Michael Pignone, MD

Department Chair, Professor of Internal Medicine

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Research Interests

Research is focused on chronic disease screening, prevention, and treatment, and on improving medical decision making. 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.


Dr. Michael Pignone is the inaugural Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. In his prior appointment, Pignone was Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Director of the Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement at UNC-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 from 1996-98 through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, including a master’s degree in epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health.

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, 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, Society for Medical Decision Making, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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Research Output 1997 2018

1 Citations

Accuracy of predictions of patients with breast cancer of future well-being after immediate breast reconstruction

Lee, C. N. H., Pignone, M. P., Deal, A. M., Blizard, L., Hunt, C., Huh, R., Liu, Y. J. & Ubel, P. A., Apr 1 2018, In : JAMA Surgery. 153, 4, Y.

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Breast Neoplasms
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A pre-post study testing a lung cancer screening decision aid in primary care

Reuland, D. S., Cubillos, L., Brenner, A. T., Harris, R. P., Minish, B. & Pignone, M., Jan 12 2018, In : BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 18, 1, 5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision Support Techniques
Early Detection of Cancer
Lung Neoplasms
Primary Health Care
6 Citations

Effect of a digital health intervention on receipt of colorectal cancer screening in vulnerable patients a randomized controlled trial

Miller, D. P., Denizard-Thompson, N., Weaver, K. E., Doug Case, L., Troyer, J. L., Spangler, J. G., Lawler, D. & Pignone, M. P., Apr 17 2018, In : Annals of Internal Medicine. 168, 8, p. 550-557 8 p.

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Early Detection of Cancer
Colorectal Neoplasms
Randomized Controlled Trials
Biomedical Technology
1 Citations

Improving the Implementation of Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines at an Academic Primary Care Practice

Brenner, A. T., Cubillos, L., Birchard, K., Doyle-Burr, C., Eick, J., Henderson, L., Jones, L., Massaro, M., Minish, B., Molina, P., Pignone, M., Ratner, S., Rivera, M. P. & Reuland, D. S., Jan 1 2018, In : Journal for Healthcare Quality. 40, 1, p. 27-35 9 p.

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Early Detection of Cancer
Lung Neoplasms
Primary Health Care
Decision Making
Electronic Health Records
3 Citations

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Methods to Communicate and Disseminate Clinical Preventive Services Recommendations

Kurth, A. E., Krist, A. H., Borsky, A. E., Baumann, L. C., Curry, S. J., Davidson, K. W., Doubeni, C. A., Epling, J. W., Fan, T., García, F. A. R., Herzstein, J., Phillips, W. R., Pignone, M., Tseng, C. W. & Weinstein, R., Jan 1 2018, In : American journal of preventive medicine. 54, 1, p. S81-S87

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Advisory Committees
Primary Health Care
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