The COSEHQ Excellence in Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Robert Carey. An internationally recognized leader in endocrinology, Dr. Carey has focused his clinical interest in cardiovascular endocrinology, adrenal disorders and hypertension and his research on the hormonal control of blood pressure and hypertension. Dr. Carey documented the first case of ectopic corticotropin releasing hormone as a cause of Cushing’s syndrome.
Dr. Carey served as Dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine from 1986 to 2002. During his tenure as Dean, Dr. Carey founded departments of public health sciences, emergency medicine, radiation oncology and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He initiated the clinical trials center, the biomedical ethics center, the humanities in medicine program, the generalist medicine program, the global health program, the digestive health center of excellence and the clinical cancer center. He developed new research centers in cell signaling, structural biology, retrovirology, reproduction, immunology and cardiovascular sciences.