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Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine

Specialty Areas

Reduction of low-value care in hospital medicine; Neurology education for internists; Surgical co-management; Telemetry in hospitalized patients, Syncope


BSE: Princeton University, 2000; MD: Tulane University School of Medicine, 2005; MPH: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2005; Resident: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, University of North Carolina, 2005-2009; Hospitalist: WakeMed Health and Hospitals, 2009-2015; Assistant Clinical Professor: University of North Carolina, 2009-2015; Physician Advisor: WakeMed Health and Hospitals, 2013-2015; Associate Chief of Clinical Operations: Division of Hospital Medicine, 2017-2020; Associate Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2015-present

Research Interests

Dr. Craig’s clinical interests include surgical co-management, observation care and syncope management. Dr. Craig’s research focus is the reduction of low-value care and unnecessary interventions in hospitalized patients.


Craig MJ, Boris NW. Youth tobacco access restrictions: time to shift resources to other interventions?. Health Promotion and Practice. 2007 Jan;8(1):22-7; Madeira CL, Craig MJ, Donohoe A, Stephens JR. Things we do for no reason: Echocardiogram in unselected patients with syncope. J Hosp Med. 2017 Dec;12(12):984-988.

Personal Statement

The direction of my professional career has largely been driven by a need to fix problems seen in my day-to-day clinical practice. Projects to reduce hospitalization for syncope, TIA and pulmonary embolism sprang from seeing numerous patients who gained little benefit from hospitalization. My telemetry reduction efforts came from seeing frequent telemetry usage outside of accepted clinical indications. My lectures have focused on neurologic issues (stroke, neurosurgical care) after experiencing knowledge gaps while working with residents on the wards. Medicine is an imperfect system that often fails our patients in providing truly value-based care, and I hope to do my small part to improve that.

Recognitions and Honors

District Chair, District 4 (KY, NC, SC, TN, VA and WV), Society of Hospital Medicine (April 2018-present); President, North Carolina Triangle Chapter, Society of Hospital Medicine; (October 2015 – present); Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine, Society of Hospital Medicine; WakeMed Internal Medicine Teaching Attending Award, 2012

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