Dr. Brian Z. Rayala is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For over 20 years, he has strived for excellence in caring for the whole patient, both medically and surgically, and has devoted his career to educating and mentoring family physicians.
He obtained his seven-year BS-MD degree at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 2000, then completed residency training in Family Medicine at Sparrow/Michigan State University in 2005, where he was co-chief resident during his final year. His early career started in medical education, as Associate Director of Clinical Skills at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship in academic and clinical dermatology at MSU’s Division of Dermatology and Cutaneous Sciences in 2009 and became a wound physician at the Sparrow Outpatient Wound Center the same year. He served as the inaugural director of procedural curriculum and lead physician for the residency procedure clinic.
In 2011, Dr. Rayala moved to Chapel Hill as faculty in the Department of Family Medicine and staff physician at the UNC Wound Center. He has led the transformation of UNC Family Medicine’s clinical surgical services and residency procedural curriculum. Today, the Family Medicine Procedure Clinic offers a myriad of outpatient primary care surgical services, spread across seven clinics within the UNC Family Medicine Center in Chapel Hill and Piedmont Health Services in Prospect Hill and Siler City. Since 2014, Dr. Rayala has trained and mentored nine fellows and over 100 residents as Director of Career Development Fellowship in Family Medicine Procedures.
Dr. Rayala has received multiple national and institutional awards for excellence in teaching and clinical care. He serves as Associate Editor for Essential Evidence, and editorial board member for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) FP Essentials™. He has written over 70 scientific papers and peer-reviewed publications, and has delivered over 50 hours of lectures and workshops nationally.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Rayala’s clinical interests include vasectomy, wound medicine, medical and surgical management of skin disorders, nail and hair disease, circumcision, and most outpatient primary care procedures. His scholarly interests include evidence-based medicine and medical editing.