Curtis Cary, MD, FAAP, FACP, an Pediatric Internist with Erlanger Health System


Get to know MedPeds physician Dr. Curtis Cary, who serves patients in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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(Spin Digit Editorial):- New York City, New York Apr 19, 2021 ( – Introduced to the medical field at an early age, Dr. Cary pulled upon these interactions as a crux for his direction in life. He found the medical community to be a place where he could give back and make a difference. Currently, he holds the dual positions of an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and Erlanger Health System. He loves working with students and residents and is driven by his desire to make a difference. He can also be found on staff at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga. 

Prior to his current roles, he served for a year as the Medical Director of the Polk Dalton Clinic in Lexington, KY. From 2015 to 2017, he served as an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and UK Healthcare. He originally started his career as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at this institution in 2009.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky to Larry Burr Cary and Mary Ann McCool, Dr. Cary earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University. He continued his studies at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, receiving his medical degree in 2004. He then went on to complete his internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington. 

A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the doctor remains a member of the American Medical Association, the Society for General Internal Medicine, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Society of Hospital Medicine. He has also been a certified HIV Specialist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. 

Relying on both knowledge and leadership abilities, Dr. Cary has thrived in both clinical and academic capacities throughout his career. As a testament to his success, he was honored with an Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the William R. Willard Teaching Award from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky, as well as the Abraham Flexner Master Educator Award from the Office of Excellence in Medical Education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. 

Internal medicine or general medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists. They manage and prevent common and complex diseases by providing comprehensive care and promoting overall well-being. 

Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. As a pediatrician, Dr. Cary examines diagnoses and treats children of all ages with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses. He understands that children change rapidly and they must be approached with an appreciation for their stage of physical and mental development. 

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