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Warren Newton, MD, MPH, Announced as New NC AHEC Director

A message from William L. Roper, MD, MPH, dean of the UNC School of Medicine, and CEO of UNC Health Care

I am delighted to announce that Warren Newton, MD, MPH, will become director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC), effective September 1, 2013. In his new role, Dr. Newton will continue AHEC’s important mission of transforming health care and health education across the state through training for medical students, residents and other health professionals.

Warren Newton, MD, MPHAs a family physician, teacher and scholar, Dr. Newton (photo right) has an impressive track record of leadership both statewide and nationally in both care redesign and education, and has founded or led many different statewide initiatives, working closely with many different systems, leaders, and professional organizations. As Vice Dean for Education at the UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Newton was actively involved with AHEC and the expansion of opportunities for medical students, residents and practice support across the state. His previous work with AHEC through the UNC School of Medicine, coupled with his interest and experience in family medicine, make Dr. Newton an ideal choice to advance the presence of AHEC in North Carolina.

As a partnership with UNC, Duke, Wake Forest and ECU, AHEC operates nine centers across the state—each committed to improving the overall health of communities through continuing education programs and information services. With tremendous support from the State of North Carolina, AHECs provide a great value to the state as a whole by training the next generation of health professionals and providing greater access to high quality care, regardless of the ability to pay. And, thanks to previous leadership from Dr. Thomas Bacon, AHEC is a leader in health care innovation across the country.

Dr. Newton will continue to serve as the William B. Aycock Professor and Chair of Family Medicine, where he has been instrumental in helping the School of Medicine become the #1 medical school for primary care. He also will remain chair of the board of advisors for the Cecil G. Sheps Health Services Research Center and as an adjunct professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School of Public Health.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Newton on this achievement. I look forward to watching AHEC grow and work to improve the overall health of our state under his leadership.