Pignone chosen for U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
|February 22, 2013|
Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of health behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 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.
Pignone, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UNC’s School of Medicine, directs the UNC Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care and is director of Medical Practice and Prevention Research at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. He also is 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.