DGIM Distinguished Academic Promotions

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Congratulations to three of our faculty members who are receiving distinguished academic promotions in the division of General Internal Medicine!

“It gives me tremendous pleasure to announce these three promotions to Associate Professor. As you know, these academic promotions mark faculty members’ scholarly achievements and are a hallmark of professional accomplishment in our school. Faculty appointed to Associate Professor have achieved recognition within Duke and at peer institutions as leaders in their fields both nationally and/or internationally.”   

- L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH – Chief, Duke General Internal Medicine 


Keisha Bentley-Edwards, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, effective June 1, 2021

Dr. Bentley-Edwards joined Duke faculty in 2016 and is a developmental psychologist who possesses exceptional skills as a researcher on identity and adolescent psychological health, race-conscious psychotherapeutic practice, and the interaction between race and healthy development. Given her expertise on the role of racism and discrimination on adverse health outcomes in stigmatized groups, Dr. Bentley-Edwards fosters multidisciplinary research and collaborations that identify and address social determinants of health. She is the Principal Investigator of an NIH R01 funded project that considers how cultural contexts influence cardiovascular disease. She has disseminated the initial findings from the project at national conferences and in manuscripts submitted and accepted in peer-reviewed journals. Recently, Bentley-Edwards was awarded an administrative supplement that expands this project to consider an additional health burden facing African Americans, Alzheimer’s Disease and its Related Dementia.

Bentley-Edwards has served as an extraordinary mentor to trainees from the undergraduate to the postdoctoral level. On a national level, she is recognized for her research on race, gender, and culture in the contexts of health and education. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Black Psychology and as an ad hoc reviewer for several top-tier journals. 

Marie Carlson, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine, effective June 1, 2021

Dr. Carlson was recruited to Duke in 2007 as a clinician-educatoru in primary care and hospital co-management via the Education Innovations Project obtained by Duke GME. She became the VA section chief of the new hospital medicine division, expanding from a handful of doctors to adding multiple advanced practice practitioners. She gradually phased out of her continuity clinic in 2012 and focused on the hospital medicine program full-time. Under her leadership and with the assistance of Dr. Brian Schneider, the program grew to over 20 full-time providers, caring for hospitalized patients 24/7. She has worked closely with Duke GME throughout her career to ensure that the trainees’ needs are in line with how medical care is provided at the VA. Throughout the years she has been flexible and creative in working with the changing demands from the teaching program. These influences resulted from ACGME work hour restrictions, teaching preferences, resident evaluations and recommendations for improvement. Dr. Carlson works directly with the residents on the wards, seeing first-hand the effects of schedules, workload, and education needs. 

Dr. Carlson’s decade of excellent leadership of the VA hospital medicine section led to a promotion to Deputy Chief of the VA Medical Service in October 2018. As deputy chief, she has now focused on supporting the medicine specialty services as they provide both outpatient and inpatient consultative services, and train fellows and upper level residents. She continues to work on education of her colleagues and trainees regarding quality efforts and VA improvement initiatives. 

Aparna Kamath, MBBS

Associate Professor of Medicine, effective June 1, 2021

Dr. Kamath joined Duke faculty in 2015. Since then, she has served a number of critical roles in clinical, research and teaching domains. In her role as the Duke Regional Hospital (DRH) Medical Director for Quality and Patient Safety, she has been an outstanding role model and mentor to a number of the students, residents, and junior faculty.  Clinically, Dr. Kamath serves as a hospitalist covering inpatients on the medical service at DRH.  In this setting, she frequently has medical students, PA students, pharmacy students, house officers and other trainees who she instructs in the various aspects of clinical care. 

Dr. Kamath has established herself as a leading regional and national authority on a number of quality improvement and patient care initiatives.  She is also an outstanding mentor and teacher.  On a national level, Dr. Kamath was recently acknowledged as a Senior Fellow for the Society of Hospital Medicine. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Hospital Medicine as well as for Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has also chaired the SHM national hospital quality and patient safety sub-committee, and has been invited to give many regional and national presentations and has conducted many workshops.