Please join us in extending our gratitude to Nancy Knudsen, MD. After 18 years as co-director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Duke, Dr. Knudsen has decided to step down and focus full-time on her passion, medical student education. Effective October 1, 2016, Raquel Bartz, MD, will serve in an interim capacity until a permanent replacement is appointed.
Dr. Knudsen, professor of anesthesiology, joined Duke Anesthesiology in July of 1992 as a resident and started as a faculty member in August of 1996. She was appointed co-director of the SICU in 1998 and helped to establish 24/7 coverage in the SICU in 1998. In this leadership role, Dr. Knudsen supervised the training and education of countless residents, fellows, medical students, nurses, APPs and students of other disciplines. Dr. Knudsen has increased the presence of anesthesia outside the operating room and increased collaboration with her surgical and medical colleagues. She has served on countless committees throughout the hospital, innovating care. Beginning in 2005, she organized and led the initiative to decrease the incidence of central line associated blood stream infections and with a small group instructed all house staff at orientation from 2006-2010. Dr. Knudsen helped lead the transition to the Duke Medicine Pavilion (DMP) as part of the DMP Patient Care Team.
Most notably, Dr. Knudsen has created a culture of teamwork and the SICU has been recognized for many awards under her leadership. Strength, Hope and Caring Team Awards were presented to the SICU in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit Quality Improvement Team has received the following awards from the Duke Health Patient Safety and Quality Conference: first prize in Patient Safety Categories in 2015, 2016 as well as the Rebecca Kirkland Award in 2016. As Dr. Knudsen reflects, “It has been an honor to provide care, support and education to the patients and my colleagues in the SICU but as I mature in my career I find my passion lies in engaging more deeply with undergraduate medical education using my talents to shape the attitudes and development of professionals at an earlier point in their journey.”
We wish Dr. Knudsen the best in her future endeavors.