Timothy S. Carey, MD, MPH, has been the director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research since October 2000.
A Sheps Center fellow and UNC faculty member since 1985, Dr. Carey is a health services researcher and remains an active clinician in both inpatient and outpatient care. He is senior adviser to the RTI-UNC Evidence-Based Practice Center and associate director of UNC’s Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes. His current activities include ongoing work in comparative effectiveness research, examination of treatment patterns and clinical effectiveness in chronic musculoskeletal problems, and he serves in the leadership of UNC’s NIH Clinical Translation Science Award (CTSA) program, focusing on type 2 translational research and cross-disciplinary collaboration. He is co-chair of the national CTSA consortium Key Function Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). He has received funding support for investigator-initiated research and training grants from AHRQ, NIAMS, NCMHD, HRSA and foundations to conduct outcomes studies, secondary data analyses, and literature syntheses. Dr. Carey has also recently served as a consultant to the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on research prioritization. He works with medical students, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows.
Dr. Carey is a Sarah Graham Kenan Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, and was chief of the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the UNC-CH School of Medicine from 1991-2000. He directs the University’s AHRQ-funded T-32 Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training Program in Health Services Research.
Dr. Carey has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and conducted research in numerous content areas, including the epidemiology and utilization patterns in chronic back and neck pain, determinants of work disability, end-of-life issues including utilization of gastric feeding tubes, and health disparities in chronic pain treatment. Dr. Carey has been recognized with the John Eisenberg Award for mentoring from AHRQ, the American College of Physicians’ Laureate Award, and is current chair of AHRQ’s Health Care Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Study Section. He serves on external advisory committees to the Arkansas and New Mexico CTSA sites, as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Program at Meharry Medical College.