Lynchburg doctor named Virginia secretary of health and human resources

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A doctor from our region is about to take on a prominent, statewide role.

Governor-Elect Ralph Northam has tapped Dr. Dan Carey to be Virginia's new Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

Carey is Chief Medical Officer for Centra Health in Lynchburg.

He's been a practicing physician at Cardiology Associates of Central Virginia since 1997.

Northam's office shared the following biography of Carey with WDBJ7

Dan Carey is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra, and has been at the forefront of professional healthcare in Lynchburg, Virginia since 1997. Dan has held numerous leadership positions since joining Cardiology Associates of Central Virginia in 1997, which Centra later acquired in 2006. Within a year, he became Medical Director of the Acute MI Program and went on to serve as Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Medical Director of Stroobants Heart Center, which performs 5,000+ heart procedures and contributes $10M annually to the system. Dan became the President/Chief Physician Executive of Centra Medical Group (CMG), an $80M organization with 650 employees in 2013. In this capacity, he directed the acquisition of multiple physician practices, growing the medical group from 200 to 300+ providers. He also championed a new compensation model that integrated productivity, quality, service and group culture across specialties. In 2014, Dan was selected to become Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra. At Centra, his current responsibilities include information technology services, patient quality and safety efforts, performance improvement initiatives, and functions of the medical staff at Centra’s 3 acute care facilities. In addition, Dan has been the system lead for Centra’s implementation of its new electronic health record. Dan has special interest in medical leadership, and in addition to his roles at Centra, has also served as President of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, the Medical Society of Virginia and the MSV Foundation. Dan, a long-term resident of Virginia, graduated from the University of Virginia and attended Harvard Medical School.