It is my pleasure to share with you the winter 2019 issue of the Duke University Department of Pediatrics Alumni Organization e-newsletter. During the period since the last newsletter, our outstanding faculty, staff, trainees and students have made extraordinary achievements in all aspects of our mission, including clinical programs, educational activities, and research and advocacy initiatives.
Last month, we welcomed three new faculty members—two in Primary Care and one in Allergy and Immunology. In addition, we have recruited our newest group of bright and motivated subspecialty fellows, who will be arriving in July 2019 and adding impressive diversity and talent to our community.
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.
If you are eligible to vote in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and are registered on Doximity, you have likely already received an email inviting you to vote. We know the U.S. News rankings influence patients, referring physicians, prospective trainees and donors. As such, optimizing our ranking is essential to grow our reputation both in the Triangle area and across the U.S. If you believe that Duke Children’s Hospital provides the best care for patients with the most challenging conditions, I would ask that you take a moment to vote for Duke. Voting will be open through mid-March, and I hope you will consider participating.
Most importantly, we are looking forward to more chances to reconnect at events this spring, including the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting on April 27 – 30 in Baltimore. This conference will include a reception for Duke Pediatrics alumni and friends on Sunday, April 28 at 8:00pm at the Hilton Baltimore, Inner Harbor, Hilton Douglas Room -- an event I hope you can attend.
I look forward to the coming year with a great sense of enthusiasm about our future. I thank all of you for your 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