It is my pleasure to share with you the fall 2018 issue of the Duke University Department of Pediatrics Alumni Organization e-newsletter. As chair, I feel so fortunate to work with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who are invested in the continuing growth and success of our department, and I am pleased to update you on many important milestones since our last newsletter.
This summer, we welcomed 23 new faculty members spanning 12 of our divisions to the department. In addition, we continue to recruit bright and motivated residents and subspecialty fellows who add impressive diversity and talent to our community. This year, the department matched 14 interns into our categorical pediatrics program, six into our medicine/pediatrics program and two who will train in child neurology.
Notably, the department has emerged as a leader in the development of physician-scientists, with the appointment of Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, as program director for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Development-sponsored Pediatric Scientist Development Program. Dr. Permar will also lead the newly developed Office for Physician-Scientist Development within the School of Medicine as the associate dean.
In addition, Duke was one of five recipients of The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Award, which provides $2.5 million ($500,000 over five years) to address training gaps and the high rate of attrition in the physician-scientist pipeline. Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS, professor of pediatrics and director of the Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development, will serve as principal investigator (PI) on the project.
In this issue, you will see that our faculty members continue to have award-winning impact on science and medicine, with broad visibility that heightens national recognition of the department. A number of our faculty have also received new independent investigator awards from the National Institutes of Health and other state and federal agencies, an especially impressive accomplishment given the challenging funding environment.
We are looking forward to more chances to reconnect at events this fall, including the Duke Medical Alumni Weekend scheduled for November 8-11. This weekend will include a breakfast for Duke Pediatrics Alumni and friends on Saturday, November 10 at 8:00am at the Washington Duke Inn, Ambassador Ballroom-- an event I hope you can attend. Please also save the date for the Duke Pediatric Alumni reception, scheduled in conjunction with the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting on April 27 - 30 in Baltimore.
The future holds exciting opportunities, and the Department of Pediatrics is well-positioned to continue to fulfill our mission of achieving excellence in delivering care to our patients, pursuing new research discoveries that have impact, and providing a world-class education to our students and trainees. I thank all of you for the continued support, and I look forward to sharing more news as the year continues to evolve.
Ann M. Reed, MD
Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Duke Children's