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The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Region: North Carolina Country: USA

About the School:
History: A Legacy of Commitment
In the early 1960s, a group of leaders from eastern North Carolina proposed that a medical school be established at what was then East Carolina College. They were concerned about the deficit of modern medical care available in the region, and about who would replace the generation of physicians then in practice. Over the next decade these and other men and women, under the determined leadership of the late Dr. Leo W. Jenkins, chancellor of the college, made the case for their idea to anyone who would listen.

East Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In time, East Carolina University was authorized to establish a health affairs division as a foundation for a medical program, and then a one-year medical school whose participants completed their medical education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Finally in 1974, the General Assembly of North Carolina appropriated the funds to establish a four-year medical school at East Carolina University.

The legislature set forth a three-fold mission for the ECU School of Medicine: to increase the supply of primary care physicians to serve the state, to improve health status of citizens in eastern North Carolina, and to enhance the access of minority and disadvantaged students to a medical education.

Since 1977, when the first class of 28 students enrolled in the four-year School of Medicine, the institution has grown dramatically in its teaching, research and patient care roles. Today, in its partnership with University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and regional physicians, the school is the educational centerpiece of one of North Carolina's largest and most productive academic medical centers. In 1999, it was renamed the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in recognition of the continuous support of the Brody family.

Dean's Office:
Paul R. G. Cunningham, MD, FACS is the Dean and the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University. He accepted this post as of September 15, 2008.

Dr. Cunningham was the Professor and Chair, the Department of Surgery at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University - April 2002- August 22, 2008. He is Board Certified in General Surgery, and recertified in 2000 and 2010. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, receiving a MB, BS degree in 1972. A residency in Surgery was completed at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City in 1979.

Dr. Cunningham held a number of appointments:

  • Assistant Director, Department of Surgery, Joint Disease North General Hospital, New York, 1979-1981.
  • Attending surgeon, Bertie County Memorial Hospital, Windsor, North Carolina, 1981-1984
  • Attending surgeon Pitt County Memorial Hospital, 1984-2002.
  • Professor of Surgery, East Carolina University, 1993-2002.
  • Throughout his career, he has held several positions, including Chief of Staff, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, 1991-1992.
  • He has held several local, regional and national leadership positions, including President of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma in 2000. He is currently a Governor of the American College of Surgeons.
Since the inception of his career in 1979, he has published articles on renal transplantation, trauma and bariatric surgery. Dr. Cunningham continues to be active in all aspects of Clinical and Academic General Surgery. He has a current focus in the areas of Trauma and Bariatric Surgery. He is also interested in the application of computer technologies for the benefit of patient care. This has included work with automated collision notification, as well as clinical information database development. Dr. Cunningham has a specific interest in the mentoring and career development of minority students in surgery.

Online Giving
Thank you for expressing interest in supporting the East Carolina University Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, Inc. and communities in eastern North Carolina. With every donation, the possibility of helping someone becomes a reality.
How to Make an Online Gift

To make an online gift by using your MasterCard or Visa credit card, please click the link below. The link will take you to the ECU Annual Fund. Enter the amount you wish to donate and then choose "Division of Health Sciences" under the heading "area you wish your gift to support."

There are currently eight options to choose from:
  • College of Nursing Annual Fund
  • Brody School of Medicine Annual Fund
  • College of Allied Health Sciences Annual Fund
  • Health Sciences Library General Fund
  • East Carolina Heart Institute
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • Metabolic Institute
  • Leo Jenkins Cancer Center

Programs & Services

  • Generalist Physician Program
  • Camp Needles in the Pines
  • Rainbow Services
  • Camp Hope
  • Camp Rainbow
  • Developmental Evaluation Center
  • Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center

Continuing Medical Education

  • Continuing Medical Education

BSOM Support Services
Administration and Finance

  • Administration and Finance Office (Division of Health Sciences)


  • Health Sciences News - Contact (252) 744-2481

Art & Graphics Services for the Division of Health Sciences

  • Photographs - Visit the Image Gallery web site to view & download images.
  • Web page Development


  • Multimedia & Technology Services
  • University Multimedia Center

Photography & Videography

  • Multimedia & Technology Services

Printing & Copying Services

  • University Printing & Graphics
  • Rapid Copy
  • CopiServ

Computer Services

  • Information Technology & Computing Services

Clinical Programs & Services

  • Family Medicine & Routine Care
  • Heart Disease Services
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cancer Services
  • Diabetes Services
  • Internal Medicine
  • Women's Health
  • Emergency Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Digestive Disease Services
  • Children's Health
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Services (Respiratory)
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Regional Pathology Services
  • ECU Physicians Administration

Prospective Health

  • Prospective Health Office - Employee Health, Infection Control, Radiation Safety, Biological Safety, and Biomedical Waste Management

Research Support Services

  • Research and Graduate Studies (BSOM)
  • Sponsored Programs
  • Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSRD)
  • Clinical Trials Office

Student Support Services

  • Admissions Office
  • Student Affairs Office
  • Office of Medical Education & Student Development

Donations & Charitable Giving

  • The Medical Foundation of ECU, Inc/ Health Sciences Development
  • Alumni Affairs
  • Anatomical Donations

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Degree Programs :


  • Master Degree
  • MD / PhD Program
  • MD / MBA Program
  • MPH Program
  • MD Anaesthesiology
  • MD Anatomy
  • MD Biochemistry
  • MD Community Medicine
  • MD Dermatology
  • MD Emergency Medicine
  • MD General Medicine
  • MD Microbiology
  • MD Paediatrics
  • MD Pathology
  • MD Pharmacology
  • MD Physiology
  • MD Psychiatry
  • MD Radiodiagnosis
  • MD Skin & V.D
  • MD TB & Chest Diseases
  • MS Anatomy
  • MS ENT
  • MS General Surgery
  • MS Ophthalmology
  • MS Orthopaedics
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • Ph.D Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Ph.D Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Ph.D Interdisciplinary Program in Biological Sciences
  • Ph.D Microbiology and Immunology
  • Ph.D Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Ph.D Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Ph.D Physiology

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Contact Details

Address: 600 Moye Blvd Greenville, NC 27834 USA

252 744 1020

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