Dr. Michael P. Cary, Jr. is a health services researcher whose program of research is designed to improve the quality of post-acute care for older adults, primarily older African Americans, at risk for disability. His work focuses on preventing functional decline and rehospitalization of older adults returning to their home and community after post-acute rehabilitation. Dr. Cary has published 40 peer-reviewed papers and been the recipient of numerous intra and extramurally funded grants. He received a highly competitive Duke University Clinical and Translational Science Award, having been the first nurse selected to participate in this NIH-funded research development award program. He was selected by NIH’s Chief Officer of Scientific Workforce Diversity to present his research at the inaugural Future Research Leaders Conference, a distinction held by only 28 others in the country. Dr. Cary has recently been awarded the 2021 Raymond Gavins Distinguished Faculty Award, an honor that recognizes faculty members whose research, teaching, and service have improved relations among people of all backgrounds at Duke.