Ann Brown Will Deliver 2022 Clipp-Speer Lecture

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Program for Women in Internal Medicine (PWIM) will host Ann Brown, MD, MHS, vice dean for faculty, for the annual Clipp-Speer Women in Medicine Visiting Professor Grand Rounds presentation on Fri., April 29 12 p.m. in The Great Hall. The event will be hybrid in-person and virtual.

Brown will present “Navigating a Career in Academic Medicine: Reflections on Creating Your Path.” The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Medicine’s Office for Faculty Development and Diversity and Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee.

Since 2011, Ann Brown and her team have had an enormous impact on career development, leadership development and the culture of professionalism in Duke’s School of Medicine (SOM) through the development of innovative leadership programs, advocating for women and faculty from underrepresented groups, and spearheading programs to ensure that the highest standards for professional conduct are maintained.

Signature programs originated through this office include LEADER for early career researchers, ALICE for mid-career women, Duke Clinical Leadership Program (DCLP), Financial Boot-Camp for Mid-Career Leaders, the Mentor Training Program in partnership with the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute, ADVANCE-UP for underrepresented racial and ethnic faculty (in partnership with the Assistant Vice Dean for DEI).

Brown and her team also oversee the Faculty Appointment Promotions and Tenure Office, manage the Dean’s Advisory Council on Faculty Conduct, developed the school’s Statement on Faculty Professionalism, run Academic New Faculty Orientation, and lead the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Award. Brown also created and leads the Faculty Affairs Steering (FAST) Committee, originally developed to enhance communication between the Dean’s office and the SOM departments.  Over time, the FAST committee has grown to offer an opportunity to bring SOM leaders together to discuss real world issues faculty face in a richly collaborative, mutually respectful space.

Brown attended Stanford Medical School and completed her residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital before coming to Duke to complete her endocrinology fellowship in 1993. Following her fellowship, she joined the Duke faculty and focused her work on women’s health and leadership. In 2002, she was selected to serve on the University-wide Duke Women’s Initiative. In 2006, she was awarded the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion award from the Duke Office for Institutional Equity. In 2009 she completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) fellowship for women with outstanding leadership potential.  In 2019, she received the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award, which recognizes dedicated and selfless promotion of faculty vitality, and she is active within the Group on Faculty Affairs at the AAMC.

The Clipp-Speer Women in Medicine Visiting Professorship 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.

Jody Clipp was a professor of medicine, associate director for research in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Durham VA, and the associate dean for research in the Duke School of Nursing. She was a nationally recognized researcher in the area of care giving to the chronically ill and was a dedicated mentor, particularly to female scientists.

Marcy Speer was a professor of medicine, director of the Duke Center for Human Genetics, chief of the Division of Medical Genetics, and an internationally recognized researcher in neural tube defects, Chiari malformations, muscular dystrophy, and psychiatric disorders. She was devoted to the cause of genetics education at every level, and colleagues speak of her generous and selfless support of their careers.

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