Michael Cary

Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair and Tenured Associate Professor of Nursing
Duke University School of Nursing

Dr. Michael P. Cary, Jr., a tenured Associate Professor and accomplished healthcare professional, currently holds the Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair of Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing. Being one of the few nurses in the U.S. dually trained as a health services researcher and applied health data scientist, Dr. Cary uses AI and machine learning approaches to advance health equity and care delivery to susceptible to poor health outcomes in post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. His research has been supported by the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He has published more than 50 manuscripts and book chapters. In recognition of his significant contributions to improve health and healthcare, Dr. Cary was honored with induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2022. 

Further solidifying his role as a trailblazer in the field, Dr. Cary was selected by Duke AI Health to serve as the inaugural Equity Scholar. In this groundbreaking position, he spearheads an interdisciplinary team tasked with detecting and mitigating bias in clinical algorithms that perpetuate racial and ethnic health inequities. This leadership position at Duke Health underscores the organization's recognition of the pressing need for system-wide standards to prevent the harmful discriminatory effects of clinical algorithms on patients and Dr. Cary’s commitment to translating research findings into real-world strategies that drive positive change within healthcare systems.

Dr. Cary received a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from James Madison University. He also earned a bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Virginia.