Duke Anesthesiology Ranked #4 in the Nation Among Specialties

Duke Anesthesiology - 4th in the Nation!

U.S. News & World Report assessed 120 medical schools and once again ranked the Duke University School of Medicine among the best in the nation, placing it 12th. The medical school’s physical therapy program ranked No. 7 among 244 programs evaluated. Seven of the School of Medicine’s clinical departments ranked in the top 10 among specialties: 

  • Surgery (fourth)
  • Anesthesiology (fourth)
  • Internal Medicine (fifth)
  • Radiology (tied, fifth)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (tied, fifth)
  • Psychiatry (tied, tenth)
  • Pediatrics (tied, ninth)

Earlier this year, the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research ranked Duke eighth among the nation’s top medical schools for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Eight Duke School of Medicine departments and one basic science discipline also ranked among the top ten in the country for NIH funding:

  • Pediatrics (first)
  • Surgery (third)
  • Internal Medicine (fourth)
  • Neurosurgery (fourth)
  • Orthopedics (fifth)
  • Ophthalmology (seventh)
  • Anesthesiology (eighth)
  • Psychiatry (ninth)
  • Genetics (tenth)

In addition to its national rankings, Duke is also ranked among the top 10 United States medical schools in the World University Rankings.

“Our stature as one of the preeminent medical schools in the nation and world is a direct reflection of our exceptional faculty, students and staff who consistently raise the bar for medical research, education and patient care,” said Mary E. Klotman, M.D., dean of Duke University School of Medicine. “I am especially proud of our departments and medical education programs which consistently rank in the top among their peers each year.”

“Our school of medicine is ranked amongst the best in the world, thanks to the extraordinary talent, and commitment of our faculty, staff and trainees,” said A. Eugene Washington, M.D., chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System. “Year after year, the Duke University School of Medicine has consistently pushed our patient care, research and education missions to higher levels of excellence and impact and for that, we are very proud.”

Source: Duke University School of Medicine’s Med School Blog (Durham, NC – March 17, 2020)

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Duke Anesthesiology Faculty Earn Distinguished SoM Awards

A distinguished faculty committee at Duke has selected Duke Anesthesiology’s Nancy Knudsen, MD, as a recipient of the 2020 Leonard Palumbo Jr., MD, Faculty Achievement Award and Adeyemi Olufolabi, MBBS, DCH, FRCA, as a recipient of the 2020 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Nancy W. Knudsen, MD

Nancy W. Knudsen, MD

Knudsen’s award honors a faculty member who displays both a dedication to compassionate patient care and excellence in the teaching and mentoring of young physicians. This award is named for Dr. Leonard Palumbo Jr., who completed his undergraduate and medical degrees, as well as his clinical training, here at Duke. Palumbo was a compassionate and empathetic clinician and a dedicated and talented educator. His commitment to both patients and students inspired the establishment of this award in 1999 by his brother, also a Duke alumnus, Mr. Art Palumbo.

“The honor is in being nominated for the Palumbo award,” says Knudsen, professor of anesthesiology and associate professor in surgery, who joined Duke in 1996. “I am deeply honored and moved to know that my colleagues and associates see me as I see the physicians I have always tried to emulate and strive to be like in our department and beyond. I am truly thankful and blessed to be part of this community.”

Adeyemi J. Olufolabi, MB MS

Adeyemi J. Olufolabi, MBBS, DCH, FRCA

Olufolabi’s award is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and has been supported by Leonard Tow since 2003. Winners of this award demonstrate compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and health care colleagues, as well as clinical excellence.

“I am grateful for the recognition, but there is significant work ahead,” says Olufolabi, professor of anesthesiology and affiliate of the Duke Global Health Institute, who joined Duke in 1997. “The most vulnerable and the most needy have been pregnant women and babies in low resource countries. They pay the highest price due to broken systems that have known solutions. The loss is always tragic. It is compassion in being part of the solution that drives one to make the necessary sacrifices. This award recognizes that determination.”

The committee found this year’s nominees exceptionally impressive, making it difficult to select just one recipient for each of these awards. Dr. Nathan Thielman also received the 2020 Leonard Palumbo Jr., MD, Faculty Achievement Award and Dr. Michael Sketch also received the 2020 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Duke University School of Medicine’s Dean Mary Klotman will present the awards to the recipients at the annual Spring Faculty Celebration on May 5 at the Doris Duke Center.

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That’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2019

That’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2019We would like to thank all members of our department who helped make this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meeting in Orlando a success. Duke Anesthesiology made a big impression at this year’s event with 43 faculty and trainees participating in the conference, including 86 lectures, workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and more.

During the conference, we hosted Duke Anesthesiology’s 31st Annual ASA Alumni Event at Lafayette’s Music Room for a night of celebration. Thanks to our winning bidders at this year’s silent auction of Duke basketballs, we raised $2,450 to benefit our Global Health Program; these funds will directly support our residents’ global health missions. Two other anticipated highlights of the evening were: 1) the reveal of the 2020 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients and 2) the announcement of the 2020 scholars of our Academy for Building Leadership Excellence (ABLE) Program.

Congratulations to:

DIGs are part of the Duke DREAM Campaign, which was launched in 2007. These grants support innovative high-risk and potentially high-reward investigations to accelerate anesthesia and pain management research. Each DIG recipient can receive up to $30,000 in seed money for their pilot study which ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. To date, $842,378 has been funded by DIGs, which has led to nearly $15 million in extramural funding. We would like to express our appreciation to the DIG Application Review Committee and the donors who continue to support our research programs and initiatives, ultimately helping us transform the future of patient care. Please click here to make an online donation to our DREAM Campaign.

The ABLE Program is designed to accelerate career development for junior faculty in their chosen pathway by pairing them in a one-year program with a personal coach. Congratulations to those selected for the 2020 ABLE Program, which officially begins on January 2nd: Drs. Nazish Hashmi (Education), Grace McCarthy (Education), Aurelio Alonso (Clinical Operations), Brian Starr (Clinical Operations), W. Michael Bullock (Clinical Research), Marie-Louise Meng (Clinical Research) and Katherine Martucci (Translational Research).

It was also another successful fundraiser at the 10th Annual ASA-Sponsored Run For The Warriors 5k race, dedicated to the men and women wounded during service, their families and families of the fallen. We are proud to announce that for the ninth consecutive year, the Duke Anesthesiology team won first place for fundraising – a total of $8,100 in donations. All proceeds from the race benefit wounded warriors and their families through the many Hope For The Warriors® programs. At the event, we were presented with the 2019 Give Hope Award for our contributions and selfless service. And, Dr. Richard Moon received the 2019 Top Fundraiser Award. Thank you to Richard and all of the race participants and donors who raised money for this nonprofit veteran service organization. A special congratulations goes to our teammates who medaled in their division in this year’s race: Professor Mike Grocott and Drs. Joseph Mathew, Richard Moon and Annemarie Thompson.

We sincerely appreciate your continued support of Duke Anesthesiology and your commitment to our mission of providing extraordinary care through a unique culture of innovation, education, research and professional growth. We are particularly grateful to those who worked in the operating rooms during the ASA so that others on our team could attend. And, thank you to Stacey Hilton and Jaylynn Nash for organizing our ASA events. Here’s to a successful 2020 and we look forward to celebrating at our ASA Alumni Event next October in Washington, DC.

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Duke Anesthesiology Ranked #5 in the Nation

US News & World Report Best Grad Schools: Duke Anesthesiology Ranked 5th in the NationU.S. News & World Report assessed 120 medical schools and once again ranked the Duke University School of Medicine among the best in the nation, placing it 13th in a tie with the University of Pittsburgh and Yale University. The medical school’s Physician Assistant program was again ranked No. 1, tied with the University of Iowa, among 169 programs evaluated — a top spot it has held for several years.

Eight of the School of Medicine’s clinical departments ranked in the top 10 among specialties:

Surgery (second)
Internal Medicine (fourth)
Anesthesiology (fifth)
Radiology (sixth)
Psychiatry (tied, sixth)
Obstetrics and Gynecology (tied, eighth)
Pediatrics (tied, 10th)
Family Medicine (10th)

“I’m proud of all of these distinctions, but I am most proud of the shared commitment of our faculty, staff and students to be innovative and work tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of people in our own community and throughout the world,” said Mary E. Klotman, M.D., dean of Duke University School of Medicine.

“These rankings once again highlight our national leadership in educating tomorrow’s health sciences leaders,” said A. Eugene Washington, M.D., chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System. “Our faculty, staff and trainees demonstrate the highest level of excellence in clinical care, research and education, and it’s gratifying to be recognized for their efforts.”

“We are honored to be consistently ranked as one of the top Physician Assistant Programs in the U.S.,” said Jacqueline S. Barnett, director of the Duke Physician Assistant Program, which is part of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine. “This achievement speaks to having excellent institutional support, exceptional and dedicated faculty, staff, preceptors and alumni, and outstanding students who serve as great ambassadors for the Duke PA program and the PA profession.”

U.S. News annually ranks graduate schools in six disciplines, including business, law, medicine, nursing, engineering and education. The magazine uses criteria such as grade-point averages of incoming students, acceptance rates and employment outcomes of graduates. For medical schools, the magazine also weighs NIH funding, NIH funding per faculty member, medical school entrance scores and grade point averages, among other criteria.

Source: Duke University School of Medicine’s Med School Blog (Durham, NC – March 12, 2019)

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