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Michael P. Cary, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing
(919) 613-6031
3134 Pearson Building

Michael Cary, PHD, RN, joined the DUSON faculty in August, 2012. He has over eight years of nursing experience in long-term care, rehabilitation, and community health settings. Dr. Cary earned a BS in health services administration with a double minor in business administration and health information systems from James Madison University, and his BSN and MSN degrees (health systems management concentration) from the University of Virginia. He completed his PhD at University of Virginia School of Nursing in 2012.

Dr. Cary's dissertation research project, “Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes among Medicare Hip Fracture Patients”, which was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, lays the foundation for future work focusing on quality measures for rehabilitation, coordinated care and the comparative effectiveness of different post-acute care settings. While completing his doctoral studies, Michael gained experience in teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom as well as in online learning environments. He is co-teaching Nursing Care of Older Adults and Their Families in the ABSN program during the fall semester, and will teach this course again in the spring.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program


  • PhD - University of Virginia School of Nursing
  • MSN - University of Virginia School of Nursing
  • BSN - University of Virginia School of Nursing
  • BS - James Madison University

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 || Selected as participant, 2015 Duke University course on Leadership Development for Researchers (LEADER)
  • 2013 || Selected as participant, 20th Annual RAND Summer Institute for Aging
  • 2013 || Selected as participant, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Online Dissemination and Implementation Program
  • 2011 || AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholar, AcademyHealth and Aetna Foundation
  • 2011 || Barbara Brodie Scholars Endowment Award, University of Virginia School of Nursing
  • 2011 || Visiting Scholars Program (first scholar selected), University of Texas Medical Branch, Center for Rehabilitation Research Using Large Datasets
  • 2010 || Innovative Teaching Award, University of Virginia
  • 2008 || Johnson & Johnson/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar, Johnson & Johnson/American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • 2007 || SCHEV Scholarship, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • 2004 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Kappa Chapter

Areas of Expertise

  • Gerontology
  • Health Disparities
  • Quality of Care / Patient Safety
  • Research Methods

Areas of Interest

• Effects of health policies and health care systems on the health and functioning of older adults
• Health disparities and minority aging
• Health services research methods
• Quality and patient safety in inpatient rehabilitation facilities
• Care coordination and transitions of patients from post-acute care settings to home

Representative Publications

  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 25037153 Cary Jr, M. P. and Merwin, E. I. and Oliver, M. N. and Williams, I. C. Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes in a National Sample of Medicare Beneficiaries With Hip Fracture. J Appl Gerontol. January, 2016 35(1); 62-83 PMC4537688
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25596000 Cary, M. P. and Baernholdt, M. and Anderson, R. A. and Merwin, E. I. Performance-based outcomes of inpatient rehabilitation facilities treating hip fracture patients in the United States. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. May, 2015 96(5); 790-8 PMC4410059
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25820992 Cary Jr, M. P. and Baernholdt, M. and Merwin, E. I. Changes in Payment Regulation and Acute Care Use for Total Hip Replacement: Trends in Length of Stay, Costs, and Discharge, 1997-2012. Rehabil Nurs. March, 2015, Epub ahead of print
  • 2013 -- Cary, M. P. and Potter, D. R. Climbing the mountain: A practical guide to achieving scholarly excellence (AACN Webinar) October 17, 2013
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 20730590 Jones, R. A. and Wenzel, J. and Hinton, I. and Cary, M. and Jones, N. R. and Krumm, S. and Ford, J. G. Exploring cancer support needs for older African-American men with prostate cancer. Support Care Cancer. September, 2011 19(9); 1411-9
  • 2011 -- Cary, M. P. and Lyder, C. H. Geriatric assessment: Essential skills for nurses. American Nurse Today. July, 2011 6(7);
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20442150 Lopez, K. D. and Gerling, G. J. and Cary, M. P. and Kanak, M. F. Cognitive work analysis to evaluate the problem of patient falls in an inpatient setting. J Am Med Inform Assoc. August, 2010 17(3); 313-21 PMC2945713

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes in Medicare Hip Fracture Patients

    NIH/NINR Pre-Doctoral National Research Service Award
    F31 NR012402-01A1
    05/2011 to 08/2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goals: Using the Andersen’s Model for Health Services Use as the conceptual framework, the proposed longitudinal study aimed to: (1) determine the influence of individual characteristics (Predisposing: age, gender, race), (Enabling: social support), (Need: functional status and cognitive status on admission, and comorbidities) on rehabilitation outcomes (motor functioning, functional status and discharged home) for Medicare beneficiaries with hip fracture in IRFs; and (2) determine the influence of contextual characteristics (type, size, location, and ownership) on IRF aggregate rehabilitation outcomes (motor functioning, functional status, and discharge home), controlling for the influence of aggregate individual characteristics (Predisposing, Enabling and Need) of Medicare beneficiaries with hip fracture in IRFs.

  • An engineering work analysis applied to patient falls in the nursing domain

    National Library of Medicine Short Term Trainee Award in Health Informatics
    08/2007 to 02/2009
    Role: Co-Investigator/Trainee

    Project Goals: The main objective of this training program is the recruitment of under-represented minorities into Medical Informatics and provides exposure to systems engineering as it relates to the modeling, design, and analysis of complex problems in healthcare. Trainees are mentored by a systems engineering faculty member to focus in one of five areas as applied to Medical Informatics: 1) computational statistics and simulation; 2) risk and decision analysis; 3) human-machine systems; 4) optimization and control; or 5) systems integration. The objective of specific training project was to conduct a Cognitive Work Analysis (CWA) in an inpatient nursing unit to identify and analyze the interplay between workers, patients, the physical environment, social context, and work flow as it relates to the risk of patient falls. CWA is an engineering method that seeks to identify the constraints that the environment and the processes impose on the worker in order to reduce workplace error and improve productivity.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Victoria Goode and Michael Cary recently participated in a webinar based on their publication “Hospital Readmission in Total Hip Replacement Patients in 2009 and 2014.”  They were asked to participate in a National Readmissions Quarterly Webinar for Vizient Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN) Readmissions Acceleration Network webinars for 2018. The webinar was broadcast to representatives from over 300 hospitals across the nation.  

Friday, April 27, 2018

Dori Steinberg and Michael Cary recently presented at the 4th Annual Duke CTSA Career Development Symposium.

Steinberg presented "Improving Diet Quality Using Digital Health: Findings from the DASH Cloud Study."

Cary presented a poster entitled "Multiple Chronic Conditions associated with 30-day Hospital Readmission among Hip Fracture Patients." 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Michael Cary, Victoria Goode, Nancy Crego, Deirdre Thornlow, Beth Merwin and ABSN alumni Kayla Baba and Scarlet Fellingham recently published an article entitled "Hospital Readmissions among Total Hip Replacement Patients in 2009 and 2014" in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Co-authors include experts from Durham Veterans Affairs Medical enter and Duke University School of Medicine. 


Monday, February 5, 2018

Michael Cary, Amber Anderson, Andrew Burd and Eleanor McConnell recently published an article en

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Michael Cary recently published an article entitled "Successful Community Discharge Following Postacute Rehabilitation for Medicare Beneficiaries: Analysis of a Patient-Centered Quality Measure" in Health Services Research. Co-authors include experts from Duke University, University of Illinois and the University of Texas. 


Objective: To determine the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics as well as health services use associated with successful community discharge.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Clinical Nurse Educator ​Danett Cantey recently presented a poster presentation entitled: "Student-Developed Simulations: Enhancing Understanding of Cultural Awareness and Social Determinants of Health (SDH)" at the Center for Life Long Learning at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Co-authors of the poster include: Margie Molloy, Michael Cary, Brigit Carter and Schenita Randolph. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

​Danett Cantey published her first manuscript, titled "Student-developed simulations: Enhancing cultural awareness and understanding social determinants of health" in the April 2017 issue of Journal of Nursing Education. Co-authors include Schenita Randolph, Margie Molloy, Brigit Carter and Michael Cary.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Michael Cary presented a poster titled "Social Determinants of 30-day Hospital Readmissions among Major Joint Replacement Patients" at the annual Pepper Center meeting in Arlington, Virginia.  Poster authors include Victoria Goode, Deirdre Thornlow, Cathleen Colón-Emeric, ABSN student Shannon Murphy and Beth Merwin.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Victoria Goode, Nancy Crego, Michael Cary, Deirdre Thornlow and Elizabeth "Beth" Merwin published an article entitled "Improving Quality and Safety Through Use of Secondary Data: Methods Case Study" in the Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Michael Cary recently published an article entitled "The Effects of Social Support on Physical Functioning in Older African Americans: Longitudinal Results from the Baltimore Study of Black Aging" in the September issue of the Journal of National Medical Association. Co-authors were experts from Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of South Florida, North Carolina State University and Wayne State University.