Director of the Executive Master’s Program in Health Systems Administration Robert Carr was recently appointed president of the American College of Preventive Medicine, effective in 2017.
The university announced Carr’s selection on its website last Tuesday.
In his role, Carr will guide ACPM, an organization of more than 2,700 members from academia and government who aim to promote preventive medicine in order to improve the health of individuals and communities.
School of Nursing and Health Studies Interim Dean Patricia Cloonan said that Carr’s selection is a testament to his influence in the field of health sciences.
“He has brought great energy and enthusiasm to his role as director of our new Executive Master’s in Health Administration Program. His recent election to this significant leadership position at ACPM truly reflects his prominence in the field,” Cloonan wrote in an email to The Hoya.
After he graduated from medical school, Carr joined the preventive medicine field of the United States Air Force and participated in preventive medicine training, gaining his master’s of public health at Johns Hopkins University. Afterward, he spent 18 years at health care company GlaxoSmithKline, where he became senior vice president and chief medical director.
Carr joined the NHS earlier this year in a new role created for the Executive Master’s Program in Health Systems Administration.
At ACPM, Carr said that he would like to create partnerships between professionals in different sectors.
“As president, I intend to drive greater collaboration across multiple disciplines and areas toward the collective goal of improving the health of the patient through the levers of policy, practice, capability and innovation,” Carr wrote in a statement on the university website.
In his previous work, Carr has focused on the health risks that college students face, such as alcohol poisoning, eating disorders, smoking, sleep deprivation and the excessive use of technology.
Carr said that it was important for youths to pay attention to potential health issues at an early age.
“The challenge for the youth is that they feel invincible. The issue is to really identify what kind of life they want to lead and what kind of person they want to become, and therefore begin building those good habits and not starting bad habits while they’re in this state of formation in their adulthood,” Carr wrote in an email to The Hoya.
Interim Chair of the Department of Health Systems Administration Ryung Suh praised Carr for his leadership and dedication to the field of medicine.
“Bob brings a focus on leadership and innovation, distilled from decades of executive experience,” Suh wrote in an email to The Hoya. “He will bring the same energy and commitment to ACPM that he has brought to the Executive Master of Science in Health Systems Administration Program.”