Endowed Professorships

Endowed professorships are Duke Medicine’s most prestigious faculty appointments.

Because they recognize both exceptional achievement and the potential for future achievement, they are awarded to our most distinguished physician- and nurse-scientists and clinicians, as well as to junior faculty members who have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship in advancing medical science and human health.

Download the 2012 Endowed Professorship Book.

2016 Endowed Professors:

James L. Abbruzzese, MD
Charles Johnson, MD, Professor of Medicine

David G. Kirsch, MD, PhD
Barbara Levine University Professor 

Stuart Knechtle, MD
Mary and Deryl Hart Professorship of Surgery 

Peter K. Smith, MD
Mary and Deryl Hart Professorship of Surgery


2015 Endowed Professors:

Hashim Al-Hashimi, PhD
James B. Duke Professorship of Biochemistry

James A. Blumenthal, PhD
J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry

Donald P. Frush, MD
John Strohbehn Professor of Radiology

Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD
David C. Sabiston, Jr.  Professorship in Surgery

Richard J. O’Brien, MD, PhD
Disque D. Deane University Professor

Erik K. Paulson, MD
Robert J. Reeves Professorship of Radiology  

Michael L. Platt, PhD
Lawrence C. Katz Professorship of Neurobiology

Ann M. Reed, MD
William Cleland Professorship of Pediatrics

Cynthia A. Toth, MD
Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professorship of Ophthalmology


2013 Endowed Professors:

Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD
Dean, Duke University School of Medicine
Nanaline H. Duke Professor of Medicine

Glenn Jaffe, MD
Chief, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Services
Robert Machemer Professor of Ophthalmology

John Perfect, MD
Professor of Medicine; Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Duke University Mycology Research Unit
James B. Duke Professor of Medicine

Elizabeth Merwin, PhD,MS,RN,FAAN
Executive Vice Dean , School of Nursing
Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing

Marilyn Hockenberry, Phd, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN
Professor of Nursing
Bessie Baker Professor of Nursing

2014 Endowed Professors:

Benjamin A. Alman, MD
Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
James R. Urbaniak, M.D., Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Daniel K. Benjamin, MD, PhD
Associate director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Kiser-Arena Professorship of Pediatrics

Thomas A. D'Amico, MD
Vice chair of the Department of Surgery
Chief of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery
Hock Family Professor of Surgery

Monica Kraft, MD
Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care
Charles Johnson, M.D., Professor of Medicine

Douglas Marchuk, PhD
Director of the University Program in Genetics and Genomics
Director of the Center for Experimental Genetics
James B. Duke Professorship of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Christopher M. O'Connor, MD
Professor of medicine
Chief of the Division of Cardiology
Director of the Duke Heart Center
Richard Sean Stack, M.D./Guidant Foundation Professor of Cardiology

Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Director of Evaluation and Educational Research, School of Nursing
Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing

Kenneth D. Poss, PhD
James B. Duke Professorship of Cell Biology

W. Daniel Stamer, PhD
Professor of biomedical engineering
Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology

Bei Wu, PhD
Professor and Director for International Research, School of Nursing
Member of the Global Health Institute
Senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing

Hai Yan, MD, PhD
Professor of pathology
Henry S. Friedman Neuro-Oncology Professorship


For information about establishing an endowed professorship, please contact Sarah Nicholson, executive director of School of Medicine Development at 919-385-3160, or Fran Mauney, associate dean of Development and Alumni Affairs, School of Nursing, at 919-385-3149.