Timothy S. Carey, MD, MPH

photo of Dr. Timothy Carey, director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center

Dr. Timothy S. Carey

Dr. Timothy S. Carey, MD, MPH directed the Sheps Center from 2000-2016. A Sheps Center fellow and UNC faculty member since 1985, Dr. Carey is a health services researcher and was an active clinician for 40 years. He is senior adviser to the RTI-UNC Evidence-Based Practice Center. His current activities include ongoing work in comparative effectiveness research, examination of treatment patterns and clinical effectiveness in chronic musculoskeletal problems, and he directs the pilot program for the UNC CTSA, focusing on type 2 translational research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.  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 is an Associate Editor for the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI).  He works with medical students, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Carey is a Research Professor in the Departments of 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 assists Dr Mark Holmes with the University’s AHRQ-funded T-32 Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training Program in Health Services Research.

Dr. Carey has published more than 160 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, health disparities, 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 serves on multiple external advisory boards.