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DukeMed Alumni News Fall 2022

DukeMed Alumni News, Fall 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Susan Blackwell, MHS, PA-C’89

In a lot of ways, Susan Blackwell (Crawford), MHS, PA-C’89, and the physician assistant profession have grown up together. They were born at roughly the same time, matured in parallel and proximity, and for more than three decades they’ve been inextricably linked.

School Launches Plan to Dismantle Racism

Since launching its Moments to Movement initiative in June 2020, Duke University School of Medicine has begun work to better understand the root causes and harms of racism and to develop strategies to reduce racial inequity.

Dzirasa named to the National Academy of Medicine

Election to NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Duke Brain Scientists Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, and Cagla Eroglu, PhD, have been named Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators. HHMI provides its researchers with long-term flexible funding that gives them the freedom to explore and, if necessary, change direction. Becoming a HHMI investigator is a tremendous scientific achievement.

School of Medicine Welcomes 2021 Incoming Class

The Duke University School of Medicine welcomes students from across the country and around the world who start their health professions careers at the School of Medicine this month. First- and second-year students in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program participated in White Coat Ceremonies on Aug. 6. The second-year students were unable to hold an in-person ceremony last year due to COVID-19. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program also held a White Coat Ceremony in July, and the Physician Assistant Program will hold one later this month.

Meet the 2021 Distinguished Professors

This spring, nine faculty members in the Duke University School of Medicine have been awarded distinguished professorships. In total, Duke University awarded distinguished professors to 22 faculty members from eight Duke colleges and schools this year. Distinguished professorships are awarded to faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship in advancing science and improving human health. 

The 2021 recipients from the School of Medicine are:

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