Welcome from the Chair

Charles Gerardo

Dear Colleagues and Friends in the Community,

Our emergency department serves as a vital entryway to the Duke University Health System, and I am grateful to work alongside teams of committed professionals in service of others. Our dedication to delivering the highest quality, equitable care to our diverse patient population and communities demonstrates our values of “care for all, when needed most.”

In every aspect of our mission, we place the patient at the center of all we do. Yet, our role in serving the community is more than just reactive to a single patient encounter. As researchers, we proactively investigate the science of emergency medicine, using a broad set of research tools—basic, translational, data and implementation science, clinical trials, and mixed-methods, to name a few. We strive to lead in knowledge creation, translation and innovation for the benefit of people affected by acute care conditions locally and globally. From our own backyards to Brazil, from the Triangle to Tanzania, we are dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s most critical acute care needs.

Duke Emergency Medicine is committed to life-long learning and to the training of tomorrow’s leaders in the specialty. I am immensely proud of the comprehensive educational experiences that our resident trainees receive across all of our missions. Our graduates are positioned to strengthen emergency medicine care systems through their expertise and collaborative approach. We also boast a broad array of sub-specialties fellowships and contribute our educational effort to scores of student courses.

Beneath all of these missions runs an undercurrent of compassion, respect, and equity that defines the culture of Duke Emergency Medicine. We believe the diversity of our teams and the inclusive nature of our clinical and academic pursuits to be fundamental components our mission. Looking forward we remained focused on cultivating healing, caring, and learning environments where all people thrive and are valued.


Charles J. Gerardo, MD, MHS
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine

Duke University School of Medicine