We are pleased to inform you that Mary E. Klotman, MD, has been reappointed to a second five-year term as Dean of Duke University School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs at Duke University, and Chief Academic Officer for Duke University health system. Her new term starts on July 1, 2022.
dr. Klotman has led the Duke University School of Medicine through one of the most challenging eras in our more than 90-year history. Thanks to its leadership and the extraordinary contributions of our faculty and staff, it will also be remembered for its remarkable achievements. dr. Klotman was first named Dean of Duke University School of Medicine in 2017, after serving with distinction as chair of Duke’s Department of Medicine for nearly seven years. Over the past five years, the School of Medicine, under the leadership of Dean Klotman and in partnership with presidents, center and institute directors, educators, caregivers, students and staff, has made significant progress in fulfilling the school’s priority missions of excellence in patient care, discovery and translation, education and community health improvement.
From the outset, Dean Klotman has embraced a “One Duke” philosophy and commitment to support and service for educators, staff and students to ensure their success and the continued reputation of the School of Medicine. Currently ranked sixth among all medical schools in the nation for research and third for NIH funding, the school is home to an outstanding community of educators, staff, students who are nationally recognized as innovators and leaders, and honored for their achievements.
Dean Klotman led the School of Medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic as educators, staff, and students focused on urgent needs, making transformative contributions in treatment, testing and surveillance, vaccine development, mitigation and safety guidance, curriculum and training, and community partnerships.
In 2020, under the leadership of Dr. Klotman and in collaboration with hundreds of teachers, staff and students, the school began developing its first strategic plan to dismantle racism and promote equality, diversity and inclusion as part of ‘Moments to Movement’. Officially launched in 2021, the plan reflects the school’s commitment to tangible and sustainable institutional change and in our wider communities.
In 2021, the School of Medicine, in partnership with Duke University Health System and the PDC, launched a strategic plan for clinical ventures. In the spring of 2022, a major milestone of that plan was reached with a formal agreement to create a new integrated clinical practice – to ensure Duke Health’s continued leadership in clinical excellence and support for its academic mission.
Dean Klotman’s commitment to scientific excellence is reflected in efforts to retain and recruit outstanding research faculties and provide ongoing support to the research community. During her tenure, eight new faculty scientists were recruited as part of the Duke Science and Technology initiative, and since 2017, the School of Medicine has built new state-of-the-art research facilities, including the Chesterfield Building, the Medical Science Research Building (MSRB) III and Duke’s first research campus. at Research Triangle Park: Duke Research & Discovery@RTP.
Dean Klotman, a national leader in science and academic medicine, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is past president of the Association of American Physicians and past president of the Association of Professors of Medicine. Dean Klotman, a widely recognized authority on HIV, and her lab are specifically focused on HIV-associated kidney disease. Recently, she and her team defined the role of integrase-defective lentiviral vectors for HIV vaccine delivery.
We couldn’t be happier with Dr. Klotman at the helm of the School of Medicine. We would like to congratulate her on this well-deserved reappointment.
A. Eugene Washington, MD
Chancellor of Health, Duke University
President and CEO, Duke University Health System
Sally Kornbluth, PhD
Provost, Duke University