Michael Pignone


Adjunct Professor
Health Behavior

REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

5045 Old Clinic Building
Campus Box 7110
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

T: 919-966-2276

1993 University of California MD, School of Medicine
1998 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH, Epidemiology
Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Health communication
Research activities


  • Division Chief and Associate Professor – Division of General Internal Medicine & Epidemiology
  • Director of the UNC Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care
  • Director of Medical Practice and Prevention Research at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research with research focused on chronic disease prevention/treatment, as well on physician- patient communication and decision making in primary care settings
  • Primary interests include heart disease prevention, colorectal cancer screening, and disease management for common chronic illnesses such as diabetes, depression, heart failure, and chronic pain
  • Research examining the role of literacy in physician-patient communication and its effect on health outcomes, including racial/ethnic disparities, in patients with chronic illnesses
  • Current research focus is on the development, testing, and dissemination of patient-directed decision aids to improve clinical decision making for a range of health issues, including colon cancer screening, heart disease prevention

Primary Research areas

  • Cancer prevention
  • Medical decision making
  • Heart disease
Staff/administrative responsibilities

As HB adjunct:

  • Advisor on a special project
  • Faculty research collaboration
  • Dissertation committee member