Leaders grounded first in GIM

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Have you noticed many health leaders have a strong foundation in general internal medicine?

Why GIM? Our core themes cover many essentials: the study of clinical epidemiology, direct patient care, issues in health policy, medical informatics, population science, methods and applications in Health Services Research, all critical building blocks for discerning leaders.

“Generalists are prepared to integrate research discoveries with health system innovations and generalists are primed to deliver equitable, ethical, value-based and evidence based care.” – L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, Division Chief, Duke General Internal Medicine

Many of our members right now are honing their leadership skills within their clinics, within their research teams, and as respected educators of residents and medical students. Beyond Duke they have taken on responsibilities in our professional medical societies, some with positions as journal editors, a few as entrepreneurs translating science to mainstream, and many as partners for research in the community, the nation and around the world.

Here is a sampling of notables from Duke GIM, tapped by Duke and elsewhere. Let us know if we’ve missed others. #ProudtobeDukeGIM

  Name  Title(s)
L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH    DGIM Chief, Vice Dean for Translational Sciences
Jack Feussner, MD, MPH           

Chair, DOM, MUSC

Former Duke Chief GIM

Kenneth Goldberg, MD Chief of Staff, Durham VA
Sheri Keitz, MD, PhD Chief, GIM, U Mass
Michael Merson, MD Founding Director of the Duke Global Health Institute
Eugene Oddone, MD, MHS Former vice dean for research DUSOM, and former Duke Chief GIM
Tom Owens, MD President of Duke University Hospital
John Paat, MD Associate CMO for the faculty practice plan (PDC, PLLC)
Eric Poon, MD, MPH Duke Chief Health Information Officer
Kevin Schulman, MD, MBA Multiple Duke director roles: health sector management program for Fuqua School of Business and founding director of the Duke MMCi
David Simel, MD

Chief, Medical Service at the Durham VA, Vice Chair VA Affairs DOM; Editor for JAMA Rational Clinical Exam

Laura Svetkey, MD Vice Chair DoM, Faculty Development and Diversity. Though a member of Nephrology, Dr. Svetkey’s training includes a GIM fellowship
James Tulsky, MD Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Duke offers these exceptional training opportunities:

Offerings beyond Duke:


Click here to learn more from the Duke School of Medicine Office of Faculty Development

From considerable literature about physician leadership, here’s extra reading about physicians in hospital administration:

This ref mentioned in a recent tweet by Dr. Matt Sparks @Nephro_Sparks: “Now That I Am a Hospital Executive” by Cam Patterson. Circulation. 2016.
Referenced in the same paper: “Physician-leaders and hospital performance: is there an association?” Soc Sci Med. 2011.

Post submitted by Martha Adams, MD, MA, DGIM Professor Emerita, former vice chair for clinical affairs, Department of Medicine