School of Medicine Academic Departments

The Duke University School of Medicine is comprised of 21 Academic Departments consisting of more than 2000 faculty, 450 medical students, nearly 1000 residents and fellows, and approximately 640 Ph.D. students. The School’s strong emphasis on research to improve clinical outcomes encourages collaborations among faculty members, departments, and other schools at the University and has resulted in the development of 12 Centers and Institutes.



Basic Science Departments

  Clinical Science Departments


The Department of Anesthesiology is composed of 10 clinical divisions and 8 centers and programs. The department’s mission is to provide extraordinary care through a unique culture of innovation, education, research, and professional growth. It is fueled by the unfettered ambition of faculty, staff, and trainees at Duke Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, clinics in Mebane, and the Davis Ambulatory Surgery Center.
The Department of Biochemistry is engaged in cutting-edge research that clarifies the molecular nature of biological processes with a vision of making key discoveries that will transform our molecular understanding of fundamental life processes and ultimately enhance human health. The department is composed of 18 primary faculty members and 12 secondary members from other Departments throughout Duke University. Currently, there are 70 students in the Biochemistry Graduate Program and 22 postdoctoral fellows and research associates. 
 Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
The discipline of biostatistics constitutes a primary focus of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, which serves as the academic home for faculty biostatisticians in the Medical Center. The department engages in methodological and collaborative research, and directs educational programs in biostatistics, computational biology, statistical genetics, epidemiology, health economics, health services research, and computational medicine. The Department currently has over 45 faculty members. The department offers two graduate programs, the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) and the Master of Biostatistics Program. 
 Cell Biology
The Department of Cell Biology focuses on research into the molecular structure and function of cells and their component parts with a vision of determining how cells interact to form embryos, tissues, and nervous systems; and to investigate their role in physiology, behavior, and tissue repair and regeneration. The department, which currently consists of 25 faculty members, 42 students and 32 postdoctoral fellows, seeks to prepare Ph.D. and MSTP students and postdoctoral fellows for clinical, academic and non–academic careers.
 Community and Family Medicine
The Department of Community and Family Medicine improves the health of communities through academic, research and clinical programs. The department is comprised of five interdependent divisions, including Community Health, Family Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Physician Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy. The divisions weave together the core practices required to stimulate health care innovation, quality and access.
The Department of Dermatology consists of 26 faculty members within in the areas of General Dermatology, Pigmented Lesions, Immunodermatology, Lasers/Wound Treatment, MOHS Surgery, and Hair Disorders. The department also has 9 adjunct faculty members, 9 residents, 1 fellow, and 8 postdoctoral scholars. The department focuses on three key areas: caring for patients; investigating skin diseases; and preparing students, residents, and fellows to be the next generation of highly-skilled dermatology specialists.
The Department of Immunology serves as the focal point for research and education in Immunology at Duke. The Department consists of 15 primary faculty members and 29 secondary faculty members drawn from a range of basic science and clinical departments. The department provides a robust training environment for 32 Ph.D. students and 25 postdoctoral trainees. Collaboration between basic and clinical immunologists is providing fundamental insights into immune system development and function and into pathologies such as immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, infectious disease and cancer.
The Department of Medicine, comprising 12 divisions, serves as the academic home for more than 1,500 faculty members, staff, residents, and fellows engaged in research, education, and patient care. The department’s outstanding clinical programs are dedicated to providing the best in evidence-based patient care across all disciplines in medicine. Both our research and clinical activities serve as the basis for training future leaders in medicine through our widely-recognized residency and fellowship programs, whose former trainees are prominent among leaders in academic, practice, and administrative medicine.
 Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
The research in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) spans both model and pathogenic organisms and the full spectrum of genetics from unicellular to multicellular eukaryotic organisms, including mice and humans. Existing areas of research strength include: 1) microbiology (virology, mycology, bacteriology); 2) RNA biology and genomic expression analysis; 3) yeast genetics; 4) genetics of model systems and humans; and 5) chromosome structure, function, replication and repair. The department is currently composed of 29 primary faculty members , 33 secondary faculty members from multiple departments across the University and 90 students.
The Department of Neurobiology aims to further our understanding of the brain and its role in health and disease through research and education. Research topics include how neural circuits create behavior, the cellular and molecular mechanisms that make brain cells function and adapt, and the mechanisms of brain development. The department is the administrative home for the interdepartmental Graduate Training Program in Neurobiology, and works closely with the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), other basic science departments, and relevant clinical departments.
The Department of Neurology is committed to providing the highest level of patient care, education and research in neuroscience. The Department consists of nine divisions with a total of 58 primary faculty members and 8 secondary faculty members. Included within our practice are the three hospitals in the Duke Health System and three community based neurological practices. The Department is dedicated to providing a high standard of training for future physicians and scientists and currently has 17 residents, 13 fellows, and 5 postdoctoral fellows. Ninety percent of the Duke faculty are actively involved in research with many collaborations across the institution and throughout the world.
 Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides excellence in clinical care, promotes innovative research in human reproduction, and promotes excellence in medical education. The department consists of 57 faculty members, 33 residents, 14 fellows, and more than 100 medical students engaged in research and dedicated to offering the most advanced care in general obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, oncology, urogynecology, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and maternal fetal medicine. Duke Gynecology has been ranked consistently in the top 10 by US News and World Report.
The Department of Ophthalmology comprises nine divisions: research, comprehensive, cornea, glaucoma, low vision, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, pediatrics, and retina. The department’s 54 clinical and 16 research faculty members work together to carry out its missions of clinical eye care, innovation through research, and technology development. The department seeks to advance the understanding and treatment of potentially blinding eye conditions and train the next generation of ophthalmology leaders. Training programs include clinical and postdoctoral fellowships, residents, medical students, and an Ophthalmic Technician Training Program.
 Orthopaedic Surgery
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s mission is to provide compassionate, cost-effective, and high quality patient care to all patients. Faculty members perform cutting-edge research that translates into improved patient care at Duke and around the world. The department also is dedicated to training the next generation of surgeons in an environment that challenges and educates them across a spectrum of disciplines including patient care, research, and academic pursuit.
The Department of Pathology’s vision is to deepen the understanding of human illness and disease treatments through the use of technology and research. The Department consists of 53 clinical and 17 research faculty, 25 residents, five fellows, 23 graduate students, and eight Pathologist Assistant students, all who strive to transform medicine and healthcare locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.
The Department of Pediatrics comprises 19 divisions and includes nearly 200 faculty members, 72 residents, 65 subspecialty fellows, and 100 rotating medical students.The Department is dedicated to providing world- class patient care to children of all ages in a family-centered atmosphere; educating future leaders in pediatric medicine; discovering treatments that will enhance the health care of future generations; and advocating for children in our daily endeavors, aiming to achieve these goals in a diverse and inclusive environment.
 Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
The Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology is comprised of 27 primary faculty, 113 graduate students and 39 postdoctoral fellows with complementary research interests and expertise. Ongoing research in the department addresses a myriad of important scientific questions relevant to cancer, metabolism, nervous system function, drugs of abuse, and environmental toxicants. One unifying theme is the use of pharmacological approaches to define the key regulatory steps in relevant pathways that may be amenable to pharmaceutical exploitation or whose dysregulation may be involved in the pathogenesis of disease.
 Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is an interdisciplinary leader in brain and behavioral health. The department’s 430 active faculty are organized into eightdivisions: addictions; behavioral medicine; brain stimulation and neurophysilogy; child and family mental health and developmental neuroscience; geriatric behavioral health; social and community; translational neuroscience; and general psychiatry. The department seeks to provide the best available care to patients and their families, while advancing science to improve mental health on a global scale and equipping its roughly 80 trainees to lead the future of mental health care.
 Radiation Oncology
The Department of Radiation Oncology consists of 53 clinical and research faculty members, 14 students, 11 residents, and an esteemed Radiation Physics Division. The department’s four core missions are to provide expert, compassionate, and prompt clinical service to our patients; to generate new knowledge concerning the causes, prevention, and treatment of cancer; to transmit new knowledge from clinical and laboratory research to the medical community and the public; and to actively participate in, and further the missions of, the Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Medical Center, and Duke University.

The Department of Radiology is committed to providing the highest quality imaging services, reporting, safety, education and support of innovative laboratory and clinical research. We are comprised of eight subspecialty clinical divisions that include Abdominal Imaging, Breast Imaging, Cardiothoracic Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Medicine and Pediatric Radiology. We have 59 subspecialty faculty, 48 residents and 34 fellows that serve 11 locations. Our residency is among the most competitive in the country and Radiology is also now a required clerkship for every Duke University medical student. Our radiologists work closely with referring physicians to provide state of the art radiologic care and service to our patients.

The Department of Surgery is one of the leading surgery programs in the world, committed to Duke Medicine's mission of providing outstanding and compassionate patient care, training tomorrow's leaders, and conducting innovative research. The department consists of 315 clinical and research faculty, 150 residents and fellows, and 650 staff members. There are 15 divisions in the department.