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Faculty in the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics are engaged in a wide range of clinical, ethical and historical research projects. 

Research Faculty

Areas of Special Interest
Sarah C. Armstrong, MD, Interim Chief  Healthy lifestyles research (childhood obesity)
Jeffrey P. Baker, MD, PhD History of medicine
Debra L. Best, MD Community pediatrics, pediatric advocacy, resident education
Richard Chung, MD Chronic illnesses in adolescence, health behavior change, health care transitions, positive youth development, treatment adherence, obesity, eating disorders
Brian H. Eichner, MD Quality improvement, patient satisfaction
Elizabeth Strachan Erickson, MD Early childhood literacy
Gary Maslow, MD Mental health and transition of care models
John W. Moses, MD Research photography
Eliana Miller Perrin, MD Patient-oriented preventive care, pediatric obesity, and health services research, especially the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity
Aditee Pradhan Narayan, MD Medical education, curriculum development, child abuse and neglect, children and youth in foster care, mentorship
Karen Sue St. Claire, MD Child abuse and neglect
Emmanuel B. Walter, MD, MPH Vaccine development, vaccine safety, clinical studies related to the control and prevention of infectious diseases
Charlene Wong, MD, MSHP Behavior change and health engagement, leveraging principles from behavioral economics, employing youth- and person-centered research methodologies, and informing health policy
Charles Wood, MD 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