Carolinas HealthCare System

ED Faculty Member Honored by American College of Emergency Physicians

Nehal P. Thakkar, MD

Sean Fox, MD
Associate Professor for Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center

Sean Fox, MD, associate professor for adult and pediatric emergency medicine (EM) at Carolinas Medical Center, is one of only three academic emergency physicians nationwide to receive the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award, which recognizes faculty members with abundant knowledge and expertise, dedication to education and innovation, and enduring contributions to the practice of EM. Award winners will be in October.

“I’m humbled to receive this award,” said Dr. Fox, who is trained in emergency medicine and pediatrics. “It is truly a reflection of my residents, colleagues and leadership because they are the ones who inspire me to do what I do – they are the reason I came to Carolinas HealthCare System.”

Since 1999, two other Carolinas HealthCare System faculty members have been recognized with the award: Vivek S. Tayal, MD, FACEP (2004 recipient) and Michael A. Gibbs, MD, FACEP (2005 recipient).

To be considered for the award, faculty must be nominated by their academic chair, program director or head of EM, and submit a complete application, which includes endorsement by the program's residents.

“This recognition is a validation of the high standard and excellence of medical education delivered by faculty at Carolinas HealthCare System,” said Michael Gibbs, MD, chair of the department of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.

As an assistant programming director for Carolinas Medical Center’s EM residency program, Dr. Fox reduced the frequency of learning conferences for residents from daily to weekly.

“When they had to attend daily, they arrived late or had to leave early because of their clinical obligations,” Dr. Fox said. “Having the conferences on a weekly basis allows them to focus only on learning and not worry about what’s happening in the emergency department.”

To boost the experiences of medical students, Dr. Fox spends his time managing several educational websites geared toward EM, including, and