This week’s Faculty Spotlight shines on Joanne Band, MD, a general pediatrician at Duke Children's Primary Care, who sees children from birth through college. She discusses her approach with patients and families and what she loves most about her job. She also shares her passions and favorite activities outside of work.
How long have you been at Duke?
I have been with the Division of Primary Care since 2003.
What are your current responsibilities within the Department of Pediatrics?
I currently see patients and precept residents at the South Durham clinic of Duke Children's Primary Care where I am also the medical director.
How did you first get interested in medicine? What made you decide to pursue primary care pediatrics in particular?
I have wanted to be a pediatrician since I was school aged based on the wonderful relationship that I and my family had with my own pediatrician. I went to medical school with the vision of becoming a primary care pediatrician, and indeed, found that I especially enjoyed the culture of pediatrics and was most energized by working with children.
What are your specific interests in the field of primary care pediatrics? What do you enjoy most about your work?
I am especially grateful for the longitudinal relationship with my patients and their families- starting my 18th year at Duke has been particularly meaningful and fun as the patients I started seeing as newborns when I first came are now preparing for college.
What passions or hobbies do you have outside of work?
My husband and I have a 15 year old son and twin 12 year old daughters with whom we try take walks and hikes as much as possible.