Robert Carey

Dr. Robert CareyRobert M. Carey, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Professor of Medicine
Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine
University of Virginia

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Robert M. Carey is a world renowned clinical endocrinologist and leader in the field of cardiovascular endocrinology. He is past recipient of the Distinguished Physician Award of The Endocrine Society and was President of The Endocrine Society 2008-9.

Dr. Carey is a general clinical endocrinologist with special expertise in the hormonal causes of high blood pressure, body fluid and electrolyte disturbances and adrenal disorders. Throughout his career, Dr. Carey has provided clinical care in general endocrinology, cardiovascular endocrinology, adrenal disease and hypertension.  He has particular expertise in the following areas: primary hypertension, drug resistant hypertension, secondary hypertension, diabetes with hypertension, renovascular hypertension, hyperlipidemia, adrenal mass lesions, primary aldosteronism, pheochromocytoma, Cushing’s syndrome, adrenal insufficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hypokalemia, hyperkalemia, hyponatremia, syndrome of inappropriate vasopressin secretion, diabetes insipidus, carcinoid syndrome, and neuroendocrine tumors.

Research Description

Dr. Carey’s research is focused on understanding the pathophysiologic mechanisms of hypertension. He is studying the function of dopamine and angiotensin receptors in the kidney , heart and peripheral blood vessels. His laboratory has pioneered the discovery of the function of renal D1-like receptors and angiotensin AT-2 receptors. Current projects involve the role of AT-2 receptors in sodium excretion and hypertension; the interaction of dopamine receptors with angiotensin receptors within the kidney, the role of extracellular renal cyclic GMP in pressure-natriuresis and the role of urinary angiotensinogen as a marker for activation of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system.

Research Funding

NIH/NHLBI R01 HL12818904 (4/1/2016 – 3/31/2021)


University of Virginia

  • Robin A. Felder, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Director of the
    Medical Automation Research Center, University of Virginia
  • John J. Gildea, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Pathology,
    University of Virginia
  • Helmy M. Siragy, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Division of
    Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia
  • Pedro A. Jose, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown
    University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • Christopher M. Kramer, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology and
    Medicine, University of Virginia
  • R. Arial Gomez, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Vice President for Research, University of Virginia
  • Robert L. Chevalier, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department ofPediatrics, University of Virginia
  • Ammasi Periasamy, Ph.D., Research Professor of Biology and Director, Cell Imaging Center, University of Virginia
  • Richard L. Guerrant, Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious
    Disease, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia
  • Paula Q. Barrett, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology, University of Virginia
  • Timothy L. MacDonald, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of
    Chemistry, University of Virginia
  • Brian R. Duling, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia
  • Theodore E. Mifflin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Virginia


  • Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Rochester College of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
  • Tadashi Inagami, M.D., Professor of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Scott M. Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


  • Anita Aperia, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, The Karolinska
    Institute, Stockholm, Sweeden.
  • Marc deGasparo, M.D., Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Basel, Switzerland

Contact Us

Robert M. Carey, M.D.
David A. Harrison III Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Dean, Emeritus, and University Professor
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 801414, University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Telephone: 434-924-5510
Fax: 434-982-3626