The Family That Studies Together, Stays Together: Meet the Theils

As a lover of adventure, learning, and family time, David Theil, MD, is always looking for fun activities to do with his adult children, Jackie and Sam. Last year, they embarked on one of their greatest adventures yet when all three enrolled in Duke University School of Medicine’s Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi).

Pioneering Therapy Provides Long-Term Survival for Babies Lacking Thymus

An investigational treatment pioneered by a Duke Health pediatrician resulted in a one-year survival rate of 77% among children born with a rare condition in which they lack an immune system.

The treatment, using cultured thymus tissue (CTT), has been studied at Duke since 1993 for babies born without a thymus gland, which produces the all-important T cells that are key to fighting infections.

Without treatment, babies born with the rare condition, called congenital athymia, are vulnerable to fatal infections and do not survive beyond early childhood.