Dr. Brendan Payne, MD
Clinical Director of Adult Health, MedNorth Health Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor, UNC Department of Family Medicine
Wilmington Site Co-Course Director for Community Based Longitudinal Care, UNC School of Medicine
I grew up in Maryland but headed south to UNC-Chapel Hill for college, where I studied Global Health in Latin America. These studies and several formative experiences working with community organizations in the Dominican Republic began to foster my interest in medicine. During these years, I came to appreciate the power of the physician-patient relationship to affect positive individual and community change. At the same time, I began to encounter the significant challenges of improving health in communities where families lack equitable access to food, water, jobs, transportation, education, and affordable quality health care. During medical school, I was drawn to Family Medicine because it emphasized the importance of the physician-patient relationship while also recognizing the need to address these larger community-level issues that affect people’s health. I then traveled to California to complete my residency training. My experiences there reinforced the idea that being a physician is about much more than just preventing and treating disease – as a Family doctor; I get the opportunity to be a listener, learner, teammate, coach, counselor, teacher, and advocate. My family and I couldn’t stay away from North Carolina for too long, though, so we were thrilled to be able to join the MedNorth team back here in NC after finishing residency. My journey with MedNorth started in 2019, and ever since then, I have been thankful to be part of a growing and dedicated team committed to providing excellent full-spectrum primary care to our community. In addition, I have enjoyed starting to teach 3rd-year medical students as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the UNC Department of Family Medicine. When I’m not in the clinic, I enjoy staying active by playing soccer or riding my bike, reading, playing board games, and exploring with my family all the fun activities this area has to offer.