The second African American woman to receive a medical degree from Duke School of Medicine, Dr. Wilson graduated 1st in her class in 1973 and served as President of the Medical Student Body, the first African American to serve in the role. Dr. Wilson was the first African American woman in Duke’s School of Medicine with tenure, and in 1994 she became the second woman of any race or ethnicity to attain the rank of full Professor in Duke’s Department of Medicine.
During her career in the Duke Gastroenterology Division, Dr. Wilson has been the recipient of awards that include the Duke Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, the Duke School of Medicine Master Clinician Teacher Award, and the AGA’s Outstanding Women of Science Award. She was elected Secretary of the AGA, the first woman and the first African American to serve in this position.
Established in 2021, the Joanne A. P. Wilson Lecture is given annually in February, during Black History Month.
Joanne A. P. Wilson Lectures
- 2021 Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Division of Gastroenterology at University of Arizona College of Medicine
- 2022 John M. Carethers, MD, MACP, C. Richard Boland Distinguished University Professor, John G. Searle Professor and Chair, Professor, University of Michigan