Dr. Nancy Allen was born Nancy Bates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1952. She grew up near Richmond, Virginia. In 1970, she received an American Heart Association Grant and worked in the cardiac catheterization lab in [Hunter Holmes] McGuire Hospital in Richmond. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1974 and began medical school at Medical College of Virginia and then transferred to Tufts in Boston. She completed her internship and residency at Duke and joined Duke's faculty in Rheumatology in 1980.
Dr. Allen began advocating for the recognition of women's issues in the Department of Medicine and on the larger campus; she would eventually serve on several committees in this capacity, including as chair as the Women's Committee in the Department of Medicine for twelve years and as a member of the University Committee on Faculty Women. Dr. Allen also served on the search committee for Duke president Richard H. Brodhead and Chancellor for Health Affairs Victor Dzau. A longtime member of the Academic Council at Duke, she chaired the council for three years until 2005. Dr. Allen serves as the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Faculty Development.
Dr. Allen has received a number of awards, including the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Award for excellence in teaching from the housestaff at Duke (1986), Distinguished Faculty Award from the Duke University Medical Alumni Association (1996), Leonard Palumbo Jr. Faculty Achievement Award from the Duke University School of Medicine (2004) for excellence in clinical care, teaching and mentoring of young physicians. Dr. Allen continues to see patients in her rheumatology practice.
Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD, became vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the Duke University School of Medicine in 2007. She is also a professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology.
Andrews received her BS and MS degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, her PhD in biology from MIT, and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, and her hematology/oncology fellowship at Children's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
After she completed her training, Andrews stayed on at Harvard and Children's Hospital Boston, rising through the academic ranks to become the George Richards Minot Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard, senior associate in medicine at the Children's Hospital Boston, and a distinguished physician of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
She served as an attending physician in hematology and oncology at Children's Hospital until 2003. She was involved in the leadership of the Harvard-MIT MD-PhD Program for more than a decade, first as Associate Director (1996-99), then as Director (1999-2003) and finally as Dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies (2003-2007).
Andrews has maintained an active NIH-funded research laboratory studying mouse models of human diseases. She was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator from 1993 to 2006. She has authored well over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 16 book chapters, and has received many awards and honors for her research, including membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a past president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation.
Kathleen Clem received her associate in science in nursing in 1977 and her bachelor of science in nursing in 1982. She received her MD from Loma Linda University in 1989 and completed her residency in emergency medicine at Loma Linda, serving as chief resident in 1993. From 1993 to 1998, she served as the director of International Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda.
Dr. Clem came to Duke University in 1998 as an attending physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine within the Department of Surgery. She served as the first chief of the division from 1999 to 2007 in the male-dominated Department of Surgery. While chief of the division, she began the Emergency Medicine academic and clinical programs. She has served on numerous committees concerning emergency medicine and women in medicine at Duke. She returned to Loma Linda in 2007 to serve as chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Elizabeth DeLong received her BA in mathematics in 1969 and her MA in mathematics in 1970, both from the University of Maine, and she received her PhD in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina in 1979. She entered the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke in 1979 in the Division of Biometry and Medical Informatics. She also served as a biostatistician in the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. After continuing to rise at Duke, she went to work at Quintiles as director of biostatistics 1987-1991, and then in 1991 returned to Duke Medical Center. In 2008 she became interim chair in the Duke Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and in 2009, she became the chair of the department. Her research interests are risk-adjustment methodology, statistical model development and validation, analysis of observational survival data, evaluation of diagnostic tests, and trends in managed care. She is active in many professional organizations and has published widely.
Mary E. Klotman, MD, is professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. She earned her undergraduate (zoology) and medical degrees from Duke, and then completed her internal medicine residency and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Duke. She also served as assistant professor of medicine at Duke before moving to the National Institutes of Health, where she was a member of the Public Health Service and trained and worked in the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology under the direction of Robert C. Gallo, MD.
In 1994, Klotman joined the faculty at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where she was a tenured professor of medicine and microbiology and associate professor of gene and cell medicine; she held the Irene and Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg Chair in Infectious Diseases. She also served as chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases for 13 years and as co-director of Mount Sinai’s Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, a program designed to translate basic science discoveries into clinical therapeutics for newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
An accomplished clinician and scientist, Klotman’s research interests are focused on the molecular pathogenesis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 (HIV-1) infection. Among many important contributions to this field, Klotman and her team demonstrated that HIV resides in and evolves separately in kidney cells, a critical step in HIV-associated kidney disease. Her research group also has determined the role of soluble host factors involved in an innate immune response to HIV in an effort to improve prevention strategies, and, most recently, to develop topical microbicides that could be used to block sexual transmission of HIV. She has mentored a number of pre- and post-doctoral students in laboratory-based research in infectious diseases.
Dr. Jean Spaulding was born Jean Gaillard in 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up in Highland Park, Michigan. Dr. Spaulding attained her Bachelor's degree from Barnard College and her MD from Duke University. She was the first African-American female to graduate from the Duke University School of Medicine, in 1972. She completed her residency and fellowship in psychiatry at Duke, finishing her training in 1976.
In 1977, Dr. Spaulding began a private psychiatry practice in Durham, North Carolina, a practice which she still maintains. She has served on Duke's faculty as a clinical consultant in child psychiatry from 1977-1990 and as an associate clinical professor from 1998 to the present. In 1997 she began services as a consultant for Lilly Research Laboratories, as well as an on-camera talent and consultant for WTVD Newschannel 11. Dr. Spaulding became Duke University's Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs in 1998, a position which she maintained until 2002 when she began service on the Duke Endowment.
Dr. Spaulding has many professional accomplishments, including service on the Duke University Health System Board of Directors, beginning in 1998; the Durham County Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees, beginning in 1998; the Duke University Board of Trustees 1993-1997; search committee to elect president of Duke University 1992; member of the Bi-National Health Commission between the United States of America and Mexico, beginning in 2001; City of Medicine Board of Directors Executive Committee, 1997-1999. She has had numerous radio and television appearances in which she discussed psychiatric issues, served as a psychiatric consultant to various organizations, and lectured at schools and other groups. She is the author of a number of articles. Dr. Spaulding's numerous activities in service to the community include: board of directors of the North Carolina Museum of History, 1986-1992; Durham Public Education Network, Annual Fund Co-Chair, beginning in 1999; March of Dimes Walk America, Honorary Co-Chair, beginning in 1999; and the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, beginning in 1990 and service as vice president, beginning in 1995.
Dr. Ruby L. Wilson was born in 1931 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Reverend and Mrs. C.H. Wilson. She graduated with honors from Punxsutawney High School and Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After completing a B.S.N.Ed. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1954 and after serving as night clinical instructor and supervisor at A.G.H. for several years, she was appointed to Duke University School of Nursing as an instructor in Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing in their new BSN program, serving 1955-1957. After 1957-58, employment at Fort Miley VA Hospital in San Francisco, California, Dr. Wilson completed her MSN at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case-Western University, in Cleveland, Ohio and in 1959 and returned to Duke University. During 1968-1971, after completing her doctorate (Ed.D.) at Duke University, Dr. Wilson served as visiting professor and consultant in nursing with the Rockefeller Foundation at the Faculty of Ramathibodi, School of Nursing, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand as she assisted nursing and medicine in developing educational and patient care programs in the new research medical center there. In 1971 she returned again to Duke and was appointed dean of the School of Nursing, a position she maintained until 1984, when she became assistant to the chancellor for health affairs.
Dr. Wilson has pioneered innovative nursing programs in both education and patient care. She, together with Thelma Ingles, a Duke nursing colleague, developed the first-ever clinical master's program in nursing in 1955-56. Hanes Project, a primary nurse program within the MSN curriculum in 1961-2, admitted patients to a nurse as well as a physician, and Dr. Wilson was the developing director. In 1963 she developed and served in the first clinical nurse specialist position at Duke Medical Center, continuing her faculty appointments in the School of Nursing and Medicine and receiving a special appointment in the Department of Nursing Services at Duke Hospital; she is the only nurse to have a triad appointment in the medical center.
Among many other accomplishments as dean, Dr. Wilson re-established the graduate program of the School of Nursing, and her influence assisted in retaining the School of Nursing during 1978-80, a time of university retrenchment. As a member of professional, academic, and community organizations, Dr. Wilson has served in numerous capacities. She has also lobbied for nursing and health issues at the state and federal levels, as well as assisting in the drafting of bills and the writing of their regulations when approved. She was a presidential appointee to the Federal Advisory Committee for Nursing of the United States Public Health Service.
Many honors have been accorded to Dr. Wilson, including being the first women from the medical center to receive the Duke University Medal for Distinguished Meritorious Service (2006). She was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (1976) and the American Academy of Nursing (1976). In 2007 the Ruby L. Wilson Professorship was established in her honor. She was recently awarded the inaugural Duke University School of Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Duke University Alumni Association (2008). In 2009, the American Academy of Nursing bestowed the Living Legend Award on her for her outstanding contributions to nursing. In 2010, Dr. Wilson was inducted into the North Carolina State Nurses' Hall of Fame in recognition of a lifetime of service to the citizens, including nurses, of North Carolina. In 2011, Dr. Wilson received the Chancellor's Legacy Laureate Award from the University of Pittsburgh, one of her alma maters.