Dr. Eric Poon – a CHIO to know!

Eric Poon, MD, MPH

Eric Poon, MD, MPH

Last week, Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly healthcare publication, recognized Dr. Eric Poon as one of the 33 top “Chief Medical Informatics Officers” in the U.S.

Actually, Dr. Poon’s title is similar, it’s “Chief Health Information Officer,” a position he filled at Duke in 2014. As CHIO his responsibilities are a tall order: to align technology solutions with organizational objectives, the clinical and analytic information systems that impact patient care. Besides this strategic leadership appointment, Eric practices general internal medicine at Durham Medical Center, part of Duke Primary Care. Of interest, his career includes fellowship training in general internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an MPH degree from Harvard.

Congratulations, Dr. Poon!

To learn more about informatics opportunities at Duke:
Duke Master of Management in Clinical Informatics
Duke Center for Health Informatics and Informatics Research Seminars
And, don’t forget this week is the Triangle Health Innovation Challenge, a “hackathon” that’s all about innovative technological solutions for improving healthcare! Starts Friday, September 16th.


Caputo Leads DoM Book Club

Laura Caputo, MDThe Duke Department of Medicine book club, led by GIM faculty member, Laura Caputo, MD, has been gaining attention and attendance since it started back in January of 2015. They have been meeting every 2-3 months since then and they cover a wide range of topics. The club is also open to all Duke faculty, fellows, and residents.

“We choose a book, we read the book independently, and then we get together and have a group discussion,” explains Laura Caputo, MD, leader of the book club. “We run the gamut from non-fiction that were heavy reads, to fictional books that were just uplifting.”

The club also loves the chance to read and discuss books written by Duke authors. Last year the group read Black Man in a White Coat by Dr. Damon Tweedy, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke. Dr. Tweedy even attended the book club event. “We were able to do a question and answer session with him, which was really exciting!” says Caputo.

This year the club is changing the way that they are funded. “This year every event is going to be funded, or co-sponsored by an organization on campus,” says Caputo. And those organizations aren’t even all internal medicine based. “We’re looking forward to expanding our influences.”

The next book the club will cover is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and will be in late November. This event will be co-sponsored by the Neurology Program. Stay tuned for the official date, which will be coming soon.

If you have any question or would like to hear more about the book club, please contact Laura Caputo.

Weight loss after bariatric surgery sustained long-term! Maciejewski et al in JAMA Surgery


Within three days, this online first by DGIM authors published in JAMA Surgery boasts an altmetric score of 120 — besides tweets, blogs, and facebook, there were 11 news outlets and this one by CBS News: “Do the benefits of weight-loss surgery really last?”

The lead author is Dr.Matthew Maciejewski and the paper is “Bariatric Surgery and Long-term Durability of Weight Loss.” If you ever wondered about gastric bypass surgery outcomes for sustained weight loss, here’s the answer: yes, after 4 years for these 1787 veterans compared to nonsurgical approaches, and this is new news in this research where previous smaller studies were predominately female populations. This was a cohort study with mixed-effects models, a 10-year follow-up between 2000 and 2011.

Full citation:

Matthew L. Maciejewski, PhD; David E. Arterburn, MD, MPH; Lynn Van Scoyoc, BA; Valerie A. Smith, DrPH; William S. Yancy Jr, MD, MHSc; Hollis J. Weidenbacher, PhD; Edward H. Livingston, MD; Maren K. Olsen, PhD. Bariatric Surgery and Long-term Durability of Weight Loss. JAMA Surg. Published online August 31, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.2317. [Link]

JAMA Surgery also published an Invited Commentary, “Myths Surrounding Bariatric Surgery” by Jon Gould, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin. The hope is the myth that everyone regains their weight will prove false!

Congratulations, Dr. Maciejewski and team!


Dr. Maciejewski’s faculty spotlight can be found here.
And, to learn more about “altmetrics” read this DGIM post from 11/5/15.

Welcome new GIM members!

We are excited to announce three new members of our Duke General Internal Medicine team:

New Faculty Members

alcazarGerardo Alcazar, MD, is a Hospital Medicine Medical Instructor. Dr. Alcazar graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona where he was also a Chief Resident, 2016-2017. He has joined the Duke University Hospital team.



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Jennifer St. Clair-Russell, PhD, joins DGIM as a Medical Instructor. In 2016 she received the PhD degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. St. Clair-Russell studies palliative care discussions between nephrologists and their patients who have end-stage renal disease. She knows about online communications and website development for helping patients with chronic illness.


New Research Coordinator

NikitaNikita Shah has joined the DGIM research team. She comes to Duke as a new clinical research coordinator from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She received her bachelor of science in neuroscience from Union College in 2014 and has a variety of experience in clinical trials across multiple divisions.



Welcome to Duke GIM!

Distinguished Academic Promotions in Duke General Internal Medicine

cropped-Duke-GIM-Logo_cropped-12.jpgCongratulations to the following faculty members who have received promotions in the division of General Internal Medicine.


It gives me tremendous pleasure to announce several faculty member promotions to Associate Professor and Full Professor. As you know, these academic promotions mark faculty members’ scholarly achievements and are a hallmark of professional accomplishment in our school. Faculty appointed to Associate Professor or Full Professor have achieved recognition within Duke and at peer institutions as leaders in their fields both nationally and/or internationally.    

                    – Dr. L. Ebony Boulware, Chief, Duke Division of General Internal Medicine



Jennifer Gierisch, PhD

Dr. Gierisch is a behavioral scientist and health services researcher who has established a national and international reputation for her expertise in designing behavioral interventions and conducting rigorous evidence syntheses. She has authored numerous manuscripts, editorials, and book chapters on such topics as adherence to cancer screening and interventions to enhance healthy eating. Her work has garnered national and international attention through publication in high impact journals, such as the Annals of Internal Medicine. She has received numerous grant awards, including

a VA HSR&D investigator initiated research (IIR) grant, Adjunctive Mood Management for Telephone-based Smoking Cessation in Primary Care, a 4-year randomized controlled trial to evaluate co-delivered mood management and proactive telephone-delivered smoking cessation with a nicotine replacement telepharmacy clinic. She is also the lead behavioral researcher on the VA Health Services Research and Development Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence (CREATE) grant, which includes her design of behavioral interventions for three included randomized controlled trials that are a part of this multi-grant mechanism. She is also an active mentor to students, fellows, and faculty.

Dr. Gierisch is also a leader in evidence synthesis and stakeholder engagement. To date, she has conducted over a dozen systematic reviews. In 2014, she was selected as the Associate Director of the Durham VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program. In this capacity, she helps oversee the administrative and research activities of this program and advises other researchers on conduct of evidence synthesis. She is also one of the key investigator in the Duke Evidence Synthesis Group which has conducted high-impact studies for PCORI, ACS, and AHRQ. Dr. Gierisch is leading the effort to establish a patient engagement council at the Durham VA Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care. This council will serve as a mechanism for engaging patients in research. Lastly, Dr. Gierisch serves on a national VA Veteran Engagement Workgroup that is tasked with developing a national plan on how best to integrate patient perspectives into health services research. She now also co-Directs the Community Connections and Collaborations Core for the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award.




Sharon Rubin, MD, FACP

Sharon Rubin, MD

Dr. Rubin is a Clinician Educator who has been recognized for her local, regional and national leadership in medical education. She currently serves as Residency Director of the Internal Medicine Resident Clinic at Pickett Road. She has also served teaching roles at Duke Regional Hospital. She has been consistently regarded as an outstanding educator and mentor to residents, interns, and physician assistants. She has received numerous teaching awards for her commitment and excellence to medical education at Duke. She achieve national recognition for her education scholarship, leading major education efforts for mature adults at the national level in recognition of her scholarly achievement as an educator. She has filled leadership roles on for the national American College of Physicians organization, specifically in helping to lead the renowned Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind program—a major cornerstone educational program for the American College of Physicians– and through her service on the national Postgraduate Committee for the American College of Physicians. She is also a recognized leader in the American College of Physicians in North Carolina. In addition to her outstanding education and mentoring efforts at Duke, Dr. Rubin has also served as a mentor to trainee physicians outside of Duke, around the state and nationally.



Edelman3David Edelman, MD

Dr. Edelman is a researcher, educator, and clinician who has established himself as a leading national and international authority in screening for, and prevention and treatment of, chronic illnesses that lead to cardiovascular disease such as diabetes and hypertension. Through his development of clinical practice recommendations and conduct of funded research, his work has made a major impact on the care of patients with these chronic conditions. He also conducted early studies on screening for diabetes, funded by a prestigious VA Early Career Development award. This work formed the foundation for numerous other government-funded studies of which he has served as Principal Investigator. Since his early career, Dr. Edelman has had a steady stream of major competitive grant funding as Principal Investigator (PI). He has been PI for either NIH R01 or VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) R01-equivalent funding since 2005, earning 3 major grants since that time. In addition, he has been the senior investigator on 5 other major project grants since 2010.

Dr. Edelman has conducted seminal studies that have demonstrated the value of diabetes screening, which have been published in leading medical journals, including Journal of General Internal Medicine, Diabetes Care, and Annals of Internal Medicine. His work has contributed to changing screening and treatment guidelines for patients with Diabetes in the United States. He has also established the effectiveness of multi-faceted health service intervention to treat diabetes and hypertension, moving the field forward by delineating both the potential and the limitations of implementation of interventions to improve meaningful chronic disease outcome measures.

Dr. Edelman has also directed the TL1 program for medical student research education under Duke’s CTSA since 2013, and is a Study Program Director for third year medical students on the TL1 as well as those getting an MBA, JD, or Masters in Public Policy.

In addition to these roles, Dr. Edelman plays key administrative leadership roles within the research infrastructure at the Durham VA, including his co-leadership of the IRB since 2009. This critical function facilitates the ethical and smooth conduct of clinical research studies throughout that facility, which is a major and vital component of the Duke collaborative clinical research infrastructure. Since 2002 he has been the co-director of CRTP 242, “Principles of Clinical Research,” which is the core research methodology survey course for the Masters Degree in Clinical Research. In 2009, he was named CRTP’s “Teacher of the Year,” which is awarded based on recommendations from both students and peers, for his outstanding leadership of that program. In addition to this didactic teaching, Dr. Edelman has been a well-regarded clinical teacher of residents in the VA outpatient clinic since 1994.

Dr. Edelman is an extremely successful research mentor, having been the primary mentor for 11 students,fellows, and junior faculty since 2002. Among the 7 of these who were fellows or faculty, 4 have obtained career development awards, 2 have earned major project (R01 equivalent) funding as PI, and 3 have earned small grant (R03 equivalent) funding as PI. He has also co-mentored 5 other faculty and fellows, all of whom continue in academic research careers.


GreenblattLarry Greenblatt, MD

Dr. Greenblatt is an internationally recognized clinician educator, and he has been a prominent leader of numerous core educational activities for young physicians in the Duke Department of Medicine. He has developed numerous learning curricula that are employed throughout the educational experiences of Duke Internal Medicine residents and medical students, including the Ambulatory Care Lecture series, a self-directed learning curriculum for Medical Informatics, a series of thirteen clinical practice guidelines used by residents in clinic, and several Evidence Based Medicine learning modules. He has also been instrumental in instituting or leading several key medical education activities at Duke, including his early service as the Assistant Primary Care Program Director (1995-1996), his role as a co-founder of the Medicine/Pediatrics Teaching Clinic (1996), his membership on the Graduate Medical Education Executive Committee (1996-2002), his membership on the Institutional Committee for Graduate Medical Education (2000-2002), as Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Care (2010-2012), and as Faculty and Advisory Committee Member for the Primary Care Leadership Track, a program dedicated to teaching leadership skills to medical students.

Dr. Greenblatt has lectured in numerous settings, including the Internal Medicine Ambulatory Care lecture series, the Internal Medicine Evidence Based Medicine Curriculum series, Outpatient didactic education series, and Internal Medicine Resident Morning Report. He also organized and led the Clinical Teaching Retreat for Duke Medicine Residents from 2005 to 2008) and has served as a leader in 2 faculty development workshops for ambulatory teachers of advanced clinical practice students in 2013. As a resounding endorsement of his skill in teaching learners at all levels, he has been selected to lead the clinical teaching faculty development program for all hospital-based clinical faculty since 2011.

Dr. Greenblatt’s commitment to excellence in educating young physicians extends beyond Duke walls locally, nationally, and internationally. He has been an invited lecturer and facilitator in Clinical Teaching Retreats at the Virginia Commonwealth University and Indiana University. He also serves as a Physician leader for the Pioneer Fellows Clinical Teaching Program, at the Academic Medicine Education Institute, a collaborative effort between Duke-NUS Medical School and Sing Health. In this program, he is serving as a mentor to 38 junior physicians and other health professions faculty, where he trains and mentors these educators in didactic skills and strategies for providing effective faculty development in clinical and classroom settings. Larry’s nomination letters (extended from some of Larry’s students) reflect the influence Larry has had on learners at the student, resident, fellow, and faculty levels.

Dr. Greenblatt also serves as a physician leader for Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), which offers patient-centered care throughout North Carolina to Medicaid patients and others. In this organization he serves as Medical Director of our six county network and also serves on a number of state-wide efforts including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, The Quality Measures and Feedback Committee, The Palliative Care Initiative, the Chronic Pain Initiative and the Best Practices Committee. This program has been directly responsible for improving quality and access to care for many underserved communities in North Carolina.



Chad Kessler, MD

Dr. Kessler has a distinguished track record as a clinician educator, researcher and administrative leader who began his early career at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) School of Medicine, where he gained early recognition as an Associate Program Director for the combined Emergency Medicine-Internal Medicine Program prior to coming to North Carolina. While there, he designed and published curricula for residents (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, OB-GYN and Psychiatry) in Emergency Medicine and mentored numerous medical students and residents.

Since joining the Department of Medicine at Duke in 2012, Dr. Kessler has served as a leader within a number of important medical education initiatives for medical students and residents including his leadership as a steering committee member and inaugural fellow of the Duke Academy for Health Professionals Education and Academic Development (AHEAD) , and his roles on of the Duke University Medical Center Institutional Committee for Graduate Medical Education and the Duke Graduate Medical Education Concentration Advisory Committee. In this role, he serves as a VA liaison to Graduate Medical Education ensuring the quality and assessment of resident physicians at the Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Kessler works to unite educators across the Duke University campus in multiple disciplines to advance education and medical education research. He serves as a VA liaison to Graduate Medical Education ensuring the quality and assessment of resident physicians at the Durham VA Medical Center.

Dr. Kessler has also established exemplary leadership in the Veterans Affairs Health Care system. Prior to his time at the Durham VA Medical Center, Dr. Kessler served as the Section Chief of Emergency Medicine at Chicago’s Jesse Brown Facility. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and practicing physician for the Durham VA Medical Center. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of all clinical operations of the VA Medical Center and its nine sites of care across the state of North Carolina. Dr. Kessler leads the Emergency Department service line, Ambulatory Care, Non-VA Care Coordination, Emergency Management and Clinical Informatics. His current national leadership role is substantial, as he is Chairman for the Veterans Healthcare Administration National Advisory Committee for Emergency Medicine that dictates policy for all VA Emergency Departments across the Nation. In this role, he crafts guidelines and policies for clinical practice in VA Emergency Departments as well as collaborating with other national program offices to provide seamless care to the Veteran.

Dr. Kessler has over 50 publications in the field of medical education and healthcare communications, specifically related to consultations and transitions of care, and curriculum development. Further publications and grants focus on VA Healthcare policy and Emergency Medicine practice. Dr. Kessler is recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in consultation/handoff research within the Emergency Medicine and General Internal medicine communities. His work has garnered publication in leading journals including Academic Medicine and Annals of Emergency Medicine.    He has also held multiple leadership posts in national organizations, including the Society of Academic Medicine, and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

New Faculty Spotlight: Dana Clifton, MD

CliftonIn June, Dana Clifton, M.D. completed her combined Duke Medicine and Pediatrics residency and now launches her career in Hospital Medicine within Duke University Hospital.IMG_6148

“I stayed at Duke because of the incredible faculty in the hospital medicine group,” says Clifton. “They are an impressive group of people.”

Clifton is interested to be an academic hospitalist, a clinician educator. One of the main drivers behind choosing a combined medicine/pediatrics residency was enthusiasm for global health. “I hope to be able to continue to pursue clinical work and research abroad after settling in as faculty,” she says. Continue reading

Schulman’s JAMA Viewpoint

SchulmanKevin Schulman, MD, is a renowned clinical researcher and faculty member of Duke general internal medicine. Last week’s issue (August 16, 2016) of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows Dr. Schulman as an author of a Viewpoint article titled “Reassessing ACOs and Health Care Reform.” The co-author, Barak D. Richman, JD, is a colleague of Schulman’s from Duke Law. Continue reading

Dr. Kim – Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine for VHA

Jane Kim

Dr. Jane Kim

Jane Kim, MD, MPH, is newly appointed as the Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine in the Office of Patient Care Services for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Continue reading

Bosworth featured in Kaiser Health News

21e9e60c-f921-442c-a3c2-1fccfd8717bf-2Often, patients with chronic illnesses are prescribed a number of medications to take throughout their day, but experts suggest, close to half of those people don’t take their medications as directed by their doctors.

A recent study published in Health Affairs suggested a possible fix: syncing up prescription refill timelines for patients who take multiple medications. Kaiser Health News followed up on this study and were asking researchers what they thought of this possible solution. Duke GIM’s own Hayden Bosworth, PhD, was one of the researchers questioned. Continue reading

New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Bentley-Edwards

kbentley_160x192Keisha Bentley-Edwards, PhD, joined our division in July. She works at the DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity while also conducting research and assisting in the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. To get to know Dr. Bentley-Edwards a little more, we asked her the following questions:

Where do you work?
My office is located in the Erwin Building at the Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity.

What is your title?
Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine & Director of the Health Equity Working Group S.D. Cook Center on Social Equity Continue reading