Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH, has been named the William B. Aycock Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. She served in the position on an interim basis since April of 2016. A recognized innovator, clinician and educator, Page will continue to lead the department through a time of great growth and change.
“The faculty at UNC Family Medicine includes some of the nation’s leading experts in primary care and health care delivery. We are well positioned to dramatically expand our work to meet the needs of our patients and I am excited by the opportunity to lead this department,” Page said.
Page was instrumental in the extensive renovation and redesign of the care model at the UNC Family Medicine Center, which celebrated its grand re-opening in the summer of 2016. Page has also developed innovative training programs for the next generation of family medicine physicians, including the Family Medicine Rural and Underserved Track in partnership with Piedmont Health Services, and the FIRST Scholars program, a UNC School of Medicine initiative designed to accelerate and enhance the training of family physicians to serve our state’s underserved populations.
Since 2011, Page has directed the UNC Family Medicine Residency Program, which is highly ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
A lifelong Tar Heel, Page came to UNC as a Morehead Scholar. She received both her MD and MPH from UNC. She completed her residency at UNC Hospitals, including a year as chief resident, before joining the family medicine faculty.
In an announcement to the Department of Family Medicine, William L. Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care, and Wesley Burks, MD, Executive Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, said: “Under Dr. Page’s leadership, the Department of Family Medicine will continue to advance our clinical, research and educational missions both locally and nationally.”
“It is a privilege to serve alongside such talented colleagues – both in our department and in the larger health care system – as we work together to an even brighter future,” said Page.