About the division

The division of General Internal Medicine provides exceptional patient care, research, and training of clinician leaders and scholars. With more than 160 faculty members contributing to our clinical, research and education programs, we are among the largest divisions in the Duke Department of Medicine.


The Duke division of General Internal Medicine was founded in 1976, making it one of the earliest divisions in the country. Patrick A. McKee, MD, our first Division Chief, served nine years; during this time James Wyngaarden, MD, a future director of the National Institutes of Health, was chair of the department of medicine.


GIM Division Chiefs

Division Chief


L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH September 2013- Present
Eugene Oddone, MD (interim) 2012-2013
Lori Bastian, MD (interim) 2007-2012
Eugene Oddone, MD 1997-2007
John Fessner, MD 1988-1996
Mark Linzer, MD 1985-1988
Patrick McKee, MD 1976-1985


The Duke division of General Internal Medicine is a national leader in clinical care, education, and research. We have outstanding award-winning leaders in education and mentorship, many engaged throughout the Department and the School of Medicine. In research, particularly the HSR&D unit, we have established faculty to mentor fellows and early career faculty. Our researchers have a broad range of methodological expertise.

In 2014 the division acquired three new faculty members, three new faculty K awards, and added a new Faculty and Fellow Career Development Program. We enhanced our Communications Program and established a joint clinical CME program with Duke Primary Care. The Duke Outpatient Clinic has undergone redesign and there is a new “Transforming Primary Care Collaborative”. Other new programs and initiatives are the GIM Shared Resources and Methods Core, the Primary Care Innovations Lab, and connection with the Center for Community and Population Health Improvement.