2024 Distinguished Service Award Gregory Georgiade, MD’74, HS’73-’80

Gregory Georgiade, MD’74, HS’73-’80, is a professor in the Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine.

Georgiade has served Duke continuously for 50 years in numerous capacities, from working as an undergraduate scrub assistant in the operating room to holding leadership roles in the Department of Surgery. He served as chief of the Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery and vice chair of clinical operations in the Department of Surgery.

“Greg Georgiade is a human embodiment of ‘Duke Stone’: he is strong, difficult to break, unique, and rare.”
–Nomination letter

Georgiade is known for his meticulous technical abilities in a broad array of surgical fields, including oncologic and reconstructive breast cancer surgery, general surgery, trauma surgery, maxillofacial surgery, and cleft lip and palate surgery. He revolutionized the practice of breast reconstruction and helped pioneer the current practice of immediate breast reconstruction for women with breast cancer requiring mastectomy.

In 1985, he helped establish Duke Life Flight— the first hospital-based transport service in North Carolina — and remains medical director of that program. He has led numerous critical hospital systems, including perioperative services and the Duke Transfer Center. He led the creation of the Duke Aesthetic Center and has served as vice-chairman for finance for the Department of Surgery. He has trained many students and residents and was named a Master Surgeon, the Department of Surgery’s highest honor. He has written more than 80 publications in major journals, as well as more than 50 book chapters. He has edited four major textbooks on plastic surgery, including “Georgiade Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Reconstructive Surgery.”

Education: Duke University School of Medicine

Training: Duke University School of Medicine

Primary Titles: Professor of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine

Story originally published in DukeMed Alumni News, Spring 2024.

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