Rowena Dolor, MD, Promoted to Professor of Medicine

April 7, 2020

Rowena Dolor, MD
Rowena Dolor, MD

Congratulations to Rowena Dolor, MD, who is receiving a distinguished academic promotion in the division of General Internal Medicine. Rowena has been promoted to Professor of Medicine, effective April 1, 2020. Dr. Dolor currently serves as Director of the Primary Care Research Consortium (PCRC).

"These academic promotions mark faculty members’ scholarly achievements and are a hallmark of professional accomplishment in our school," said L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPS, Director of the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). "Faculty appointed to Associate Professor or Full Professor have achieved recognition within Duke and at peer institutions as leaders in their fields both nationally and/or internationally.”   

Dr. Dolor has served a number of critical roles as a faculty member at Duke that integrate her clinical, research and academic interests.  Dr. Dolor serves as a member of the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).  In primary care, Dr. Dolor has served as a scientific leader for our research programs through her role as Director of the Duke Primary Care Research Consortium (PCRC).  She has been an outstanding role model and mentor to a number of junior faculty in Practice-Based Research.  For Dr. Dolor’s clinical duties, she previously had a weekly clinic at the Durham VA Medical center precepting the Internal Medicine residents in the PRIME primary care clinic.  In that setting, she frequently instructed house officers and other trainees on ambulatory clinical care.

Dr. Dolor has been extremely successful and has established herself as a leading national authority on the primary care Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs). Since 1996, she been the Director of the Primary Care Research Consortium (PCRC), a network of primary care practices in the Duke University Health System and outlying communities. The PCRC has participated in over 100 studies on hypertension, diabetes, depression, anticoagulation, hyperlipidemia, obesity, asthma, otitis media, and vaccines. She has published three online resources to help researchers conduct multi-center research in the primary care practice-based setting.  Dr. Dolor is also an expert in systematic reviews.  She was the co-PI of the Duke Evidence-Based Practice Center from 2009-2012 and led several comparative effectiveness reviews in cardiology and pulmonary topics. This lead to publications of several Evidence Reports and secondary papers.  

Over her career at Duke, Dr. Dolor has been an author on a number of notable publications in NEJM, JAMA, and Annals of Internal Medicine from her collaborations with Duke faculty. She has 141 peer-reviewed articles, of which 111 are new since her promotion to Associate Professor in 2011.  

In addition to her success in research, Dr. Dolor has been an outstanding mentor and teacher. She has mentored medical students in their third-year clinical research project and fellows in the Department of Medicine who were conducting systematic reviews for the Duke Evidence-Based Practice Center.  She was a member of the Steering Committee for the AHRQ-funded Certificate Program in Practice-Based Research Methods from 2015-2017 which trained 53 junior faculty (MD/DO, NP/PA, PharmD, PhD) in two years.  She mentored 3 Duke faculty for that program.  All 3 of these faculty have remained at Duke and are active in practice-based research.