DukeMed Alumni News

DukeMed Alumni News, Spring 2022, Making Change

DukeMed Alumni News, Spring 2022

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:

2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award Philip Gold, AB’66, MD’70

Philip Gold is arguably the world’s foremost expert on the neuroendocrine underpinnings of psychiatry and a pioneering investigator of the pathophysiology of major depression. Among many major contributions, he developed the prevailing hypothesis that depression represents a systematic dysregulation of the central nervous system stress system.

2020 Emerging Leader Lejla Vajzovic, MD, HS’11-’13

Lejla Vajzovic has established an international reputation as a rising star in vitreoretinal surgery, research, and teaching. She is an ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon with expertise in pediatric and adult retinal diseases and surgery. She is interested in cutting edge technologies and recovery of vision in hereditary retinal diseases with retinal implants and stem cell technology.

2020 Distinguished Faculty Award – L. Ebony Boulware, MD’95, MPH

L. Ebony Boulware, MD'95, MPH, is a nationally known researcher, educator, and academic leader who has made fundamental contributions to improving the quality and equity of health care and outcomes for individuals and populations affected by chronic health conditions including kidney disease and hypertension.

More Alumni Publications

Doctor of Physical Therapy Alumni Newsletter

Duke In Touch DPT Magazine cover

Physician Assistant Alumni Magazine

PA Alumni Magazine cover

DukeMed Alumni News Archive


DMAN 2022 Spring Cover


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