Medicine Grand Rounds Annual Keynote Lectures

The Duke Department of Medicine annually hosts keynote presentations highlighting diversity and inclusion and innovation.

Learn more about each series and see a list of past presenters.

Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Medicine Grand Rounds

Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Medicine Grand Rounds, hosted by the Department of Medicine's Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee, honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and is held on the Friday before the MLK holiday.

Past Speakers:

Year Speaker Presentation Title
2021 Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG
Associate Professor
College of Medicine, The Ohio State University
The Fierce Urgency of Now: Investing in Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
2020 Damon Tweedy, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences
Author, Black Man in a White Coat
Reflections on Race and Medicine
2019 Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP
NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Looking Through a Genomic Lens

Kimberly Johnson, MD 
Division of Geriatrics

REACH Equity: Responding to the ‘Fierce Urgency of Now'
2017 Jamy Ard, MD A Patient with Obesity Walks Into Your Clinic: Designing Effective Obesity Treatments for Key Populations

Kevin Thomas, MD

Educational Videos to Address Racial Disparities in Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators via Innovative Designs: The VIVID Study 

Courtney Fitzhugh

Reversal and Prevention of Organ Damage to Reduce Mortality in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

Clipp-Speer Women in Medicine Visiting Professorship

Clipp-Speer Women in Medicine Visiting Professorship, hosted by the Department of Medicine and PWIM (Program for Women in Internal Medicine), honors the memory and contributions of two faculty members who were trailblazers in the Duke Department of Medicine: Elizabeth "Jody" Clipp, PhD, RN, and Marcy Speer, PhD.

Past Speakers:

Speaker Presentation Title
2021: Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP
Herbert T. Abelson Professor of Medicine                                                   
Assistant Dean, Scholarship & Discovery, Pritzker School of Medicine                 
Associate Chief Medical Officer - Clinical Learning Environment
University of Chicago    
Sustaining and Salvaging Innovation in a Pandemic World:  From IGNITE to IMPACT
2020: Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH
Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Shaping Health Policy During the Pandemic
2019: Victoria J. Fraser, MD
Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine
Chairman, Department of Medicine Washington University School of Medicine
Promoting Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Academic Medicine
2018: Redonda Miller, MD
President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Healthcare Transformation and the Evolving Role of Hospitals

2017: Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE

Coming to Peace with Uncertainty: Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention in 2017

2016: Serpil Erzurum

Biomarkers for Precision Care of Asthma

2015: Reshma Jasgi

Promoting Gender Equity and Success in Academic Medicine

2014: I-Min Lee, MBBS, ScD
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School, and Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health

Physical Activity and Health: How Much Exercise Do I Need?

2012: Nancy Brown, MD
Hugh Jackson Morgan Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology
Chair and Physician-in-Chief
Department of Medicine
Vanderbilt University

Mechanism-directed application of ACE inhibitors: It’s not ARBitrary

Phillips-Winn Memorial Medicine Grand Rounds

Phillips-Winn Memorial Medicine Grand Rounds, hosted by the Department of Medicine's Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee (MRRC), honors former faculty, George Phillips, who founded the Department’s MRRC, and Michelle Winn, who served as Chair of MRRC and was active in PWIM. 

  • George Phillips, MD, drove the creation of and then led the Duke-UNC Sickle Cell Center. In addition, he was the founder of the Department of Medicine Minority Recruitment Committee (later re-named MRRC). He is remembered as a skilled and compassionate clinician, and as an outspoken advocate for human rights. I personally had the great pleasure of knowing and learning from George as member of MRC under his leadership. He died in 1994 at the age of 39 years.
  • Michelle Winn, MD, was an outstanding scientist who contributed major breakthroughs in unraveling the causes of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a common cause of end stage kidney disease particularly in African Americans.  I personally greatly admired Michelle as a role model, devoted mentor, skillful chair of MRRC, and quite simply, a wonderful and beloved colleague. Michelle died in July 2014 at the age of 48 years.

Past Speakers:

Speaker Presentation Title
2021: Giselle Corbie, MD, MSc
Kenan Distinguished Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research
Associate Provost for Rural Initiatives
Lessons Learned in Advancing Health Equity Through Community-Engaged Research
2020: Shawn M. Bediako, PhD
Director, Office of Education (Division of Intramural Research)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Sickle Cell Disease and the Science of Race
2019: Opeyemi Olabisi, MD, PhD
Division of Nephrology
Trading Kidneys for Time: The Story of APOL1 Nephropathy and The Use of Stem-Cell Approach to Understand It
2018: Charles D. Howell, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of the Viral Hepatitis Center
Howard University College of Medicine
Eliminating Hepatitis C in the United States
2017: Marie Bernard, MD
Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging
From Mice to Men: Highlights of the National Institute on Aging Research
2017: Valerie Ashby, PhD My Career Journey and Lessons in Mentoring
2016: Deidra Crews, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Associate Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine
John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Unequal: The Story of Chronic Kidney Disease
2015: Jennifer Cousar Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics: Great Strides and Future Directions
2013: Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MS, MPH
Professor of Population Health and Medicine
Director, Division of Health and Behavior
Director, Center for Healthful Behavior Change
Department of Population Health
NYU School of Medicine

Improving medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans: Results of two behavioral interventions

2011: George A. Mensah, MD, FACC, FACP
Director, Heart Health & Global Health Policy
PepsiCo Corporate Research & Development

Food and Beverage Industry Roles in Promoting Population Health: A 21st Century Perspective

Eugene A Stead Jr

The Eugene A. Stead Jr., MD, Medicine Grand Rounds, hosted by the Chair of the Department of Medicine, honors the legendary Dr. Eugene Stead, who served as chair of the Department of Medicine from 1947 to 1967.

Dr. Stead's leadership lead to the formation of the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Diseases, which grew into the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and he helped make of a new profession when he created the role of physician assistant. Duke's PA program was the first in the country and is currently the top PA program in the nation. We honor Dr. Stead's legacy each year by inviting a visiting professor to speak on health policy, innovation in health care, or other pressing topic in internal medicine.

This presentation is held each November in conjunction with the School of Medicine’s Medical Alumni Weekend

Past Speakers:

Speaker Presentation Title
2021: J. Frank Wharam, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Core Faculty Member of Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Detecting Health Policy Effects on Clinical Outcomes and Equity: The Case of Patient Financial Incentives and Diabetes
2020: Nakela L. Cook, MD, MPH
Executive Director at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Envisioning PCORI 2.0: Accelerating Innovation to Implementation
2019: Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC 
Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center
Michigan Medicine
Cardiac Risk of Non-Cardiac Surgery: A Piece of my Mind
2018: Vivian Lee, MD
President of Health Platforms at Verily
Technology & Health Care: Evolution, Transformation or Disruption?
2017: Roger M. Stein, PhD
Senior Lecturer Finance
Sloan School of Management 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer?
2016: Robert J. Margolis Population Health or Single Payer - the Future is in our Hands
2015: Mark McClellan
Former FDA Comissioner
Director of Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Clinician Leadership in Health Care Reform
2014: John B. Simpson, MD (Avinger) A Brief History of  Interventional Devices 
2013: Ralph Snyderman
Former Chancellor

From the Bronx to Stockholm via Duke: Bob Lefkowitz's Journey
2012: John Whyte
Chief Medical Officer for the Discover Channel


The Power of Media to Communicate Health Messages
2011: Jack Fuessner
Executive Senior Associate Dean for Medical University of South Carolina


The Future of Health Care: Curiouser and Curiouser

2010: Ed Buckley
Vice Dean for Education
Innovation in Medical Education


Joseph C. Greenfield Visiting Professor of Medicine

Each year the Department of Medicine Chief Residents invite and host a visiting professor at Medicine Grand Rounds.

Past Speakers:

Speaker Presentation Title
2021: Ethan Basch, MD, MSc
Richard M. Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Medical Oncology
Chief, Division of Oncology
Physician-in-Chief, NC Cancer Hospital
Professor, Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Lineberger
Patient-reported Outcomes for Symptom Monitoring in Oncology
2021: Norah Terrault, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Neil Kaplowitz Endowed Chair for Liver Diseases
Chief of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases Division
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Chronic Hepatitis B Management: Shifting from Control to Cure
2021: Karen M. Winkfield, MD, PhD
Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Ingram Professor of Cancer Research
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Across the Cancer Care Continuum
2019: Chirag Parikh, M.B.B.S., PhD
Director, Division of Nephrology
Professor of Medicine
John Hopkins Medicine
Novel Biomarkers for Phenotyping Clinical Acute Kidney Injury
2019: Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD
Mitchell T. Rabkin, MD Chair
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Chief Academic Officer
Beth Israel Lahey Health/BIDMC
Faculty Dean for Academic Affairs
Harvard Medical School
Alcoholic Liver Disease: From Bench to Bedside
2019: Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco Site Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship
San Francisco VA Medical Center
Learning From Cases in Practice & Practice with Cases for Learning
2019: Patrick Conway, MD, MSc
President and CEO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Health System Transformation 
2018: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, MAS
Professor and Chair
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Professor of Medicine
Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity
UCSF School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Precision Population Health
2018: Sheila Crowe, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of California San Diego
What’s the problem with eating wheat? Is it gluten, wheat starch, allergies, the microbiome or something else?
2018: Ned Sharpless, MD
Director, National Cancer Institute
The Dynamic Interplay between Aging and Cancer
2018: Clyde Yancy, MD
Vice Dean, Diversity & Inclusion
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Heart Failure Care in 2018; still a work in progress 

William H. Kane Lecture

Visiting professor invited through the Division of Hematology. 

Past Speakers:

Speaker Presentation
2019: Douglas B. Cines, MD
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
The Physician-Scientist: An Itinerant Species or What I Should Say When My In-Laws Ask Me What Kind of a Doctor I Am?
2017: David Ginsburg, MD
James V. Neel Distinguished Professor
University of Michigan
Cargo Receptors in the ER: From Clotting Factor to Cholesterol Regulation
2016: J. Evan Sadler Von Willebrand Factor, ADAMTS13 and Thrombotic Microangiopathy

See the 2020-2021 Medicine Grand Rounds schedule.