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 1995 2019

A population approach using cholesterol imputation to identify adults with high cardiovascular risk: A report from AHRQ's EvidenceNow initiative

Cykert, S., DeWalt, D. A., Weiner, B. J., Pignone, M., Fine, J. & Kim, J. I., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 26, 2, p. 155-158 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Risk Reduction Behavior
HDL Cholesterol
Primary Health Care

Effectiveness of a decision aid for promoting colorectal cancer screening in Spain: A randomized trial

Perestelo-Perez, L., Rivero-Santana, A., Torres-Castaño, A., Ramos-Garcia, V., Alvarez-Perez, Y., Gonzalez-Hernandez, N., Buron, A., Pignone, M. & Serrano-Aguilar, P., Jan 10 2019, In : BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 19, 1, 8.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Decision Support Techniques
Early Detection of Cancer
Colorectal Neoplasms
Occult Blood
3 Citations (Scopus)

Eliminating Copayments for Skin Cancer Screening - A Public Health Policy with Insufficient Evidence

Adamson, A. S. & Pignone, M. P., Dec 2019, In : JAMA Dermatology. 155, 12, p. 1339-1340 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
Skin Neoplasms
Public Policy
Health Policy
Early Detection of Cancer
Public Health

In response

Pignone, M. & DeWalt, D. A., Jul 16 2019, In : Annals of internal medicine. 171, 2, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Primary Prevention
Decision Making

Optimizing the Physician Workforce for Care of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Pignone, M., Nov 2019, In : JAMA Cardiology. 4, 11, p. 1175-1177 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Patient Care