Gary S. Winzelberg, MD, MPH, FACP

The core members of the clinical team have professional training and certification in palliative medicine and palliative care nursing. Members of the core team are based in the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care System. Palliative care encompasses humanistic and scientific contributions from many perspectives; we rely on effective collaborations with community partners, faculty from other Schools at the University of North Carolina, and input from faculty outside of UNC.


Dr. Winzelberg, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is board certified in Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Winzelberg serves as an attending physician in the UNC Palliative Care Program and Medical Director of Carol Woods Retirement Community.

Dr. Winzelberg has received a Brookdale National Fellowship and a Geriatic Academic Career Award. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, trained in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and completed fellowships in Geriatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School and in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington.

His teaching focuses on improving physician end-of-life care communication skills, particularly with families of incapacitated patients.