Welcome to the website of the Duke University Department of Pediatrics. We hope to give you an introduction to our Department, including an overview of our comprehensive clinical programs, our broad clinical and laboratory research initiatives, our diverse educational opportunities for medical students, residents, and fellows, and our strong advocacy efforts for infants, children, and adolescents.
Duke has a long tradition of excellence in Pediatrics, dating back to Dr. Wilburt C. Davison, who was the first Dean of Duke University School of Medicine and also served as the first Chair of Pediatrics at Duke. Many of our faculty are leaders in their fields and are members of prestigious national and international organizations, including the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the Institute of Medicine, among others. Our Department currently includes nearly 200 faculty, 72 residents, and 65 subspecialty fellows. We have placed major emphasis on our training programs, and we offer outstanding residency training experiences in pediatrics and medicine-pediatrics and superb fellowship training experiences in almost all pediatric subspecialties. Among our residents, approximately half assume positions in primary care, and half pursue careers in academic medicine. We are committed to recruiting, training, and developing a diverse workforce that is representative of the population we serve, and we welcome and support individuals from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine.
Our faculty, fellows, and residents are involved in a wide array of clinical, translational, and basic research programs and take advantage of the spirit of collaboration that characterizes Duke, resulting in many opportunities for interaction with investigators in other clinical departments and in basic science departments. A number of departmental and institutional resources are available to facilitate research efforts, including the Children's Clinical Research Unit, the Neurocognitive Outcomes Research Program, the Division of Quantitative Sciences, the Brumley Neonatal Perinatal Research Institute, the Chen Pediatric Genetics and Genomics Research Center, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, and the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, among others.
There is a palpable sense of energy and drive for excellence in our Department, and I hope that you will appreciate this sense as you visit our website. I look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions.
Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics