Robert M. Carey, M.D., M.A.C.P.
David A. Harrison III Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Dean, Emeritus, and University Professor
University of Virginia School of Medicine
An internationally recognized leader in endocrinology, Dr. Carey has focused his clinical interest in cardiovascular and renal endocrinology and his research on the hormonal control of blood pressure and hypertension. Major discoveries include the identification and characterization of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system as an independent tissue hormonal system, the expression and function of the dopamine D1-like receptor family and the angiotensin type-2 (AT2) receptor and the role of renal cyclic GMP in the control of sodium excretion and blood pressure. Dr. Carey documented the first case of ectopic corticotropin releasing factor as a cause of Cushing's syndrome.
Dr. Carey served as James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science and Dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine from 1986 to 2002. During his tenure as Dean, Dr. Carey founded departments of health evaluation sciences, emergency medicine, radiation oncology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He initiated a clinical trials center, a biomedical ethics center, a humanities in medicine program, a generalist medicine program, a program in international health, a digestive health center of excellence, and a clinical cancer center. He developed new research centers in cell signaling, structural biology, retrovirology, reproduction, immunology, and cardiovascular sciences. Dr. Carey constructed four new research buildings and a conference center and developed architectural plans and funding for a fifth research building for the School of Medicine. During his 16 years as Dean, National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds quintupled, private fund raising increased from $2.7 million to $40 million per year and 60 endowed professorships were established. The School of Medicine markedly strengthened its basic medical sciences, interdisciplinary research centers and programs and University-wide collaboration in research and teaching during his deanship.
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Carey received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1965. He completed his residency in medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and fellowships in endocrinology with Dr. Grant W. Liddle at Vanderbilt and in hypertension with Professor Sir Stanley Peart at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, England. Dr. Carey began his career in academic medicine at the University of Virginia in 1973. As Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism from 1978-1986, he developed the program into one of the best in the country (highest ranking #5;current ranking #8 by U.S. News).
Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Carey is author or co-author of over 300 scientific articles and author/editor of three books. He maintained a productive NIH funded research program throughout his deanship and has been a strong advocate for biomedical research nationally. He has been a member of the National Research Resources Advisory Council (1994-98), has chaired two strategic planning processes (1997 and 2003) for the National Center for Research Resources, has been a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Advisory Panel on Research (1998- 2003), and a member of the Clinical Research Task Force of the AAMC. For The Endocrine Society, he has been a member of Council, the Finance Committee, the Research Committee and The Hormone Foundation Board of Directors and has chaired the Development Committee. Dr. Carey is President- Elect of The Endocrine Society. For the American Heart Association (AHA), Dr. Carey is Immediate Past-Chair of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research and Chair of the AHA Council Operations Committee. Dr. Carey is currently funded with three major research grants from the NIH for both laboratory and patient-oriented investigation in hypertension.
Dr. Carey is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Association of American Physicians and the American Society for Clinical Investigation, has been President of the American Clinical and Climatological Association, Dr. Carey is recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Vanderbilt University, the Distinguished Achievement Award of the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Alumni Council, the Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award of the University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Consortium of Southeast Hypertension Centers and the Irving Page/Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and a Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP).
Dr. Carey has received an Honorary Citation from Governor Mark R. Warner (2002) and a Joint Resolution commending him from the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2004). He received the Laureate Award of the Virginia Chapter of the ACP in 2004 and the Distinguished Physician Award of The Endocrine Society in 2005. The Dean Robert M. Carey Award, initiated in 2003 by University of Virginia medical students, honors a member of the second year class exhibiting qualities of leadership, scholarship and building a sense of community during the first two years of medical school. The Carey, Marshall, Thorner Scholars Research Day of the Department of Medicine was initiated in 2007. In 2003, Dr. Carey received the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Virginia, for transforming academic medicine in the University.
Dr. Carey and his wife, Theodora, have three children and five grandchildren. Among Dr. Carey's hobbies are fly fishing, hiking, canoeing, camping, dancing, running, literature, and 16th-18th Century Virginia cartography.