Alumni Awards

2014 Awardees

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. 

See Our 2015 Distinguished Awardees

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Do you know a classmate, peer, or mentor who would be a great candidate for an award? Nominations are due in August for the 2016 awards. 

Nomination Form

Award Descriptions

William G. Anlyan, MD Lifetime Achievement

This award recognizes achievements of an exceptional nature in any field, vocational or voluntary, covering an entire career. The award recognizes School of Medicine and/or house staff alumni, or School of Medicine faculty for extraordinary leadership and accomplishment in the field of medicine at the national level. It is the highest honor the Alumni Association bestows. To be awarded on occasion to School of Medicine and/or house staff alumni, or School of Medicine faculty. Nominations accepted from alumni and faculty.

Distinguished Alumni

This award honors alumni who have made significant contributions to medical education, research and practice through professional achievements and/or dedicated service. Criteria for selection include contributions to the medical profession demonstrated through quality of publications, significant discoveries, or practice improvements that have been widely adopted, community and national leadership in the profession, and by careers that have garnered national and international recognition in ways that bring honor to the medical profession and Duke University School of Medicine. One to three to be awarded annually to School of Medicine and/or house staff alumni. Nominations accepted from alumni and faculty.

Distinguished Faculty

This award honors those faculty members who have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the school and university, and benefit to their communities through their vocation. Awards recognize excellence in teaching medical students in the basic sciences or clinical medicine and/or longstanding achievements, contributions, and leadership in research or academic programs of Duke University School of Medicine. One to three to be awarded annually to current School of Medicine faculty. Nominations accepted from alumni, faculty and students.

Humanitarian

This award recognizes lifelong service to society or to humankind and honors those who have provided extraordinary service to their community, demonstrating leadership through global or local service. The award honors alumni and faculty who have fulfilled the obligations of their education through creative citizenship and exemplary service leadership in ways that benefit society and bring credit to the institution. To be awarded on occasion to School of Medicine and/or house staff alumni, or School of Medicine faculty. Nominations accepted from alumni and faculty.

Early Career Achievement

This award honors School of Medicine and/or house staff alumni who are early in their career for outstanding achievement or service in his or her professional or volunteer life. The award recognizes graduates for exceptional accomplishments in their professions, in the community, and within the school, university or health system. Nominations accepted from alumni and faculty. 

Distinguished Service

This award recognizes outstanding volunteer work and/or fundraising efforts on behalf of the School of Medicine and/or University, as well as efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution. The award is given to those living alumni, faculty, and friends of the School of Medicine who consistently demonstrate selfless service to the university and school. To be awarded on occasion for outstanding volunteer service and/or fundraising efforts on behalf of Duke University Medical Center. Nominations accepted from alumni and faculty.

Honorary Alumni

This award recognizes outstanding individuals, who while not graduates of the School of Medicine, have made significant contributions to its educational mission. Honorees demonstrate support of medical education and residency/fellowship training; the desire to leave their own legacy at Duke University and the School of Medicine; and serve as models of physician responsibility to patients, students, colleagues and community members. Nominations accepted from alumni and faculty.