About the Department

The Department of Medicine is the largest of 22 departments in the Duke University School of Medicine. The Department drives world-class clinical and academic research at Duke and beyond. From G protein-coupled receptors to cancer care to kidney research to lung transplants and aging, our faculty are focused on finding new discoveries and improving patient care.

And they don't do it alone, sequestered away.

They work together, across boundaries and beyond silos.

What truly sets Duke apart is our passion for the three-part mission of academic medicine, our dedication to excellence and our focus on creating partnerships – both within Duke University Medical Center and around the world.

The word collaborative doesn’t even begin to describe us.

 Mary Klotman, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine

Our faculty

It helps that the Department of Medicine has more than 600 of the finest faculty around.

They are national leaders of their societies – Carl Berg in the United Network for Organ Sharing, Virginia Kraus in the Osteoarthritis Research Society International, and Barbara Alexander in the Infectious Disease Society of America.

They are principal investigators in huge national networks that draw on the expertise of Duke colleagues and resources – Bart Haynes in the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology and Immunogen Discovery, Vance Fowler in the Antibactierial Research Leadership Group.

They are the leaders in campus institutes and centers that facilitate team science – Geoff Ginsburg in the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine, and Eric Peterson in the Duke Clinical Research Institute, an internationally known institute that grew from its roots in the department and today is the largest academic clinical research organization.

They are the chiefs and clinical leads and training directors and faculty and housestaff in our 12 divisions, waking every day and dedicating themselves to being collaborators par excellence.

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Clinical leadership

Our faculty physicians strive to provide innovative and quality care to all our patients. 

Our doctors have treated more than 1000 successful heart-transplant patients, and discovered drugs for reducing the pain of gout. They are advancing cancer treatments and palliative medicine and ways to care for older patients. They're finding the best ways to treat people with hepatitis c, and helping others to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and kidney failure and lupus. They're leading national efforts to write guidelines and educate patient advocates.

Learn more about what each of our 12 divisions is doing to advance diagnosis, treatments and outcomes in that area. Start on the Divisions page.

Or, make an appointment to see a physician today – go straight to DukeMedicine.org to find the right physician.

Research success

The Department of Medicine is an important driver of the research enterprise at Duke University. Our faculty receive more funding, and publish more research articles, than other departments in the School of Medicine, while at the same time partnering with investigators across the institution.

Our faculty are also leaders of major institutional centers and grants, including the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Duke Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, and the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award.

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Innovations in medical education

The Department offers competitive training programs that identify and mentor the next generation of physicians and physician-scientists. Whether in the intensive internal medicine residency program or one of 12 fellowship programs, our trainees work side-by-side with our faculty and clinical investigators.

Learn more in the Education and Training section, and see how you can participate in specialized programs for global health, ambulatory care leadership, health care leadership and clinician-investigator pathways.

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