Faculty & Staff



Barbara Sheline, MD, MPH

Barbara Sheline, MD, MPH
Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health

Barbara Sheline, MD, MPH, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, serves as Director. She has served as the Assistant Dean for Primary Care at Duke SOM since 1994. Dr. Sheline is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She completed a Masters in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill and wrote her master’s thesis on “Community-Oriented Medical Education.” She completed her Family Medicine residency and Social Medicine fellowship at the University of New Mexico (a program well known for its strong community focus), and joined the faculty after graduation. While there, Dr. Sheline served as a consultant for a national demonstration project on Community-Oriented Primary Care. Dr. Sheline is highly respected for her teaching skills, and received the prestigious Duke Master Clinician-Teacher Award in 2008.

Fatima Syed, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine

Fatima Z. Syed, MD, MSc, FACP is an internist at Duke Primary Care and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine.  She serves as an Associate Director for PCLT.  She transitioned into medicine through social policy, having an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from University of Oxford before attending Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.  Dr. Syed was the first primary care resident at Thomas Jefferson University where she trained in both internal medicine and endocrinology.

Dr. Syed returned to her true passion, primary care and education, in 2019, when she joined as faculty at Duke.  Her clinical interests include general internal medicine with a focus on type 2 diabetes.  In education, she is of course involved with the Primary Care Seminar (PCS) with PCLT, precepts residents, teaches first year didactics, and is involved with LEAD Leadership Certificate Program and the course, Cultural Determinants of Health and Health Diversity (CDHD).  She is also involved in advocacy through the American College of Physicians.  

Ellie Erickson, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Ellie Erickson, MD serves as Associate Director. She has served on faculty in the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics since 2014. Dr. Erickson is a graduate of Davidson College and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and chief resident year in Pediatrics at Duke. In her clinical roles, Dr. Erickson splits her time between general outpatient pediatrics and newborn nursery care. In addition to her clinical roles, she serves as one of the medical directors of the Reach Out and Read program, which provides books and early literacy guidance for families at well child visits. Her research interests focus on early literacy promotion and how early shared reading can impact children and families. 

Anh N. Tran, PhD, MPH

Anh N. Tran, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Vice Chief of Education for the Division of Community Health

Anh N. Tran, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Vice Chief of Education for the Division of Community Health, serves as Director for the PCLT Third Year Study Program.  Dr. Tran received her MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA and spent time in Vietnam as a Fogarty International Center research fellow conducting HIV/AIDS research with young people. While completing her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, she received pre-doctoral fellowship training from the NCI Cancer Control and Education Program, administered through UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Dr. Tran has two decades of experience in implementing and evaluating community-engaged research initiatives aimed at improving the health status of communities which face the greatest health inequities. She has conducted her work in both domestic and international settings, and topics have included lay health advisor programs, culturally competent healthcare, patient-provider interaction, mental health services, and chronic and infectious disease prevention. Aside from her research endeavors, Dr. Tran’s roles in education/training include directing the Duke Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership Program,  Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program for advanced practice nurses and Community Health Elective for medical students.

Melissa Graham
Program Coordinator, Primary Care Leadership Track

Melissa Graham has been the coordinator of the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) since its launch in 2015 and is new to the Primary Care Leadership Track. She's been in North Carolina since 1977 when she came for 6 months and fell in love with the state. She is a graduate of Guilford College in Business Administration. Melissa enjoys helping guide medical students to become wonderful physicians.

Devdutta Sangvai, MD, MBA
Vice President, Population Health Management, DUHS
Faculty Lead, Leading Change Curriculum, PCLT
Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Pediatrics, Psychiatry




Damon Tweedy, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences






Liza Genao, MD  Assistant Professor of Medicine. Division of Geriatrics

Liza Genao, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine. Division of Geriatrics











Participating Faculty

Faculty from across the medical center and Duke Primary Care will participate as preceptors in the longitudinal clinical year. Faculty from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Duke Center for Community Research will serve as research mentors.