Director of Minority Affairs
Physician Assistant Program
Department of Community and Family Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Class of 1978
Lovest T. Alexander, Jr., is the Duke PA Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for 2006. A 1978 graduate of the Duke PA Program, Mr. Alexander has an outstanding record of teaching and service to the community and profession.
A native of Warren County and a graduate of North Carolina Central University, he initially pursued a career in environmental science before turning to medicine. He served in the Air Force active duty from 1966 to 1970, earning the good conduct, service and overseas medals; and subsequently served in the Army Reserve as a physician assistant in the Medical Corps.
His clinical experience includes general internal medicine, endocrinology and student heath services. He has held positions in student health at North Carolina Central University, and currently at Duke. Mr. Alexander has extensive experience teaching Duke PA students and medical students, and has been the Director of Minority Affairs with the Duke PA Program since 1986. He has been integral to the Program’s efforts to increase the diversity of its students, with an average 25% of Duke PA students from underrepresented minority groups during recent years.
Mr. Alexander is a member of Pi Alpha, the national honor society for physician assistants. He was a founding member of the African Heritage Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He serves as the Physician Assistant Education Association’s representative to the National Association of Medical Minority Educators. In the Durham community, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Senior PharmAssist, the graduate chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Mount Level Baptist Church.