Michael Pignone MD, MPH


Visiting Fellows

Michael Pignone, MD, MPH

Dr. Pignone is the inaugural chair of the department of internal medicine and a professor of medicine at the Dell Medical School. He was previously Professor of Medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and director of the Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research is focused on chronic disease screening, prevention, and treatment, and on improving medical decision making, particularly in heart disease prevention, colorectal cancer screening, and management of common chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart failure. He has developed and tested interventions to mitigate literacy-related health disparities and to improve the use of appropriate preventive services. He serves on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and has served on a number of national guideline and quality improvement panels. He has served as an Associate Editor for Medical Decision Making, a Medical Editor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, and as an Editorial Board member for JAMA Internal Medicine. He earned his MD and completed residency training in primary care internal medicine at the University of California-San Francisco. He then completed fellowship training through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, earning a master’s degree in epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health.