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 Medicine.