Michael P. Pignone, M.D., M.P.H
Member, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Michael P. Pignone, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of medicine and inaugural chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Pignone is an experienced author, researcher, and lecturer.
Dr. Pignone's research expertise is in quality improvement, chronic disease prevention and treatment, physician-patient communication, and decisionmaking in primary care settings. His primary clinical areas of interest include heart disease prevention, colorectal cancer screening, and management of common chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart failure. Dr. Pignone has developed and tested interventions to mitigate literacy-related health disparities and to improve the use of appropriate preventive services. He has particular methodological expertise in the performance of systematic reviews and modeling studies to examine the effectiveness of different preventive care interventions, particularly for heart disease and colon cancer.
Dr. Pignone previously served as a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was chief of the university's Division of General Internal Medicine. He also served as director of the university's Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement, a member of the Lineberger Cancer Center, senior research fellow at the Cecil Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and a lecturer at the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. His honors include being named among the Best Doctors in America in 2011–2013 and receiving the Distinguished Investigator Award at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research. In 2010, he served as visiting professor at the University of Sydney and as an Australian-American Health Policy Research Fellow.
Dr. Pignone earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a residency in primary care internal medicine. He completed his M.P.H. in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.
Dr. Pignone joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2013.
Internet Citation: Biography. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2016.