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Duke University taps first woman to lead its medical school

Duke University taps first woman to lead its medical school

Duke University on Monday named a Harvard researcher as the first woman to lead its medical school, which also makes her the only female at the helm of one of the Top 10 U.S. medical schools.
"The fact that in 2007 there are still firsts for what women can do in medicine says something about how difficult it can be. I hope this does not seem so unusual a few years from now," said Dr. Nancy C. Andrews, who will officially take over at Duke on Oct. 1.
Andrews, 48, succeeds Dr. R. Sanders Williams, who has been promoted to senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.
At Duke, she will be the only woman permanently leading a medical school listed among the Top 10 by the annual survey of U.S. News & World Report, school officials said. The Harvard Medical School, which also appears on that list, has a woman as an acting dean, Dr. Barbara J. McNeil.


Updated : 2020-12-03 06:38 GMT+08:00