Five SoM Physician-Scientists Selected to Receive Strong Start Awards

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Five School of Medicine faculty members have been selected to receive 2018 Physician-Scientist “Strong Start” awards. The School of Medicine created the awards program in 2016, funded with a gift from the Duke Endowment, to support promising, new physician-scientists at Duke as they develop independent research programs.  Each recipient will receive $70,000 annually for three years to support their research programs.

2017 Strong Start Award Recipients


Andrew Barbas, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery



Sidney Gospe, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology



Gentzon Hall, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine



Grace Lee, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine



Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology


“The career path for physician-scientists can be very challenging, requiring years of both clinical and scientific training,” said Andrew Alspaugh, MD, professor of Medicine / Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and director of the Strong Start awards program. “The goal of this awards program is to provide mentoring and financial resources to support these young faculty members as they become fully independent investigators.”

“The School of Medicine is committed to creating programs like the Strong Start Program to provide support and resources for our faculty so they are able to achieve at the highest level,” said Mary E. Klotman, MD, dean, Duke University School of Medicine. “Congratulations to these outstanding recipients. Well-deserved!”

The program is designed to integrate with other Duke initiatives that train physician-scientists including the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students) and the Lefkowitz Society (clinical residents and fellows).

The next call for submissions will be in spring 2019.