Steiner named Chief of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Michael J. Steiner, MD has been named the next Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine effective July 1, 2011.

Dr. Steiner will follow Dr. Jake Lohr who has served as Division Chief for the past 4 years.  Dr. Lohr has been a strong leader in the department, previously serving as Division Chief, then Vice Chair and prior to this service as Division Chief as Associate Chair for Development. While serving as Division Chief, Dr. Lohr has been key in producing leaders in the field of Pediatrics locally and across the country. He will remain active clinically and spend more time on his interests in education and investigation of adolescent substance abuse.

Dr. Steiner graduated from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia and came to UNC as a combined Medicine and Pediatrics resident.  After finishing residency and Chief Residency in Pediatrics at UNC, he served in a rural clinic through the National Health Service Corps and then was on faculty at USC/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Since his return to UNC, Dr. Steiner has served as the Medical Director of the Children’s Clinics, the Director of the Child and Adolescent General Clinic/Continuity Clinic, and as an Associate Program Director in Pediatrics.  He was selected for the Academy of Educators in 2009 recognizing his roles with residency education and educational administration.  Additionally, he has been active in quality improvement initiatives within the Children’s Hospital and across the health care system.  He has helped to build programs within the division including Level 3 PCMH certification for the resident clinic and a medical-legal partnership with the Law School and NC Legal Aid. He has developed a program for children with special healthcare needs at NC Children’s Hospital. His research interests include improving resident scholarship, professionalism, and issues around childhood obesity.  He is currently the PI on a project examining the use of specialty services and medical homes by children with complex medical needs partnering with NC Medicaid and is a co-investigator on a comparative effectiveness project by AHRQ and the Shep’s Center.

In his new role, he hopes to continue the previously established divisional excellence, while looking toward new partnerships and programs to increase innovation in clinical care, research and teaching.