William J. Fulkerson Jr., MD, is executive vice president of Duke University Health System. He is also a professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a nationally recognized specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
A North Carolina native, Fulkerson was born in Charlotte and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his internship and residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. More recently, while serving in a leadership role at the medical center, Fulkerson earned an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
Fulkerson joined Duke in 1983 as an assistant professor of medicine. He subsequently has served as medical director for Duke’s medical intensive care unit, director of critical care services for Duke University Hospital, member of the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) Board of Managers, division chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine, vice chair of the department of medicine, and executive medical director of the PDC. Fulkerson was serving as chief medical officer for Duke University Hospital and the PDC when he was named CEO of Duke University Hospital in April 2002.
In addition to his administrative duties, Fulkerson maintains an active clinical practice in pulmonary medicine. He has published numerous journal articles and textbook chapters, and has twice received the Eugene A. Stead Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Duke Department of Medicine (in 1985 and 1996).