A gift to the Department of Surgery is a gift of knowledge, discovery, and life.

The continued success of Duke Surgery is highly dependent upon the generous support of its alumni and friends. Your gifts benefit the department’s tripartite mission of providing world-class patient care, training the world’s best and brightest surgeons to serve future generations, and the discovery of new techniques, technology, and treatments to improve the health of all through creative innovation and cutting-edge research.

Your gift to the Department of Surgery will support:

  • Novel Advances in Patient Care
  • Endowed Professorships
  • Resident and Fellow Education
  • Cutting-Edge Research

Your gift, no matter the size, will make an immediate difference.

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Surgery Resident and Fellow Education Fund

The Department of Surgery has eight residency programs and seven fellowship programs that train surgeons who are dedicated to providing outstanding clinical care and contributing to advances in surgical care. A gift to the Surgery Resident and Fellow Education Fund will support the most immediate needs of the Department of Surgery, including a variety of educational and research experiences for our trainees.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Division Funds

Gifts to the Divisions of Duke Surgery, large and small, provide an important source of unrestricted support for research, education, and patient care. Gifts can also be directed to the surgeon of your choice to support individual research efforts.

Charitable contributions can improve the lives of people in the community and beyond, as Duke innovations in minimally invasive surgery extend across the country and around the world.

Surgical Sciences

Surgical Sciences Fund

Private philanthropy is essential to the discovery of new techniques, technology, and treatments to improve the health of all through innovative and cutting-edge research.

A gift to the Division of Surgical Sciences will help the division to achieve its mission of bringing research discoveries from the lab to clinical practice through the pursuit of the latest advances in translational research, and to fulfill a commitment of training world-class research scientists and academic surgeons.

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Onye Akwari, MD Fund

The Akwari Fund was established in honor of Onyekwere Emmanuel Akwari, Duke’s first African-American surgeon, who arrived as Duke struggled with its identity as a segregated institution. With kindness, dignity, scholarship, and love of community, and impervious to the conduct of others, Akwari worked to make Duke a richer, more humane institution. This endowment was established in recognition and furtherance of Dr. Akwari’s sustained efforts to make Duke and Duke Surgery Beloved Communities.

Contact Us

To discuss the many options for supporting the Department of Surgery, please contact:

Jessica Baga May
Senior Director of Development
Department of Surgery
300 W. Morgan Street
Suite 1200
Durham, NC 27701
919-385-3199 office