Nick Shungu

Nick Shungu, MD


MD: University of Pennsylvania

Residency (Family Medicine): Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia

Clinical/Research/Medicine Related Interests

I practice both outpatient and inpatient family medicine here at UNC.   My areas of interest include chronic disease management, care for underserved and medically vulnerable populations, addressing healthcare disparities, and medical student education.  I was a cultural anthropology major and am fascinated by the intersection of social influences and health.  It is imperative to me that my scholarly activities are rooted in seeing patients and providing excellent clinical care.  I thoroughly enjoy serving as a tutor for the PCC course and well as working closely with our family medicine residents.   

I am extremely grateful to the teachers and mentors who have guided my development, and am passionate about serving in that role for current and future medical students.  My hope is to assist students in becoming clinically excellent, culturally sensitive, passionate physicians.

Nick’s background in his own words:

I was born and raised in Jersey and went to college at Duke, which makes basketball season especially fun!  After college, I spent a year working for a non-profit in Ethiopia that focuses on care and support for families affected by HIV.  I returned to the states for medical school in Philadelphia, where I met my wife during orientation, and ultimately tricked her into marrying me.  We moved to North Carolina in 2015 and I was thrilled to be welcomed into the fabulous family medicine department and university as a whole.  We have been recently blessed with a new addition to our family, our daughter Sofia was born in April 2016 and fills our lives with joy.  My interests outside of medicine include watching sports, exploring restaurants, music, reading, and staying connected with friends and family.