UNC Family Medicine promotes the discovery and dissemination of knowledge important to clinical practice, teaching, and improvements in the organization of health care. We aspire for our research to answer questions that matter in individual and population primary health care. We work in partnership with other organizations and research communities in order to find answers to family medicine and general health issues. Our researcher's specialties are numerous and diverse: from exploring ground-breaking Zika research, to improving geriatric and dementia care, to understanding tobacco use and cessation patterns.

Research News

  • Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence

    In the first survey of its kind, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, show that a majority of physicians are unlikely to counsel patients about firearms or firearm safety, but that more continuing medical education on the topic would increase physician counseling behaviors.

  • Kids saying no to cigarettes are saying yes to vaping

    In a study led by UNC Family Medicine’s Adam Goldstein, MD, researchers found that efforts are needed to help youth remain nicotine free – especially those adolescents who aren’t otherwise susceptible to smoking cigarettes.

Our Programs and Partners 


Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program

Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP), housed in the UNC Department of Family Medicine, has provided expertise in formative and summative evaluation for tobacco control, prevention, and cessation initiatives since 1995.

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NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship

The NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship aims to train primary care physicians for academic careers that emphasize research. The two-to three-year fellowship provides participants with the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue an individual research program.

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North Carolina Network Consortium

The North Carolina Network Consortium (NCNC) is a diverse statewide consortium of providers, academic institutions, and patients whose mission is to address pressing questions related to the delivery of primary care health services and the management of primary care problems.

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