2011: Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD

Dean for Basic Sciences and Graduates Studies, Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Andrews is a renowned physician-scientist whose work has made great gains
in our understanding of mammalian iron disorders. Her research has allowed for
insights into iron homeostasis in the human body and the discovery of important
genes in the absorption and processing of iron. Among her contributions are the
description of a novel genetic iron disorder, iron-resistant iron deficiency anemia
(IRIDA), and the identification of its disease-causing gene mutation.
As an educator, Dr. Andrews has been an active teacher and mentor at all stages of
her career. She was involved in the leadership of the Harvard-MIT MD-PhD
Program for more than a decade, first as Associate Director, then as Director, and
finally as Dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies. She has served as a
lecturer and discussion leader in many courses at Harvard and Duke, as well as
having supervised students, residents, and fellows on the general pediatrics and
hematology services at Children’s Hospital Boston. She continues to maintain a
highly productive NIH-funded laboratory where she oversees students at all levels
of training.

Dr. Andrews has also had an impact as a national leader, having served as
president of the prestigious American Society of Clinical Investigation. She has
received many honors for her work, having been elected to the Institute of
Medicine of the National Academies, the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In
2007, Dr. Andrews was appointed Dean of the Duke University School of
Medicine, becoming the first woman to hold that position. She is a professor of
Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at The Duke University School of