Here we share feature stories of the department's efforts and achievements throughout the year, looking deep into the cutting-edge research, educational advancements, and patient care breakthroughs performed by Duke Surgery faculty, trainees, and staff.
Message from the Chair
"Of the lessons reinforced over the past two years, one of the most salient is that growth can't happen by maintaining the status quo."
-Dr. Allan Kirk
Chair of the Department of Surgery
For many residency applicants, the city where they will train is just as important as the benefits of the program itself.
The location where they will begin their surgical careers will not only be their new home for the next several years, but will also be a place where they can relax and have an enriching life outside of their work. For Duke Surgery residents, the city of Durham, NC, fits the bill.
When David Montefiori, PhD, was first invited in 2006 to submit a proposal for a Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) grant being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), he noticed one programmatic requirement that begged from him a simple question: “Why do we need to have project managers?”
In the airline industry, the “black box” is a recording device that tracks enormous amounts of data for real-time and future analysis, resulting in quality improvements over time that have contributed to an unprecedented level of safety for flight passengers. Now, similar technology can be used in operating rooms to equip healthcare systems with the data and analytics needed to make additional improvements to quality of care.