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Researchers find correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use

Researchers at UNC School of Medicine found almost one in ten North Carolina adolescents reported ever vaping cannabis or marijuana. The researchers also found strong associations between the use of certain types of tobacco products and the use of e-cigarette devices to vape cannabis.

Becker-Dreps awarded NIAID grant to examine dengue and Zika interplay during gestation and childhood

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will lead a study to examine how dengue and Zika interplay during gestation and childhood, thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

AMA Awards UNC School of Medicine $1.8 million to support FIRST program

The AMA awarded $1.8 million over five years to the UNC School of Medicine to support a significant expansion of the Fully Integrated Readiness for Service (FIRST) Program to new geographic areas of North Carolina and additional high needs specialties including family medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, and psychiatry.

UNC School of Medicine’s Dr. Harry Stafford Receives Humanitarian Award

Dr. Stafford is being recognized for “his continued efforts in sports medicine and heart health. His efforts continue to impact our local communities and student-athletes across North Carolina.”



Meet our Interim Chair

Dr. Margaret Helton

Margaret Helton, MD is our Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

“It is a privilege to provide our patients with excellent care in a nationally recognized department of family medicine,” says Dr. Helton. “Everything we do – from clinical innovation to teaching to research – is in the service of improving both individual and population based health care.”

Meet our Chair

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Dr. Debbie Phipps

Debbie Phipps, MD

“My greatest joy and privilege as a Family Physician is to care for families at every stage,” says Dr. Phipps. “My special interests include caring for moms and mothers-to-be as well as their children. I practice shared decision making with all of my patients in order to connect them to health resources for the lives they want to lead.”

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