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John R. Stephens, MD – Division of Hospital Medicine

John R. Stephens, MD

Associate Chief for Education and Faculty Development

Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics


101 Manning Dr
Hospital Medicine - CB #7085
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


John R. Stephens, MD

Associate Chief for Education and Faculty Development

Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Areas of Interest

Hospital medicine, pediatric hospital medicine, quality improvement, resident and medical student education.


Personal Statement

I received all of my training at the University of North Carolina, completing medical school in 1997 and residency in internal medicine/pediatrics in 2001. I have worked as a hospitalist since completing residency, initially at WakeMed in Raleigh for nine years, returning to UNC in 2010. I enjoy clinical medicine, education of medical students and residents, including mentorship of scholarly projects among trainees.


Stephens JR, Moore C, Stepanek KV, Garbutt JC, Starke B, Liles EA, Jonas DE. Implementation of a process for initiating naltrexone in patients hospitalized for alcohol detoxification or withdrawal. J Hosp Med. 2018 Apr;13(4):221-228.

Caulfield CA, Stephens JR. Things we do for no reason: Hospitalization for the evaluation of patients with low-risk chest pain. J Hosp Med. 2018 Apr;13(4):277-279.

Madeira C, Craig MJ, Donohoe A, Stephens JR. Things we do for no reason: Echocardiograms for all patients with syncope. J Hosp Med. 2017 Dec;12(12):984-988.

Stephens JR, Kimple K, Steiner MJ, Berry JG. Discharge interventions and modifiable risk factors for preventing hospital readmissions in children with medical complexity. Rev Recent Clin Trials. 2017 Oct;12(4):290-297.

Stephens JR, Steiner MJ. Things we do for no reason: Empiric Listeria monocytogenes antibiotic coverage for febrile infants 0-90 days. J Hosp Med. 2017 Jun;12(6):458-461.

Stephens JR, Steiner MJ, DeJong N, Rodean J, Hall M, Richardson T, Berry JG. Healthcare utilization and spending for constipation in children with versus without complex chronic conditions. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Jan;64(1):31-36.

Stephens JR and Steiner MJ (2015). Acute Abdominal Pain. In L Feld and J Mahan (Eds.), Succinct Pediatrics: Evaluation and Management for Common and Critical Care, Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Stephens JR and Arenth J. Wimberger sign in congenital syphilis. J Peds, Epublished 2015 September 28.

Heath J, Dancel R and Stephens JR. Post-discharge phone calls after pediatric hospitalization: an observational study. Hosp Ped, 2015 May;5(5):241-248.

Stephens JR, Williams C, Edwards E, Ossman P, DeWalt D. Getting hip to vitamin D: A hospitalist project for improving the assessment and treatment of vitamin D deficiency in elderly patients with hip fracture. J Hosp Med, 2014 Nov;9(11):714-719.

Patterson J, Esch M, Stephens JR. An unusual cause of failure to thrive in an infant with vomiting and elevated transaminases. Clin Pediatr, 2014 Nov;53(13):1299-301.

Stephens JR, Liles EA, Dancel R, Gilchrist M, Kirsch J, et al. Who needs inpatient detox? Development and implementation of a hospitalist protocol for the evaluation of patients for alcohol detoxification. JGIM, 2014 April;29(4):587-593.

Recognitions and Honors

2016 Selection as Senior Fellow, Society of Hospital Medicine; 2015 Induction into University of North Carolina School of Medicine Academy of Educators; 2015 Poster winner, best overall clinical vignette, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2015 Annual Meeting Poster Competition; 2014 Poster finalist, innovations category, Society of Hospital Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting Poster Competition

  • BA

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • MD

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Residency

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill