Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Awards

The Duke University School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion established this Award in 2016 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity and inclusion within the School of Medicine community.

This award is presented annually to individuals in our School who exemplify excellence, innovation, and leadership in helping to create a more diverse and inclusive environment. Read about the 2021 recipients of this award here.

M P Winn

Michelle Winn, MD, associate professor of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine, (photo, left) passed away in July 2014. She came to Duke in 1992 as an intern and undertook residencies in psychiatry and medicine before focusing her career on nephrology and joining the faculty. She was a wonderful clinician, a generous mentor, and an esteemed physician-scientist who was respected and beloved by her colleagues and deeply committed to diversity and inclusion and to the careers of younger physicians and scientists who orbited around her. 

Any member of the School of Medicine may submit a nomination for the award and we invite and encourage you to do so. The nominations review committee will use selection criteria to determine awardees from each of these categories: student, staff, faculty, trainee, and postdoc. Nomination letters should include specific examples of the individual’s exemplary achievements and contributions towards inclusive excellence by means of service, leadership, research, or education.

To nominate someone for this award, please provide a letter clearly stating why this person should be honored. You may submit one or more nominations but separate nomination forms must be submitted for each individual. The nomination letter should contain the following information:

  • Nominator name
  • Nominator relationship to Duke University School of Medicine
  • Nominator’s mailing address
  • Nominator’s email address


The letter should also specifically address one or more of the following areas:

  • Evidence of awareness or providing education related to diversity, inclusion, bias,  healthcare disparities within SOM.
  • Evidence of a track record mentoring underrepresented minorities/women.
  • Evidence of role modeling and/or community service.
  • Evidence of leadership impact within Duke SOM.
  • Evidence of community engagement/focus on improving the care of a diverse patient population.
  • Evidence of the initiation of innovative approaches to foster inclusion.