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Michael Pignone

Michael P Pignone MD

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas at Austin | Dell Medical School, Austin, TX

Dr. Pignone is the inaugural chair of the department of internal medicine and a professor of medicine at the Dell Medical School and a scholar in residence at the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy. He was previously Professor of Medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and director of the Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research is focused on chronic disease screening, prevention, and treatment, and on improving medical decision making, particularly in heart disease prevention, colorectal cancer screening, and management of common chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart failure. He has served on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and several other national guideline and quality improvement panels. He is a Medical Editor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. Dr. Pignone earned his MD and completed residency training in primary care internal medicine at the University of California-San Francisco. He then completed fellowship training through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, earning a master’s degree in epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health.