Skip to main content

Reed, Frush, and Kirk awarded distinguished professorships

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Allan Kirk, Ann Reed, Donald Frush

Three Department of Pediatrics faculty/Duke Children's physicians were awarded distinguished professorships and recognized at an April 30 dinner at the American Tobacco Campus. Duke University honored 19 members of its faculty with distinguished professorships this year. Another four were inducted into the Bass Society of Fellows for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Awards such as these are among the most prestigious faculty appointments at Duke. They recognize the recipients’ outstanding achievements and honor Duke Medicine’s legacy as a healthcare, research and medical education enterprise second to none, dedicated to creating a better tomorrow.
Ann M. Reed, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Duke Children's, is now the William Cleland Professor of Pediatrics.

An international authority in the management of juvenile myositis, Reed’s reputation in this subspecialty area of pediatric rheumatology is attributed to her scientific contributions and the leadership positions she has held in the field. She currently serves as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Duke University School of Medicine and is a pediatrician with specialized training in rheumatology.

Her research has helped to identify genes that predispose children to juvenile dermatomyositis and has provided a comprehensive understanding of the genetics of the disease. Her work, published in the Lancet, Journal of Immunology and Arthritis Rheumatism, has helped define the role of chimerism and inflammatory cytokine and gene expression signatures in the pathogenesis of myositis. Additionally, her laboratory and clinical studies have been instrumental in defining the management of this disease as well as international consensus on disease outcomes and standards.

Reed’s research in the field of myositis has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and other private foundations for almost 20 years, and she has over 120 peer-reviewed publications. Reed received her MD degree from the Medical College of Ohio. She completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron and a fellowship in clinical immunology/rheumatology at Northwestern University/Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In addition, she completed a research fellowship in a molecular genetics laboratory at the University of Chicago.

Donald P. Frush, MD, professor of radiology and pediatrics, is now the John Strohbehn Professor of Radiology. 

An international expert in radiation protection in pediatric imaging, Frush specializes in pediatric imaging, especially computed tomography (CT). The author of 225 peer reviewed journal publications, Frush has focused his research on CT related to radiation dose assessment and protection, image quality and CT techniques and applications in children. He is a founding member, and current co-chair of the globally recognized Image Gently Alliance, an education and awareness organization dedicated to practices to reduce medical radiation exposure to children. Roles have included responsibilities in radiation protection for medical imaging with both the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization. He is a fellow in the American College of Radiology as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Frush is a professor of radiology and pediatrics and has served as chief of the Division of Pediatric Radiology from 2001 - 2014. He has also served as interim chair of the Department of Radiology and is currently vice chairman for safety and quality in the department.

Among his many appointments, Frush has served as president and as chairman of the board of the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) and currently serves on the board of directors of the SPR and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Frush has had leadership roles with the American Board of Radiology, American College of Radiology, and the Radiological Society of North America.

A graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine, Frush joined the faculty of Duke University Medical Center in 1992 as assistant professor of radiology following two years of residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and his residency in radiology at Duke University Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in pediatric radiology at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.

Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD, professor and chair of surgery and surgeon-in-chief of Duke Children's, is now the David C. Sabiston, Jr. Professor in Surgery.

An internationally recognized surgical scientist and authority on transplant immunology, Kirk’s primary research interests lie in translational immunology focused on the development and implementation of new immunomodulatory strategies that enhance tolerance of transplanted tissue. He is principal investigator on numerous projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, Federal Drug Administration, and Department of Defense.

Kirk is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Transplantation and has authored more than 200 scientific manuscripts.

After receiving his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, Kirk completed his PhD in immunology at Duke. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke and a multi-organ transplantation fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. Kirk served in the United States Navy where he reached the rank of commander and principal investigator at the Naval Medical Research Center.

In 1999, he became the inaugural chief of the National Institutes of Health’s Intramural Solid Organ Transplant Program, and subsequently served as a senior investigator and founding chief of the Transplantation Branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.