Dr. Brendan Payne, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine
Licensed date: 8/17/2017
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency: Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency
I grew up in Maryland, but headed down south to UNC-Chapel Hill for college, where I studied Global Health in Latin America. These studies, as well as several summer 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- and population-level issues that affect people’s health. I then travelled 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 – my goal as a Family doctor is to be a listener, learner, coach, counselor, teacher, and advocate for my patients and their communities’ health. My family and I couldn’t stay away for too long, though, so we were very happy to be able to join the MedNorth team back here in North Carolina after finishing residency. When I’m not in 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.