Award winning researcher and leader in the control of cancer, Barbara K. Rimer is Alumni Distinguished Professor and dean of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Since 2005, her leadership has guided the school’s ascension to the top of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” list as the nation’s No. 1 public school of public health (No. 2 overall) for the third time in a row this year.
“Since our founding in 1940, we have been committed to solving some of North Carolina and the world’s most persistent public health problems. We are driven to find solutions and apply them at scale to improve health and the environment while eliminating health inequities.” Rimer says. “We are training the next generation of public health leaders and creating evidence-based products, programs and policies.”
Dean Rimer was the first woman and behavioral scientist to chair the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board, a presidentially appointed role. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2008 and appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Cancer Panel, which she chaired from 2011 to January 2019. In 2013, she was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor for her cancer control research.