Kenyon Railey, MD

portrait of Kenyon Railey
Interim Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Dr. Kenyon Michael Railey, MD currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Duke School of Medicine as well as Medical Director of the Duke Physician Assistant Program. 

He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001. He received his MD degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2005 with a Special Distinction in Community Service. Dr. Railey completed residency training in Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2008.  He began practicing at Duke Primary Care in 2008 and joined the Duke Department of Family Medicine and community Health in 2013.

Dr. Railey served as Assistant Chief Diversity Officer in the Duke School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion from 2013 until 2020 and is the inaugural Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. In addition, he is the founding Course Director of the Cultural Determinants of Health and Health Disparities (CDHD) course in the Duke School of Medicine.  This course began in 2017 and is notably the first required longitudinal curriculum in the School of Medicine for MD and DPT students focused on health disparities and the sociocultural influences on health and well-being. This course expanded to the second year of the MD program in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Dr. Railey has lectured locally and nationally and has written book chapters and journal articles on bias, healthcare disparities and communicating with diverse patient populations.  Dr. Railey received the Duke Office for Institutional Equity Spring Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award in 2014 and the Henry Lee Treadwell Award for Recognition of Excellence in Teaching from the Duke Physician Assistant Program in August of 2015. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 Dr. Railey was nominated to receive the Duke Ahead Interprofessional Excellence Award.   He completed the Duke Teaching for Equity Fellowship in 2017, a yearlong curriculum for educators engaged in issues of race and identity.  He received the Department of Neurology Chairman Award for Diversity in August of 2018. In 2020, he was nominated to receive the Duke Ahead Master Clinician/Teacher award and alter that year, he was asked by the Dean of the School of Medicine to serve as Co-Chair of the Anti-Racism Task Force focused on Health Professions Education.  

His interests include minority health, graduate medical education, interprofessional collaboration initiatives, anti-racism, and cultural humility instruction/program development.