Group images of URIM Family BBQ, ADVANCE-UP Alumni classes

The Office for Faculty is committed to promoting the success of Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Faculty (UREF). These efforts are led by Kevin Thomas, MD, Assistant Dean for Underrepresented Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Medicine/Cardiology. In his role as Assistant Dean, Dr. Thomas seeks to enhance the sense of community among Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Faculty, increase academic productivity, foster timely promotion, and grow representation in leadership positions in the Duke School of Medicine. Dr. Thomas works closely with the School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion to foster activities that promote academic success for faculty underrepresented in academic medicine and that augment the environment for diversity and inclusion. In addition to spearheading a growing portfolio of professional development programs, Dr. Thomas is also available to meet with underrepresented racial and ethnic faculty 1:1 to discuss career development challenges and opportunities.