Division News

Building an Age-Friendly Health System

Duke University Health System is working head on to meet the challenge by participating in the Age-Friendly Health System (AFHS) movement, a systemic-change framework under which health systems across the country can improve and personalize their care of older adults through recognition as being Committed to Care Excellence by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).  

Faculty promotions appoved by Board of Trustees - November 2022

Congratulations to the following faculty members for their recent promotion in the Department of Medicine. The following changes were approved during the November 4, 2022 Board of Trustees meeting.

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How Long Older Adults Will Live Comes Down to 17 Often Surprising Factors

A new model to predict the life expectancy of older people relies less on their specific disease diagnoses and more on factors such as the ability to grocery shop, the amount of certain small cholesterol particles circulating in their blood, and whether they never or only occasionally smoked.

D'Alessio and Palmer Awarded Distinguished Professorships

Three faculty members from the Department of Medicine have been awarded distinguished professorships, the highest honor the university can bestow upon a member of the faculty. The appointments are effective on July 1, 2022.

David D'Alessio, MD: James B. Wyngaarden Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Dr. D’Alessio is a practicing endocrinologist and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition. His research group studies regulation of insulin secretion by hormonal factors and the abnormalities of islet function in Type 2 diabetes.

2022 Chair's Research Award Recipients Announced

The Department of Medicine is delighted to announce the winning Chair’s Research Awards proposals for 2022.  

“We have been very delighted with the work and outcomes of the prior recipients of this award and anticipate an equally successful and productive course for this year’s winners,” said Kathleen Cooney, MD, MCAP, chair, Department of Medicine. “Congratulations to each award recipient!”

New Funding Awards - March 2022

Sponsored Research

Gerald Bloomfield of Cardiology has received a sub-award through the Aga Khan University for a project entitled "Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN)." Total funding will be $23,180.