Faculty Awards and Honors

The Duke University School of Medicine faculty is comprised of outstanding investigators and clinicians who are dedicated to improving human health locally and globally. As such the School’s faculty members are often recognized with national and international awards. This page was created to highlight some of our faculty’s meritorious accomplishments, extol the most recent progress in medicine and clinical care and to inspire achievement in others.

2014 Faculty Awards and Honors


Quintin Quinones, MD, PhD, received the 2014 Vivien Thomas Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association for his project entitled, “Differences in Electron Transport Chain Proteins in the Hearts of Hibernating Arctic Ground Squirrels Compared with Rats after Surgical Ischemia and Reperfusion: A Convergence of Mammalian Cardioprotective Strategies.”

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to Christopher M. Counter, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Bruce Alan Sullenger, PhD, the Joseph W. and Dorothy W. Beard Professor in the Department of Surgery and Director of the Duke Translational Research Institute, and Fan Wang, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Cell Biology. More


Mary Klotman, MD, was elected as one of 70 new members to the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

Dan Blazer, MD, received the Walsh McDermott Medal for distinguished service from the Institute of Medicine.


Stanley J. Robboy, MD, FCAP, was named the 2014 Pathologist of the Year by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).


Edward R. Patz, Jr., MD, and Allen W. Song, PhD, professors in the Department of Radiology, have been named 2014 Distinguished Investigators of the Academy of Radiology Research.

Samuel Katz, MD was selected by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) as recipient of the 2015 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement


David Pisetsky, MD, PhD, has been elected President-Elect of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. Dr. Pisetsky will serve as President from June 2015-2017. Dr. Pisetsky is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and Professor of Immunology.

Jeremy Kay, PhD, an assistant professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at Duke Eye Center, and Lindsey Glickfeld, PhD, an assistant professor of neurobiology, have been selected as 2014 Pew Scholars.  Each will receive four years of flexible funding to investigate pressing health problems.

Amy Murtha, MD, was named a 2014-2015 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) fellow. ELAM is a core program of Drexel University’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine.

Vadim Arshavsky, PhD, in the Department of Ophthalmology, has been selected to receive a Research to Prevent Blindness Nelson Trust Award for Retinitis Pigmentosa



2014 Endowed Professorships

  • Benjamin A. Alman, MD - James R. Urbaniak, M.D. Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Daniel Benjamin, MD, PhD - Kiser-Arena Professorship in Pediatrics
  • Thomas A. D’Amico, MD - Gary Hock Professorship in Surgery
  • Monica Kraft, MD - Charles Johnson, MD, Professorship in Medicine
  • Douglas Marchuk, PhD - James B. Duke Professorship
  • Christopher M. O’Connor, MD - Richard Sean Stack, MD/Guidant Foundation Professorship of Cardiology
  • Kenneth Poss, PhD - James B. Duke Professorship
  • Daniel Stamer, PhD - Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professorship in Ophthalmology
  • Hai Yan, MD, PhD - Henry S. Friedman Neuro-Oncology Professorship

The following faculty were inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)

  • Michael Felker, MD, MHS, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
  • Eric Velazquez, MD, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
  • Bin Tean Teh, MD, PhD, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
  • Tiong Ong, MA, MBBCh, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

Rebecca Buckley, MD, from the Department of Pediatrics was inducted into the Association of American Physicians (AAP)


Michael Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute and the William W. Shingleton MD Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology in School of Medicine was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Rebecca H. Buckley, MD, was awarded the March of Dimes Colonel Harland D. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics in recognition of her research which led to the need for early identification of and treatment of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) - commonly known as “bubble boy disease” - and its inclusion in newborn screening.


Andrew Berchuck, MD has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Foundation for Women's Cancer Claudia Cohen Research Foundation Prize for Outstanding Gynecologic Researcher.

David Kirsch, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, is a 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Teaching, an award presented by the Duke Graduate School to recognize the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who consistently serve as effective mentors.

A multi-institutional team, led by Darell Bigner, MD, PhD, director of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Institute, has been named recipient of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award. The award recognizes an outstanding interdisciplinary research team for its innovative and meritorious scientific work that has advanced or will likely advance cancer research, detection, diagnosis, prevention or treatment.


Sallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine, has received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Pediatric Research.


Sallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D., of Duke University School of Medicine, was honored by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

Farshid Guilak, Ph.D., the Laszlo Ormandy Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine was awarded the 2014 Arthritis Foundation Investigator Award which will allow him to focus his research on are the basic mechanisms involved in the onset and progression of osteoarthritis, and on the translation of this information to the development of new clinical therapies for osteoarthritis.

Samuel Katz, MD  receives the 2014 John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award.  This award is presented annually by the Houston Academy of Medicine to recognize a physician who exemplifies the ideals of Dr. William Osler—medical excellence, humane and ethical care, commitment to medical humanities and writing, research, and harmony between the academic and medical practitioner.

Rebecca Buckley, M.D., has been awarded the 2014 Howland Medal Award. The John Howland Award, considered the highest award of the American Pediatric Society, has been given since 1952 to honor those who, by their contribution to pediatrics, have aided in its advancement.