Donald Pathman, MD MPH is a researcher, teacher and practicing family physician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is Professor of Family Medicine, Director of the Program on Primary Care at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and Director of Curriculum Evaluation for the UNC School of Medicine. He directs UNC’s NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship and is co-editor of Education for Health, an international journal of education in the health professions. In 25 years as a health services researcher, his work has centered on research and evaluation of organization, state and federal programs and policies that affect the work and lives of physicians and other practitioners, and on how these, in turn, affect patient care quality, access and clinicians’ careers. Specific areas of research have been in organizational personnel policies, clinical guideline dissemination, provider satisfaction under various employment configurations and work controls, rural health professional distribution, access to care, health disparities, community medicine, and medical education.