Amir Barzin was born in Tehran, Iran and moved as a child to Arlington, TX. After spending time in the North Texas area, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar and received an undergraduate degree (BS) in Biology. He next returned to Texas where he received a Master of Science (MS) in Medical Science from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and his medical degree at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
As someone who loved Chapel Hill, he was thrilled to return to UNC and complete his residency in Family Medicine. After doing a Chief Resident Fellowship, he has remained with the UNC School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. He has served in various leadership roles within the department including the Family Medicine Inpatient Service Line Director, Medical Director of The Family Medicine Center at Chapel Hill, and the UNC Urgent Care at The Family Medicine Center at Chapel Hill. He currently serves as the Medical Director for UNC Health Virtual Care Services and the UNC Health Clinical Contact Center.
Over the past few years, he has led various divisions of the COVID response for both UNC Health and UNC-Chapel Hill including establishing and being the Director and Lead Physician of the Carolina Together Testing Program. While at UNC, Barzin has received various teaching awards and clinical care awards including the Robert Cefalo UNCH Housestaff Award, the Hyman Battle Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award, and the UNC HBH Friend of Nursing Award.