Sean Gaffney, MD, M.Ed

Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Outpatient Oncology Palliative Care Clinic

UNC Health Provider

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Specialties

Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine

Location Information

About the Provider

Specialties

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Provider Details

Type: Clinician
Gender: Male

About Sean Gaffney, MD, M.Ed

I chose to become a doctor because it is a gift to be able to journey with patients during their times of need and creatively offer my medical expertise to help make that journey a little bit easier. Through a variety of experiences during and after college, I discovered that I am most inspired when I am able to build authentic relationships with others. At its core, medicine is about spending time with patients, learning their stories, and b...
I chose to become a doctor because it is a gift to be able to journey with patients during their times of need and creatively offer my medical expertise to help make that journey a little bit easier. Through a variety of experiences during and after college, I discovered that I am most inspired when I am able to build authentic relationships with others. At its core, medicine is about spending time with patients, learning their stories, and building trust. In doing so, physicians have the privilege of partnering with patients to help them live healthy and meaningful lives, even in the face of immense suffering. I work with patients and families who are living with serious illness, with a focus on symptom management and maximizing quality of life. I enjoy learning what is most important to my patients and incorporating their goals into their care plans. Philosophically, I believe in whole-person care and rely on working in collaboration with an inter-professional team to ensure comprehensive care (physical, emotional, spiritual, etcetera) is offered to each individual patient. My areas of special interest include hospice and palliative medicine and palliative care for oncology. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two little girls. I love hiking in the woods, playing pickup basketball and reading too much about college football.

UNC Health Affiliations

  • UNC Health Chatham
  • UNC Hospitals

Languages

  • English

Medical School

  • University of Chicago

Master of Education

  • University of Notre Dame

Residency and Fellowship

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Area: Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Bachelor of Arts

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Area: Philosophy and Economics

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine, Board Certified, 2020
  • Internal Medicine-Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Board Eligible
Hospital and palliative medicine, palliative care for oncology, medical education, patient-centered communication, prognostic awareness, code status communication, value-based care, expanding access to palliative care

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Commercial Plans (Other than Aetna Whole Health)
  • Aetna Whole Health (Tier 2)
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans (Other than Aetna Prime HMO)
  • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina Medicaid
  • BCBSNC Commercial Plans
  • North Carolina State Employees Health Benefit Plan (Active employees)
  • BCBSNC Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance
  • BCBSNC Medicare Advantage (Other than Experience Health)
  • Healthy Blue Medicaid
  • Carolina Complete Health Medicaid (Centene)
  • Cigna Commercial Plans (Other than Cigna Connect)
  • Cigna Secure Medicare Advantage
  • Contigo Health Plan (WakeMed employees only)
  • Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Humana Medicare Private Fee-for-Service
  • North Carolina State Employee Health Benefit Plan (Medicare Advantage for retirees)
  • Liberty Advantage Medicare Advantage
  • MedCost PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Commercial Plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage
  • UnitedHealthcare Exchange (ACA) Plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
  • WellCare of North Carolina Medicaid
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