Duke University Medical Center

Duke University Health System is a non-profit, fully integrated academic health care system dedicated to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow's health care leaders, and discovering new and better ways to treat disease through biomedical research.

The hub of the Health System -- Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina -- is consistently rated among the top hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The youngest of the nation's leading medical centers, Duke University Medical Center operates one of the country's largest clinical and biomedical research enterprises, and quickly translates advances in technology and medical knowledge into improved patient care. It is the leading medical center in the Southeast, with a medical school ranked among the top three in the nation.

Through its Health System, Duke provides clinical services in convenient locations throughout the surrounding region. Included in the Health System are three hospitals (Duke Hospital, Durham Regional Hospital, and Raleigh Community Hospital), ambulatory surgery centers, primary and specialty care clinics, home care, hospice, skilled nursing care, wellness centers, and community-based clinical partnerships.

The goal of Duke University Medical Center is to provide leadership in fulfilling its core missions which are:

To provide the most advanced and comprehensive education possible; to prepare our students and trainees for lifetimes of learning and careers as leaders, practitioners, or researchers.

To perform biomedical research producing discoveries that add to understanding life processes and lead to preventing and curing disease and maintaining health.

To translate, to practice and to make available to the public, with compassion, the benefits of the unique clinical and technological resources of the Medical Center and to support our educational and research missions.

However, in our endeavors to improve human health and well-being through education, research, and patient care, we have the opportunity and, indeed the responsibility to make a positive and lasting impact on society. The following statement represents an overarching mission of Duke University Medical Center:

To the maximum extent possible, we will apply our core missions in education, research, and health care delivery to develop the means to solve regional, and national health care problems, including providing accessible, cost-effective health care of measurable quality.

For more information, or to contact Duke University Medical Center, see their website at: www.mc.duke.edu

» Recent News

HIV Drug Effective for People with Recurring HIV Infection
14 Jul 04 | The longest-running study of a common HIV combination-drug treatment shows development of drug resistance is extremely uncommon, even in people who experienced viral rebound during the study.

Kuo Named New General Surgery Chief at Duke University Medical Center
13 Jul 04 | Paul C. Kuo, M.D., a hepatobiliary and transplant surgeon at Duke University Medical Center since 2000, has been named the new chief of the Division of General Surgery at Duke.

Thermal Scanning Offers Promise of Early Arthritis Detection
12 Jul 04 | A device developed to scan computer circuit boards for defects can detect the earliest signs of hand osteoarthritis, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found.

Environmental Causes of Disease, Gaps in Environmental Health Policy
08 Jul 04 | Duke University's new Center for Comparative Biology of Vulnerable Populations will explore the link between exposure to pollutants and how it can lead to disease.

Cancer Researchers Join with FDA for a Workshop Aimed at Speeding Cancer Drug Development
08 Jul 04 | A summit of prominent cancer researchers from academia, industry and the Food and Drug Administration will gather in Baltimore for an interactive workshop July 13 and 14 in an effort to accelerate the testing and approval of promising cancer drugs.

Outlook Improving for Kids with Juvenile Arthritis
08 Jul 04 | Many people aren't aware that arthritis is a big problem for children. However, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) is the third most common chronic childhood illness, affecting almost 300,000 children in the United States.

Brain Serotonin Enzyme Finding Might Explain Psychiatric Disorders
08 Jul 04 | Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have provided the first direct evidence in mice for the role of an enzyme that specifically controls the production of serotonin in the brain.

Switching Off Gene Prevents Epilepsy in Mice
07 Jul 04 | Neurobiologists have found that switching off a single gene for a neuronal protein prevents epilepsy in a mouse model of human epilepsy. Their research offers the hope of drugs that could prevent the alterations in the brain that cause epilepsy.

Newer Form of Heparin Drug Of Choice
06 Jul 04 | Three studies led by Duke Clinical Research Institute cardiologists have shown that the ease and convenience of a newer formulation of the blood-thinner heparin, called enoxaparin, appear to make it the drug of choice for suspected heart attacks.

Duke Medical Center Places Sixth Again on U.S. News 'Best Hospitals' Honor Roll
02 Jul 04 | Duke University Medical Center is again on the U.S.News & World Report's Honor Roll of best hospitals. This is the fifth consecutive year that Duke has placed sixth on the list. The rankings are included in the July 12, 2004 edition of the magazine.

Moul Named New Urology Chief at Duke University Medical Center
01 Jul 04 | Judd W. Moul, M.D., professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an attending urologic oncologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, has been named the new chief of the division of urology at Duke.

Making Maternity Leave More Flexible
01 Jul 04 | The first few weeks of motherhood are among of the most rewarding, as well as demanding, times in a woman's life. New research suggests that in some cases a six-week period granted for maternity leave may be too short.

How DNA Repair Machinery is a 'Two-Way Street'
01 Jul 04 | Biochemists at Duke University Medical Center have discovered key components that enable the cell's DNA repair machinery to adeptly launch its action in either direction along a DNA strand to strip out faulty DNA.

Cutting Lawn Mower Injuries
25 Jun 04 | A power lawn mower is one of the most dangerous tools around the home. Lawn mower injuries can result in amputation, disfigurement, sight loss and other serious wounds.

Biologically Active Artificial Enzyme Created
24 Jun 04 | For the first time, biochemists have used computational design methods to transform a protein devoid of catalytic activity into a biologically active enzyme.

Flies May Taste Bitter Better, First Map of Insect "Tongue" Reveals
22 Jun 04 | The first sensory map of the fly equivalent of a tongue suggests that insects have discriminating taste -- perhaps trumping that of mammals in the ability to differentiate among bitter flavors.

New Finding Will Improve Lymphoma, Autoimmune Disorder Treatments
21 Jun 04 | Duke University Medical Center immunologists have pinpointed how a widely used treatment for non Hodgkin's lymphoma attacks abnormal immune cells, called B cells.

Protecting Kids from Environmental Asthma
21 Jun 04 | Despite improvements in air quality in the United States, asthma and allergy attacks in children are on the rise. Some experts suspect this may be due in part to kids spending more time indoors, where they're exposed to more allergens.

Center for Smoking Cessation Research Established at Duke
18 Jun 04 | Duke University Medical Center officials Friday announced the launch of a new Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research. The center is an expansion and consolidation of the Duke Nicotine Research Program.

Prenatal Nicotine Exposure May Increase Obesity Risk
14 Jun 04 | It's well known that smoking decreases appetite in adults, that smokers typically weigh less than non-smokers and that they tend to gain weight after kicking the habit.

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