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FDA should be equitable in proposed regulations on reducing nicotine in cigarettes

A commentary led by Family Medicine researcher M. Justin Byron, PhD suggests that a recent FDA policy proposal needs to include little cigars, which look and function like cigarettes, to be equitable and most effective.

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Researchers find that private insurance pays more for emergency department visits

Research led by Family Medicine NRSA Fellow Jonathan Yun, MD, MPH, found that private insurance had the greatest average annual increase in spending for each ED visit between 1996 through 2015.

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Health leaders meet to improve community health

UNC Family Medicine has recently been hosting a series of meetings featuring health leaders in eight surrounding counties to improve community health and well-being.

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UNC Researchers Funded by National Geographic to Study Retirement from the U.S. to Latin America

Retiring south within the United States has long been a trend, but more and more Americans are retiring even further south, for reasons such as climate, cost of living, lifestyle, and affordable health care,” says Dr. Philip Sloane, the Elizabeth and Oscar Goodwin Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics


Meet our Chair

Dr. Cristy Page

Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH
Meet our Chair, Dr. Cristen Page

Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH, has been named the William B. Aycock Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. She served in the position on an interim basis since April of 2016. A nationally recognized innovator, clinician and educator, Page will lead the department through a time of great growth and change.

“Health care is changing rapidly. The faculty at UNC Family Medicine includes some of the nation’s leading experts in primary care and health care delivery. We are well positioned to dramatically expand our work to meet the needs of our state and nation,” Page said.

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Dr. Erik Butler

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Erik Butler, DO

“When I was 14 years old, I was in a serious accident,” says Dr. Butler. “A great doctor saved my life. The experience of being a patient inspired me to want to help others and become a physician. I have been taking care of patients and their families in North Carolina for over 10 years.”

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