Hemsey named Hospital Medicine Division Chief

David Hemsey, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine. The Division of Hospital Medicine is the newest division in the Department of Medicine, established in July 2016.

Hemsey named Hospital Medicine Division Chief click to enlarge David Hemsey, MD

Ronald Falk, MD, Department of Medicine Chair announced David Hemsey, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine.

“David Hemsey is an extremely well-trained hospitalist who has the experience and vision to shape this new division for the future," said Falk.

Formerly a program within the Division of General Medicine directed by Dr. Allen Liles, Hospital Medicine was established as a separate division within the Department of Medicine in July 2016. The role of the hospitalist in providing outstanding patient-focused care, removing siloes to improve collaboration and coordination among physicians and health care personnel, and the safe transition of patient care from the hospital, has become critical to successful navigation of the directives and initiatives of Medicare and the Affordable Care Act that have direct and substantial impact on the health care delivery framework. UNC hospitalist physicians “specialize in getting patients in and out of the hospital as safely and as expertly as possible,” said Falk.

“They’re also wonderful educators,” he added.

Hemsey obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and earned High Honors in medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He served as chief resident during his residency training at the University of California-San Francisco. Since joining the faculty at UNC in 2014, he has pursued his interests in teaching, medical informatics, and studies about clinical and end-of-life decision making.

“I chose UNC because the people I met here were as excited by academic Hospital Medicine as I am. I am very honored to serve them as Chief of the new Division,” stated Dr. Hemsey.

“Hospital Medicine is an emerging field, with rapid growth and frequent change over the last 10 years. With those challenges come great opportunities for innovation and creativity. We will continue to stay true to our core values of delivering high quality care while leading efforts in medical education and quality improvement,” he said.

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