Cristen Page

Cristen Page, MD, MPH

Executive Dean, UNC School of Medicine and William B. Aycock Distinguished Professor

Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH, is the Executive Dean and William B. Aycock Distinguished Professor at the UNC School of Medicine.  She is also a member of the UNC Health Care Board of Directors and a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, where she previously served as Chair.

A native of Wilmington and life-long North Carolinian, Page first came to UNC as a Morehead Scholar before going on to complete her Medical Doctorate, Master of Public Health, family medicine residency, chief resident position, and faculty development fellowship in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Page has been a faculty member in the School of Medicine since 2006.  Prior to her role as Chair, she served as the Program Director for the top-ranked UNC Family Medicine Residency Program.  Additionally, she is founder and CEO of Mission3, an educational non-profit organization that improves resident education and faculty development through technology-based approaches.

As Executive Dean, she is focused on advancing the research mission of the SOM by uniting leadership across basic, translational and clinical research, implementing a clinical trials management system and launching a clinical research support office to facilitate innovation for the public good. In 2019, the School of Medicine surpassed $500 million in research funding, marking a major milestone for the School’s expanding research enterprise. Dr. Page – working closely with a team of Vice Deans – also oversees education, faculty affairs and leadership development, the clinical faculty practice, and diversity at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Page has dedicated her career to expanding care to North Carolina’s underserved and rural populations. 

She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the UNC Sheps Center for Health Policy Research and leads the Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA) Rural Residency Planning and Development Program Technical Assistance Center, a national cooperative of the HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce and the HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy.

As Residency Director, she led the creation and launch of the original Family Medicine Rural and Underserved and created the FIRST Scholars program, a UNC School of Medicine initiative designed to accelerate and enhance the training of family physicians to benefit NC’s underserved populations. During her tenure as Chair of Family Medicine, she grew the department’s research division, initiated the development of a second underserved track  paired with the launch of a maternity care center in a critical access hospital, established a second Family Medicine center in Durham County, and founded the first system-wide service line for primary care.

Dr. Page is also committed to diversity initiatives, with a strong focus on recruitment of under-represented minority faculty and residents.  She believes that department learners, physicians and staff should reflect the diversity of the community and advocates for inclusion with respect to all identities and experiences.  She has also encouraged promotion of women to leadership roles, helping to identify opportunities and mentor female faculty members.