Faculty, staff and residents in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health are leaders in the fields of family medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, community health and engagement, population health and workforce research. They have earned many accolades from local, national and international organizations.
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Hanzhang Xu, Ph.D., recently received funding for two projects for which she will serve as co-investigator, "Leveraging Patient-Reported Data to Address Racial Disparities in 30-day Readmission in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease Patients" and "A Patient-Centered Approach for Addressing Access to Care to Improve Outcomes in Heart Failure Patients."
Chris Everett, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C, joined the PCRC Research Advisory Board.
Katie Holliday, Ph.D., was selected for a Duke Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) grant award.
Tiarney Ritchwood, Ph.D., received a 5-year grant for her NIH K-Award that will help advance her goal to develop interventions that improve outcomes among adolescents living with HIV globally.
Congratulations to Don Bradley, M.D., MHS-CL, Betsy Melcher, MS, ATC, MHS, PA-C, and Mara Sanchez, MMS, PA-C, who were selected for the 2019-2020 Teaching for Equity Fellows program.
Michelle Lyn, MHA, MBA, and her research partner team received a CTSI Population Health Improvement Award for their project, "Assessing and Addressing Gaps in Senior Hunger Prevention."
Perri Morgan, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C, was named policy editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA).
Maria Padilla, staff assistant in the Division of Community Health, received her U.S. citizenship.
Kathy Andolsek, M.D., MPH, was recently recognized for her role on the Board of Directors for the ACGME.
Sharon Hull, M.D., MPH, ELAM 2008, was announced as The Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program's new Director of Coaching.
George Parkerson, M.D., MPH, licensed the Duke Health Measures to Pattern Health. Measures will soon be available in digital platforms, which will enable greater access and usability around the world.
Congratulations to Kathy Andolsek, M.D., MPH, Will Bynum, M.D., and Nancy Weigle, M.D., who were recognized for their teaching in the SOM Capstone course for 4th-year medical students!
Students in the Master of Interdisciplinary Science (MIDS) program's Data Representation and Standards course, taught by Ed Hammond, Ph.D., won a competition at the HL7 FHIR Development Days Conference.
Kaity Granda, PA-C, and her team were awarded a grant from the Population Health Management Office (in collaboration with Healthy Durham 20/20 and IHI) for their project “Meeting the Needs of Durham’s Growing Senior Population: A QI Project Aimed at Increasing Utilization of Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visits.”
Alexa Mieses, M.D., was honored with an award from Durham VA for providing quality care to veterans.
Dev Sangvai, M.D., was named Vice President of Population Health Management for Duke Health.
Anthony Viera, M.D., was honored by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health with two awards from the Public Health Leadership Program. He was elected into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and received the 2019 Arnold D. Kaluzny, Ph.D. Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Congratulations to Nick Hudak, MSEd, MPA, PA-C, Melinda Blazar, MHS, PA-C, and April Stouder, MHS, PA-C for being recognized by PAEA's Support to Advance Research (STAR) Program!
Congratulations to lead editor Lloyd Michener, M.D., and chapter authors, Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., Anh Tran, Ph.D., MPH, and Ed Hammond, Ph.D., for their work on Practical Playbook II!
Congratulations to the 2019 graduates of the PA Program and to the faculty and staff for another incredible year making it all happen!
Jacqueline Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C, was awarded the 2019 Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC) Inclusivity Award. She is one of two inaugural recipients of this award. The GPSC Inclusivity Award was designed to recognize Duke faculty who have been extraordinary in fostering an inclusive environment within their department or across Duke University’s Graduate and Professional student body and the academic community at large.
Lloyd Michener, M.D., was selected to be the chair of the NC Resource Platform's Advisory Committee, effective next year. He was also selected to serve on the editorial board for the CDC's publication "Preventing Chronic Disease" and on a National Academies steering committee which will examine how to assess community engagement.
Tiarney Ritchwood, Ph.D., was selected by the Duke Center for REACH Equity for the second cohort of Career Development Awardees – REACH Equity Scholars. Targeting junior faculty, these two-year awards support mentored research projects focusing on the REACH Equity theme: addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health by developing and testing interventions that improve the quality of patient-centered care in the clinical encounter – a setting in which racial and ethnic disparities are well-documented.
Cerrone Cohen, M.D., was promoted to assistant professor, effective March 1.
Chris Everett, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C, was invited to join the advisory board of the new Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care in Washington, D/C.
Katie Holliday, Ph.D., and her team had their abstract “The Perceived Health Impact of Significant Places Among African American Adults with Cardiovascular Risk Factors” accepted at Academy Health and the Society for General Internal Medicine.
Alexa Mieses, M.D., MPH, third-year family medicine resident, was selected for the NMQF 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award. She will be honored at an Awards Gala Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C, on April 9.
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., was chosen as a "Celebrating Mentors" honoree. Each year, as Duke seniors approach graduation, the Celebrating Mentors initiative encourages them to make a donation to Duke in celebration of a member of the university community who had a positive impact on their Duke experience. A student from the class of 2019 made a gift in Vasudevan's honor and shared the following sentiment: "As a mentor and Bass Connections team leader, Lavanya has gone above and beyond to help improve my academic writing and data analysis skills. I look to her wisdom and work ethic as a model of responsible scholarship and wish to thank her for her dedication to developing the research capacity of myself and many other students!"
NC AHEC was selected for an STFM Building Better Clinical Training experiences pilot project on student onboarding. Nancy Weigle, M.D., is the Duke lead.
Yuichiro Yano, M.D., Ph.D., FASH, was chosen by the American Heart Association for a "Hot Off the Press" special presentation of his first-author publication in JAMA. This publication was also named one of the “most impactful publications in 2018” from the Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council of the American Heart Association. He was recognized by the Council at the EPI/Lifestyle 2019 Scientific Sessions in Houston, Texas, March 5-8.
An infographic about shame in medical education was created based on a recent Academic Medicine study by Will Bynum, M.D. Bynum then tweeted the infographic, which led to a significant increase in the study's Altmetric score. With a score of 251, the study now has the 10th highest Altmetric score of over 4,000 papers with such data in Academic Medicine.
Cara Hall, M.D., second-year family medicine resident, was elected as communications representative for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Resident Council. She will also be representing the department at the AMSSM National Conference in Houston this April.
Ingrid Hoden, DO, completed her OEM residency earlier this month. Congratulations!
Katherine Lee, M.D., MSPH, first-year family medicine resident, received a patient care star from the GME office.
Anthony Viera, M.D., MPH, was named to the editorial board of Blood Pressure Monitoring.
Nadine Barrett, Ph.D., MA, MS, was accepted to the ADVANCE-UP Faculty Development Program with the Duke School of Medicine. In addition, Barrett's proposal to support the refined development and beta-test of her training program, Just Ask: Increasing Diverse Participation in Clinical Research and Trials, will now be funded by the V Foundation. This program has also been incorporated into the cancer research education program (C-REP) as part of the Duke-NCCU Cancer Disparities Translation Research Partnership, which has yielded excellent outcomes to date.
Nichole Capitanio, LCSW, CEAP, was elected to the executive board of the International Association of Employee Assistance Professionals in Education (IAEAPE). She will serve as president elect for one year before assuming the role of president in 2020. The IAEAPE is an association of employee assistance professionals who work in educational settings. It seeks to enhance program and professional development for those who assist faculty, staff, families, and institutions in dealing with problems which might interfere with personal well-being and work performance.
Chris Everett, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C, was named research editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA).
Ed Hammond, Ph.D., was selected as chairperson for the National Healthcare Informatics Summit, which will take place in Los Angeles, Mar. 18-19.
Perri Morgan, Ph.D., PA-C, was invited to participate in AHRQ's Health Services and Primary Care Research study, beginning with a one-day, in-person technical expert panel (TEP) meeting on Jan. 23 at RAND’s offices in Arlington, VA.
Kenyon Railey, M.D., was nominated to represent the AAFP as a physician on the ARC-PA Commission.
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D, was selected to participate in the 2019 Duke course on Leadership Development for Researchers (LEADER).
Yuichiro Yano, M.D., was recognized by the American Heart Association for his recent lead-authored JAMA article, which was chosen as a top 10 paper. He also received funding for his NIH R01 proposal, “Improving the Detection of Masked Hypertension."
Jacqueline S. Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C, associate professor of community and family medicine, was appointed to a three-year term as a commissioner for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA, Inc.) effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Pat Dieter, MPA, PA-C, professor of community and family medicine, extended her term on HRSA's Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry.
Ed Hammond, Ph.D., professor of community and family medicine, presented at the 13th University Conference on Health Information Systems in November. Hammond presented "Adopting Standards for a Changing Health Environment” and “The Future in Health Informatics."
Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP, assistant professor of community and family medicine, was a panelist at the 2018 STFM Conference on Practice Improvement.
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., was a panelist at the "Eradicating Human Diseases: Opportunities and Risks" panel event sponsored by the Duke Global Health Institute and the von der Heyden Fellows Fund as part of the Duke at Home in the World series.
Hanzhang Xu, Ph.D., chaired a symposium session, "Health and Health Behaviors," at the 2019 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting.
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., received a two-year grant from Fogarty for her project, mHealth-supported Telecolposcopy for Cervical Cancer Programs in Low-resource Settings.
New faculty hire Audrey Blewer, MPH, received a Young Investigator Award for her work, "Variation in Both Layperson CPR Delivery and Subsequent Survival From Sudden Cardiac Arrest Based on Neighborhood-Level Ethnic Characteristics," at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2018 conference. Blewer will begin at Duke in January.
Will Bynum, M.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine and co-associate program director for the Family Medicine Residency Program, received an Excellence in Reviewing Award from the Academic Medicine Journal.
Kathy Andolsek, M.D., professor of community and family medicine, has been appointed to the ACGME Board of Directors.
Will Bynum, M.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine and co-associate residency program director, received a People's Choice Award at the 2018 Duke AHEAD Education Day for his poster "Addressing the ‘elephant in the room’: a shame resilience seminar for medical students."
Clay Cooper, M.D., MBA, was selected by the World Health Organization to attend the Youth Pre-conference Primary Health Care Young Leader's Network and the Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan, Oct. 24-26.
Jan Kaiser, RN, ACII, charge nurse, Duke Family Medicine Center, was recently recognized in a High Five Spotlight in Inside Duke Health.
Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., was elected to the executive board of WONCA for a second term and will serve as the Liaison to the World Health Organization until 2020.
April Stouder, MHS, PA-C, was elected to a two-year term as vice president on the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistant's Board of Directors. Her term will begin in January.
Nancy J. Weigle, M.D., associate professor of community and family medicine, was recognized for her teaching contributions to the School of Medicine's Capstone course. As part of the 2017-2018 course, she gave two lectures - "Personal Finance for Residency & Beyond" and "Ethics."
Hanzhang Xu, Ph.D., medical instructor of community and family medicine, was named a Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholar, recently presenting her work "Association Between Migration and Cognitive Function Among Middle Aged and Older Adults: A Comparison Between China and India" at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.
Yuichiro Yano, M.D., Ph.D., FASH, assistant professor of community and family medicine, was awarded the Hypertension 2017 Top Paper Award in Clinical Science for his paper "On-Treatment Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Older Adults With Isolated Systolic Hypertension."
Duke Family Medicine Center has been recognized as a leader in the national effort to get people's blood pressure under control and reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes each year. The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) named Duke Family Medicine Center as one of 802 physician practices and health systems nationwide recognized for a commitment to help patients improve blood pressure control through this year’s Target: BP Recognition awards. Launched in 2015, Target: BP is a national initiative between the AHA and AMA aimed at addressing the growing burden of high blood pressure in the U.S.
Don Bradley, M.D., MHS-CL, consulting professor of community and family medicine, was re-appointed to the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions.
Ashley Price, Ph.D., MPH, research program leader, has been recognized as a 40 for 40 Fellow with the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management.
John McCray Dement, Ph.D., CIH, professor emeritus of community and family medicine, was appointed to a Department of Labor's Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. More information.
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, was awarded and will be the PI or Co-PI on two NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Awards (R21), totaling nearly $700,000 in support. Read about the projects.
Don Bradley, M.D., MHS-CL, consulting professor of community and family medicine, was reappointed to the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions.
Quincy Jones, MSW, MHS, PA-C, medical instructor of community and family medicine, was promoted to clinical coordinator of the Duke Physician Assistant Program. Jones, who joined the faculty in 2016, is a 2009 graduate of the Duke PA program and has been a licensed social worker since 2005. In her role as clinical coordinator, Jones will work primarily with the clinical team to ensure the quality and content of the clinical curriculum.
Kenyon Railey, M.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, has been selected by the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine to the prestigious honor of membership. Railey joins more than 150 leaders in health, medicine, and policy across North Carolina to receive this honor and partner with the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) to advance health policy for a healthier state.
Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D., professor of community and family medicine, received the 2018 President's Award from the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior to honor accomplishments in nutrition education, research and advocacy.
Nadine Barrett, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, was the 2018 faculty awardee and physician assistant student Joshua Davidoff, MHS, was the 2018 student awardee for the Duke University School of Medicine's Michelle P. Winn Inclusive Excellence Awards. Additionally, Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor of community and family medicine, was a nominee this year.
Melinda Blazar, MHS, PA-C, assistant professor of community and family medicine, has been named director of clinical education of the Duke Physician Assistant Program. Blazar is a 2007 graduate of the Duke PA program and has served as clinical coordinator for the program since 2011.
Haley Schomburg, MTS, instructional media designer for the Duke Physician Assistant Program, is the recipient of the 2018 Physician Assistant Education Association Administrative Staff Support Award. This award recognizes a program administrative staff support member who has made extraordinary contributions to PA education through their respective PA program.
Jessica Lapinski, DO, rising third-year family medicine resident, is a recipient of the 2018 American Academy of Family Physicians Excellence in Graduate Medical Education Award. The AAFP annually awards this distinction to 12 residents across the nation. She will be formally recognized during AAFP’s Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans this October
Kaity Granda, PA-C, and Arlene Ratcliff, CMA, who both work at Walltown Neighborhood Clinic, were recently recognized for increasing their colorectal cancer screening rates the most from calendar year 2017 to first quarter 2018.
Benjamin Boswell, DO, primary care sports medicine fellow, was recognized for best case presentation at the American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine.
Laura Fish, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, along with Natalie Rich, tobacco health educator for Durham County, was awarded a 2018 CTSI Population Health Improvement Award for their project "Developing and pilot testing a Community Health Advisor Smoking Cessation Program for Durham Public Housing residents."
John Ragsdale, M.D., associate professor of community and family medicine, was recognized as a distinguished nominee for the Duke Excellence in Professionalism Award.
Peggy Robinson, MHSc, M.S., PA-C, associate professor of community and family medicine, was named Duke Physician Assistant Program Alumna of the Year at the Duke PA graduation on May 13.
Patricia Moorman, Ph.D., MSPH, professor of community and family medicine, was named Honorary Physician Assistant at the Duke PA graduation on May 13.
Jessica Lapinski, DO, second-year resident, was selected as the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Best Leadership Project from her track for her project "Delivering Quality Care to the LGBTQ+ Community at Duke Family Medicine."
Nadine J. Barrett, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., assistant professor of community and family medicine, was an invited lecturer and panelist at the American Association of Cancer Research Annual Conference April 14-18, as part of the Minorities in Cancer Research Distinguished Lectureship Series. She presented her NIH-funded work entitled "Project PLACE: Strengthening Academic and Community Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity: Capacity Building through Population Health Assessments."
Franca B. Alphin, MPH, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CEDRD, associate professor of community and family medicine, was awarded the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Award for Excellence in Advising for 2017-18. Alphin has been a volunteer college adviser for 11 years.
Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor of community and family medicine, led a "Family Medicine Advancing Health Equity" workshop a day ahead of the 2018 AAFP Leadership Conference. Read more about the workshop.
Perri Morgan, Ph.D., PA-C, and Chris Everett, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C, won best poster from the United States at the International Health Workforce Collaborative meeting. The poster was titled "Utilization and costs by primary care provider type: Are there differences among patients of physicians, NPs, and PAs?"
Truls Ostbye, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, MBA, FFPH, professor of community and family medicine, received the AM-ETHOS LEAP Award - Mentor/Co-Mentor in conjunction with his Duke-NUS student mentee receiving the LEAP student award.
The Duke Physician Assistant Program Research Group has received $50,000 from the Physician Assistant Education Association to investigate best practices in onboarding new PAs. The project aims to inform the PA community and hiring organizations about the need for intentional and effective onboarding for new PAs and about the potential approaches to the onboarding process. Read the full announcement.
Tracy Ray, M.D., associate professor (secondary), as been selected the 2nd Vice President for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is director of the Duke Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Shi Qi Zhu, third-year medical student at Duke NUS Medical School, won the LEAP Medical Student Fellowship Award this year for her thesis "Depressive symptoms in pregnant women with threatened miscarriage and their partners." The award is shared between Shi and her primary supervisor, Truls Østbye, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, MBA, FFPH, professor of community and family medicine.
Nadine J. Barrett, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., assistant professor of community and family medicine, was an invited speaker at the 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference: Using Big Data to Overcome Health Disparities, in March. Her presentation was entitled “Framing the Conversation: Aligning Priorities to Advance Health Equity.”
Nadine J. Barrett, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., assistant professor of community and family medicine, along with 14 other NIH-funded grantees, presented "Project PLACE (Population Level Approaches to Cancer Elimination)," at an NIH-NCI mini-conference on population health assessments on March 9. With 24 community partners, 2,315 completed surveys were collected in the Greater Triangle area from diverse participants. Data are now being presented with community partners to develop strategies for interventions and research.
Donna Biederman, DrPH, MN, RN, associate professor (secondary) of community and family medicine, recently presented in a webinar conducted by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council entitled “Somewhere to Heal: An Introduction to Medical Respite Care” which provided an overview of medical respite programing and operations.
Susan T. Hibbard, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine and director of assessment and evaluation for the Duke Physician Assistant Program, was selected to participate in the Duke University School of Medicine's Leadership Development for Researchers (LEADER) Program, a three-day workshop designed for junior faculty who are leading a research group and driving their own research agenda. Read the full announcement.
Susan Spratt, M.D., assistant professor (secondary) of community and family medicine, is the 2018 winner of Duke University Hospital's 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Caregiver Award. Spratt was honored for carrying on Dr. King's legacy of service to the community through her volunteer work helping patients with diabetes through CAARE and the Durham Diabetes Coalition.
Lawrence Greenblatt, M.D., professor (secondary) of community and family medicine, was recognized as Duke's Blue Devil of the Week.
Teah Bayless, DO, assistant professor of community and family medicine, is now board-certified in geriatrics.
Will Bynum, M.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, was accepted as an AAMC LEAD Fellow in the 2018-19 LEAD Certificate Program, an application-based certificate program that develops educational leaders in health professions education through evidence-based, collaborative learning and reflective practice. The program will be delivered as a one-year, cohort-based, national leadership development certificate program.
Nadine J. Barrett, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, has been appointed to serve on the national board of trustees for the Association of Community Cancer Centers. The term begins immediately and ends in March 2019.
John W. Ragsdale, III, M.D., associate professor of community and family medicine, has been appointed chief of the Division of Family Medicine, effective Dec. 1, 2017. Ragsdale has served as interim division chief since early 2017 and as the Department of Community and Family Medicine’s vice chair for clinical services since 2014. Read the full announcement.
Herman Kimball, RN, a program coordinator with Just for Us, has received his Gerontological Nursing Certification so that he may better serve the population he works with.
Jacqueline Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C, associate professor of community and family medicine and associate program director of the Duke Physician Assistant Program, recently completed the Duke University School of Medicine's Academic Leadership, Innovation, and Collaborative Engagement (ALICE) program. ALICE is a year-long program for mid-career women faculty that focuses on personal leadership skills designed to help individuals gain greater self-awareness, management, negotiation and communication skills needed to deftly navigate leadership in academic medicine. Barnett was the first PA to complete the program.
Sam Fam, DO, chief family medicine resident, received the Outstanding Resident of the Year Award at the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians winter meeting.
Cara Hall, M.D., was elected to a position in the Continuing Medical Education Council of the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians.
Kenyon Railey, MD, assistant professor of community and family medicine, has been named the Department of Community and Family Medicine’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, effective Nov. 10. In this role, Railey will develop a proactive strategy for recruitment and retention, assist with department education initiatives and data collection, and will create an annual diversity metric report, in addition to serving as the department’s liaison to the School of Medicine’s Inclusion Council. Read the full announcement.
Two Duke Community and Family Medicine faculty — April Stouder, MHS, PA-C, and Cerrone Cohen, M.D. — have been selected as fellows for the 2018 class of the Duke Clinical Leadership Program. Sponsored by the chancellor's office, the leadership development program is designed for mid-career clinical faculty who show high potential to assume larger leadership roles across Duke Health.
Anne Derouin, DNP, CPNP, FAANP, was awarded an Interprofessional Education Excellence Award by Duke AHEAD.
The Division of Family Medicine has been awarded $3,000 in funding from the 2017 Duke GME High Value Care Quality Improvement Competition for the project “Enhancing Primary Care Delivery to Sexual and Gender Minority Patients: Piloting EPIC EMR Upgrades and Health Risk Surveys.”