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Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
Lead Physician Advisor for Clinical Documentation Integrity
Lead Consultant for the Hospital Ethics Committee

Specialty Areas

Hospital Medicine with a special interest in palliative care, complex care solutions, and resident education


BA Cum Laude: North Carolina State University 1996; MPH: University of North Carolina School of Public Health 2005; MD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 2006; Clinical Assistant Professor: Campbell University School of Pharmacy 2006; Resident: University of North Carolina, 2006-2009; Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina 2009-2022; Lead Consultant: UNC Hospital Ethics 2009-present; Associate Director of Education, UNC Hospitalist Program 2012-present; Associate Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina 2022-present

Clinical Interests

Dr. Ossman’s clinical interests include providing and coordinating care of hospitalized patients and integrating geriatric medicine and palliative care medicine into the continuing education of hospitalists. As an educator, Dr. Ossman is a guest lecturer on communication to both undergraduates as well as new nursing graduates. He has also partnered with the internal medicine residents as the faculty advisor for a monthly M&M. He also is an active member of the UNC Hospital Ethics committee where he has been a lead consultant since 2009 and continues to educate clinicians and residents across departments in clinical bioethics.


Was This Readmission Preventable? Qualitative Study of Patient and Provider Perceptions of Readmissions. Stein J, Ossman P, Viera A, et al. Southern Medical Journal. 2016;109(6):383-389.

Getting hip to vitamin D: a hospitalist project for improving the assessment and treatment of vitamin D deficiency in elderly patients with hip fracture. Stephens JR1, Williams C, Edwards E, Ossman P, DeWalt DA. J Hosp Med. 2014 Nov;9(11):714-9.

Making The Most Of An Unfortunate Situation: Advanced Care Planning In The Setting Of Homelessness And Addiction. SHM, March 25, 2014

Exsanguination And Autonomy. SHM, May 18, 2013

When There Are No Outpatient Options: The Chronically Hospitalized Patient. SHM, May 18, 2013

Recognitions and Honors

Carolina Cup Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching. Department of Family Medicine, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. 2014; Best Consultant Award. Department of Emergency Medicine, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. 2014; Friend of Nursing Award. UNC Hospitals. This annual award is given to a physician whose practice demonstrates a high regard for nursing, involves nursing on the care delivery team, fosters a strong working relationship between medicine and nursing, and supports the professional development of nurses. 2010

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    101 Manning Drive

    Hospital Medicine

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    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7085