Gary Eddey is the VP for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, a hospital for habilitation in Peapack, New Jersey. Matheny Hospital is a clinical affiliate of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. A general academic pediatrician who works with children and young adults with significant physical disabilities, Dr. Eddey’s area of clinical interest has been caring for patients with chronic illness and disabilities, including Lesch-Nyhan disease.
A graduate of Weill-Cornell Medical School in 1983, he also has a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. He is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, New Jersey Medical School where he is an integral part of the faculty.
He is also a research associate of the Matheny Institute for Research in Developmental Disabilities for the past fifteen years and chairs Matheny’s Bioethics Advisory Committee. He is a founding board member of the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, a Consortium on Disability Education.
Dr. Eddey’s clinical research interests include medical education, the culture of disability, as well as various aspects of the care of patients with Lesch-Nyhan Disease. He is considered one of the world’s experts in the clinical care of patients with LND. The study of behavioral phenotypes of well-defined syndromes, with and without mental retardation, is one area of interest of the Matheny Institute for Research in Developmental Disabilities.
Over 3800 medical students have rotated through Matheny for over the past 24 years, one of the longest continuously running medical student experiences in chronic illness and developmental disabilities at any medical school. In addition to his interest in medical eduation, healso lectures on the Principles of Bioethics and other paradigms of moral reasoning in his Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
A writer of short stories, Dr. Eddey published his debut novel, The Weather House, in 2012.