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Celebrating our nurses during National Nurses Week, 2020

UNC Family Medicine provides patient-centered primary care, conducts groundbreaking research, and trains the best and the brightest young doctors. We aim to support and improve the health of the communities we serve, with a special commitment to the underserved, mothers and children, the elderly and other populations at risk in a time of rapid changes in the organization of health care. We are concerned with both current needs and future generations.

Our Vision

To be the leading department of family medicine, transforming care and growing leaders to improve health.

Our Mission

Promote the health of the people of North Carolina and the world through leadership and innovation in clinical practice, medical education, research, and community service.

Meet our Interim Chair

It is a privilege to provide our patients with excellent care in a nationally recognized department of family medicine.
- Margaret Helton, MD

Margaret Helton, MD
Margaret Helton, MD

Margaret Helton, MD is our Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

“Dr. Helton, over the years, has been a key leader in advancing our top ranked Family Medicine department across all missions. With her at the helm as Interim Chair, I am confident she will continue to advance the Family Medicine strategic plan, and invest well in faculty, staff, and learners,” said Cristy Page, School of Medicine executive dean and previous Family Medicine chair.

Helton’s administrative appointments with the UNC Department of Family Medicine include: Vice Chair for Clinical Excellence, Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs, Director of Career Development Fellowship, Director of Operations, and Director of Maternal and Child Health. Helton currently serves as the medical director for Carol Woods Retirement Community. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her family medicine residency and fellowship in geriatrics at the University of North Carolina.

“It is a privilege to provide our patients with excellent care in a nationally recognized department of family medicine,” says Dr. Helton. “Everything we do – from clinical innovation to teaching to research – is in the service of improving both individual and population based health care.”