Brian Bramson, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Hospital Medicine

Specialty Areas

Clinical care of adults and children, infectious diseases, medical procedures, teaching of physical examination skills.


BA with distinction: Swarthmore College, 1992; MD: Harvard Medical School, 1999; Field Representative: Health Frontiers, Vientiane, Laos; Resident: University of North Carolina, 2000-2004; Fellow in Infectious Diseases: University of North Carolina 2004-2007; Partners in Health, physician: Neno Rural Hospital, Malawi, 2007; Infectious Diseases physician: Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY 2007-2008; Clinical Director: Wake Health Services, Raleigh, NC, 2008-9; Chief of Adult Medicine: Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham, NC 2009-2011; Associate Professor: University of North Carolina, 2011-present.

Research Interests

Dr. Bramson’s clinical interests include the care of people living with HIV, as well as bedside teaching of physical examination skills. Formerly active in global health and issues of health care equity and social justice, he remains active in local community service and clinical volunteer work. Care of hospitalized adults and children. Diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.

Personal Statement

I have spent my career focusing on providing the best clinical care possible to adults and children, wherever they are and whatever their circumstances. In the past that has led me to practice in both urban and rural settings in several countries, including the U.S. Currently my goals are to provide excellent care of hospitalized patients, either as a direct caregiver, or through providing infectious diseases consultative services to my colleagues. I also hope to inspire the next generation of physicians to hone their bedside examination abilities while they are in training, so that they can deploy these skills to help other people, in whatever circumstances they eventually practice.


Bradley C Fetzer, Mina C. Hosseinipour, Portia Kamthuzi, Lisa Hyde, Brian Bramson, Kebba Jobarteh, Kristine Torjeson, William Miller, Irving Horrman, Peter Kazembe, Charles Mwansambo Predictors for mortality and loss to follow-up among children receiving antiretroviral therapy in Lilongwe, Malawi. Tropical Medicne and International Health. Vol 14 no 8 pp 1-8. August 2009

The Malawi Pediatric Antiretroviral Treatment Group. “Antiretroviral Therapy for Children in the Routine Setting in Malawi.” transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hydiene. 2007; 101: 511-6

Kourtis A., Bramson B., van der Hoorst C.,Kazembe, P., Ahmed, Y., Chasela C., Hossinipour, M., Knight, R., Lugalia, L., Tegha, G., Joaki, G., Jafali, R., and Jamieson, D. for the BAN Study Team; “Low Absolute Neutrophil Counts in African Infants” Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, July 2005 (4): 73-76.

Recognitions and honors

Robert L. Rey Award. Awarded annually to a medicine resident. “Recognizes a commitment to academic excellence, a compassionate approach to patients, and, most of all, an inspirational effect on others.” Department of Medicine, UNC Hospitals. 2004

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Elected as a resident by student members. 2004

Ivy Award. “Presented by vote of the Faculty to the man in the graduating class who is the most outstanding in leadership, scholarship, and contributions to the College community.” Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. 1992

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