatment.”

Wake Forest Baptist is now offering medication drop-off boxes to aid in the proper collection and disposal of unwanted medications. These drop-off boxes, available at seven Wake Forest Baptist outpatient pharmacy locations, offer a secure, confidential and convenient way to dispose of unwanted controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medicines during each pharmacy’s regular business hours. The medications are safely and securely stored before being routed to an incineration plant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports prescription opioid abuse is driving the increase in opioid overdose, which kills 91 Americans every day. READ FULL RELEASE


Faculty members, donors and their families who celebrated recent investitures of endowed chairs and professorships:

Matthew S. Edwards, MD, MS, RVT, FACS, the inaugural Richard H. Dean Chair in Vascular Surgery, made possible by a partnership between the Medical Center and private philanthropy

John H. Gilliam III, MD, the inaugural Walter D.L. Boyle Sr. and Joan Riley Boyle Professor in Gastroenterology, made possible by the Boyle family

Robert J. Stratta, MD, the inaugural Jesse H. Meredith Chair in Transplant Surgery, made possible by the departments of Surgery and Plastic Surgery

Edward G. Shaw, MD, MA, the inaugural Rebecca E. Shaw Professor in Geriatrics, made possible by donors who wish to remain anonymous

Wei Zhang, PhD, the inaugural Hanes and Willis Family Professor in Cancer, made possible by the John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation, and the Hanes and Willis families

Remy Coeytaux, MD, PhD, the inaugural Caryl Guth Chair in Integrative Medicine, made possible by Caryl Guth, MD ’62

John H. Gilliam III, MD (second from right) accepts his professorship with members of the Boyle family

Chairs and professorships, made possible through philanthropic investment, recognize the achievements of exceptional faculty members, and provide resources and time for research, education and patient care. They help the Medical Center retain and attract outstanding research faculty, make advancements in treatment and science, and prepare future generations of physician scientists.