Director, Sheps Center for Health Service Research
Professor, Social Medicine
MD, University of Vermont - Burlington
MPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Tim Carey, MD, MPH was named director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research in October 2000. Carey replaces Gordon H. DeFriese, PhD, who served as the center's director since 1973.
A Sheps Center fellow and UNC faculty member since 1986, Carey is a physician and health services researcher with interests related to evidence-based medicine, access to care, health disparities, and medical outcomes. Several of his current research projects examine technology assessment, including the benefits and disadvantages of tube feedings in the frail elderly. He has also conducted a number of studies to examine the outcomes of care for low back pain, and is co-director of the joint Research Triangle Institute/UNC Evidence-Based Practice Center examining the strength of the literature on a variety of medical and health policy topics.
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 is a frequent federal reviewer and has served as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Monitoring Panel on Access to Care. He teaches at both the UNC Schools of Medicine and Public Health.
"Under Gordon DeFriese's leadership, the Sheps Center has grown dramatically, achieving national and international visibility," said Carey. "I hope to continue the type of leadership that has made the center so successful, while helping it meet the changing needs of our constituents–within the university and on a local, state and national level."