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.
In an announcement to the department on Dec. 8, Chair Anthony Viera, M.D., MPH, said, "We are fortunate to have Dr. Railey in our department. He brings a remarkable level of expertise and thought to this role, and I am personally grateful he is willing to lead our diversity and inclusion efforts."
Railey currently serves as assistant chief diversity officer in the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and as course director and creator of the MD program’s Cultural Determinants of Health & Health Disparities course, the first required course in health disparities and cultural competency for first-year medical students. He has presented lectures locally and nationally related to cultural competency, bias, health care disparities, and communicating with diverse patient populations. This year, he was nominated to receive the Duke AHEAD Interprofessional Excellence Award, and in 2014 received the Duke Office of Institutional Equity’s Diversity & Inclusion Award.
Railey sees patients at the Duke Family Medicine Center, and serves as a clinical preceptor to MD, PA and NP students.