DMAA Awards

Established in 1968, the Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Awards were created to recognize those who make important contributions to the establishment and growth of the four-year medical school and to the world of medicine. The awards are designed to honor alumni and friends whose distinguished careers and unselfish contributions to society have added luster and prestige to the University and its School of Medicine. A committee appointed by the Dean of the School of Medicine selects the recipients from nominations solicited from alumni and medical school faculty.

Nomination Form  Award Descriptions 


2021 DMAA Awardees
Amy Abernethy

Distinguished Alumna

Amy P. Abernethy, MD'94, HS'94-'01, PhD

President, Clinical Studies Platforms
Alphabet’s Verily

David H. Adams, BS’79, MD’83

Distinguished Alumnus

David H. Adams, BS’79, MD’83

Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor and chair, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief, Mount Sinai Health System

Priya Kishnani

Distinguished Faculty

Priya S. Kishnani, MD, HS'91-'95

Chen Family Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics

Neil MacIntyre

Distinguished Faculty

Neil R. MacIntyre, MD

Professor of Medicine

2020 DMAA Awardees
Philip Gold

Distinguished Alumnus

Philip W. Gold, AB’66, MD’70

Chief, Clinical Neuroendocrinology Branch, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health

Ebony Boulware

Distinguished Faculty

L. Ebony Boulware, MD

Eleanor Easley Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Director, Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award
Vice Dean for Translational Science
Associate Vice Chancellor for Translational Research, Duke University

Debra Tucci

Distinguished Service

Debara L. Tucci, MD, MBA’13

Adjunct professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
Director, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health​

Lisa Amaya-Jackson


Lisa M. Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Director, Duke Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Center
Co-Director, North Carolina Child Treatment Program
Deputy Director, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Lejla Vajzovic

Emerging Leader

Lejla Vajzovic, MD, HS’11-’13

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Duke University School of Medicine