Medicine Grand Rounds

Medicine Grand Rounds (MGR) is a weekly seminar series to support the academic environment of the Duke Department of Medicine. Topics and speakers are selected to provide faculty and trainees with up-to-date knowledge about timely issues in internal medicine. MGR occurs every Friday at 8 a.m in Duke North 2002 unless otherwise noted below.

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Physician Credit - Duke Continuing Education designates Medicine Grand Rounds and Duke Medicine Learning, Education, and Discussion Series (LEADS) activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians must attend the CME activity, must have an active ETHOS account, and must text their attendance (with the weekly text code) to 919-213-8033 starting at 8:00am and must do so within 24 hours. GME Trainees are not eligible for CME credit. 

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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to one (1) MOC credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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2023-2024 Upcoming Medicine Grand Round Lectures

Date Presenter Title Learning Objectives

Gary Bennett, PhD
Dean, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke University
Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Professor, Duke Global Health Institute
Associate Professor, Duke Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Professor, Duke School of Nursing

You Have to Keep Moving Forward: Obesity in High-Risk Populations
  • Recall the descriptive and social epidemiology of obesity among U.S. high risk populations
  • Evaluate the empirical evidence on obesity interventions deployed among obesity high risk populations.
  • Appraise promising obesity treatment options for high risk populations

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1/19/24 James Davis, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Contemporary Tobacco Treatment Pharmacotherapy
  • Provide overview of current tobacco use in the US
  • Provide an overview of neurobiological processes central to tobacco addiction
  • Provide an overview of contemporary pharmacotherapy strategies used for tobacco use

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Diego Bohórquez, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology

Deciphering Visceral Instincts
  • Define neuropods
  • Discuss the neural basis of intestinal sensations
  • Understand the neural basis of sugar preferences



Amanda Marie Eudy, PhD Assistant Professor in Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology

The Type 1 & 2 SLE Model: A new model of care for systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Understand the patient-rheumatologist discordance in lupus
  • Introduce the Type 1 & 2 SLE Model
  • Describe the rationale for using the Type 1 and Type 2 in clinical care and research setting

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Richard Riedel, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology

Making Progress in a Rare Disease: An Update on Sarcoma Management
  • Recognize the heterogeneity and increased complexity of sarcoma management
  • Review data supporting current decision making for patients in select histological subtypes
  • Highlight emerging therapeutic approaches in specific disease states
  • Introduce available clinical trials at Duke

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Trevor Sytsma, MS3

Allison Chu, MS3

Eleanor Seo. MS2

Rooted Together: Students Bridging Partnerships to Tackle SDOH in Durham


  • Identify key local resources for learning about the unique needs and assets of Durham County
  • Understand Root Causes as one of many Duke medical student-run organizations focused on community-engaged work
  • Learn tangible ways to partner with and leverage the strengths of students rotating on Medicine services who engage in community-facing programs addressing SDOH

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3/1/24 Duke Internal Medicine Residents & Duke Faculty 2024 Faculty vs Trainee Annual Trivia Bowl (In-person only)
  • Review knowledge of rare medical diseases
  • Support collaboration amongst trainees in advancing medical education and
  • Facilitate networking and camaraderie between medicine faculty and residents
Date Presenter Title Learning Objectives
07/07/23 Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Director, Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI)
Global Health: Advancing Equity Through Science
  • Understand the role of health equity in global health
  • Review the research, teaching, and service opportunities available to Duke faculty at the Global Health Institute

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Svati Shah, MD, MHS
Ursula Geller Distinguished Professor of Research in Cardiovascular Diseases
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Basic Science Departments

Anisha Chandiramani, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Duke Department of Medicine

Enabling Precision Medicine through Collaboration
  • Understand the principles of precision medicine, including the role of genomics, AI and implementation science to improve patient care
  • Discuss a new genomic medicine program at Duke University, discussing potential scientific output, benefits, challenges, and ethical considerations
  • Discuss strategies for integrating precision medicine into clinical practice and improving patient outcomes through a new Duke collaboration with a data science company

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07/21/23 David Casarett,MD
Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Section Chief of Palliative Care, General Internal Medicine
Duke Department of Medicine
How Duke Health is Using Design Thinking to Promote Goal-Concordant Care for All Patients
  • Define goal-concordant care
  • Explain obstacles to achieving goal-concordant care in advanced serious illness
  • Describe how design thinking can promote behavior change

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07/28/23 Ilan Schwartz,MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Duke Department of Medicine
Brave New World: Promise and Peril of Generative AI in Medicine
  • Define generative artificial intelligence, language models, and chatbots
  • Describe promising use cases for language models to improve work flows in clinical medicine
  • Describe limitations of current language models that make them poorly suited for some tasks in medicine

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2023 Joseph C Greenfield Visiting Professor

Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, FASPC, FESC
Director of Preventative Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute
Associate Director of the Barbara Streisand Women's Heart Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Understanding Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Disease
  • Address the persistent sex-specific gaps found in guidelines, recommendations and prevention of cardiovascular disease strategies for women, and recognize diagnostic and therapeutic adherence
  • Understand the differences in coronary artery disease patterns in women and its impact on prognosis
  • Recognize sex-specific risk factors that affect women that should be part of risk assessment of women

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08/11/23 Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Duke Department of Medicine
Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Biochemistry,
Basic Science Departments
Pulmonary Hypertension: From Bench to Bedside
  • Gain knowledge about the various clinical definitions and classification systems used to categorize pulmonary hypertension
  • Explore the underlying pathologic processes contributing to the development of pulmonary hypertension
  • Discuss potential therapeutic targets related to receptor signaling in PH
  • Understand the advantages, limitations, and potential future directions of advanced imaging techniques for improving the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of pulmonary hypertension

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08/18/23 Susan L. Murray, MD
Medical Instructor, Department of Medicine, Nephrology
Duke Department of Medicine

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: Medicine in the Age of Alternative Facts


(This lecture is approved for 200-level RCR credit. To receive credit, attendance must be for the entire 60 minute event.)

  • State the historical context of data manipulation in medicine
  • Explain some of the challenges facing us in today's research
  • Describe future challenges to research integrity

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Kathleen Cooney, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine

Fireside Chat Watch the Recording

No Medicine Grand Rounds

09/08/23 Dr. Gene Nichol
Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Poverty and Equal Dignity in North Carolina
  • The challenges of intense poverty and economic marginalization in one of the most economically vibrant states of the richest nation on earth, the richest and most unequal nation in human history

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09/15/23 Chetan B. Patel, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Duke Department of Medicine
Heart Transplant at Duke: Tradition and Innovation
  • Help audience understand donor and recipient limitations in heart transplantation
  • Describe the framework utilized for overcoming these limitations at our institution and how we are providing advanced heart therapies to more patients in need
  • Understand the potential for new science in heart transplantation

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Danielle M. Brander, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy, Duke Department of Medicine

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2023
  • Understand the heterogeneity of CLL/SLL in diagnosis, disease course, and treatment outcomes, and the factors that contribute to high risk CLL/SLL
  • Contrast available treatment options for patients in the frontline and relapsed setting
  • Recognize common toxicities of BTK inhibitors and venetoclax and describe strategies to mitigate and manage these side effects
  • Identify remaining areas of unmet need for patients with CLL/SLL and Richter's Transformation

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09/29/23 Robert M. Tighe, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Duke Department of Medicine
Climate Change and Health as Viewed Through the Prism of the Impacts of Air Pollution
  • Broadly define the impact of climate change and human health
  • Define sources and health effects of air pollution
  • Define mechanisms of susceptibility of air pollution

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Christina E. Barkauskas, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Duke Department of Medicine

Building Momentum for Clinical Trials in the Duke MICU


  • To learn of the clinical trials conducted in the Duke MICU during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • To understand the landscape of upcoming observational studies to phenotype patients with ARDS, pneumonia, and sepsis
  • To understand the challenges surrounding and solutions for consenting critically ill patients to clinical trials
  • To see how serendipity can play a role in the career of a physician in academic medicine.

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Keynote Speaker:

John Duronville, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Nephrology
Faculty Leader, Stepping In 4 Respect
Duke University School of Medicine

Guest Speakers:

Margaret Plews-Ogan, MD
Annie E. and Bernard B. Brodie Professor of Medicine, UVA School of Medicine,
Co-Director, Wisdom and Wellbeing Program, UVA Health
Co-Founder and Co-PI, Stepping in for Respect National Collaborative, University of Virginia

Gregory Clarke Townsend, MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health,
Associate Dean for Diversity, and Medical Education, UVA School of Medicine,
Co-Developer of Stepping In 4 Respect,
University of Virginia

Phillips-Winn Memorial Lecture

Stepping In 4 Respect: Upstander Training Nationally and at Duke University

  • Understand the importance of Upstander intervention in the academic/medical work environment
  • Gain insight on the incidents of bias and disrespect in the medical environment both at Duke and nationally
  • Learn how Stepping In 4 Respect training is utilized to promote a culture of respect and inclusion

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Michael Hershfield, MD
Professor of Medicine & Biochemistry, Rheumatology and Immunology
Duke Department of Medicine


John Sundy, MD
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine


The Path to Pegloticase for Refractory Gout - Intrapreneurial Drug Development at Duke
  • To appreciate the clinical consequences of inadequately treated chronic gout
  • To understand the potential advantages and disadvantages of replacement therapy with PEGylated enzymes
  • To review the development of PEG-enzyme therapy for two disorders of purine metabolism
  • To appreciate opportunities for translational laboratory-based research at Duke

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Megan E.B. Clowse, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology


Confronting new (and old) challenges in pregnancy prevention & planning with women living with chronic medical conditions
  • Identify women with lupus at risk for catastrophic pregnancies
  • Gain skills that promote honest & accurate conversations about pregnancy prevention and planning

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Manesh R. Patel, MD
Richard S. Stack Distinguished Professor of Medicine,
Chief, Division of Cardiology, Director Duke Heart Center

Eugene A. Stead Jr. Memorial Lecture

Antithrombotic therapy and Vascular disease management: Moving towards precision CV care and the Duke Databank 3.0

  • Understand the Mechanism of Action of Current Anti-Thrombotic Therapies including oral anticoagulants, Factor X and Factor XI inhibitors
  • Understand the risk and benefits of anti-thrombotic therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Understand the various data sources that will provide precision care to patients with cardiovascular disease

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Christopher J. Hostler, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases,
Vice Chair for Veterans Affairs, Department of Medicine

Anna L. Rutherford, MD
Interim Deputy Chief of Staff Durham VA Medical Center

Meryl Severson, MD
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

Michael Dore, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine

Veterans Experience Grand Rounds

Dr. Hostler

  • Understand ways to discuss issues unique to veterans
  • Learn ways to forge a deeper connection with veteran patients
  • Develop an understanding of the experiences our veterans face while in service
  • Understand the issues our veterans face when returning home from deployment or leaving service

Dr. Rutherford

  • To engage the learner with personal stories and lessons learned to create an improved awareness of military medicine and culture

Dr. Severson

  • Understand the concept of Echelons of Care
  • Understand the concept of Battlefield Triage and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)
  • Understand the most common cause of battlefield trauma deaths

Dr. Dore

  • Discuss military culture and how it can affect healthcare

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
VA Hospitalists in Medical Education: A MODEL Approach
  • Review the current status of faculty development within VA hospital medicine
  • Introduce Project MODEL and its role in supporting a geographically diverse group of clinicians with common goals
  • Classify what we’ve learned about the VA hospitalist teaching experience and their relationships with medical education and academic affiliates
  • Explore potential future directions for faculty development in medical education in the VHA

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