Four SoM Physician-Scientists selected to receive Strong Start Awards

Friday, May 22, 2020
Office of Physician Scientist Development Logo. 2020 strong Start Awards

Four School of Medicine faculty members have been selected to receive 2020 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.

From Left: Michael D. Deel, MD; Michael E. Lidsky, MD;  Joshua T. Thaden, MD, PhD; Yen-Rei Andrea Yu, MD, PhD From Left: Michael D. Deel, MD; Michael E. Lidsky, MD;  Joshua T. Thaden, MD, PhD; Yen-Rei Andrea Yu, MD
  • Michael D. Deel, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Michael E. Lidsky, MD,  Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
  • Joshua T. Thaden, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Yen-Rei Andrea Yu, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

The Strong Start program is administered by the School of Medicine’s Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) and integrates with several physician-scientist development programs including the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students) and the Lefkowitz Society (clinical residents and fellows). 

“Physician-scientists play a central role in facilitating the critical connection between discovery and the translation to patient care,” said Mary E. Klotman, MD, dean, Duke University School of Medicine. “Through the Strong Start program, the School provides funding to our outstanding faculty to support the development and advancement of their research programs addressing important biomedical questions.”

Seventeen faculty members have received funding from the program since its inception. The early outcomes of the Strong Start Award Program demonstrate that this investment enables promising individuals to launch successful careers that balance research and clinical care.