Dr. Marie Klotman reappointed Dean of the College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you that Mary E. Klotman, MD, has been reappointed for a second five-year term as Dean of Duke University School of Medicine, Vice President of Health Affairs at Duke University, and Chief Academic Officer at Duke University Health System. Her new term begins on July 1, 2022.

Dr. Klotman led Duke University School of Medicine through one of the most challenging eras in our 90-plus year history. Thanks to her leadership and the extraordinary contributions of our faculty and staff, we will also remember her for her remarkable achievement. Dr. Klotman was first appointed dean of the Duke University School of Medicine in 2017, after serving nearly seven years with distinction as chair of the Duke University Department of Medicine. Over the past five years, under the leadership of Dean Klotman and in partnership with chairs, center and institute directors, faculty, service providers, students, and staff, the College of Medicine has made significant advances in fulfilling the school’s priority missions of excellence in patient care, discovery, translation, education, and community health improvement.

From the start, Dean Klotman has espoused a “one-duke” philosophy and a commitment to support and serve the faculty, staff, and students to ensure their success and the continued fame of the medical school. The school currently ranks sixth among all medical schools in the country in research and third in NIH funding, and is home to an outstanding community of faculty, staff, and students who are nationally recognized as innovators, leaders, and honored for their achievements.

Dean Klotman has led the College of Medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic as faculty, staff, and students pivot to focus on urgent needs, making transformative contributions to treatment, testing, monitoring, and vaccine development, guiding mitigation, safety, curricula, training, and the community partnership.

In 2020, under the leadership of Dr. Klotman and in partnership with hundreds of faculty, staff and students, the school began developing its first strategic plan to deconstruct racism and promote equality, diversity and inclusion as part of Moments for Movement. Officially launched in 2021, the plan reflects the school’s commitment to tangible and sustainable change both institutionally and in our broader communities.

In 2021, the School of Medicine, in partnership with Duke University Health System and PDC, launched a strategic plan for the clinical institution. In the spring of 2022, a major milestone of that plan was achieved with a formal agreement to create a new integrated clinical practice—to ensure Duke Health’s continued leadership of clinical excellence and support the academic mission.

Dean Klotman’s commitment to scientific excellence is reflected in efforts to retain and hire outstanding research faculty and to provide ongoing support to the research community. During her tenure, eight new researchers have been appointed to the faculty as part of the Duke Science and Technology Initiative, and since 2017, the School of Medicine has built new state-of-the-art research facilities including the Chesterfield Building, the Medical Sciences Research Building (MSRB) III, and its first campus Duke Research & Discovery collectors at Research Triangle Park: Duke Research & Discovery @ RTP.

As a national leader in science and academic medicine, Dean Klotman is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a past president of the American Physicians Association and past president of the Association of Medical Professors. Dean Klotman and her lab, a widely recognized authority in the field of HIV, focuses on kidney disease associated with HIV. Recently, she and her team worked to determine the role of integration-defective lentivirus vectors in HIV vaccine delivery.

It is not our pleasure to have Dr. Klotman at the helm of the medical school. Please join us in congratulating her on the reappointment she deserves.


a. Eugene Washington, MD
Director of Health Affairs at Duke University
President and CEO of Duke University Health System

Sally Kornbluth, Ph.D.
Duke University Provost