On behalf of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine board of directors, LAM president Ann Thomas, MS’01, M’05, presented the William H. Barney Distinguished Service Award to Thomas J. Carrico, M’78, H’83, F’85, at the annual Centra Health-LAM New Physician Reception on Oct. 5
Carrico has been continuously active in the affairs of the academy for over 20 years and is known to every member, either personally or through his regular contributions to the LAM Light. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Medical College of Virginia. He remained on the MCV Campus for a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in plastic surgery, completed in 1984. He then entered private practice in Richmond. In 1992 the Carricos moved to Lynchburg. After a 10-year stint with Plastic Surgery Associates, Carrico reinvented himself as the founder and director of Centra’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, where he continues to bring cutting-edge wound care to central Virginia.
Carrico has served the academy as chair of the public relations committee, a delegate for six years to the Medical Society of Virginia, editor of the LAM Light from 1997 to 2005 and president of the academy 2006-2007. Most members know him best for his thorough, beautifully written book reviews, a staple feature in the LAM Light for two decades. His thoughtfulness and creativity helped to guide the academy during his long tenure on the board and over the many years since.
With LAM’s support, he founded the Healthy Teen Initiative in the late 1990s, which sought to provide Lynchburg youth with safe, healthy social opportunities. As president, he more than doubled LAM’s charitable fund at the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust by holding a non-event, wherein members paid to not have to go to another fund-raising event. He has served the larger medical community as a council member of the Virginia chapter of the American College of Surgeons and on various committees at Centra Health and Centra Medical Group. He served for 23 years as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Surgery on the MCV Campus.
In his spare time, Carrico plays guitar, currently with the band “Spare Parts.” He and Ellen have raised three sons and a daughter. Their eldest, Tom, is an ordained minister, father of two, and currently a Ph.D. candidate. Bobby, PhD’12 (BIOS), is a statistician employed by the United Network for Organ Sharing. Brian is an attorney in the public defender’s office in Fredericksburg, and Elizabeth is a recreational therapist and yoga instructor in Richmond.
Named for William Barney, M’46, H’51, the Barney Award was established by the LAM board in 1997 to honor academy members for distinguished service to the academy and the larger community. It has been awarded annually since then, and was awarded posthumously to George Craddock, H’40. Barney, an internist who practiced in the city from 1951 to 1990, was active in civic affairs for many years. He served as president of LAM (1966-67) and president of the MSV (1988-89).
By James Wright, M.D., for LAM Light, the newsletter of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, Vol. 32, No. 6, November-December 2016