Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, FACMI

Year Elected: 
2006
AHRQ Rockville, MD

Dr. Clancy received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry from Boston College and her MD degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. She undertook postgraduate training in internal medicine, and was a Kaiser Foundation fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She was a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1983 through 1990, and her first informatics research project at that institution demonstrated the impact of adding a reminder to a computerized provider order entry system related to use of pneumococcal vaccine in high-risk patients. In 1990 she joined the staff of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and rose to become director of AHRQ’s Center for Primary Care Research, and Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. Her success in these endeavors led to her appointment as director of the agency in 2003. As noted in her nomination, her stewardship of AHRQ continues to advance not only quality and patient safety, but also the realization of the value of health informatics. She brings to the College substantial experience at the intersection of quality, safety, and informatics.