Secretary of Health and Human Resources

Daniel Carey, MD, MHCM, was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Resources by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2018. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Carey worked as a cardiologist and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra, where his responsibilities included information technology services, patient quality and safety efforts, performance improvement initiatives, and functions of the medical staff at Centra’s 3 acute care facilities.

Dr. Carey held numerous leadership positions after joining Cardiology Associates of Central Virginia in 1997, which Centra later acquired in 2006. In 1998,, he became Medical Director of the Acute MI Program, and went on to serve as Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Medical Director of the Stroobants Heart Center. Dr. Carey then went on to become the President/Chief Physician Executive of the Centra Medical Group. 

Dr. Carey has special interest in medical leadership, and in addition to his roles at Centra, has also served as President of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, the Medical Society of Virginia and the MSV Foundation.

In his current role, Dr. Carey is passionate about expanding access to affordable health care for Virginians; improving the Commonwealth’s behavioral health and developmental services programs; and making meaningful progress on issues such as substance use and addiction, women’s health, and children’s issues.

A long-time Virginia resident, Dr. Carey graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Medical School. He received his Master of Health Care Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He served for 15 year in the U.S. Air Force in both active duty an reserve status, earning the rank of Major. He currently resides in Richmond with his wife Kim, who is a registered nurse. In his spare time, Dr. Carey is a regular at Richmond’s Downtown YMCA.  

Staff and Contact Information

Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Daniel Carey, M.D.

Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Marvin Figueora

Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Dr. Vanessa Walker Harris

Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Catie Finley

Constituent Services
Dorothy Swann

Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Rachel Becker