President & CEO Dr. Adam Zolotor to Step Down

News | June 5, 2020


Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips



MORRISVILLE (June 5, 2020 – Updated August 13, 2020) — After nearly eight years of service to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, President and CEO Adam Zolotor will step down to continue his work with the Department of Family Medicine at UNC School of Medicine as of August 1.


Adam first joined the NCIOM staff as Vice President in 2012. He assumed the role of President and CEO in 2014, and has spearheaded countless projects, convenings, and conversations that have had a positive impact on the health of North Carolinians.

“Adam is a truly special individual, uniquely qualified to lead activities as important as researching, developing, and assuring implementation of empirically based health policy for all of North Carolina,” said NCIOM Board Chair David Sousa. “With his DrPH and masters degree in public health, coupled with an MD and enhanced by a career in both the practice of medicine and teaching at the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Adam harnessed his immense talent and academic and practical background for the betterment of our state and beyond. He will be sorely missed at the NCIOM, but we are grateful for his time served. We thank Adam for a job exceedingly well done.”

Dr. Zolotor started his academic career in child injury research and is well known nationally for his work on the prevention of physical abuse, shaken baby syndrome, and child discipline as well as the policy issues around prevention. Dr. Zolotor has led many new initiatives at the NCIOM, including the rural health plan, the child maltreatment prevention plan, the plan for Alzheimer’s and related dementia, the Task Force on Accountable Care Communities and the Legislative Health Policy Fellowship Program. He also led the NCMJ through a transformative change to a mostly online distribution with dramatic increase in the statewide footprint.

“Working at the NCIOM has been an honor and a thrill over the last eight years,” said Dr. Zolotor. “I am ready for a new professional challenge. As value-based care allows primary care to focus more and more on health and well-being, I look forward to using all I have learned at the NCIOM in terms of policy, delivery, and population health. I am so proud of the work we have done over the past eight years, the talented staff, and the substantial impact we have had on the health of North Carolinians.”


Pending board approval, Associate Director Michelle Ries will act as Interim Director while the board conducts the hiring process for a new president and CEO.





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