Who We Are

The youngest of the nation’s leading medical schools, Duke is one of the world's premier centers for medical education, clinical care and biomedical research.

Planning for the school began in 1925, when businessman James Buchanan Duke, benefactor of Duke University and The Duke Endowment, bequeathed $4 million to establish the Duke School of Medicine, the Duke School of Nursing and Duke Hospital.

Less than five years after the school opened in 1930, the Association of American Medical Colleges ranked Duke in the top quarter of medical schools in the country.

Now, more than 75 years later, the Duke University School of Medicine is firmly in the top 10 medical schools nationally. The medical campus encompasses 90 buildings on 210 acres and employs more than 1,500 faculty physicians and researchers.

 Duke programmatic accomplishments include:

Learn more about the history and heritage of the School of Medicine at this Duke University Medical Center Archives retrospective.

School of Medicine Governance

 Board of Trustees
The Duke University Board of Trustees oversees the activities of the School of Medicine and the Duke University Medical Center. The Board's Medical Center Academic Affairs Committee makes recommendations on programs and policies of the Medical Center.

American Association of Medical Colleges
Duke is a member of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and is accredited by The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools.