Renae Stafford MD, MPH

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. Stafford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care at UNC. Dr. Stafford is the Surgical Critical Care Chief and Fellowship Director and is the Medical Director for the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She graduated from Emory University Medical School in 1993 and completed her general surgery training at the University of Minnesota in 2000. She completed a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at UNC in 2001. Dr. Stafford also was a clinical research scholar at the Medical College of Wisconsin and received an MPH degree in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 2004. She is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons Palliative Care Taskforce. Dr. Stafford has both a clinical and research interest in palliative care education for nurses and residents in training. She has received funding for and completed a palliative care education course for surgical residents.