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UNC Family Medicine is again ranked 2nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. “We are humbled by this news and appreciate the recognition,” said Dr. Warren Newton, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. How does UNC Family Medicine do it year after year? By constantly searching for innovative ways to improve the patient experience while increasing the quality of care and decreasing costs.

The ranking is part of U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Graduate Schools” issue. These rankings add to the UNC School of Medicine’s reputation as a national leader in research and teaching.


The UNC Department of Family Medicine has consistently been ranked as a national leader for over 20 years with a #2 ranking for seven straight years. It is the highest ranked Family Medicine specialty program in the eastern United States. The rankings were compiled by U.S. News & World Report for their annual 2017 guide “We are honored to once again be recognized as a national leader in the specialty of Family Medicine. The goal of UNC Family Medicine is nothing less than to transform our healthcare system. We are constantly searching for and implementing new ways to organize care around patients and their needs while improving the quality of patient care, which dramatically reduces health related costs,” said Warren P. Newton, MD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Director of NC AHEC and Vice Dean at the UNC School of Medicine.


Family medicine is a primary care medical specialty which provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family over the course of a life. It combines acute care, chronic care, and preventative care. Research has established that communities with higher percentages of primary care providers have citizens with significantly better health outcomes and dramatically lower medical costs.


UNC Family Medicine is nationally recognized for its innovations in clinical care, implementing multi-state collaborative that improve health, research, medical education and community service. The department’s goal is to transform the nation’s health care system to a patient centered, efficient and effective system with dramatically improved quality and lower costs for all.