Dr. Robert M. Carey Receives University’s Highest Honor
October 31, 2003 --
M. Carey, a guiding force at the University of Virginia’s
School of Medicine, both as its dean for 16 years and as a leading
researcher, today became the 48th recipient of the University’s
highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award.
who stepped down as dean last year but remains on the faculty
as an internationally
recognized endocrinologist studying hypertension,
received the award at the annual Fall Convocation program at
“Dr. Carey has been an exemplar of the best in academic medicine,” said
University President John T. Casteen III. “Peerless as
a scientist, he also has been a mentor to generations of physician-scientists
and a visionary administrator. To say that he transformed academic
medicine at the University is to speak unadorned truth.
one is more deserving of the honor we pay him today.”
Thomas Jefferson Award honors an individual who exemplifies
in character, work and influence the principles and ideals
of the University’s founder.
In nominating Carey, colleagues, students and alumni attested to his outstanding
his years at the University, [Carey] has been, like Mr. Jefferson,
a passionate scientist/scholar, an architect and builder, an institutional
change agent, a champion of humanistic and professional values,
a leader whose actions
bespeak integrity and honor, a model citizen of the University, and
a servant of the public good,” reads a nomination letter
signed by 30 department chairmen.
16 years as dean, from 1986 to 2002, rank as one of the longest
terms among medical
school deans in the country. During that time, the Medical
School increased private fund-raising from $2.7 million a year to
$40 million annually, constructed four buildings for medical
and teaching, created
five new departments and 16 interdisciplinary centers, and more than
quadrupled research funding from the National Institutes of
own research in cardiovascular and renal endocrinology has focused
on the hormonal control of blood pressure
and hypertension, which affects about
one of every four adults.
students praised his leadership and how he fostered their growth
enjoyed this work because I always came away from it infused
with hope and the knowledge that the ‘man in charge’ cared
about my development into a balanced physician trained to contribute
to man and his society,” wrote
former student Dr. Hughes Melton.
in Lexington, Ky., 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 at Vanderbilt
and in hypertension at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical
School in London.
beginning his career in academic medicine at U.Va.
in 1973, Carey has written more than 250 scientific articles
books. He is
scientific societies and is a Master of the American College
of Physicians. Earlier this year, U.Va. medical students
initiated an award bearing
his name to honor
a member of the second-year class who exhibits qualities
of leadership and scholarship and building a sense of community
of medical school.
Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189