Your Gift’s Impact

Thank you for choosing to support the Friends of Duke Medicine Fund. We now consider you part of a long line of devoted Duke Medicine pioneers and partners dedicated to supporting the patients and families of Duke Medicine. We are grateful that you have chosen to partner with us in such a meaningful way and help provide the resources that continue to enable Duke Medicine to be a world-class academic and health care system. On behalf of our physicians, caregivers, and scientists, thank you for continued support.

Gifts to Friends of Duke Medicine support medical research, innovations, and programs to assist patients and educate future doctors and nurses.

Past Friends of Duke Medicine funds have been used to support:

The Duke Patient Advocacy Councils
The Patient Advocacy Council was established in 2005 under the direction of Dr. Victor Dzau, Duke University Health System Chancellor of Health Affairs, with the aim of advising the Duke University Health System in its goal of providing patient-centered care.  Duke University Health System strives to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care, delivered in a manner consistent with each individual’s personal beliefs and wishes. The Council is dedicated to helping create an environment that encourages open communication in the interaction of patients and caregivers.

PAC members sit at the table with DUHS leadership and health care professionals to look at substantial ways for patients to work responsibly in partnership with their health care providers to enhance the overall patient experience. So many aspects of a patient’s medical experience can be positively transformed by an environment of patient-centered care. From creating more straightforward signage, to assisting in the design of the online patient portal, the PAC is dedicated to helping create and support a patient-centered environment.

• The Duke Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center
The Duke University Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC) was established in 2001 as a joint project of the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University. The HSPSC is an interdisciplinary, inter-professional team of physicians, nurses, educators and human factors engineers that focus on healthcare education, safety, quality, and research. The HSPSC model, with clinicians and educators working side-by-side with human factors engineers, has been cited as a 21st Century model for improving patient safety and quality. The HSPSC is recognized internationally for advancing the state-of-the-art in simulation and for innovation in education and research.

The HSPSC, located in the newly opened Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education (TSCHE), has expertise throughout the continuum of simulation—from lab-based to in-situ to virtual. The physical facility features three simulation theaters to include an OR suite, ICU suite, fully integrated audiovisual capture and playback system, and three multimedia classrooms. The HSPSC provides simulation-based education to students from the Duke School of Medicine, Duke School of Nursing, allied health professions, residents and staff from across Duke Medicine, as well as industry partners. In addition to healthcare education, the HSPSC supports quality improvement projects within the Health System.


• The Chancellor’s Discovery Program for Duke Schools of Medicine and Nursing
The Chancellor’s Discovery Program, developed by the Chancellor’s Science Advisory Council, and is intended to fuel new opportunities for innovative research projects at Duke Medicine. New funded projects in basic and clinical departments of both the School of Medicine and School of Nursing will lead to long‐term externally funded research support. Supporting the development of our next generation of scientists and enhancing their opportunities to successfully compete for research funding has never been more important.


• A Health and the Environment Initiative with the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Duke’s Nicholas School is a School of the Environment strives for a new paradigm, one that views and attempts to understand the earth and the environment including humans as an integrated whole. And one that advances a more sustainable future by strategically focusing its resources on addressing the major environmental issues of our times and by training a new and environmentally-informed generation of global leaders.

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions improves environmental policymaking worldwide through objective, fact-based research to confront the climate crisis, clarify the economics of limiting carbon pollution, harness emerging environmental markets, put the value of nature's benefits on the balance sheet, develop adaptive water management approaches, and identify other strategies to attain community resilience.


• The Duke School of Nursing
Duke University School of Nursing is educating the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing. We advance nursing science in issues of global importance and foster the scholarly practice of nursing. The School offers masters, PhD and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college. The mission of the Duke University School of Nursing is to create a center of excellence for the advancement of nursing science, the promotion of clinical scholarship, and the education of clinical leaders, advanced practitioners and researchers. Through nursing research, education, and practice, students and faculty seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels and geographic locations.

· Provide new laboratory equipment for Duke’s core medical research facilities
Friends of Duke Medicine gifts help support the purchase of cutting-edge technology and equipment used in Duke’s medical and training facilities, including the new Seahorse XF Extracellular Flux Analyzer. This device will be used by medical scientists in the Duke Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and the Stedman Nutritional Metabolism Center to investigate the biology of aging. The machine measures metabolic pathways, or chemical reactions, within cell, which hopefully will lead to new and improved therapeutic interventions for chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

To learn more about the Friends of Duke Medicine Fund, please contact Sara Butters, Assistant Director of Grateful Patient Engagement Annual Giving and Donor Relations Program at (919) 385-3107, sara.butters@duke.edu or friendsofdukemedicine@duke.edu