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Michael Pignone, M.D., MPH


University of California, San Francisco


Residency, Primary Care Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
University of North Carolina School of Medicine


Michael Pignone, M.D., MPH, MACP, is the Dr. Lowell Henry Lebermann Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine, assistant dean for veterans affairs, director of the program on Cancer Prevention and Control at the Livestrong Cancer Institutes, professor in Internal Medicine and courtesy professor in the departments of Oncology and Population Health.

In his prior appointment, Pignone was a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and director of the Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his medical degree in 1993 and completed residency training in primary care internal medicine in 1996 at the University of California, San Francisco. He then completed fellowship training in 1996-98 through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, including a master’s degree in epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health.

Pignone’s research is focused on chronic disease screening, prevention and treatment, and on improving medical decision making. His main areas of interest include heart disease prevention, colorectal cancer screening, and management of common chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart failure. He has developed and tested interventions, including decision aids, to mitigate literacy-related health disparities and to improve the use of appropriate preventive services. He has published more than 275 peer-reviewed journal articles.

In 2013, he was appointed as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. He has served on a number of national guideline and quality improvement panels, including work for the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the National Committee on Quality Assurance in Healthcare. In addition, he has served as an associate editor for Medical Decision Making, a medical editor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and as an editorial board member for JAMA Internal Medicine. Pignone is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Society for Medical Decision Making, and he is a master of the American College of Physicians.

Professional Affiliations
  • Society of General Internal Medicine​
  • Society for Medical Decision Making
  • Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine
  • Association of Professors of Medicine
Awards & Honors
  • Master
    American College of Physicians, 2018-present
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Distinguished Investigator Award
    Sheps Center for Health Services Research, 2010
  • Milton Hamolsky Award
    Society of General Internal Medicine​ National Meeting, 1998
  • Packer Health Policy Fellowship
    Australian Department of Health, 2010