Honors and Awards

July 2016

Tiffany Covas, M.D., third-year resident in Duke Family Medicine, has been selected as a Feagin Leadership Scholar for 2016-2017. The John A. Feagin Jr., MD Leadership Program honors John A. Feagin, Jr., M.D., Duke University emeritus professor of orthopaedic surgery. Feagin scholars are fellows, residents and medical students who are engaged in leadership development seminars, workshops, a team project, individual coaching and attendance at leadership conferences.

June 2016

Nancy Weigle, M.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, was selected as one of two Duke University School of Medicine faculty recipients of the Professionalism Award. The award was voted on by second-year medical students on the basis of outstanding interactions with patients, families, students, staff and colleagues.

Perri Morgan, Ph.D., PA-C, professor of community and family medicine and director of research in the Duke Physician Assistant Program, was awarded the 2016 PAEA Article of the Year Award for “Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians in community health centers, 2006–2010.” Morgan was the lead author of the article and will be recognized at the 2016 PAEA Forum in Minneapolis, Minn. Christine Everett, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C, assistant professor of community and family medicine, and Esther Hing, MPH, survey statistician at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, co-authored the article with Morgan.

Martin Kus, M.D., a resident with Duke Occupational and Environmental Medicine was named as a co-chair of the GME Patient Safety and Quality Council. The council is a group of residents and fellows that work on patient safety and quality efforts at an institutional level.

Justine Strand de Oliveira, DrPh, PA-C, vice chair for education, has been appointed to Duke’s Master’s Advisory Committee (MAC) for a three-year term beginning in September. The MAC is advisory to the provost, school deans, and institute directors, and considers such topics as growth of and demand for professional master’s programs; tuition issues and mechanisms for sharing of revenue and expense for cross-school master’s programs; cross-listing courses between schools and departments and mechanisms for compensation or recognition for faculty teaching in cross-listed courses; and professional master’s program review processes among other topics.

Karen Hills, MS, PA-C, associate professor of community and family medicine and director of the Duke Physician Assistant Program, recently completed the Duke Clinical Leadership Program (DCLP).


May 2016

Everlyn Perez, M.D., first-year resident with Duke Family Medicine, has been named to the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute.

Justine Strand de Oliveira, DrPh, PA-C, was the keynote speaker at the Northwestern University Physician Assistant Program’s commencement ceremony May 14.

The Duke Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, where Nick Hudak, MPA, MSEd, PA-C, assistant professor in the Duke Physician Assistant Program, works was recognized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Hudak was also recognized as part of the team at the clinic.

Farhad Modarai, DO, third-year resident with Duke Family Medicine, is a consulting physician for a new tech start-up called Sherbit Health. The project was a runner-up in Duke’s recent mHealth Shark Tank competition with a pitch to start a feasibility trial using Sherbit technology on diabetic patients.

Patricia McKelvey Dieter, MPA, PA-C, chief of the Physician Assistant Division, has been appointed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. Her begins immediately and is effective for three years.


April 2016

April Elliott, staff specialist in Employee Occupational Health & Wellness, part of the Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, will be awarded a 2015 Meritorious Service Award in the Clerical/Office Support category at the Presidential Awards Luncheon April 14 at the Washington Duke Inn.

Martin Kus, M.D., a resident in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was accepted as a member of Frank Porter Graham Honor Society at UNC-Chapel Hill.


March 2016

Quincy Jones, MSW, MHS, PA-C, clinical education faculty development fellow in the Duke Physician Assistant Program, and a team from Lincoln Community Health Center placed first in the effective category for a poster presented at the Duke Health Patient Safety and Quality Conference March 10.

An article co-written by Matthew Dupre, Ph.D., associate professor of community and family medicine, “Studying Disability Trends in Aging Populations,” was named a “must read article of 2015” by Springer.

Mediasite’s World of Webcast site featured a blog post, “Why Duke University Medical Students Excel with Mediasite,” which featured the Duke Physician Assistant Program and Haley McCracken Schomburg, staff specialist.


January 2016

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor of community and family medicine and program director, Duke Family Medicine Residency Program, has been named chair of a Family Medicine for America’s Health team focused on the challenge of reducing health disparities in the United States.


December 2015

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, and Kenny Railey, M.D., have been appointed to the School of Medicine Leadership Advisory Council on Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty.

Karen Hills, MS, PA-C, program director, Duke Physician Assistant Program, has been chosen as a fellow in the 2016 Duke Clinical Leadership Program (DCLP).


November 2015

Kathryn M. Andolsek, M.D., MPH, professor of community and family medicine, was elected as chair-elect of the Group on Resident Affairs (GRA) of the American Association of Medical Colleges. Andolsek has been a member of the GRA for years and has served the group as a task force and committee chair. Her term as chair will be in 2016.

Martin Kus, M.D., a resident in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was selected to sit on the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Affairs Committee in an appointment that is good until Fall 2016.

Martin Kus, M.D., a resident in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was selected to be the physician (Dive Medical Oficer) assigned to SEAL Team 18, which is a reserve SEAL team, part of the Naval Special Warfare Group 11 in Little Creek, Va. He has been in the Navy for 10 years as a physician, serving as a dive/undersea medical officer and emergency medicine resident.

C. Brock Woodis, PharmD, was promoted to the rank of associate professor at Campbell University. Woodis provides pharmacist-managed outpatient/ambulatory care pharmacotherapy services including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, asthma/COPD, dyslipidemia, contraception, etc. at Duke Family Medicine Center.


October 2015

Cindy Haynes, MSA-PA, CHES, Chronic Pain Initiative Coordinator, Northern Piedmont Community Care, has been named to the board of the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition.

Karen Hills, MS, PA-C, program director of the Duke Physician Assistant Program, was the invited speaker for the Eastern Virginia Medical School PA program’s Eugene A. Stead, MD Memorial Lecture.


September 2015

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor and program director of the Duke Family Medicine Program, was invited to join the Workforce Core Team for Family Medicine for America’s Health.


August 2015

Debbie Royster, a community health organizer in the Division of Community Health, was recognized as the Engaged Blue Devil of the Month by the Duke University Office of Civic Engagement.

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor and program director of the Duke Family Medicine Program, was named on a list of “20 Doctors You Should Be Following on Twitter” by MD Connect.

Martin Kus, M.D., a resident in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, has become a senator in the UNC-Chapel Hill student government, representing the Public Health Leadership Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Kenny Railey, M.D., assistant professor, was awarded the Henry “Buddy” Lee Treadwell Award by the Duke Physician Assistant Program Class of 2015.

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, is a featured doctor on the Wonca: Global Family Doctor website.

Kathy Andolsek, M.D., MPH, professor of community and family medicine, was elected to the Duke University School of Medicine chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society for the fall 2015.


July 2015

Melvania Briggs, PA-C, medical instructor in the Duke Physician Assistant Program, is featured in Duke AHEAD’s Member Spotlight.


May 2015

C. Brock Woodis, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CDE, BC-ADM, CPP, clinical pharmacy specialist at Duke Family Medicine Center, was named Preceptor of the Year at the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Sharon K. Hull, M.D., MPH, division chief of the Division of Family Medicine, has been selected to serve on the Faculty for Tomorrow task force, a new initiative funded by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Foundation.

Justine Strand de Oliveira, DrPH, PA-C, vice chair for education for Duke Community and Family Medicine, was nominated to have her biography included on the Physician Assistant History Society’s website. Read Strand de Oliveira’s biography here.

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, has been selected to serve as faculty of the Family Medicine Leads (FML) Emerging leaders Institute, a new AAFP Foundation Signature Program training emerging leaders in family medicine.

Melanie Trost, M.D., associate professor of community and family medicine, was invited to present a lecture, “Update on Eating Disorders in the College Student,” at the 2015 American College Health Association Annual Meeting in Orlando.


April 2015

Three community and family medicine faculty members been selected to participate in the Education Skills Mentoring Program sponsored by Duke AHEAD. They are: Nancy Weigle, M.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine; Melvania Briggs, MA, PA-C, medical instructor, Duke Physician Assistant Program; and Nicholas Hudak, MSEd, MPA, PA-C, assistant professor of community and family medicine and clinical coordinator for the Duke PA Program.

Gloria Trujillo, M.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, and Aaron George, DO, third-year family medicine resident, were recognized at the annual Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) recognition and awards dinner on April 21 at Parizade. Trujillo and George were selected for Faculty Teacher of the Year and Resident Teacher of the Year, respectively.


March 2015

Devdutta Sangvai, M.D., MBA, FAAFP, assistant professor of community and family medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry, associate chief medical officer for Duke University Health System and medical director of Duke Well, was one of 60 scholars invited to participate in the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.


February 2015

Duke Family Medicine third-year resident Jon Bonnet, M.D., presented a poster, “Walk With a Doc: Moving Medicine Forward, One Step at a Time,” at the National Physical Activity Plan congress in Washington, D.C.


January 2015

John Vaughn, M.D., director of Duke Student Health Services, associate professor of Community and Family Medicine, is taking part in the 2015 Duke Leadership Academy.


December 2014

Duke Family Medicine third-year resident Jon Bonnet, M.D., was given an Outstanding Resident Award by the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians. He was presented with the award at the Academy’s Winter Family Physicians Weekend in Asheville.

Duke Family Medicine Sports Medicine Specialist Mark Sakr, DO, was awarded the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Mark Sakr, DO, Duke Family Medicine sports medicine specialist, was inducted on the Board of Directors for the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians.

Melvania E. Briggs, MA, PA-C, academic coordinator for the Duke Physician Assistant Program, has earned a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Psychiatry from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


November 2014

Division of Community Health’s Alyse Lopez-Salm, MPH, CHES, a health education specialist for the LATCH program, was recently named one of 30 outstanding health educators under the age of 30 by the Society for Public Health Education.


October 2014

Aaron George, DO, was awarded the 2014 Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Christine Everett, PhD, MPH, PA-C, is the recipient of the 2014 Article of the Year Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The award recognizes a single, peer-reviewed publication authored by a PA educator relating to the training and educational direction of future generations of PAs.

The Duke Physician Assistant Program was awarded the PAEA’s Excellence Through Diversity Award.


September 2014

David Caretto, M.D., MPH, Occupational and Environmental Medicine resident, was elected to the Leadership Board of the Southeast Atlantic College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.


August 2014

Angela King, Duke Physician Assistant Program Class of 2015, has been appointed to the inaugural class of the PAEA Student Health Policy Fellowship.


July 2014

Kenyon Railey, M.D., medical instructor, Duke Physician Assistant Program, has been awarded the spring spring “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award.” The award recognizes individuals and groups for exceptional leadership and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within the Duke community