Doyle “Skip” Cummings, PharmD, FCP, FCCP

Doyle CummingsProfessor of Public Health
Berbecker Distinguished Professor of Rural Medicine
Co-Director, E-CARE Practice-based Research Network
Senior Faculty, Health Disparities Center, East Carolina University

office: ECHI 2217
phone: 252-744-2586

Dr. Doyle “Skip” Cummings is currently the Berbecker Distinguished Professor of Rural Medicine, a full professor in Public Health, and an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill. He completed his doctoral degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and completed additional coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Dr. Cummings currently serves as Director of the E-CARE practice-based research network and as a Senior Faculty member of the ECU Health Disparities Center.

Dr. Cummings has been actively involved in primary care research for a number of years with a particular interest in obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and stroke research as well as the role of telehealth applications. Dr. Cummings has authored or co-authored 170 publications and 300 regional, national or international presentations, and has received grant funding from federal and state governments as well as foundations. He serves on the Steering Committee for the NC Rural Health Association, is a member of the NC Institute of Medicine, and is a founding member of Pitt Partners for Health, a community health improvement initiative.


  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Coursework, Johns Hopkins UniversityBS, Pharmacy, West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
  • PharmD, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (Philadelphia, PA)
  • BS, Pharmacy, West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

Areas of Interest

  • Rural Health
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension/Stroke/CV disease
  • Role of Telehealth Care

Courses Taught

  • MPH 6035 Interdisciplinary Rural Health

Dr. Doyle “Skip” Cummings Curriculum Vitae (PDF)