Former School of Medicine Dean Nancy Andrews Honored at Portrait Unveiling

Friday, March 30, 2018
3 women stand in front of portrait painting.

From left: Dean Mary E. Klotman, Nancy C. Andrews, M.D., Ph.D., and Provost Sally A. Kornbluth

Nancy C. Andrews, MD, Ph.D., former dean of the Duke University School of Medicine and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Duke, was honored with an unveiling of her formal portrait. Dr. Andrews stepped down as dean in June 2017 after serving for a decade in the role.

“Nancy’s sterling tenure as dean strengthened our School of Medicine in profound and enduring ways,” said A. Eugene Washington, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs and President and CEO of the Duke University Health System.  “This portrait compellingly captures Nancy’s deep commitment to our mission and values.  I believe it will move all who view it to emulate her by striving for greater heights of excellence and impact.”

 “Nancy is a visionary leader who guided the School of Medicine through ten years of unprecedented growth and achievement,” said Mary E. Klotman, MD, dean, Duke University School of Medicine. “Her recruitment of leaders; creation of new departments, centers and institutes; support of faculty development; and commitment to diversity and inclusion, in particular, laid the foundation for the school’s continued recognition as one of our nation’s premier medical schools.”

Under Dr. Andrews’ leadership, much progress was made on many critical fronts:

  • Construction of the first new medical education building since 1930, the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center;
  • Construction of the Hudson Building at the Duke Eye Center;
  • Creation of a satellite campus for the School in the Durham Innovation District;
  • Creation of five new departments: Dermatology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Population Health Sciences; and creation of the Duke Cancer Institute;
  • Recruitment of 19 department chairs;
  • Creation of the school’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and recruitment of the first chief diversity officer;
  • Development of new educational programs including the Primary Care Leadership Track, Scholars in Molecular Medicine, Master of Biomedical Sciences, master’s degree and Ph.D. in biostatistics, and Master of Management in Clinical Informatics;
  • Launch of Duke AHEAD, an education academy to support faculty educators;
  • Development of numerous faculty development programs including LEADER, Path to Independence and the K-Club;
  • Launch of new interdisciplinary research initiatives including the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute, Center for Human Disease Modeling, Regeneration Next, and MEDx, a School of Medicine partnership with the Pratt School of Engineering.