Dr. Lois Pounds received her bachelor's of science in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh in 1955, and her master of letters and MD also from the University of Pittsburgh, in 1960 and 1965, respectively. After serving as a staff nurse and nursing instructor at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, she came to Duke in 1969 as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She directed the outpatient services of the department and also taught nursing courses at Duke School of Nursing 1971-1974. Dr. Pounds was only one of several women in the Department of Pediatrics upon her arrival, as well a one of a small percentage in the medical center. She has served Duke in numerous capacities, often as the lone female on various medical center committees.
In 1974, Dr. Pounds returned to the University of Pittsburgh as an associate professor of pediatrics, and in 1979 became the associate dean for admissions. Beginning in 1984, she served as associate dean for student affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and in 1987 returned to Duke as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics and associate dean for medical education and the director of medical school admissions. As such she was an advocate of women's admissions into medical school. Dr. Pounds is retired but continues her involvement in the Duke community as a volunteer and as a member of the board of directors at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, a docent at the Duke Chapel, and in other capacities.