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Dennis Clements to be named Professor Emeritus

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Dennis Clements

Dennis Clements, MD, PhD, MPH, a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, Nursing and Global Health at Duke University will be named professor emeritus on June 30, 2019.

Dr. Clements received his MD degree from the University of Rochester in New York and completed his pediatric residency at Duke University. He took a research year in Uganda during his medical school training where he worked for the Uganda Cancer Institute. He completed his Pediatric residency training at Duke from 1973-76. From 1976-78, he was a flight surgeon in the US Air Force and is still a certified flight instructor. After eight years in private practice in Durham, NC, Dr. Clements returned to Duke University as a Pediatric Infectious Disease fellow. He also completed an MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

As a research fellow, Dr. Clements developed interests in both vaccine research and pediatric infectious disease epidemiology. In July 1990, Dr. Clements joined the Duke primary care pediatric practice where he established the Duke Vaccine and Epidemiology Unit to continue studies on Haemophilus influenzae type B, varicella, and rotavirus vaccines.

Dr. Clements is the past Division Chief of Primary Care Pediatrics and director of the medical school class "Exploring Medicine in Foreign Cultures" which culminates in a 10-day medical mission to Honduras. He is the director of the third year track in Global Health for the Duke School of Medicine. He is also the medical advisor to the Medical Spanish curriculum for Duke medical students. He is the senior advisor to the Duke Global Health Institute and the co-director of the Consortium of Duke and UNC in Latin American Studies. Dr. Clements has been a representative to the Academic Council for the School of Medicine for 20 years and has served on its executive committee. He has been active in SEEDS, the Durham non-profit teaching inner-city children to garden, and many other community organizations. Dr. Clements is currently Faculty Advisory Board Chair for the Duke Office of Civic Engagement and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Global Health. Most recently, Dr. Clements has begun teaching for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate.

“Listing all that Dennis has accomplished over his distinguished career would be impossible,” said Ann M. Reed, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Duke Children’s. “The legacy and enduring impact he leaves at Duke as a champion in the field of children’s healthcare and medical education is exceptional.”

A retirement celebration will be held honoring Dr. Clements on Thursday, June 27, 2019 to thank him for his many decades of service and dedication to the Department of Pediatrics and the Duke University School of Medicine. Following his official retirement, Dr. Clements will continue teaching undergraduates as well as graduate and nursing students.