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Medical Research

Paragon Award for Research Excellence

The Paragon Award for Research Excellence is a one-time recognition that celebrates physician scientists who have significantly advanced knowledge toward the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease or who have, through their professional contributions, improved health outcomes of patients today. The Award is anchored in the conviction that to impact clinical outcomes, we need innovation on many fronts, the dedication of many to mentoring and the cultivation of promising ideas. Honorees, who are past recipients of the Doris Duke Foundation’s Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA), were selected based on their proven accomplishments in one of the following categories: outstanding contributions to their field of study; impactful developments in disease diagnosis, treatment or prevention; and innovative improvements to clinical care or healthcare delivery. A full list of honorees can be found below. 

Outstanding Contributions to a Field of Study

  • Rita Nanda, M.D., 2006 CSDA
  • Kimryn Rathmell, M.D., Ph.D., 2006 CSDA
  • Jose C. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., 2008 CSDA
  • Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., 2008 CSDA
  • Rasheed A. Gbadegesin, M.D., 2009 CSDA
  • Audrey R. Odom John, M.D., Ph.D., 2010 CSDA
  • Agata Smogorzewska, M.D., Ph.D., 2011 CSDA
  • Santhi Ganesh, M.D., 2013 CSDA
  • Neil Hanchard, M.D. Ph.D., 2013 CSDA
  • Zuzana Tothova, M.D., Ph.D., 2019 CSDA

Impactful Advances in Disease Diagnosis, Treatment or Prevention

  • James M. Ford, M.D., 1999 CSDA
  • Seema R. Lalani, M.D., 2002 CSDA
  • Dawn DeMeo, M.D., MPH, 2007 CSDA
  • Alice S. Chen-Plotkin, M.D., 2011 CSDA
  • Adam Lauring, M.D., Ph.D., 2013 CSDA
  • James Murrough, M.D., 2013 CSDA
  • Sandesh C.S. Nagamani, M.D., 2013 CSDA
  • Chetan Bettegowda, M.D., Ph.D., 2014 CSDA
  • Andrew P. Landstrom, M.D., Ph.D., 2020 CSDA

Innovative Improvements to Clinical Care or Healthcare Delivery

  • Michael R. DeBaun, M.D., MPH, 1999 CSDA
  • Nancy L. Keating, M.D., MPH, 1999 CSDA
  • Dan H. Barouch, M.D., Ph.D. 2002 CSDA
  • Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., MPH, 2005 CSDA
  • Harmony R. Reynolds, M.D., 2006 CSDA
  • Ramnath Subbaraman, M.D., 2018 CSDA

About the Doris Duke Foundation
The Doris Duke Foundation (DDF) supports the well-being of people and the planet for a more creative, equitable and sustainable future. We operate five national programs—in the performing arts, the environment, medical research, child and family well-being, and mutual understanding between communities—as well as Duke Farms and Shangri La, two centers that directly serve the public. Through its Medical Research Program, DDF strives to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease by strengthening and supporting clinical research.