Carson named Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Shannon S. Carson, MD, is currently Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Fellowship Program in the Department of Medicine.

Carson named Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
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Shannon S. Carson, MD, has been named the next Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Carson will follow Dr. Jim Donohue, who has been an outstanding Chief of the Division since 2002 and will continue his highly recognized work in obstructive airways diseases here, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Carson is a UNC School of Medicine alumnus. He trained in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Chicago, where he was also Chief Resident. In his undergraduate days at N.C. State, he was an outstanding student and also served as president of the student body and student government.

During his 12 years at UNC, Dr. Carson has been recognized many times for his outstanding clinical care, teaching and research. He has received multiple teaching awards, including the Internal Medicine House Staff Faculty Award and the Department of Medicine Teaching Recognition award (twice). He directed the Respiratory Diseases course for second year medical students for 10 years and was program director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program for 5 years. He was selected for the prestigious UNC Academy of Educators in 2008.

Dr. Carson’s research focuses on outcomes of critically ill patients and comparative effectiveness research in COPD.  He is an investigator in the NHLBI ARDS Network, and he is a Co-PI on a five-year grant from the NIH to conduct a multicenter randomized controlled trial of an intervention to improve patient and family centered outcomes for patients with chronic critical illness. He is also a Co-PI on a Grand Opportunities Award funded by the NHLBI to create a national data warehouse for conducting comparative effectiveness research in COPD. Shannon was also the 2003 winner of the James Woods, Jr. Faculty Award.

He has also been recognized by his peers as a “Best Doctor in America” since 2010. Dr. Carson has been active in the American Thoracic Society as Chairman of the Planning Committee for the Critical Care Assembly and as a member of the Program Committee for the Behavioral Sciences Assembly.

Dr. Carson was interviewed in March 2010 for the NC State Alumni Association. Read his interview online here.