In the Community

The Duke Department of Medicine comprises 12 divisions spanning the specialties of internal medicine.

Within each division, faculty physicians and investigators, as well as housestaff and laboratory trainees, work to deepen the understanding of their specialty.

But they don’t just leave their mark in the hospital. Look through the lists below to find events and services offered by the divisions at Duke.



Our cardiovascular services are led by prominent physicians who are internationally recognized for their contributions to advancing patient care, education, and research.

  • Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) Support Group

Patients with ICDs, as well as their friends and family, are invited to a support group, where educational information is presented, and thoughts and experiences from other patients are shared.

In this CPR class, bystander CPR instruction, information about the RACE program at Duke, and patient education regarding heart-health risk factors are given.

  • Living With Congestive Heart Failure: CHF and Good Nutrition

Learn how to live well with congestive heart failure, and learn which foods to avoid and which foods promote heart health.

Cell Therapy

Cellular therapy at Duke pioneers the very latest and most promising approaches to bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.  This work provides patients early access to these treatments.

The only local fundraising organization dedicated to promoting research and treatment for lymphoma and other blood cancers.

This Duke event supports patients undergoing treatment for Multiple Myeloma and supports research on this disease.  Participants can choose different distances for the ride — 30K, 50K, or 100K.

Staff and faculty volunteer annually at this event, where participants walk or run.  Some Duke personnel hand out items at the Duke Medicine tent, while others participate in the event.


The division is devoted to training endocrine specialists and investigating the causes, treatments, and prevention of diabetes and endocrine and metabolic disorders.

Support group focused on providing help to people who are using or interested in using an insulin pump to better control their diabetes. Program facilitators help diabetics to understand the pros and cons of the various models of pumps, take full advantage of the features of your pump, and offer a chance to socialize with other pump users in your community.

The AHEC Program began in 1974 for the purpose of establishing a statewide network of community training for health professionals and to address concerns with the supply, distribution, retention, and quality of health professionals in North Carolina.  Faculty deliver diabetes-specific talks.

Biannual event focusing on important and timely women’s health topics. The conference offers an Interprofessional Continuing Education course and health education programs and events for the public.  Volunteers from Duke administer free thyroid and other health screenings.


We strive to provide quality care for our patients through a focus on patient satisfaction, ongoing research, and the education and development of faculty and resident physicians.

TROSA is a comprehensive two year residential substance abuse recovery program in Durham, North Carolina. Program elements include vocational training, education, counseling, mentoring, leadership training, and continuing care.  Duke volunteers offer clinical care, as needed, to patients with Hepatitis C.

Annual 5K run/walk that promotes colon cancer awareness.  Duke faculty participate in the event as a team.

Annual 5K run/walk to raise community awareness and funds for colorectal cancer research at the Duke Cancer Institute.  Faculty participate in the event each spring.


The division is internationally recognized for its research and education programs, and our geriatrics services provide the most advanced and compassionate elder care available.

A non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill that creates community and provides innovative support for people living with serious illness, caregiving, end of life and grief.  Duke faculty serve on the board of directors.

Faculty aid in the design and implementation of innovative coordinated care models for seniors 60 and over in Durham.

A not-for-profit 501(c)3 continuing care retirement community. Over 800 residents from 38 different states have chosen to call The Forest home since its opening in 1992.  Faculty serve as board members.

Infectious Diseases

Responding to the global emergence of infectious diseases, the aging population in the U.S., and the need for infection prevention policies and practices, we have grown and expanded to meet the demand for subspecialists in this field.

Substance abuse center where HIV, Hepatitis C, and syphilis testing are offered.  Duke faculty aid in performing the tests and administer weekly HIV testing in homeless shelters under Partners in Caring.  Patients who text positive are linked to care at Duke, UNC, or the health department.

Since 2006, weekly rapid HIV testing has been provided to Duke University and Durham Technical Community College students through the campaign.

Organization offering HIV prevention education.  Duke faculty aid in presenting information to both HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected youth.


The division strives to provide quality care through a focus on patient satisfaction, ongoing research, and the education and development of faculty and fellow physicians.

Offers a series of educational programs to enhance awareness.  Team members partner with Explore Transplant to provide kidney transplant education to dialysis unit providers.

5K run and family event to help raise awareness and funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Network.  Faculty participate in Dr. Michelle Winn’s honor.

Medical Oncology

The division applies world-renowned research and innovative treatments to deliver leading-edge and compassionate care for individuals with cancer.

GI Oncology group leads annual 5K to raise awareness of colorectal cancer and raise funds for research and support.

Radio talk series featuring informative updates and advice on new treatments.  Faculty conduct radio shows for the series, including “What you need to know about melanoma.”

Faculty held live webinar to discuss Immunotherapy Advances in Melanoma.  The webinar also served as a forum to update patients and their families about new advancements in treatment.  Patients and listeners were invited to call in or ask questions via the Internet.

Hosted by Duke Center for Learning Health Care, the Spring for Support 5K benefits the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. Medical Oncology faculty, staff and trainees participate and help raise funds to honor and support the patients they serve.

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care

We are committed to offering patients exceptional care; conducting research to better understand, diagnose, and treat pulmonary disease; and training other physicians and students about aspects of our specialty.

Transplant recipients from Duke University and UNC Hospitals work to promote and fund research to improve the post lung transplant experience and long term outcomes was severely lacking.  Faculty volunteer with the foundation to spread awareness and education.

The school encourages all students to strive for the highest levels of educational excellence and integrity in all of life's endeavors, as exemplified by the professionals who serve them.  Faculty serve on the advisory board.

Faculty host two radio programs and assist during pledge drives.


The division conducts innovative research related to rheumatic disease, offers patients cutting-edge treatments and therapies, and provides opportunities for students to gain valuable research and clinical experience.

The largest medical service of its kind in the southeastern United States.

They provide compassionate, comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment for people with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).

The Center has been improving the health of the men and women who have served our nation.  Faculty provide care to patients in need for a few months out of the year without compensation.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis.  Faculty and nurses participate in the spring walk and in the fall Jingle Bell Ran/Walk for Arthritis to raise awareness for the local chapter.