Dr. Cristy Page to serve as Interim Chair for the Department of Family Medicine

Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH, has been named interim chair for the department of Family Medicine, effective April 1. Page will accept the role from Warren Newton, MD, MPH, who recently announced he would step down as chair to assume the role of senior medical advisor to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Page currently serves as the program director of the UNC Family Medicine Residency Program, which is ranked second nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Under her leadership, the residency program expanded its graduates by nearly 40 percent, created innovative mobile technology to address new ACGME standards, and achieved the highest possible ACGME accreditation status. Previously, she served as the associate medical director of the UNC Family Medicine Center. 

Her clinical work includes full spectrum care, including primary, hospital, and maternity care.

Page’s programmatic and research interests include the use of innovative educational programs and creative strategies to address health workforce needs. With support from numerous federal, state, private, and public sector funding sources, Page has overseen the development and launch of the Family Medicine Rural and Underserved Track in partnership with Piedmont Health Services. Additionally, Page is the director of the FIRST program, a new UNC School of Medicine initiative designed to accelerate and enhance the training of family physicians to serve our state’s underserved populations.

A lifelong Tar Heel, Page came to UNC as a Morehead Scholar. She went on to receive both her MD and MPH from UNC. During her residency at UNC Hospitals, she served as chief resident in 2004-2005 and officially joined the department of Family Medicine faculty in 2005.

Her voice will also be familiar to those in the community, as she has served as co-host of the Your Health radio show, a weekly health information show produced by the department of Family Medicine in partnership with UNC Health Care.

As she assumes her new role as interim chair, Page continues her mission of creating engaging educational opportunities for students, while providing mentoring for the next generation of family physicians. She will work to enhance Family Medicine's stellar reputation for clinical care, education, and research.