Warren Newton, MD MPH

Warren Newton, MD MPH

Distinguished Professor
Director of NC AHEC

590 Manning Drive
CB 7595
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7595

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Warren Newton MD MPH serves as Vice Dean and Director of the North Carolina AHEC Program.  AHEC has nine regional centers, employs 350 physicians and over 2400 staff running 18 residencies, providing over 200,000 hours of CME/CE annually, and supporting community-based educational experience for all professions across the state.  AHEC plays a major role in developing a health careers pipeline for underrepresented minorities, improving hospital safety, and providing practice support to over 1200 primary care practices in NC for Health Information Technology, PCMH, and Quality Improvement.

Dr. Newton served as Residency Director at UNC, founded the first hospitalist program at UNC, and just finished nearly two decades as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.  He also recently completed a five-year term as Dean of Education at the UNC School of Medicine, where he led a successful LCME reaccreditation,   expanded the school to include formal campuses in Charlotte and Asheville, reformed the curriculum and student services, and increased admissions for underrepresented minorities by 50%.  

In 2016, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.  Nationally, Dr. Newton is past Chair of the American Board of Family Medicine, serves as Chair on the ABMS Committee on Maintenance of Certification, and he serves on the Liaison Committee for Medical Education and on the Institute of Medicine's Global Forum on Innovations in Health Professional Education.

Faculty Development is a passion for Dr. Newton.  A graduate of Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, he has taught in UNC Faculty Development program for over 25 years, and has led the development of a faculty appointment and promotion system for Family Medicine and for the School of Medicine which honors teaching and includes a variety of different professionals.  He helped to found and develop the UNC Academy of Educators, and currently runs the UNC Family Medicine Wildacres Leadership Institute.  He is regularly invited as a visiting professor to Departments and Residencies all over the country.

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