SoM accepting nominations for Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Duke University School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion has established the Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity and inclusion within the Duke University School of Medicine community. This award will be presented annually to one faculty, one staff, and student members who exemplify a commitment to excellence, innovation, and leadership in helping  to create a more diverse and inclusive environment.

Michelle Winn, MD, associate professor of medicine (Nephrology), passed away in July 2014. She came to Duke in 1992 as an intern and undertook residencies in Psychiatry and Medicine before focusing her career on Nephrology and joining the faculty. She was a wonderful clinician, a generous mentor and an esteemed physician-scientist who was respected and beloved by her colleagues and deeply committed to diversity and inclusion and to the careers of younger physicians and scientists who orbited around her. 

All School of Medicine faculty, staff, trainees, and health professions students are invited to nominate a faculty, staff, or student member in the School of Medicine. One staff member and one faculty member will be chosen for the award. Multiple students may receive the award. Letters should include specific examples of the individual’s exemplary achievements and contributions towards inclusive excellence by means of service, leadership, research or education.

To nominate someone for this award, please provide a letter clearly stating why this person should be honored. You may submit one or more nominations but separate nomination forms must be submitted for each individual. The nomination letter should contain the following information:

  • Nominator Name
  • Nominator Relationship to Duke University School of Medicine
  • Nominator’s Mailing Address
  • Nominator’s Email Address

The letter should also specifically address one or more of the following areas:

  • Evidence of awareness or providing education related to diversity, inclusion, bias,  healthcare disparities within SOM.
  • Evidence of a track record mentoring underrepresented minorities/women.
  • Evidence of role modeling and/or community service.
  • Evidence of leadership impact within Duke SOM.
  • Evidence of community engagement/focus on improving the care of a diverse patient population.
  • Evidence of the initiation of innovative approaches to foster inclusion.


Nominations must be received electronically at no later than February 26, 2018.