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Duke Health At a Glance

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The youngest of the nation’s top medical centers, Duke today operates one of the country’s largest clinical and biomedical research enterprises, and works to translate advances in medical knowledge into improved patient care. Its educational programs — training hundreds of new physicians, nurses, and other health professionals each year — are regularly recognized among the nation’s very finest. It is widely recognized as the leading medical center in the Southeast, with a Health System that includes a network of hospitals, physician practices, home care services, and other providers throughout central North Carolina and beyond.

More details on medical education, research, and patient care at Duke appear below. For further information, visit the Duke University Health System Web site at dukehealth.org, or contact the News Office at 919-684-4148.


Duke University Medical Center — the centerpiece of Duke’s wide-ranging medical programs — is located on the Duke University campus in Durham. The youngest of the nation’s leading medical centers, it has grown in just the past three decades from a hospital and single research building into one of the country’s largest clinical and biomedical research institutions.

As the primary entity through which our teaching, research, and patient care missions are carried out, it includes:

  • Duke University Hospital, one of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals;
  • The Private Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC, a separate but integrated organization through which our faculty physicians provide specialty, subspecialty, and primary care to more than 100,000 patients per year;
  • Duke University School of Medicine, one of the nation’s most highly regarded medical schools; the Duke University School of Nursing; graduate programs in the basic sciences; and other programs in medicine, public health policy, and the allied health professions; and
  • One of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the country, with more than $431 million in sponsored research annually, ranging from studies in genetics and molecular biology to clinical trials and health policy research.


1925 James B. Duke bequeaths funds to establish the Duke School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Hospital.

1929 3,000 applicants apply to the new medical school. 70 students are selected, including four women.

1930 Duke Hospital opens July 20, 1930, attracting 25,000 visitors. Duke’s first medical students begin classes October 1.

1931 The first nursing students begin classes January 2. Duke’s Private Diagnostic Clinic opens September 15.

1957 The original Medical School and Hospital are renamed “Duke University Medical Center.”

1965 Duke establishes the nation’s first Physician Assistant Program.

1966 The Duke Medical Scientist Training Program, a joint degree program leading to both the M.D. and the Ph.D. degrees, is founded. It is one of the first three in the nation.

1980 The new $94.5 million Duke Hospital opens.

1994 The Medical Center launches a spate of construction projects, including the Levine Science Research Center, Medical Sciences Research Building, a complete renovation of Duke Clinic, additions to the Morris Building for cancer care and research, a new Children’s Health Center, a new ambulatory care building, and new parking garages.

1998 The Health System is officially created as Duke establishes partnerships with Durham Regional Hospital, Raleigh Community Hospital, and other regional health care providers.

2000 The $200-million Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy is founded. The Institute represents Duke University’s comprehensive response to the broad challenges of the Genomic Revolution.

2004 Raleigh Community Hospital changes its name to Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. Along with announcing the new name, Duke Health Raleigh Hospital introduced Wake County residents to newly expanded services including a cardiovascular center and cancer center.


Victor J. Dzau, M.D.
Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University
President and CEO, Duke University Health System

William J. Fulkerson Jr., M.D., MBA
CEO, Duke University Hospital
Vice President, Duke University Health System

Kenneth C. Morris
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer, Duke University Health System

Molly O’Neill
Vice Chancellor for Medical Center Integrated Planning; Vice President for Business Development and Chief Strategic Planning Officer, Duke University Health System

Asif Ahmad
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Duke University Health System and Duke University Medical Center

R. Sanders Williams, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Catherine Lynch Gilliss, DNSc, RN
Dean, School of Nursing
Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs

Robert L. Taber, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Corporate and Venture Development

Gordon D. Williams
Vice Chancellor for Operations; Vice President for Administration, Duke University Health System

Huntington F. Willard, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Genome Sciences


Anesthesiology: Mark Newman, M.D.

Biochemistry: Christian Raetz, M.D., Ph.D.

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics: William Wilkinson, Ph.D. (Acting Chair)

Cell Biology: Brigid Hogan, Ph.D.

Community and Family Medicine: James L. Michener, M.D.

Immunology: Thomas F. Tedder, Ph.D.

Medicine: Harvey J. Cohen, M.D. (Interim)

Molecular-Genetics and Microbiology: Joseph R. Nevins, Ph.D.

Neurobiology: James McNamara, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology: Haywood Brown, M.D.

Ophthalmology: David L. Epstein, M.D.

Pathology: Salvatore Pizzo, M.D.

Pediatrics: Joseph St. Geme, III, M.D.

Pharmacology and Cancer Biology: Anthony R. Means, Ph.D.

Psychiatry: Ranga R. Krishnan, M.B, Ch.B.

Radiation Oncology: Christopher G. Willett, M.D.

Radiology: Carl E. Ravin, M.D.

Surgery: Danny O. Jacobs, M.D.