Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that makes evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medicines.
Dr. Pignone is a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He also serves as director of the UNC Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care, director of Medical Practice and Prevention Research at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and adjunct professor of health behavior in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
He will join fellow experts in evidence-based medicine from many health-related fields — including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics/gynecology, and nursing — to rigorously review existing peer-reviewed evidence and evaluating the benefits and harms of preventive services. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications. Task Force recommendations have informed clinical standards for many professional societies, health organizations, and medical quality review groups.
To learn more about Dr. Pignone’s new role with the Task Force, visit here. More information about the Task Force and a complete list of its members is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.