Douglas P Kiel, MD '81

2015 Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award recipient

Douglas Kiel

Since graduating from the UNC School of Medicine in 1981, Doug has received national acclaim for his academic achievement, research and overall success advancing knowledge about musculoskeletal disease, particularly osteoporosis.

His work has focused on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in older adults. Dr. Kiel has served as the principle investigator of the Framingham Osteoporosis Study since 1991 and has secured continuing support from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for this project. This work has put him on the forefront of risk factor assessment and a leader in the study of the genetics of osteoporosis.

Arlene Bierman, MD ‘81, MS, women’s research chair, University of Toronto, and Kiel’s UNC School of Medicine classmate, praised him as an international leader in his field. “I can say without any reservation that Dr. Kiel has distinguished himself as one of the leaders in research within the area of musculoskeletal diseases both nationally and internationally. He has expanded medicine through his scientific and academic accomplishments.”

At Harvard Medical School, where Kiel has served on the faculty since 1992, he is known for his commitment to inspiring the next generation of physicians and researchers. In fact, he has been recognized with the Harvard Award for Excellence in Mentoring. He also teaches both medical students and house staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and serves one month each year teaching and mentoring Beth Israel’s Geriatric Medicine Fellows. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Kiel serves as an adjunct professor at the Brown University School of Medicine.  He has built an impeccable reputation for mentoring junior faculty members and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom are successfully building research careers.

Dr. Kiel serves as the Director of Research at both Hebrew Senior Life and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and his numerous research contributions include the publication of more than 200 original articles for peer-reviewed journals, 27 review articles and 19 book chapters. He has served in a number of national leadership roles and is currently serving as president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

His colleagues and classmates say Dr. Kiel represents all of the qualities sought in recipients of this award. We agree and are proud to present the Distinguished Medical Alumni Award to Dr. Douglas P. Kiel.