Faculty in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health are engaged in a wide range of clinical, ethical and historical research projects.

Research Faculty

Sarah C. Armstrong, MD, Chief
Areas of interest: Healthy lifestyles research (childhood obesity)

Jeffrey P. Baker, MD, PhD
Areas of interest: History of medicine

Debra L. Best, MD
Areas of interest: Community pediatrics, pediatric advocacy, resident education

Richard Chung, MD
Areas of interest: Chronic illnesses in adolescence, health behavior change, health care transitions, positive youth development, treatment adherence, obesity, eating disorders

Brian H. Eichner, MD
Areas of interest: Quality improvement, patient satisfaction

Elizabeth Strachan Erickson, MD
Areas of interest: Early childhood literacy

Gary Maslow, MD
Areas of interest: Mental health and transition of care models

John W. Moses, MD
Areas of interest: Research photography

Aditee Pradhan Narayan, MD
Areas of interest: Medical education, curriculum development, child abuse and neglect, children and youth in foster care, mentorship

Emmanuel B. Walter, MD, MPH
Areas of interest: Vaccine development, vaccine safety, clinical studies related to the control and prevention of infectious diseases

Charlene Wong, MD, MSHP
Areas of interest: Behavior change and health engagement, leveraging principles from behavioral economics, employing youth- and person-centered research methodologies, and informing health policy

Charles Wood, MD
Areas of interest: Identification of factors in early childhood that increase risk for excessive weight gain and obesity

Clinical Research

  • Adolescent chronic illness
  • Adolescent cardiovascular health
  • Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Project
  • Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU)
  • Eating disorders
  • Evaluation of screening services
  • Evaluation of the impact of quality improvement activities
  • Medication adherence
  • Obesity prevention and treatment
  • Analysis of health disparities
  • Quality improvement
  • Healthcare transitions

Historical Studies

  • History of autism
  • History of childhood immunization in the U.S. and Britain
  • Origins and history of neonatal intensive care

Clinical Trials

The Primary Care Research Consortium, in the Duke Clinical Research Institute, is a primary care research network in the Duke Health System and surrounding communities.
For more information about pediatric studies in the PCRC, contact:

Emmanuel (Chip) Walter, MD, MPH
Associate Director
919.471.3820 fax 
For further information about clinical trials currently being conducted in the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics, please visit