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.
Awards & Honors
School of Medicine Scientists Named AAAS Fellows
The following leading scientists at Duke University School of Medicine were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), selected by a panel of their peers from the organization.
The Duke honorees were among 388 fellows from throughout the United States named in recognition of their scientific or socially distinguished work to advance the mission of science. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and a publisher of peer-reviewed journals, including Science.
Alejandro Aballay: For distinguished work using C. elegans to elucidate the mechanisms underlying host-pathogen interactions and the cell-autonomous and organismal regulation of innate immunity.
Vann Bennett: For distinguished contributions to the molecular basis for functional organization of vertebrate plasma membranes, highlighted by pioneering research on the discovery and functions of ankyrins.
David Benjamin Goldstein: For distinguished contributions to human genetics and in particular to the genetic study of human disease and responses to treatment.
John H. McCusker: For pioneering the use of Baker's yeast for the analysis of quantitative traits.
Yuan Zhuang: For distinguished contributions to the field of immunology, particularly for clarifying the mechanisms by which transcription factors control lymphocyte development.
Marc G. Caron: For distinguished and multifaceted contributions to the field of G-protein coupled receptors and their roles in development, addiction and behavior.
Michael B. Kastan: For distinguished contributions to the field of cancer biology, particularly for elucidating the signaling cascade that triggers cell-cycle arrest in response to DNA damage
Robert J. Lefkowitz: For seminal work on the biochemistry and pharmacology of GPCRs, and the elucidation of the signaling processes they impact to effect cellular phenotype.
David M. Virshup: For distinguished contributions in the field of signal transduction, particularly in the areas of protein phosphorylation and Wnt signaling.
James O'Connell McNamara: For distinguished contributions to the field of molecular neuroscience and neuropharmacology of epilepsy.
Sally Kornbluth, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Basic Science was has been elected as one of 70 new members to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Fan Wang, Ph.D., from the departments of Cell Biology and Neurobiology, recently was selected to receive an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award.
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
The Butler Pioneer Award
This year’s recipients are:
Blake Wilson, a Pratt alumnus, an adjunct professor and co-Director of the Duke Hearing Center, will share the 2013 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. This is a highly deserved and important recognition of his pioneering work on cochlear implants. Video
Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD, dean of Duke University School of Medicine will receive the The American Society of Hematology's (ASH) 2013 Henry M. Stratton Medal for her outstanding accomplishments in the fields of iron homeostasis and erythropoiesis.
Brigid Hogan, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Cell Biology and fellow of the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, has been awarded the Croonian Lecture for pioneering contributions that have transformed understanding of cell specification, organogenesis and morphogenesis in mammalian development. The prize, which has been given since 1738, will be awarded in London in May 2014.
Hayden B. Bosworth, Ph.D., will receive this year's Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. The highest honor for a VA health services researcher, the award recognizes work that has met three key criteria: improved our understanding of factors that affect the health of Veterans and improved the quality of their care; contributed to the future of VA health services research by inspiring and training the next generation of investigators; and enhanced the visibility of VA research.
David Epstein, MD, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, was presented theMildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology at the ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) Annual Meeting in May. This award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the clinical practice of ophthalmology.
Vadim Arshavsky, PhD, the Helena Rubinstein Professor of Ophthalmology and scientific director at the Duke Eye Center, was named the recipient of the 2013 Proctor Medal, the top award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), recognizing his outstanding research in the areas of experimental ophthalmology and visual sciences.
Glenn Jaffe, M.D., and John Perfect, M.D. were named to endowed professorships by Duke University on May 2, 2013. These awards are among the most prestigious faculty appointments at Duke. They recognize the recipients’ outstanding achievements in health care, research and medical education. The awards would not have been possible without the support of generous donors.
Fourteen Duke University School of Medicine faculty members were recognized for their outstanding achievements in patient care, research and education at the School's annual Spring Faculty Meeting.
At the recent American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)/Association of American Physicians (AAP) Joint Annual Meeting in Chicago, six Duke University School of Medicine faculty members and one Duke-NUS faculty member were inducted into the ASCI, and seven Duke University School of Medicine faculty members were inducted into the AAP.