Dr. Bae promoted to Associate Professor

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Congratulations to Jonathan Bae, MD, who is receiving a distinguished academic promotion in the division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Bae is being promoted to Associate Professor, effective February 1, 2020. He is an award-winning clinician-educator and leader for patient safety and quality for the institution. His expertise in quality and safety, his mentorship and teaching abilities, and his leadership in the Duke community make him a valuable faculty member and leader in General Internal Medicine. 

“It gives me tremendous pleasure to announce Dr. Bae's promotion 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 GIM

Jonathan Bae, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, effective February 1, 2020

Dr. Bae joined faculty in the Duke Division of General Internal Medicine in July of 2009, after completing his combined medicine and pediatrics residency at Duke. He also served as one of the Chief Residents for the Medicine Residency Program in 2010-11.Dr. Bae has served a number of critical roles as a faculty member at Duke that integrate his interest in quality, safety, medical education, and clinical care.  Upon completion of his Chief Resident year, Dr. Bae joined the leadership team for the Medicine Residency program as the first Associate Program Director for Quality Improvement from 2011- 2014. Additionally, Dr. Bae serves as the faculty mentor for Duke’s Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School chapter, a medical student-run organization that has membership in the schools of nursing, business, and public policy in addition to the school of medicine. 

Dr. Bae also assumed a parallel role in Hospital Medicine as the Associate Medical Director of Quality from 2012-2017. As part of the hospital medicine leadership team, he has mentored numerous faculty in quality and safety project work. He also helped lead initiatives for hospital medicine including standardization of the discharge process, structured morbidity and mortality conferences, development of a quality-based performance measurement system. In 2011, Dr. Bae led a team to develop a process for reviewing all inpatient deaths for Duke Hospital Medicine and in 2014, he was appointed the DUHS Medical Director for Mortality to expand standardized mortality review across the health system. In December 2015, Dr. Bae became the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Patient Safety and Clinical Quality for Duke University Health System. 

For Dr. Bae’s clinical duties, he continues to attend on the General Medicine services at Duke University Hospital. In this setting, he frequently has medical students, house officers, and other trainees whom he instructs in clinical care. Dr. Bae was awarded a Duke University Hospital Strength, Hope, and Caring Award in 2017 in recognition for the compassionate care provided to his patients. 

Dr. Bae has distinguished himself as an outstanding clinical teacher and leader for safety and quality. His quality improvement work received the Rebecca Kirkland Award and in 2014 and the Karcher Safety Award in 2016 at the Annual Duke Health Quality and Safety Conference. Additionally, Dr. Bae was nominated for the Duke Master/Clinician Teacher Award in 2013 and received the Hospital Medicine Excellence in Education Award in 2013 as well. It is evident from his evaluations that medical students and residents recognize Dr. Bae’s passion for and commitment to clinical education.

For someone who has distinguished himself with excellence in education and clinical care, Dr. Bae has also made a commendable effort in academic pursuits. He has 18 referred publications to date, 8 of which he is the first or senior author, notably including the Journal of Hospital Medicine and the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Most of these publications are in the area of quality improvement and are direct offshoots of his project work with faculty and trainees. Several of these manuscripts show that he has mentored trainees and that he has collaborated inter-professionally. On a national level, Dr. Bae has also been well recognized. He was recognized as a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine in 2016. Additionally, Dr. Bae has presented his work as posters and workshops at national and regional meetings and is frequently asked to speak on his quality and safety work. 

Congratulations, Dr. Bae!