Achievements & Recognition

Faculty, staff and residents in the Department of Community & Family Medicine 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. 

See highlights below, or visit the News section to read the latest about awards and honors.

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August 2018

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.

July 2018

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.

June 2018

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

May 2018

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."

April 2018

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?"

March 2018

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.

January 2018

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.

December 2017

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.

November 2017

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.

Mary Story, Ph.D., RD, professor of community and family medicine, is ranked in the top 1 percent of Highly Cited Researchers in science in 2017 by Clarivate Analytics.

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.”