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Dr. Eve Spratt Awarded Distinguished Service Award from UNC School of Medicine

On April 24, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine will honor UNC graduate and MUSC faculty member Eve Spratt, MD, MSCR with a prestigious UNC Alumni Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Spratt has been a tireless advocate for vulnerable children and is the founder of  HALOS (Helping and Lending Outreach Support), a 12 year old public/private partnership that works with the Charleston County (S.C.) Department of Social Services to support abused and neglected children and their caregivers.   HALOS provides necessities, such as clothing, beds, school supplies and uniforms as well as toys, holiday gifts and summer camp opportunities, through partnerships with local religious organizations, civic clubs and businesses. The goal is for these children to have opportunities that we all want to give to our own children.  It has created partnerships with almost 40 business and faith-based organizations and has been used as a model for the creation of three replicate programs elsewhere.  Dr. Spratt has received the SC Governor's Award for Heroes for Children, as well as the Unsung  Hero award for 2005 from the Post & Courier. She has been listed in Best Doctors since 2002, received a Career Development Award from NIH in 2003 and received an award in 2007 from the AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC) Physician Mentor Recognition Program as a physician mentor who has contributed to the achievements of women in the medical profession.

Spratt, a native of Charlotte, received an undergraduate degree in music from Florida State University. She completed her premedical requirements at Wake Forest University and, in 1987, earned her medical degree at UNC. She is triple board trained in Adult and Child Psychiatry as well as Pediatrics.  She earned a master’s degree in clinical research in 2005 from the Medical University of South Carolina. Spratt holds a dual appointment as an Associate Professor  in the departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and is actively involved in teaching, research and clinical work.

In recommending Dr. Spratt for the award, MUSC President Dr. Ray Greenberg commented:  “What sets her apart, what makes her an extraordinary human being, is her unprecedented commitment to the community. In the 21 years since Dr. Spratt graduated from the UNC School of Medicine, she has demonstrated herself to be a person of great conviction, caring and compassion. She has devoted her life to the service of one of our most vulnerable populations. She has developed a successful model for community intervention that has been replicated elsewhere. She has done all of these things while remaining an extremely modest and humble person. For her, it is all about helping others and she sees that as its own reward. In my mind, that is exactly why it is so fitting to recognize her influence on so many lives, both the children that she has protected, and the aspiring health care professionals who see her as a role model.”

The UNC Distinguished Service Awards honor alumni whose distinguished careers and unselfish contributions to society have added luster and prestige to the University and its School of Medicine. A committee appointed by the dean of the School selects the recipients from nominations solicited from the medical school faculty and members of the Medical Alumni Association and 4 Alumni are recognized each year.

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