History of Duke Emergency Medicine

  • 1998

    Division of Emergency Medicine established with first Division Chief, Kathleen Clem

    She served for 9 years at Duke as the first female Division Chief in the Department of Surgery.

  • 2001

    Emergency Medicine Residency gains ACGME approval
  • 2002

    First residency class begins training

    Susan Promes is named Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency.

  • 2002

    Duke EM participates in its first funded research study and hires its first research staff
  • 2005

    The first class of Duke EM residents graduates
  • 2007

    Duke EM transitions from its previous practice location into its current footprint in Duke University Hospital
  • 2007

    Duke EM establishes partnerships in Sports Medicine, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine fellowships
  • 2007

    First Duke Emergency Medicine faculty member receives the American College of Emergency Medicine National Faculty Teaching Award (Joshua Broder)

    Additional faculty go on to receive this national award in 2015 (David Gordon), 2019 (national junior faculty award, Sreeja Natesan), and 2022 (national junior faculty award, John Purakal)

  • 2007

    Duke EM participates in its first multicenter NIH trial: ProCESS trial of septic shock therapy

    The trial results are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • 2009

    Global Health Fellowship established
  • 2011

    First EM Global Health fellow graduates
  • 2015

    Duke EM receives its first NIH K Award

    Addressing High Risk Alcohol Use Amongst Injury Patients in the Emergency Department, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center.

  • 2016

    Duke EM establishes the Research Resident Fellowship
  • 2016

    Duke EM establishes the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship
  • 2016

    First Duke Emergency Medicine faculty member receives the Duke School of Medicine Master Clinician-Teacher Award (Joshua Broder)

    Additional faculty receive the award in 2022 (David Gordon) and 2023 (Julian Hertz).

  • 2019

    Duke EM receives its first NIH U Award: Duke Pain Early-phase Research Clinical Center (PERCC)
  • 2019

    Duke EM faculty members promotes to Professor (Charles Gerardo)
  • 2020

    Duke EM receives its first NIH R01 Award

    PRACT: A Pragmatic Randomized Adaptive Clinical Trial to Investigate Controlling Alcohol-related Harms in a Low-Income Setting; Emergency Department Brief Interventions in Tanzania

  • 2021

    Dr. Catherine Staton is the first Duke EM Associate Professor with Tenure
  • 2021

    Duke EM partners with the Duke Global Health Institute for the first time to inaugurate the GEMINI Research Center, a trans-institute Center
  • 2022

    Division of Emergency Medicine elevates to Department status in Duke’s School of Medicine
  • 2022

    Dr. Charles Gerardo becomes the first interim Department Chair
  • 2022

    The Department of EM establishes a Section of Translational Health Science

    Comprised of multidisciplinary research faculty led by Dr. Joao Vissoci

  • 2022

    Duke Emergency Medicine achieves #20 in NIH funding among emergency medicine departments
  • 2022

    Residency Program Director receives ACGME Courage to Teach Award
  • 2023

    Division of Translational Health Science becomes the Department’s first division
  • 2023

    Duke University Presidential Award received by John Purakal
  • 2023

    Duke School of Medicine Research Mentoring Award: Early Career Mentoring Award in Clinical Science received by Catherine Staton