Affiliated with East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Vidant Health
Staff, Members, & Disclosures

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Eastern Carolina Association for Research & Education

Staff Members

Paul Bray, MA, LMFT
Regional Quality Manager, Vidant Medical Group
East Carolina University Project Coordinator-ECARE
2100 Stantonsburg Road
Greenville, NC 27834
work e-mail
cell phone 252-717-4402
home office e-mail

Disclosures: none

Doyle M. "Skip" Cummings, Pharm.D., FCP, FCCP
Berbecker Distinguished Professor of Rural Medicine
Professor of Family Medicine and Pediatrics, ECU
Adjunct Professor of Health Education/Promotion, ECU
Research Professor of Pharmacy, UNC-CH
Director, Research Division, Family Medicine, ECU
Associate Director for Research, Pediatric Healthy Wt. Center, ECU
Co-Director, Office of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Education, ECU
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
600 Moye Blvd.,
Greenville, NC 27834
252-744-3079 (fax)
Disclosures: none


In 1997, Mr. Bray joined East Carolina University, Vidant Medical Group (formerly University Health System) where he participated in the management of low-income rural primary care practices in eastern North Carolina. He currently is Quality Program Manager, Vidant Medical Grooup and Co-Coordinator of ECARE, a regional practice based research network sponsored by East Carolina University and Vidant Health. In partnership with ECU and Vidant Health, and following The Chronic Care Plan, he implemented a chronic disease practice design focusing on diabetes. This design was informed by the participation as a team leader in 5 Collaboratives and as a faculty member in 3 Collaboratives. Mr. Bray currently is the Primary Investigator of the Robert Wood Johnson funded diabetes research project, "Redesigning Diabetes Care in Rural Fee-for-Service Practices."

In 2002, with the assistance of The Duke Endowment, he led a project to convert rural clinic sites to electronic clinical documentation. This system included an innovation diabetes reminder system that complies with Center For Disease standards. He has two publications that document this model of chronic disease care and use of electronic medical records. He is a faculty member for the North Carolina Chronic Disease Collaborative, where he presented curriculum that address "Organizing Senior Health Care Leadership: The Key to Sustaining Improved Clinical Outcomes."

Mr. Bray was the recipient of the 2005 Transformational Change Leadership Award presented at the September, 2005 Snyder Healthcare Leadership Conference by the Medical Review of North Carolina at Pinehurst, NC. The award was for "outstanding accomplishments in ambulatory chronic disease-diabetes program management."

His work on identifying the critical tasks that sustain quality improvement initiatives are key research questions investigated by the RWJ Project.

Mr. Paul Bray attended Southern Illinois University where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1970 and Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1972. He received advance training in Family & Marriage Therapy from Northwestern University, The Center for Family Studies, in 1972. Mr. Bray founded and was the first Executive Director of Circle Family Care, a 330 funded Community Health Center serving primarily African -American families on Chicago's west side. Mr. Bray directed the agency's growth from a small practice to a major health care service for low-income minorities. Mr. Bray is a licensed Marrage and Family Therapist.


Dr. Cummings is currently the Berbecker Distinguished Professor of Rural Medicine, a full professor in both Family Medicine and Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor of Health Education and Promotion at East Carolina University as well as on the faculties of the UNC - Chapel Hill and the Eastern Area Health Education Center. He completed his doctoral degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and has completed additional coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He currently serves as Director of the Research Division in Family Medicine, as Associate Director for Research at ECU's Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, as well as co-director for the Eastern Carolina Association for Research and Education (E-CARE). Dr. Cummings has been actively involved in primary care research for a number of years with a particular interest in obesity and diabetes research. Dr. Cummings has authored or co-authored 85 publications and more than 135 regional, national or international presentations, and has received grant funding from federal and state governments as well as foundations.

Eastern Carolina Association for Research & Education
Clinic, Research & Publication Partners

East Carolina Health - b/d/a/ Bertie Memorial Hospital
Bertie Memorial Hospital
Cashie Medical Center
1403 South King Street PO Box 40
Windsor, North Carolina 27983
Jeff Sackrison, President

Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
P.O. Box: 113 Hertford County High Road
Ahoskie, North Carolina, 27910
Kim Schwartz, Executive Director

Philip Sloane, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Programs on Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services & Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Family Medicine,
725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7595

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