Dr. James Bryan II Receives 2015 T. Reginald Harris Memorial Award

Dr. BryanJames Bryan II, MD, MPH, retired medical internist and former UNC School of Medicine professor, is the recipient of the distinguished 2015 T. Reginald Harris Memorial Award. This year marks the 17th anniversary that the award has been given by The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) in honor of the life and memory of founding board member, T. Reginald Harris, MD.

The award was presented during the North Carolina Medical Society’s fall meeting on October 23 and accepted by Dr. Bryan’s brother, Dr. Edwin Bryan.

Immediate past chairman of CCME’s board of directors and former NCMS President, John Mangum, MD, presented the award.

“We are very pleased to present this award to Dr. Bryan in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the improvement of quality health care and service to the medical community,” said Dr. Mangum. “He exemplifies the values that Dr. Harris brought to health care and to CCME.”

Described as teacher, physician, role model, leader, pioneer and mentor, Dr. Bryan’s 60-year career included practices in hematology/oncology and primary care geriatrics. He also was  a recognized instructor and research fellow. Dr. Bryan held a dual professorship in the UNC-CH Departments of Medicine and Social and Community Medicine and was an active mentor and adviser to his students.

Dr. Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, a medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Although retired from medicine, Dr. Bryan remains actively involved in his community by volunteering at the free Samaritan Health Center in Durham, the Chapel Hill homeless shelter, the First Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, and the Hospice at UNC.

For more information about the Harris Memorial Award and past recipients, please visit CCME’s Harris Award page at www.thecarolinascenter.org/HarrisAward.


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  • Bob Lester

    Hi Jim and Docia,

    Wow! Two of my favorite friends made headlines in North Carolina medical news this week. Mr. (Dr.) Bryan and Mrs. Bryan were advisors for our church youth group at the first Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, when I was in high school, about 1963. Dr. Bryan was our class advisor when I was in medical at UNC. He was truly adored by our youth group and medical school class back in those days, and I am thrilled to see that this continues to be true 50 years later. Congratulations on your T. Reginald Harris Memorial Award. I, too, have retired, but have continued to take care of poor people in our community. I had a great role model!

    Dr. Docia Hickey and I have been medical colleagues and neighbors for many years. She has been great in both regards, but my favorite memory is us singing karaoke at Cramer Mountain Country Club in Cramerton NC. Congratulations Docia! It is very reassuring that you are our new president.

    Bob Lester
    Cramerton. NC