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Tim Carey M.D., M.P.H. - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Tim Carey M.D., M.P.H. Tim Carey M.D., M.P.H.

Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Social Medicine & Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology | UNC-Chapel Hill


Professor Carey's research interests include clinical epidemiology access to care and health services





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Dr. Carey is the Sara Graham Kenan Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and is the director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. He directs the University’s AHRQ-funded T-32 Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training Program in Health Services Research. He is also the UNC School of Medicine’s associate dean for population research.

He is co-director of the RTI-UNC Evidence-Based Practice Center and associate director of UNC’s Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes. He remains an active clinician in both inpatient and outpatient care. 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 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. He works with medical students, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Carey joined the faculty at UNC in 1985. He was chief of the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine from 1990-2000, and has served as the director of the Sheps Center since 2000. The Sheps Center manages more than 60 projects at a time with a budget of more than $19 million, houses three training grants and conducts policy-relevant research on access, quality, and efficiency of care. He has extensive experience in interdisciplinary and translational research across multiple disciplines, as well as in research administration.

Industry Expertise (4)


Health and Wellness


Elder Care

Areas of Expertise (11)

Preventative Medicine

Internal Medicine

Back Pain


Social Medicine

Access to Care/Wait Times

Access to Healthcare

Musculoskeletal Medicine

Treatement Patterns

Comparative Research

Health Policy

Accomplishments (3)

Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Physician Recognition Program (professional)

CQA developed the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent high quality care. This voluntary program is designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes.

The American College of Physicians’ Laureate Award (2005) (professional)

The Laureate Award honors those Fellows of the American College of Physicians in Indiana who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research, and service to the community and the American College of Physicians. This award is the most prestigious honor bestowed to a chapter member at the local level.

The John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award (2002) (professional)

To honor his legacy, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has created the John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award. This award has been presented annually since 2001 to an outstanding faculty member in a National Research and Service Award (NRSA) institutional training program, supported by AHRQ.

Education (2)

Univerity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: M.P.H., Epidemiology 1985

University of Vermont: M.D., Medicine 1978

Affiliations (4)

  • Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research : Director
  • Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training Program in Health Services Research : Director
  • UNC School of Medicine : Associate Dean
  • AHRQ’s Health Care Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Study Section : Chair

Event Appearances (2)

Research Symposium: Comparative Effectiveness Research

Keynote Speaker  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Public Health


Pharmaceuticals Conference

Presentation  National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School


Articles (5)

Patient-Reported Outcome Instruments for Physical Symptoms Among Patients Receiving Maintenance Dialysis: A Systematic Review

American Journal of Kidney Disease


2015 ABSTRACT: Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) receiving dialysis have poor health-related quality of life. Physical symptoms are highly prevalent among dialysis-dependent patients and play important roles in health-related quality of life. A range of symptom assessment tools have been used in dialysis-dependent patients, but there has been no previous systematic assessment of the existing symptom measures’ content, validity, and reliability.

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“Not the ‘Grim Reaper Service’”: An Assessment of Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions Regarding Palliative Care Referral Barriers in Heart Failure

Journal of the American Heart Association

2014 ABSTRACT: Although similar to cancer patients regarding symptom burden and prognosis, patients with heart failure (HF) tend to receive palliative care far less frequently. We sought to explore factors perceived by cardiology, primary care, and palliative care providers to impede palliative care referral for HF patients.

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Outcomes of Feeding Problems in Advanced Dementia in a Nursing Home Population

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society


2013 ABSTRACT: Family reported on quality of feeding care at enrollment and 3 months. Chart reviews at enrollment and 3, 6, and 9 months provided data on feeding problems, treatments, weight loss of more than 5% in 30 days or more than 10% in 6 months, and mortality. Organizational variables were obtained from administrator surveys and publically reported data.

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Frequency of inappropriate metformin prescriptions


2002 ABSTRACT: We performed a retrospective chart review of patients receiving metformin through our outpatient pharmacy at an academic medical center. Institutional review board approval was obtained, and all patients with 2 or more prescriptions for metformin ...

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Prepaid versus traditional Medicaid plans: effects on preventive health care

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

1990 ABSTRACT: Prepaid, case managed systems have been proposed as a method of controlling costs in Medicaid populations. We investigated the utilization of preventive services in two prepaid Medicaid Competition Demonstration programs in Santa Barbara County, Calif., ...

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