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Medical Center and Health System Facts

Figures are for fiscal year 2013 unless otherwise indicated.

The 2013-14 U.S.News & World Report rankings placed Duke University Medical Center among the top hospitals in the nation. It was ranked among just 147 facilities -- roughly 3 percent of the 4,806 analyzed for the magazine's Best Hospitals rankings -- to be ranked in even one of 16 specialties.

For the 13th year running, Triangle residents rated Duke University Medical Center the best-quality hospital in the Durham area.

Annual operating revenues, Duke University Health System: $2.539 billion

Medical Center campus size: 98 buildings located on 201 acres

Gross square feet: 9.1 million

Faculty and Staff Facts

Duke is the largest employer in Durham County and the second-largest private employer in North Carolina. Duke University Health System has approximately 16,318 full-time employees, while the academic Duke University Medical Center has 9,963 full-time employees.

Included among the employees at Duke University Medical Center are:

  • 1,780 faculty in the clinical program
  • 203 faculty in the basic sciences[
  • 83 faculty in the nursing school

Education Facts

All figures are current as of September 2013 unless otherwise noted.

For the class entering September 2013, the School of Medicine received nearly 5,000 applications for 100 slots.

U.S.News & World Report ranks Duke's schools and programs as among the best in the United States:

  • Duke University School of Medicine: 8th
  • Duke University School of Nursing: 7th
  • Duke Physician Assistant Program: 1st
  • Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program: 27th
  • Duke Clinical Psychology Program (PhD): 6th
  • Duke Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) Program (MSN): 11th

Student Facts

School of Medicine MD Program: 449

PhD Programs in Basic Sciences: 641

School of Nursing: 859

  • Accelerated BSN: 214
  • MSN degree: 434
  • Post-Master's certificate: 17
  • Health Informatics certificate: 6
  • DNP degree: 143
  • PhD degree: 20
  • Non-degree: 25

Medical and Health Professions (anticipated enrollment figures for academic year 2013-2014):

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy: 192
  • Physician Assistant (MHS degree): 172
  • Pathologists' Assistant (MHS degree): 16
  • Clinical Leadership Program (MHS degree): 3
  • Clinical Research Program (MHS degree): 167
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program: 8

Continuing Medical Education: In fiscal year 2013, the School of Medicine's Office of Continuing Medical Education sponsored 467 activities with 51,564 physician and 43,997 non-physician registrations.

Research Facts

All figures are current as of September 2013 unless otherwise noted.

Duke University Medical Center comprises one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the country, with approximately $651 million in research expenditures.

In 2012, Duke ranked 10th among American medical schools in National Institutes of Health grant funding (excluding R&D contracts and ARRA awards), with more than $295 million. (Source:

With highly respected research programs in areas ranging from cancer and heart disease to the basic sciences and health policy research, Duke is home to the nation's largest and oldest academic clinical research organization -- the Duke Clinical Research Institute -- and to the $200-million Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, a campus-wide initiative to address the broad challenges of the genomic revolution.

About 17 percent of Duke students are enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program, which leads to both a MD and a PhD in one of the basic sciences. Created to train highly qualified students as physician-scientists, the program has graduated more MD-PhDs than any such program in the country and is highly regarded nationally.

Patient Care Facts

Figures are for Duke University Health System (including Duke University Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke HomeCare & Hospice, Duke Affiliated Physicians) for fiscal year 2013 unless otherwise indicated.

Inpatient admissions: 60,596

Outpatient visits: 1,253,773

Number of surgical procedures, including endoscopy: 90,156

Figures are for Duke University Hospital, hospital-based clinics, and DUMC outpatient locations for fiscal year 2013 unless otherwise indicated.

Inpatients: 38,187

Outpatient visits: 995,984

Average adult daily census (without observation): 675.64

Total inpatient days (including normal newborns): 252,386

Emergency Department visits: 67,622

Patients transported by LifeFlight (excludes ground): 863

Number of surgical cases: 37,322

Hospital lab procedures: 5,552,204

Babies delivered: 3,016

Cardiac catheterizations (adult/pediatric/mobile): 5,784

Cardiac catheterizations in mobile units: 100

Angioplasties: 928

Open-heart surgeries:

  • Adult: 1,079
  • Pediatric: 115
  • Thoracic: 1,247

Organ transplants:

  • Kidney: 82
  • Pancreas-Kidney: 4
  • Lung: 133
  • Heart: 62
  • Liver: 62

Charity Care and Community Care Facts

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