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Carney Named Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy

June 28, 2019 by Jennifer Smith

Dr. Jan Carney is the Director of the NNE-CTR's Rural Health Research & Delivery Core, working to engage clinicians, communities, and public health advocates in the development of research relevant to rural health needs.

Jan K. Carney, M.D., M.P.H., UVM Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Public Health, has been named Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy and Senior Advisor to the Dean. She will also serve as LCME Faculty Accreditation Lead for our 2021 site visit for reaccreditation.

Dr. Carney earned her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, and received her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She returned to Vermont to complete an Internal Medicine residency at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and served as Chief Medical Resident the following year. In 1987, she earned a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has served continuously on the UVM faculty since residency, rising to her current appointment as Professor of Medicine in 1996.  She was named Associate Dean for Public Health in 1999.

In 1988, Dr. Carney was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health and assumed the top post the following year, serving until 2003 under Governors Madeline Kunin, Richard Snelling and Howard Dean. During Dr. Carney’s 13-year tenure as the state’s Commissioner of Health, she championed improvements in health areas such as expanding children’s health insurance, preventing teenage smoking, and improving cancer screening. In 2003, Dr. Carney received the Vermont Medical Society’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the Society can bestow on one of its members for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine. She was also honored as a Local Legend by the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine and the American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Carney joined the full-time faculty in 2003, her work bridging medicine and public health. She is a Distinguished Educator in the Teaching Academy and developed Vermont’s first Master of Public Health and other graduate public health programs - all online - in partnership with UVM Continuing and Distance Education. She directs the Rural Health Research and Delivery Core for the Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research Network, working to engage clinicians, communities, and public health advocates in the development of research relevant to rural health needs.

Nationally, Dr. Carney recently served as Vice-Chair of the American College of Physicians’ Health and Public Policy Committee, contributing to health policy publications in areas of social determinants of health, insurance coverage, and patient partnership in health care. At UVM, she was instrumental in leading the College to a successful LCME Accreditation in 2013.  She has been an extraordinary leader in public health, an innovator in education, a mentor for our students and faculty, and a role model throughout the community. 

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