Academic Departments, Centers and Institutes (2024)

The Duke University School of Medicinecomprises26clinical and basic sciencedepartments.The school’s strong emphasis on research to improve clinical outcomes encourages collaborations among faculty members, departments, and other schools at the university and has resulted in the development of numerouscenters and institutes.

Basic Science Departments

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Chair:Richard Brennan, PhD

Assistant:Peggy Wilkison

Business Manager:

Office:255B Nanaline H. Duke
Campus PO Box:DUMC 3711
Phone:(919) 681-8804
FAX:(919) 684-8885

The Department of Biochemistry is engaged in cutting-edge research that clarifies the molecular nature of biological processes with a vision of making key discoveries that will transform our molecular understanding of fundamental life processes and ultimately enhance human health. The department is composed of 22 primary faculty members and 13 secondary members from other departments throughout Duke University. Currently, there are 61 students in the Biochemistry Graduate Program and 43 postdoctoral fellows and research associates.


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Chair:David Page, PhD

Assistant:Terry Hales​

Administrative Director:Monica Elam

Office:11072 Hock Plaza, Suite 1102
Campus PO Box:2721
Phone:(919) 668-8828
FAX:(919) 668-7061

The department currently has over 69 primary and joint faculty members and 31 secondary and adjunct faculty members. Biostatistics and Bioinformatics offers four educational degree programs: thePhD Programin Biostatistics, theMaster of Biostatistics Program, theMasterofManagement in Clinical Informatics (MMCi)and theClinical Research Training Program (CRTP). B&B is also the administrative home of the inter-departmentalPhD Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

The department currently has more than 63 primary and joint faculty members and 25 secondary faculty members. Biostatistics and Bioinformatics offers five graduate programs, the PhD and Master of Biostatistics, the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB) PhD, the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) and the Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi).


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Chair:Scott Soderling, PhD


Business Manager:Heather Adams

Office:388 Nanaline Duke
Campus PO Box:3709
Phone:(919) 684-8085
FAX:(919) 684-8592

The Department of Cell Biology focuses on researchof the molecular structure and function of cells and their component parts with a vision of determining how cells interact to form embryos, tissues, and nervous systems; and to investigate their role in physiology, behavior, and tissue repair and regeneration. The department, which currently consists of 17 faculty members, 47 students and 43 postdoctoral fellows, seeks to prepare PhD and MSTP students and postdoctoral fellows for clinical, academic, and non–academic careers.


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Chair:Raphael Valdivia, PhD

Assistant:Darren Carlino

Business Manager:Todd Leovic

Office:318 Jones Building
Campus Box:3010
Phone:(919) 684-3578
Fax:(919) 684-8982

The Department of Integrative Immunobiology serves as the focal point for research and education in immunology at Duke. The department consists of 15 primary faculty members and 36 secondary faculty members drawn from a range of basic science and clinical departments. The department provides a robust training environment for 30 PhD students and 10 postdoctoral trainees. Collaboration between basic and clinical immunologistsprovides fundamental insights into immune system development and function and into pathologies such as immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, infectious disease and cancer.


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Chair:Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD

Administrative Coordinator:Melissa Palmer

Chief Administrative Officer:Cynthia ‘Kris’ Mathews

Office:322 CARL Building
Campus PO Box:3546
Phone:(919) 684-2814 OR (919) 684-2824
FAX:(919) 684-5458

Researchconductedin the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) spansmodel and pathogenic organisms and the full spectrum of genetics from unicellular to multicellular eukaryotic organisms, including mice and humans. Existing areas of research strengths include: 1) microbiology (virology, mycology, bacteriology); 2) RNA biology and genomic expression analysis; 3) yeast genetics; 4) genetics of model systems and humans; and 5) chromosome structure, function, replication and repair. The department is currently composed of 34 primary faculty members, 38 secondary faculty members from multiple departments across the University, and 86 students.


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Chair:Stephen G. Lisberger, PhD

Chief Administrative Officer:Megan Phillips

Office: Bryan Research Building
Campus PO Box:3209

The Department of Neurobiology aims to further our understanding of the brain and its role in health and disease through research and through fostering a collaborative community to educate the future leaders of neurobiology. Research topics include how neural circuits create behavior, the cellular and molecular mechanisms that make brain cells function and adapt, and the mechanisms of brain development. The department is composed of 20 primary faculty members and 47 secondary faculty members. The interdepartmental Graduate Training Program in Neurobiology provides a robust training environment for 68 PhD students.The department works closely with faculty from the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), other basic science departments, and relevant clinical departments to mentor 68 postdoctoral associates.


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Chair:Lee Zou, PhD

Assistant:Trena Martelon

Chief Administrative Officer:Traci McNeill

Office:C238A LSRC
Campus PO Box: 3813
Phone:(919) 684-5224

The Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology comprises 23 primary faculty, 72 graduate students and 33 postdoctoral fellows with complementary research interests and expertise. Ongoing research in the department addresses a myriad of important scientific questions relevant to cancer, metabolism, nervous system function, drugs of abuse, and environmental toxicants. One unifying theme is the use of pharmacological approaches to define the key regulatory steps in relevant pathways that may be amenable to pharmaceutical exploitation or whose dysregulation may be involved in the pathogenesis of disease.


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Interim Chair:Kevin Weinfurt, PhD

Assistant:Angelique Kosempa

Chief Administrative Officer:Michael Fern, PhD

215 Morris St., Suite 210
The Imperial Building
Durham, NC 27701

Campus Box:104023
Phone:(919) 681 6709

The Department of Population Health Sciences first launched as a center in February 2016, was designated as a School of Medicine department July 1, 2017, and now houses a multi-disciplinary team of 48 primary faculty from the fields of epidemiology, health services research and policy, health economics, health measurement andbehavior, and implementation science, and 50 secondary faculty. The department works where biology, behavior, environments, society, and health care intersect using tools of discovery, measurement, evaluation, and implementation to generate insights that affect health. In addition to research, the department houses a MS and PhD program as well as several cores that collaborate with other groups to provide expertise in qualitative research, bioethics, implementation science, health measurement, and access to electronic health data.


Clinical Science Departments

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Chair:Joseph P. Mathew, MD,MHSc, MBA

Assistant:Melinda Macalino

Business Manager:John Borrelli

Campus PO Box:3094
Phone:(919) 681-6646
FAX:(919) 681-2923

Duke Anesthesiology is comprised of 11 clinical divisions and 12 centers and programs. The department’s mission is to provide extraordinary care through a unique culture of innovation, education, research, and professional growth. The department is fueled by the unfettered ambition of faculty, trainees and staff at Duke University Hospital/Duke Children’s, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center, Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center Arringdon, and clinics located in Durham, Mebane and Raleigh.


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Chair:SuephyC. Chen, MD, MS

Assistant:Mary Nettleton

Business Manager:Virginia King-Barker

Office:4584 White Zone, Duke South
Campus PO Box:3135
Phone:(919) 684-0735

The Department of Dermatology consists of 29 faculty members within in the areas of General Dermatology, Pigmented Lesions,Immunodermatology, Lasers/Wound Treatment,MOHSSurgery, and Hair Disorders. The department also has nine adjunct faculty members, fifteen residents, one fellow, and eight postdoctoral scholars. The department focuses on three key areas: caring for patients; investigating skin diseases; and preparing students, residents, and fellows to be the next generation of highly-skilled dermatology specialists.


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Chair: Charles J. Gerardo, MD

Assistant: Shawna Alkon

Administrator: Lowell Tyler, MBA

Office: 2301 Erwin Road, Ste 2600
Campus PO Box: DUMC 3096
Phone: (919) 681-0196

The Department of Emergency Medicine provides high-quality, timely, and compassionate emergency care for patients, unsurpassed educational opportunities for residents and fellows, and cutting-edge research for the betterment of emergency care on a global scale.


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Chair:AnthonyViera, MD, MPH

Assistant:Kaye Gardner

Business Manager:Ellen O'Briant

Office:Suite 400, Room 405, Erwin Square
Campus PO Box:2914
Phone:(919) 681-3178

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is a diverse, robust, interdisciplinary academic department with programs focused on education and training, patient care, community health, and research and scholarship. The department is home to the Number 1-ranked Physician Assistant Program. The department’s mission is to serve our patients, learners, communities, and each other in pursuit of better health for all.


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Chair:Howard Wayne Francis, MD, MBA

Assistant:Irish Hamilton

Business Manager:Chris W. Tobias

Office:4000 Yellow Zone, Duke Clinics
Campus PO Box:DUMC 3805
Phone:(919) 684-3834

TheDepartmentofHead and Neck Surgery & CommunicationSciences currently comprises 64diverse faculty members and clinical associates involved in patient care, research, education,and community engagement.

Faculty members provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary, hospital-based care, includingthe regionally and nationally recognized clinical programsoftheDuke Skull Base Program, Head and Neck Cancer Program withintheDuke CancerInstitute, Duke Voice CareCenter, and Duke HearingCenter.Research intheDepartmentleveragestheexpertise across Duke University and includesthe translationofdiscoveries in basic science into new treatment paradigms,theinvestigationofnew clinical treatments and approaches tothemanagementofhead and neck and communicationdisorders, andthe studyofhealth delivery strategies andtheir impactonclinical outcomes and populationhealth. Research led by faculty intheDepartmentis funded bytheNationalInstitutesofHealth, Patient-Centered Outcomes ResearchInstitute(PCORI),DepartmentofDefense (DOD), industry and philanthropic support.

The Departmentalso commits itself tocommunity engagement as a fourth missionarea, withthegoalof fostering innovative and equitable health solutions atthepopulationlevel through outreach, partnership, and cultivationofa diverse and inclusive workforce.Thedepartmentmatches three residents every year for its 5-year residency program in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and a fourth fora 7-year research intensive residency training program funded by an NIH training grant. Twoone-year research fellowships areoffered to medical students also funded bythesame grant. Fellowships are currently available in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base surgery, and Otology/Neurotology.

Thedepartment’s visionencompasses a continuumofdiscovery and commitment to trainingthenext generationofleaders, withthegoalof advancingthecareofhead and neck and communicationdisorders and promoting healthier connections.


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Chair:Kathleen Cooney, MD,MACP

Assistant:Emelia Dunston

Chief Administrative Officer:Amy Porter-Tacoronte,MBA

Office:401 Davison Building
Campus PO Box:3703
Phone:(919) 668-1755
FAX:(919) 681-5400

The Department of Medicine, comprising 12 divisions, serves as the academic home for more than 2,000 faculty members, staff, residents, and fellows engaged in research, education, and patient care. The department’s outstanding clinical programs are dedicated to providing the best in evidence-based patient care across all disciplines in internal medicine. Research and clinical activities serve as the basis for training future leaders in medicine through the department's widely-recognized residency and fellowship programs, whose former trainees are prominent among leaders in academic, practice, and administrative medicine.


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Chair:Richard J. O'Brien, MD, PhD

Assistant:Teikko Artis

Business Manager:Megan Phillips

Office:227-J Bryan Research
Campus PO Box:2900

The Department of Neurology understands the impact of devastating neurological disorders on the patient and their families. Our physicians treat and research complex neurological disorders, including neuropathy, epilepsy, sleep disorders, myasthenia gravis, migraine, head and neck pain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, ALS, Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke, and tumors of the brain and spinal cord. Our training programs in neurology attract high-caliber residents and fellows, and our faculty is nationally recognized leaders in neurological education. Faculty members from our Department are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their field of neuroscience research and attract more than $14 million of research funding each year in clinical and basic research grants and contracts.


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Chair: Gerald Arthur Grant, MD

Assistant:Tami Tuck

Business Manager:Kathy Tobin

The Duke Department of Neurosurgery is a preeminent program at the forefront of patient care, research, and education, with more than 50 clinical and research faculty and 21 residents and seven fellows.

Since becoming a department in the School of Medicine in 2015, Duke Neurosurgery has experienced remarkable growth in all areas, including clinical volume, patient access, patient outcomes, philanthropy, resident satisfaction, and culture and wellness.

Investigators receiving over $13 million in grant funding in 2020, and the department ranks fourth in the country for NIH funding among neurosurgery centers.

The world renown Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center is housed in the Department of Neurosurgery. In recent years, the department developed the first Division of Global Neurosurgery, which is now self-sustainable; a NeuroInnovations programs that spans the university; a Spine Division in partnership with Duke Orthopaedics; and the Duke Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis, which is now the fastest-growing clinical program at Duke. Faculty provide care at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Durham Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Alamance Regional Medical Center.


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Chair:Matthew D. Barber, MD,MHS

Assistant:Laverne Alston

Business Manager:Joe English

Office:203 Baker House
Campus PO Box:3084
Phone:(919) 668-3948
FAX:(919) 668-5547

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology comprises 10 clinical divisions, nearly 100 faculty members, 37 residents, 16 sub-specialty fellows and 100 rotating medical students and physician assistant program students. The department is a multidisciplinary academic department dedicated to advancing the care of women through research, education, and patient care. We are at the forefront of women’s reproductive health care and making innovations to better our community, patients, trainees, faculty, and health care as a whole.


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Chair:Edward Buckley, MD

Assistant:Michele Clifton

CAO:Elizabeth Hunter, MHA

Office:2351 Erwin Rd.
Campus PO Box:3802
Phone:(919) 684-5846
FAX:(919) 681-6343

The Department of Ophthalmology is one of the leading ophthalmology programs in the country. The department is comprised of eight clinical divisions, more than 70 clinical faculty and 15research faculty members, 23 sub-specialty fellows, 25 residents (including 6 PGY1 residents in their intern year), and numerous rotating medical students. The department is dedicated to offering the latest in clinical eye care, innovation through basic research and translational discoveries, and training the next generation of comprehensive and sub-specialty ophthalmologists.


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Chair:Ben Alman, MD

Assistant:Rose Nihill

Business Manager:Dara Purvis, MHA

Office: 311 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710
Campus PO Box:104002
Phone:(919) 613-6935
FAX:(919) 684-8280

The Department ofOrthopaedicSurgery’s vision is to be the global standard of excellence today and develop the leaders of tomorrow inorthopaedicsand rehabilitation research, education, and patient care. For more than 90 years, the Department ofOrthopaedicSurgery at Duke University has attracted the best and brightest physicians, researchers, residents, fellows, and trainees to deliver world-classorthopaediccare, education, and research. The department is a leader in surgical innovation, designing, improving, and pushing forward-thinking technologies and surgical techniques and performing cutting-edge research inorthopaedics. Our education programs includeour orthopaedic residency and fellowships, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD).


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Chair:Jiaoti Huang, MD, PhD

Assistant:Patricia Lea

Business Manager:Amy Orange

Office:M301 Davison Building
Campus PO Box:3712
Phone:(919) 684-4862

The Department of Pathology’s vision is to deepen the understanding of human illness and disease treatments through the use of technology and research. The department consists of 66clinical and 19research faculty, 29residents, five fellows, 29graduate students, and 16 Pathologists' Assistant students, all who strive to transform medicine and healthcare locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.


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Chair:Ann M. Reed, MD
Samuel L. Katz Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Duke Children’s

Office Manager and Administrative Coordinator:Cherrita McCoy

Business Manager:Susan Kline

Office:T0901 Children's Health Center
Campus PO Box:3352
Phone:(919) 681-4080
FAX:(919) 681-2714

The Department of Pediatrics comprises 19 divisions and includes 210 faculty members, 150 community pediatricians, 74 residents and 62 subspecialty residents and fellows, and 100 rotating medical students. The department is dedicated to providing world-class patient care to children of all ages in a family-centered atmosphere; educating future leaders in pediatric medicine; discovering treatments that will enhance the health care of future generations; and advocating for children, all while aiming to achieve these goals in a diverse and inclusive environment.


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Chair:Moira Rynn, MD

Assistant:Angela Garrett

Vice Chair, Administration & Finance:Beth Glasco*ck, MPA

Office:North Pavilion, 2400 Pratt Street, 7th Floor, Durham, NC 27705
Campus PO Box:Box 102508,Durham, NC 27710
Phone:(919) 684-5616
FAX:(919) 681-5489

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is an interdisciplinary leader in brain and behavioral health. The department’s 200+ full-time faculty members are organized into three divisions: adult psychiatry and psychology, behavioral medicine and neurosciences, and child/family mental health and community psychiatry. The department seeks to provide the best available care to patients and their families, while advancing science to improve mental health on a global scale and equipping its roughly 80 trainees to lead the future of mental health care.


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Chair:Christopher G. Willett, MD

Assistant:Donna Wimberley

Business Manager:J. T. Solomon, MBA

Office:05143A Morris Building
Campus PO Box:3085
Phone:(919) 668-5640
FAX:(919) 688-7345

The Department of Radiation Oncology consists of over 50 clinical and research faculty members, 15 medical residents and an esteemed Radiation Physics Division, including 4 physics residents.As part of theDuke Cancer Institute, faculty work with colleagues in Surgical Oncology and Medical Oncology to facilitate a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of cancer. The department’s core missions are to provide expert, compassionate and prompt clinical service to patients; to generate new knowledge concerning causes, prevention and treatment of cancer; to transmit new knowledge from clinical and laboratory research; and to actively participate in and further the missions of the Duke Cancer Institute, Duke Health and Duke University.


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Chair:Erik Paulson, MD

Assistant:Maria Nelson

Chief Administrative Officer:Jeanne Kirschner

Office:40 Duke Medicine Circle, Room 2560, Red Zone, Duke South
Campus PO Box:3808
Phone:(919) 684-7289

The Department of Radiology is committed to providing the highest quality imaging services, reporting, safety, education and support of innovative laboratory and clinical research.

We embrace a diverse and inclusive community of patients, students, staff, learners, and faculty. Our product is most successful when we work as teams.

Our clinical operation is comprised of nine subspecialty divisions that include Abdominal Imaging, Breast Imaging, Cardiothoracic Imaging, Community Division, Interventional Radiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotheranostics, and Pediatric Radiology. We have over 100 subspecialty clinical faculty, 52 residents and 32 fellows that serve 11 locations. Our residency is among the most competitive in the country and Radiology is a required clerkship for every Duke University medical student. Our radiologists work closely with referring physicians to provide state-of-the-art radiologic care and service to our patients.

Our research operation is focused on improving patient care by discovering innovation in the imaging field. We have centers and faculty devoted to artificial intelligence, cutting edge applications of MR, pre-clinical small animal imaging with a focus onIn-Vivomicroscopy, and translational molecular imaging. We have 30 dedicated research faculty and 12 research-focused labs.


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Chair:Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD, FACS
David C. Sabiston, Jr. Professor of Surgery

Assistant:Stephanie Belvin

Chief Administrator:Katherine Stanley

Office:7690 HAFS Building, Duke North
Campus PO Box:DUMC 3704
Phone:(919) 681-3445
FAX:(919) 681-2779

The Department of Surgery is one of the leading surgery programs in the world, committed to Duke Health's mission of providing outstanding and compassionate patient care, training tomorrow's leaders, and conducting innovative research. Across11 specialty divisions, the department consists of approximately 170 clinical and research faculty, approximately 130 house staff, and more than 500 staff members.


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Interim Chair:Gary Faerber, MD

Office: 40 Duke Medicine Cir,Room 1557

“The Duke Department of Urology provides compassionate, state-of-the-art medical and surgical patient care, comprehensive medical education, and innovative research in all areas of adult and pediatric urology. Over eight decades of experience in caring for patients with urologic diseases has established Duke Urology as a world leader in urologic care, research, and education. The department’s faculty consists of leaders in their fields, who are dedicated to advancing urologic care to all patients through innovative technologies and training the next generation of urologists.


Centers and Institutes

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Director: Allen Song, PhD

Office:40 Duke Medicine Circle, Room 414
Durham, NC 27710
Campus: Box 3918
Phone:(919) 681-9337

Faculty members in the BIAC are leaders in imaging methodology development,analysis techniques, as well as in their application in cognitive and clinical neurosciences. In addition, BIAC offers imaging services to other faculty members on campus and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.


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Director: Heather Whitson, MD, MHS

Office:Room 3502 Busse Building, Blue Zone, Duke South
Campus:DUMC 3003, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 660-7500

The Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (Duke Aging Center) is a multi-disciplinary hub for the promotion of healthy aging across the lifespan and management of social and medical complexities in late life. With more than 150 affiliated faculty members from across the University and Medical Center, and millions of dollars annually in aging-related research funding, the Center is a vital national resource for the study of aging.

Current research includes: studies of resilience to late-life stressors; age-related functional decline; genomic, proteomic and metabolomic biomarkers of aging; exercise; osteoporosis; Alzheimer’s disease; health equity; cancer and aging; viral diseases of aging; depression in later life; caregiver stress; and religion/spirituality and health. The Center is dedicated to advanced training and innovative education for the next generation of gerontologists and geriatricians, and to expanding, connecting, and enhancing the field of aging-related research at Duke and beyond.


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Director:Michael J. Pencina, PhD

Office:2301 Erwin Road,Durham, NC 27710

Duke AI Health connects, strengthens, amplifies, and grows multiple streams of theoretical and applied research on artificial intelligence and machine learning at the University in order to answer the most urgent and difficult challenges in medicine and population health. Designed as a multidisciplinary, campus-spanning initiative, AI Health harnesses expertise and insights across multiple schools, centers, and institutes at Duke to bring to bear the power of machine learning and related quantitative fields on medicine, healthcare delivery, and the health of individuals and communities.


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Director: Michael Kastan, MD, PhD

Office:10 Bryan Searle Drive,Seeley Mudd Building, Durham, NC 27710
Campus:DUMC Box 3917
Email: submit form

By uniting hundreds of cancer physicians, researchers, educators, and staff across the medical center, medical school, and health system under a shared administrative structure, the DCI offers unprecedented opportunities for teamwork among laboratory scientists and health care providers caregivers inDuke hospitals and clinics.


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Director:Susanna Naggie, MD, MHS, FIDSA

Office:Chesterfield Building, 701 W. Main Street, Suite 500, Durham, NC, 27701
Campus Box:Box # 90535,Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-8045

CTSI’s mission is to:

  • Accelerate scientific discovery, innovation, and translation
  • Develop and sustain a vital and diverse translational science workforce
  • Foster a vibrant, transparent, and trustworthy research environment benefiting all
  • Create and promote a culture of equity, anti-bias, and anti-racism throughout all aspects of clinical and translational science at Duke


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Director: Adrian Hernandez, MD

Office:300 W. Morgan Street,Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 668-8300
Email: submit form

The world’s largest academic clinical research organization, the DCRI’s mission is develop, share, and implement knowledge that improves health around the world through innovative clinical research. The institute, which was founded in 1996, has helped to shape the fundamental approaches to clinical research and is known for conducting groundbreaking multi-national clinical trials, managing major national patient registries, and performing landmark outcomes research. The DCRI is a pioneer in cardiovascular and pediatric clinical research, and also encompasses multiple other therapeutic areas, including infectious disease, neuroscience, respiratory medicine, and nephrology.


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Director:Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH

Office:310 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710
Campus PO Box:Box 90519, Durham, NC 27708
Phone:(919) 681-7760

Faculty members in the DGHI work to reduce health disparities inthe local community and worldwide. The DGHI recognizes that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities, andthe institute brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and to train the next generation of global health scholars.


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Director: Barton Haynes, MD

Chief Administrative Officer: Michelle H. Smith

Office:2 Genome Court,MSRB II
Campus: DUMC 103020
Phone: (919) 684-5384
Email:submit form

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) has established a place of national and international leadership in the fight against major infectious diseases. The DHVI plays an integral leadership role in the Global HIV/AIDS Vaccine Enterprise and is a pioneer in emerging infections and biodefense research.


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Interim Director: Alison Adco*ck, MD,PhD

Office: Levine Science Research Center
308 Research Drive
Campus: Box 91003
Phone: (919) 668-2512

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) is a cross-school, campus-wide, interdisciplinary institute at Duke University with a commitment to building an interactive community of brain science research and scholarship to translate discoveries into solutions for health and society. DIBS encourages innovation and collaboration that transcends the boundaries of traditional disciplines, bringing together a diverse community of academics from biomedical science, social science, physical science, humanities, law, business, public policy, mathematics, computer science and engineering.


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Program Director: Suresh Balu

Office:200 Morris St.,Durham, NC 27701
Phone:(919) 684-4389

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) promotes innovation in health and health care through high-impact innovation pilots, leadership development, and cultivation of a community of entrepreneurship. DIHI brings innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in health and health care by catalyzing multidisciplinary teamwork across Duke University and Duke Medicine and by fostering collaborations with national and international thought leaders.


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Director:Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

Office:100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 419-2504

The Institute's mission is to improve health, health equity, and the value of health care through practical, innovative, and evidence-based policy solutions.


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Director: Christopher Newgard, PhD

Office:300 North Duke Street,Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 479-2300

The DMPI produces integrated multi-omics and physiologic profiles of chronic human diseases, and uses such profiles to develop new disease detection strategies, novel therapies, and insights into disease mechanisms.


Academic Departments, Centers and Institutes (39)

Director: Joanne Kurtzberg, MD

Office: 2400 Pratt Street, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 668-1102

The Marcus Center for Cellular Cures (MC3) at Duke University School of Medicine has been established to bring together physicians and faculty across medicine and engineering at Duke to develop cellular and biological therapies for autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis and related brain disorders.


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Director: Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD

Office:108 Seeley G. Mudd Building,10 Bryan-Searle Drive,Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 668-9000

The Trent Center is committed to the critical examination of ethical and social issues in the practice of medicine, the process of research and the distribution of resources to improve health.


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What is the difference between academic center and institute? ›

Centers will report their activities and plans to the respective dean of the college where the center is housed. Institutes are broader in scope and may comprise many different disciplines, departments, colleges, and even universities thereby creating national and/or international partnerships.

What makes an academic center? ›

An academic center is a non-degree granting educational unit of the university engaged in research; instruction; or clinical, outreach, or related service. An academic center is defined by its mission and scope, not its title, and may be described as a center, institute, laboratory, or similar term.

What is an institute at a university? ›

Institute: An institute is an organization intended for research and is broader in scope than a center; it is typically associated with a physical and organizational infrastructure for conducting research. It involves faculty and staff from multiple units who depend on a set of common facilities for their research.

Is NYU a research institution? ›

NYU's faculty are at the forefront of their scholarly disciplines, and their research helps shape the understanding of an enormous range of academic fields: from the mathematical sciences to economics, from philosophy to neural science, from art history to sociology.

What is the difference between a department and a center? ›

A “center” is not an autonomous structure within the internal statutory organization of a college or university. It is administratively most often an appendage of one of the traditional administrative structures, such as a department.

What is considered an academic institution? ›

An academic institution is an entity, such as a university or college, that runs independently from other like entities and has its own set of rules and business processes. Typically, you define just one academic institution, but you can define as many as you need.

What qualifies as an institute? ›

a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, as of a literary, scientific, or educational character. the building occupied by such a society.

Can a university be called an institute? ›

There are many institutions of higher education in the U.S. that name themselves “Institute” rather than either “college” or “university.” Examples include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and others, ...

Are institutes and universities the same? ›

They're used interchangeably. The differences are primarily historical. Universities have several colleges under their umbrella, each focused on different majors or programs, plus they offer post graduate degrees.

Is Harvard an academic institution? ›

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest higher education institution in the United States, and is widely regarded in terms of its influence, reputation, and academic pedigree as a leading university in not just the US but also the world.

Why is NYU so prestigious? ›

With top programs in computer science, engineering, and business, New York University proves to be a highly desired school for students around the globe. With obvious perks like its Manhattan location and elite academic programs, the impressive New York University rankings are no surprise.

Is NYU an ivy? ›

In the 1950s, the Ivy League became an official athletic conference in the NCAA, with the eight schools of today's Ivy League making up its members: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania.

What makes a school an institute? ›

An institute is defined as a single or multi-disciplinary unit organized to conduct education, research and/or service activities. Institutes are characterized by organizational permanency, programmatic autonomy, and an annual operating budget fiscally independent of other academic units.

What is the meaning of institute Center? ›

By definition academic centers and institutes are a means of organizing faculty to conduct and disseminate research and scholarship and contribute to the education of students, public service, and economic development as appropriate.

What is the difference between a research center and a research institute? ›

Research Institutes

An institute is a scholarly unit that is multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature and involves faculty from two or more schools. Institutes are generally larger and more complex than centers: they bring a number of resources and disciplines together to achieve a set of common goals.

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