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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.”

Helton named Interim Chair of Family Medicine, effective June 1, 2019

Margaret Helton, MD, will assume the role of Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, effective June 1, 2019.

Ashkin receives UNC Diversity Award

Dr. Evan Ashkin has received a UNC Diversity Award in recognition of his efforts at furthering equity and inclusion in primary care and community health. Dr. Ashkin is the director and founder of the Formerly Incarcerated Transitions (FIT) Program, regional medical director for Community Care of NC, and a provider at Piedmont Health Services.

UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Second Straight Year

In the annual rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC School of Medicine 1st for primary care and 4th for family medicine.



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.

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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