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Assistant Professor, Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Specialty Areas:  Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Chronology:  BS: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007; MD: Temple University School of Medicine, 2011; Internal Medicine Resident: University of Virginia, 2011-2014; Hospitalist: Duke Regional Hospital 2014-2019; Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow: University of North Carolina, 2019-2020; Clinical Assistant Professor: University of North Carolina, 2020-present.

Research & Clinical Interests:  Dr. Zimmerman’s clinical interests include improving symptom burden and quality of life in patients living with serious illness.  Dr. Zimmerman enjoys teaching communication and symptom management skills to learners of all disciplines, educational levels, and backgrounds.

Personal Statement:  Paul lives with his wife and two daughters in Carrboro, NC.  He was drawn to the field of palliative care as it seemed to be the field that best fit with his original motivations to enter the field of medicine – to help patients live their best lives.  He enjoys getting to know his patients and their families, learning about their goals and values, and helping them achieve their highest quality of life possible.  He enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, running, reading, and spending quality time with his family and friends.

Selected Bibliography:

Lavin K, Zimmerman PE. Sidebar: Using Patient-Reported Outcomes to Facilitate High-Quality Virtual Care for the Seriously Ill. N C Med J. 2020;81(4):263-264. 18043/ncm.81.4.263

Recognitions and Honors:

Duke Regional Hospital “Hospitalist of the Year” 2018

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    5034 Old Clinic Building

    CB 7110

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599