Welcome to the Division of General Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology

Our vision is to be the nation's leading division of general internal medicine. Our mission is to advance the field of general internal medicine and serve the needs of North Carolinians through patient care, practice innovation, education and research.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology is composed of general internal medicine physicians, advanced practice providers, fellows, and staff with an overall goal of improving the health status of North Carolina adults.  We provide primary and consultative clinical care to both the inpatient and outpatient population at UNC Hospitals and affiliated practices.  Our research involves broad areas of clinical epidemiology, health services research, clinical decision-making research, and prevention.  We work with students, residents and fellows in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health and UNC Hospitals at multiple levels, ranging from introductory clinical interviewing courses to research fellowship programs for board-certified internists.  We collaborate with our colleagues in the Department of Medicine and elsewhere within the University of North Carolina, and through regional, national, and international partnerships.


NEWS RELEASE:  Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH Publishes Work on Screening Adults for Depression in Primary Care

Congratulations to Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH on the publication of her work "Screening Adults for Depression in Primary Care in the July issue of Medical Clinics of North America.  Read article

NEWS RELEASE:  Journal Edited by UNC Researcher Reaches Record High Impact Factor

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) announced that the Thomson Reuters Impact Factor Journal Citation Reports has just increased the impact factor of the ACMG’s peer-reviewed medical genetics and genomics journal, Genetics in Medicine (GIM) to 8.229 for 2016, up from 7.710 in 2015. GIM is currently ranked 10 of 166 titles in the Genetics & Heredity category and is the top-ranked of genetics journal that has a primarily clinical focus.

Jim Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, is the journal’s editor-in-chief. Read more

NEWS RELEASE:  2017 UNC Health Care and UNC Faculty Physicians Award for Carolina Care Excellence

Drs. Marco Aleman, Paul Chelminski, Cristin Colford, Thomas Keyserling, Christopher Klipstein, Shana Ratner and Russell Scott, MPAS, PA-C had more than 95% of their patients respond "Yes, definitely!" to the question asking whether patients would recommend their provider's office to family and friends, which places them in the top quartile nationally.

Drs. Lee Berkowitz, Timothy Carey, Elizabeth Greig and Amy Shaheen had 100% of their patients respond "Yes, definitely!" to the same question.

We celebrate these physicians and advanced practice providers for helping to create an exceptional experience for all of our patients. We thank them for being exemplary in delivering Carolina Care with expertise and empathy. Click Here for full provider list.

NEWS RELEASE:  Dr. Amy Shaheen Shines in Patient Care and Teaching, Recognized for Educational Research That Combines Both

UNC Department of Medicine faculty love to teach and the opportunity to participate in education is one of the major reasons they choose an academic career at UNC’s School of Medicine. Dr. Amy Shaheen, Medicine Professor for the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, is one of those clinician teachers, committed to training the next generation. Her contributions to educational research were celebrated in Baltimore, MD, where she received the Charles H. Griffith, III MD, Educational Research Award during the CDIM National Meeting, held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week. Read more.

NCQA Physician Practice Connections® – Patient Centered Medical Home™

PCMH Logo 2016

The Internal Medicine Clinic has been awarded Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Physician Practice Connections® - Patient Centered Medical Home™.  The PPC-PCMH standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication, and patient involvement.

NEWS RELEASE:  Darren DeWalt, MD, MPH returns to helm the Division of General Medicine

The Department of Medicine welcomes the return of Dr. Darren DeWalt as Chief of the Division of General Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. DeWalt spent many years at UNC during his residency and fellowship training, and then as a faculty member of the Division. He spent the last two years directing the Learning and Diffusion Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. DeWalt's new appointment will take effect near the end of July. Read more