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CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Darren DeWalt, MD, MPH, a physician and researcher who was once the chief resident of the UNC School of Medicine’s Internal Medicine program and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellow is returning to UNC to lead the Division of General Medicine.
DeWalt has been named chief of the General Medicine Division in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, Ronald Falk, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, announced on Thursday.
“It really feels like coming home,” DeWalt said of returning to UNC School of Medicine.
For the last two years, DeWalt has served as the director of the Learning and Diffusion Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Baltimore, Maryland.
“My family and I are excited to return to Chapel Hill and I’m particularly honored to lead the Division of General Medicine—my professional home,” DeWalt said. “My work at CMS has been exciting from a health policy perspective, and I have learned a ton. But I look forward to working again with friends and colleagues at UNC to deliver excellent care for our patients and educate the doctors of the future.”
DeWalt, a 1997 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and 2004 graduate of UNC School of Public Health, began his professional career at UNC School of Medicine in 1997, when he began his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. DeWalt went on to serve as chief resident for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and then completed a two-year fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.
In 2004, he was named assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at UNC School of Medicine, and was promoted to an associate professor in 2010. DeWalt has also served as associate director of Ambulatory Care at the UNC Institute for Health Care Quality Improvement, as well as section chief for research in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. He has been an investigator in more than 60 research projects.
DeWalt’s appointment is effective in late-July, Falk said.
“Dr. DeWalt has developed a real expertise in the federal side of population health,” Falk said. “He’ll be leading the transition to value-based care in the Department of Medicine.”