About the Division

The division of General Internal Medicine provides exceptional patient care, research, and training of clinician leaders and scholars. With more than 160 faculty members contributing to our clinical, research and education programs, we are among the largest divisions in the Duke Department of Medicine.

Ebony Boulware
L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH

A letter from the Chief

As a former Duke University medical student, I am delighted and honored to lead our General Internal Medicine (GIM) Division, building upon our tradition of strength and growing in new and exciting directions. Our Division encompasses a highly talented, very collegial and committed faculty who are recognized nationally and internationally in the areas of medical education, ethics, clinical care and research in healthcare and health outcomes. Duke GIM continues to be recognized for its significant teaching efforts and leadership in the Duke University School of Medicine as well as its strong community partnerships and outreach programs.

Our vision is to improve adult patient, family, community, and population health through exemplary patient care, education, and research. We do this by:

  • delivering the highest quality of care for patients across the spectrum of adult health and wellness
  • training the next  generation of master clinicians, researchers, and leaders in delivering and studying patient centered, high- value  and highest quality care
  • developing  new methods for studying  health and wellness that expand our capacity to deliver equitable, ethical, value-based  and evidence-based care
  • integrating research discoveries with health system innovation

We invite you to learn more about the teaching, research, and clinical activities of our dynamic division.

L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH

Chief, Duke Division of General Internal Medicine 


The Duke division of General Internal Medicine was founded in 1976, making it one of the earliest divisions in the country. Patrick A. McKee, MD, our first Division Chief, served nine years; during this time James Wyngaarden, MD, a future director of the National Institutes of Health, was chair of the department of medicine.

Division Chief


L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH September 2013- Present
Eugene Oddone, MD (interim) 2012-2013
Lori Bastian, MD (interim) 2007-2012
Eugene Oddone, MD 1997-2007
John Feussner, MD 1988-1996
Mark Linzer, MD 1985-1988
Patrick McKee, MD 1976-1985