Sam Cykert MD

Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Dr. Cykert is a Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and was founding director for the Program on Health and Clinical Informatics. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine with Highest Distinction and did his Internal Medicine Residency and General Medicine Faculty Fellowship at UNC. He started his career as a solo practitioner in Alamance County and learned firsthand how real world issues led to variations in care. Combining his research training, his role as a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, and interest in health policy, Cykert has been heavily involved in projects that address cancer and chronic care management including the building of systems that address health care disparities. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on several studies including the NCI-sponsored Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity system change intervention and the American Cancer Society-sponsored, “Lung Cancer Surgery: Decisions Against Life Saving Care – The Intervention”. Dr. Cykert also led the North Carolina

Collaborative in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s “EvidenceNow” Project. The NC group engaged 219 primary care practices caring for over 600,000 adult patients who achieved significant cardiovascular disease risk reductions especially among rural Black patients in the “Stroke Belt” region of the state.