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Three Duke Surgery Faculty Members Receive Endowed Professorships

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
By Michelle Antoinette Macalino, Duke Surgery • 2 minute read
Collage showing portraits of Drs. Jeffrey Marks, Carmelo Milano, and David Harpole Jr.

Duke University has appointed three faculty members in the Department of Surgery to endowed professorships by the Board of Trustees. These professorships, or endowed chairs, are awarded to distinguished faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship in advancing science and improving human health.

The Department of Surgery is proud to announce this year’s new distinguished professors:

Joseph W. and Dorothy W. Beard Distinguished Professor of Experimental Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey Marks
Jeffrey Marks, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Sciences

“I love being an academic scientist at Duke University,” says Dr. Marks, Vice Chief, Division of Surgical Sciences. “Being a part of this great clinical and scientific enterprise is a source of pride, which I feel honored to be a part of and know that my contribution to it has been recognized.”




Joseph W. and Dorothy W. Beard Distinguished Professor of Surgery


Dr. Carmelo MilanoCarmelo Milano, MD
Chief, Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

“I have worked at Duke for a long time and have always felt honored to be a part of the faculty here,” says Dr. Milano, who first came to Duke in 1990 as a surgery resident. “I am continually humbled by the quality of the clinical faculty and researchers, and have been blessed to be able to practice and do research in this environment. I am even more honored to receive an endowed chair.”



George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor for Research in Cancer


Dr. David HarpoleDavid Harpole Jr., MD
Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

“I have been fortunate to have had numerous mentors in both translational and clinical science at Duke, who fostered my career and allowed me to have an active cancer laboratory effort supported for nearly three decades,” says Dr. Harpole. “This award will allow continued support for the translational and clinical research efforts in the development of novel therapies for thoracic malignancies that are the largest cause of cancer-related morbidity and mortality in the U.S.”




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