Lloyd Michener to step down as chair of Department of Community and Family Medicine

Monday, November 28, 2016
Lloyd Michener, MD
Lloyd Michener, MD

J. Lloyd Michener, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine, announced Nov. 16 that he would be stepping down from his role as chair to continue the pursuit of rapidly growing national leadership activities and opportunities. Michener will remain in his post until a new chair is named.

“This is an exciting time for CFM as the school and health system embrace and see the value of our work, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to help meet the needs of our patients, community, and Duke Health,” Michener said in a message to employees.

In a memo to School of Medicine faculty and staff, Dean Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D., said a formal search to identify a new chair would begin soon, with Allan Kirk, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, leading the committee.

Duke CFM under Michener's leadership

Michener has spent his entire professional career at the interface between communities and academic health centers, focusing on finding ways to make health care more effective through teams, community engagement and practice redesign. During his tenure as chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Michener oversaw a change in the model and curriculum of the department, leading a national shift in how community and family medicine academic units partner with communities to improve population health.

Over the past decade under Michener’s leadership, the department has transformed into one of the leading departments in the country, challenging beliefs of both academic medicine and primary care communities about effective models of care for diverse populations.

The department’s family medicine residency program is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 10 program, and the Duke Physician Assistant Program, housed within the department since 1967, is consistently ranked No. 1.

Michener’s background

Michener graduated from Oberlin College in 1974, received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1978, and completed his family medicine residency and fellowship at Duke. Michener joined the Department of Community and Family Medicine as faculty in 1982, holding many leadership roles in the department through the years, including chief of the Division of Community Medicine, chief of the Division of Family Medicine, and director of the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program. He was named chair of the department in 1995.

Michener has overseen the Obesity/Chronic Disease Prevention Programs of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a program designed to lower chronic disease rates in low-income minority communities across North Carolina, and the obesity prevention programs of the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund.

Michener currently serves on the steering committee for “The Practical Playbook: Public Health and Primary Care Together,” a national program which facilitates the integration of primary care and public health. He also leads technical support of the BUILD Health Challenge, a national competitive award program aimed at increasing the number and effectiveness of hospital, community, and public health collaborations that improve health.

Michener has also served as an adviser to the CDC/CMS Million Hearts program, and as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee that led to the publication of “Primary Care and Public Health:  Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health.” In addition, Michener has served as president of the Association for Prevention Teaching & Research, chair of the Council of Academic Societies of the Association of American Medical Colleges and as a member of the Board of the Association of Academic Medical Colleges, the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, and the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Governors. He has also served as a member of the Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the National Academic Affiliations Advisory Council of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, and as co-chair of the Community Engagement Key Function Committee for the Clinical Translation Science Awards of the National Institutes of Health, and leader of the annual NIH-funded meeting on community engagement in research. 

Notable professional awards and recognition have included Phi Beta Kappa (Oberlin), Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Education in Family Medicine (American Academy of Family Physicians), Kellogg Family Medicine Faculty Fellowship, Alpha Omega Alpha (Duke School of Medicine), and Duncan Clark Award (Association for Prevention Teaching and Research).