Chris Branner, MD, MPH
Specialty Medical Director, Urgent Care Services
Dr. Branner began his medical career in Charlotte, North Carolina as a pediatric gastroenterologist, he made a career switch in 2012 into the exponentially expanding field of Urgent Care medicine. After working as a pediatric urgent care provider and becoming the Regional Medical Director for the Urgent Care Division at Carolinas HealthCare system, he moved forward becoming the Specialty Medical Director, Urgent Care Services at Atrium Health in 2018. As the lead physician executive in urgent care, Dr. Branner oversees the clinical performance of over 150 providers at 30 urgent care locations across North and South Carolina.
Dr. Branner completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University, majoring in History, and remains an avid supporter of his Blue Devils. After completing his doctorate at Wake Forest University in 2001, he went on to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for his pediatric internship and residency. Subsequently, he was accepted into a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Vanderbilt University. During the fellowship period, he simultaneously graduated with a Master of Public Health degree focusing on the prevention of pediatric obesity.
Born in Nashville, TN and raised in Knoxville, TN, Dr. Branner is an avid University of Tennessee football fan who was blessed to have wed his wife, Katrice, a scholar-athlete from the University of Tennessee. He and Katrice have three wonderful sons. H
Dr. Branner and his family are long-time supporters of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and this support became more personal when his eldest son was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis late in 2012 – ironically, the same year he left pediatric gastroenterology. The family fundraising team, “Team Christian B,” was the top raising new team in 2013 in Charlotte. And continuing to fight for a cure for these patients remains one of Dr. Branner’s many passions.