President’s Biography


Cedric M. Bright, M.D.

Cedric M. Bright, M.D. has recently been appointed as the Assistant Dean of Special Programs and Admissions in the department of Medical Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He most recently worked as a Staff Physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Durham, NC, and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at Duke University.

Dr. Bright has been an active member of many professional organizations and has served on national and local committees as a member of the National Medical Association (NMA), the Society of General Internal Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians. He presently holds the office of President-Elect of the NMA and is the chair of the Health Policy Committee. Dr. Bright also served as President of the Old North State Medical Society, an NMA state society. Previously, he served as the Speaker for the NMA’s House of Delegates. He has served on other NMA committees including Research and Development, Membership, and Strategic Planning. He was a co-chair for the Pay for Performance Task Force of the NMA, also serving on a similar sub committee of the Society of General Internal Medicine. In June 2011, Dr Bright received the title of Fellow of the ACP from ACP president Dr Virginia Hood.

Known as a servant leader, Dr. Bright received a Heroes Helping Heroes Super Hero award for service “above and beyond the line of duty” by the Durham VAMC in 2008. Dr. Bright is also very active in his community where he served on the North Carolina Medical Society Patient Safety Taskforce, the Governor’s Quality Initiative, and the NC state genomics taskforce and as an officer for the Durham Academy of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. Dr. Bright is a past chair of the board of the Lincoln Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center. He was selected to a six year term for the Durham County Hospital Corporation, and served as the vice chair for the Patient Safety and Quality Committee and the Finance Committee.

As an Associate Clinical Professor, Dr. Bright was very active in mentoring and teaching medical students and doctors in training within the VAMC and Duke University Medical Center. He is active mentor for the Student National Medical Association and was elected to a two-year term as a professional board member. He also teaches medical students in his clinical setting and in their community. For the past ten years he has led health empowerment programs in indigent communities in Durham that is staffed by volunteers and medical students. Dr Bright not only teaches medical students but also physician assistants, nurse practioneers, and undergraduates in his clinics.

He has been involved in health disparities research and has presented papers and abstracts at multiple national and local venues. Dr. Bright was an invited participant at the 2008 and 2009 Congressional Black Caucus sponsored Veterans Health Braintrust speaking on health disparities in the VA medical system (2008) and quality outcome measures (2009). Dr Bright has been featured discussing issues of health disparities and heart health on both UNC TV and TRITV, which is a government run television programming. This past year Dr. Bright focused his efforts on healthcare reform and participated in advocacy efforts to support the legislative effort.

He is married to Maria Bright and they have a son, Andrew Weldon. He is a member of First Calvary Baptist Church where he has been an active member of the video ministry and coaching youth basketball. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.