Peppercorn to return to Massachusetts General to direct hospital survivorship program

Jeffrey Peppercorn, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine (Medical Oncology), will be leaving Duke effective December 2014 to join the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Health System, where he will serve as director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Survivorship Program.

During his affiliation with the Duke Cancer Institute, Dr. Peppercorn helped launch the new Duke Cancer Institute Survivorship Center, while also continuing his focus on oncology bioethics and health policy research.

In a message to faculty and staff of the Duke Cancer Insitute, James Abbruzzese, MD, chief of the Division of Medical Oncology, and Kimberly Blackwell, MD, director of the Duke Breast Cancer Program, praised Peppercorn as an excellent clinician, colleague and mentor, and as one who will be greatly missed.

Peppercorn is returning to his personal and professional roots in Boston, having lived in the Boston area for over 30 years before his move to North Carolina in 2005. He completed his internal medicine residency at MGH and fellowship in hematology/Oncology in the Dana-Farber/Partners fellowship program.


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James Tulsky receives Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award

James Tulsky, MDJames Tulsky, MD, professor of medicine (General Internal Medicine) and nursing and chief of Duke Palliative Care, has been named the 2014 recipient of the American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award.

The society presented Dr. Tulsky with the award October 21 at the Kathleen Foley Palliative Care Research Retreat in Park City, Utah.

The award recognizes outstanding achievements of a professional who has demonstrated remarkable innovation and ingenuity contributing to the advancement of the palliative care field.

Dr. Tulsky received the award for his work on oncologist/patient communication, advocacy for palliative and supportive care research, and contributions to the field’s growth and direction. He also was praised for mentorship of faculty in palliative care research.

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by · Posted on October 22, 2014 in Awards - honors, General Internal Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Duke launches Ebola resources website

Given the rapidly changing national and international response to Ebola, Duke University and Duke Medicine have established a centralized information resource to provide ongoing updates to employees, students, patients and other members of the Duke community.

The Ebola Resources website ( will be updated regularly with new information regarding Duke’s Ebola preparations, plans and policies.

by · Posted on October 22, 2014 in All things Duke, Infectious Diseases · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Boole selected as 2015-16 VA chief resident for quality improvement and patient safety

LINDSAY.BOOLE_Lindsay Boole, MD, MPH, senior assistant resident, has been chosen to serve as the Durham VA Medical Center chief resident for quality improvement and patient safety for 2015-16.

Dr. Boole will be part of a network of such chief residents across the country who lead quality improvement (QI) projects and receive expert training from mentors. She will also participate in a national curriculum meant to help usher in a new generation of QI leaders who will help residents implement QI initiatives.

Boole will work closely with David Simel, MD, vice chair for Veterans Affairs in the Department of Medicine, and her predecessors Ryan Schulteis, MD, Joel Boggan, MD, MPH and Aaron Mitchell, MD.

“Lindsay has excellent quantitative skills already, and brings to the chief residency her interest in global health,” said Dr. Simel. “Her clinical interest is in sepsis, as she recognizes that the best way to prevent deaths from sepsis in both the developing work and at home is prevention. This creates nice opportunities for her to learn and teach quality improvement, and the QI techniques will strengthen and help formulate her role in future studies.”

Boole earned her MD and masters of public health (Epidemiology) degrees, with summa cum laude and Alpha Omega Alpha honors, from Emory University. During medical school, she conducted research in Haiti and Zambia, and she is currently an Internal Medicine resident in Duke’s unique Global Health Residency and Fellowship Pathway. She will be spending the next several months as a Fogarty Fellow at Moi University in Kenya, where she will conduct a clinical trial of an algorithm for management of severe sepsis.

Boole will begin as chief resident for quality improvement and patient safety in July 2015. After her year as chief resident, she intends to pursue fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with a research focus on implementation science and the management of sepsis in critical care and low resource settings.

by · Posted on October 21, 2014 in Chief Residents, Global Health, Internal Medicine Residency, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Reminder: Sign up for electronic W-2 option

Duke University and Health System employees are encouraged to to take advantage of Duke’s electronic W-2 (wage and tax reporting) form.

Electronic W-2 forms provide employees with a much better way to protect confidential data elements such as social security number and other personal information printed on the annual tax documents.

To receive the electronic W-2,  sign into the Duke@Work portal (the same method used for the pay statements) using the link provided, and click on the top row to highlight the election to make any necessary changes:

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by · Posted on October 21, 2014 in All things Duke · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Research Wednesdays discussion 10/22/2014 to explore Duke’s CTSA grant

CTSA-buttonThe Duke Office of Clinical Research and the Medical Center Library & Archives have partnered to bring the Duke Clinical Research Community the “Research Wednesdays” series featuring important topics presented by subject matter experts in each field.

On Wed., Oct. 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm in Duke Hospital room 2001, Rob Califf, MD, will present CTSA Grant and Future of Clinical Research at Duke.

Dr. Califf is  professor of medicine (Cardiology), vice chancellor for clinical and translational research and director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute. He will discuss how the CTSA grant is shaping clinical research at Duke, as well as describe the current national landscape of clinical research and explore how the clinical research environment at Duke is evolving to meet anticipated changes over the next 10 years.

No registration is necessary and CEU’s are provided. Please bring your Duke ID to sign in to the training.

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Grand Rounds 10/24/2014: Morbidity and mortality discussion

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. in Duke Hospital room 2002 will be a Morbidity & Mortality discussion about inpatient-outpatient transitions and anti-coagulation led by Aaron Mitchell, MD, chief resident for quality and patient safety at the Durham VA Medical Center.

M&M discussions are open to Department of Medicine faculty and trainees only. This session will not be livestreamed or recorded.

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Mary Klotman elected new member of Institute of Medicine

210_KlotmanMaryMary Klotman, MD, professor of medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine, has been elected as one of 70 new members to the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

“Election to the Institute of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in medicine,” said Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, dean of Duke University School of Medicine. “Dr. Klotman’s election is a notable achievement and recognition of her important contributions as a leader and as a physician-scientist focused on the molecular pathogenesis of HIV-1 infection.”

Klotman is an expert in infectious diseases and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Her research team has demonstrated the direct role of HIV genes in the pathogenesis of HIV-associated nephropathy, a devastating complication of HIV infection. Her team also has sought to identify antiviral host factors involved in transmission and control of HIV.

New members to the IOM are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. The newly elected members raise IOM’s total active membership to 1,798 and the number of foreign associates to 128.  With an additional 86 members holding emeritus status, IOM’s total membership is 2,012.

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by · Posted on October 20, 2014 in Awards - honors · Read full story · Comments { 0 }