Dr. Nicholas Pennings named vice-chair of Family Medicine

BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – Dr. Nicholas Pennings, Director of the Health Center at Campbell University and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine instructor at the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, was promoted to Vice-Chair of Family Medicine.

Dr. Pennings has over 25 years of clinical experience with a focus on the promotion of health in addition to the treatment of disease.  As Vice-Chair, Dr. Pennings will work with Dr. Charlotte Paolini, chair of family medicine at Campbell, to continue to refine and develop pre-doctoral clinical training in partnership with Campbell affiliate hospitals.

“I am very excited to have Dr. Pennings in this role as vice-chair,” said Dr. Paolini.  “As I take on responsibilities for the family medicine residency at Harnett Health, Dr. Pennings will take responsibility for the 3rd and 4th year medical student clinical clerkships.  He is well equipped to handle this role, and I look forward to working with him in this capacity.”

Dr. Pennings graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a BA in chemistry and received his Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed a rotating internship and family medicine residency at Metropolitan Hospital – Parkview Division in Philadelphia.

Dr. Pennings was in family practice in New York for 22 years and began focusing on obesity medicine in 2008.

He is dual board certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine and has a special interest in treating obesity and obesity-related diseases.  After 22 years of private practice, Dr. Pennings moved into academic medicine joining the CUSOM faculty.  His teaching focus is on nutrition and obesity as well as primary care topics. As Director of the University Health Center, he leads a program – CU Lose Weight – focused on achieving a healthy life style.  Dr. Pennings is the president of the Harnett County Medical and Dental Society and serves on the Harnett County Board of Health.  In August of 2015, Dr. Pennings was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.