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Medical Center and Health System 

Figures are for fiscal year 2015 unless otherwise indicated.

The 2015-16 U.S. News & World Report rankings again placed Duke University Medical Center among its honor roll of top hospitals in the nation. Duke University Medical Center was among approximately just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 analyzed for the magazine's Best Hospitals rankings to be ranked in at least one of 16 specialties.

For the 15th consecutive year, Triangle residents rated Duke University Medical Center as the best-quality hospital in the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area. Duke University Medical Center also was again ranked No. 1 in North Carolina.

  • Annual operating revenues, Duke University Health System: $3.05 billion
  • Medical Center campus size: 95 buildings located on 201 acres
  • Gross square feet: approximately 9.2 million

Faculty and Staff 

Duke is the largest employer in Durham County and the second-largest private employer in North Carolina. Duke University Health System has approximately 16,641 full-time employees, while the academic Duke University Medical Center has 10,024 full-time employees. The Private Diagnostic Clinic PLLC – an independent, for-profit limited liability company through which Duke faculty physicians practice medicine – has 1,159 employees.

Included among the employees at Duke University Medical Center are:

  • 1,925 faculty in the clinical program
  • 211 faculty in the basic sciences
  • 90 faculty in the nursing school


New U.S. News & World Report rankings again place Duke University School of Medicine among the top 10 medical schools in the nation. Duke ranked 8th.

Five of Duke’s medical education specialty programs also were ranked in the top 10:

  • 5th  -  Internal Medicine
  • 7th  -  Geriatrics
  • 10th - Family Medicine
In addition, the school’s Physician Assistant Program is still ranked number one among all programs in the nation and its Doctor of Physical Therapy Program ranked number 10.

The Duke University School of Medicine comprises 22 basic science and clinical departments and numerous centers and institutes, with about 2,136 faculty members. For the class entering in September 2014, the School of Medicine received more than 7,105 applications for 115 slots.

Student Enrollment

Figures are for the 2015-16 academic year unless otherwise noted.

School of Medicine:

  • Medical students: 430
  • Residents and fellows: 1006
  • Other health professions students: 578
  • Basic sciences graduate students:  573
  • Clinical regular rank faculty: 1,925
  • Basic sciences regular rank faculty: 211

School of Nursing: 

  • Total enrollment: 985
  • Regular rank faculty: 88
  • Accelerated BSN: 211
  • MSN degree: 474
  • Certificates: 39
  • DNP degree: 194
  • PhD degree: 33
  • Non-degree: 35

Medical and Health Professions:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy: 212
  • Physician Assistant (MHS degree): 178
  • Pathologists' Assistant (MHS degree): 16
  • Clinical Leadership Program (MHS degree): 5
  • Clinical Research Program (MHS degree): 75
  • Masters in Biostatistics:  25
  • Masters in Management of Clinical Informatics:  25
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program: 13


All figures are current as of September 2015 unless otherwise noted.

Duke University Medical Center comprises one of the largest biomedical research enterprises­­­­­­ in the country, with more than $650 million in sponsored research expenditures annually. Duke also ranks among the top American medical schools in National Institutes of Health grant funding (excluding R&D contracts and ARRA awards) with more than $285 million in the 2015 fiscal year (latest available figure).

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.

About 17 percent (78) of Duke’s medical 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 

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 University Affiliated Physicians) for fiscal year 2015 unless otherwise indicated.

Inpatient admissions:

  • Duke University Hospital: 40,326
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 8,204
  • Duke Regional Hospital & Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center: 16,060
  • Duke Home Care & Hospice: 573

Outpatient Visits:

  • Duke University Hospital: 1,063,837
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 172,839
  • Duke Regional Hospital & Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center: 114,108

Surgical Procedures, including Endoscopy:

  • Duke University Hospital: 52,952
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 16,978
  • Duke Regional Hospital & Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center: 21,078

Figures are for Duke University Hospital, hospital-based clinics, and DUMC outpatient locations for fiscal year 2015 unless otherwise indicated.

  • Inpatients (Discharges): 40,172
  • Outpatient Visits: 1,063,837
  • Average Adult Daily Census (without observation): 750
  • Total Inpatient Days (including normal newborns): 279,577
  • Emergency Department Visits: 70,701
  • Patients transported by LifeFlight (excludes ground): 903
  • Number of surgical cases: 40,056
  • Hospital Lab Procedures: 5,660,804
  • Babies Delivered: 3,127
  • Cardiac Catheterizations (adult/pediatric/mobile): 5,714
  • Open Heart Surgeries: Adult, 1,124; Pediatric, 109; thoracic 1,216
  • Organ Transplants: Kidney, 154; Pancreas, 19; Lung, 111; Heart, 71; Liver, 85
  • Employees: (includes monthly and biweekly staff) 7,638
  • Number of beds: 957
  • Patients admitted in fiscal year 2015: 40,326

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