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Facts & Statistics

Figures are for fiscal year 2018 unless otherwise noted.


  • The U.S. News & World Report rankings again placed Duke University Hospital on the national Honor Roll, naming it the #19 medical center in the country.
  • According to U.S. News & World Report, Duke University Hospital was ranked #1 in North Carolina, and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham region for the 18th consecutive year.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Duke University School of Medicine #10 in the nation, with its Physician Assistant Program ranked #1 in the country and Doctor of Physical Therapy Program ranked #10.
  • U.S. News & World Report rankings placed the Duke University School of Nursing #2 nationally for its Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Family Nurse Practitioner Program ranked #1.
  • Three of Duke's medical education specialty programs were also ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report - Internal Medicine was ranked #4, Geriatrics was ranked #6 and Family Medicine was ranked #3.​
  • Duke Regional Hospital was ranked #4 in the Raleigh-Durham area by U.S. News & World Report, and Duke Raleigh Hospital was also ranked #6 in the Raleigh-Durham area.


  • Duke is the largest employer in Durham County and the second-largest private employer in North Carolina.
  • Duke University Health System has approximately 17,520 full-time employees. The academic Duke University Medical Center has about 10,829 full-time employees.
  • Duke University School of Medicine comprises around 2,400 regular rank faculty physicians and researchers, and the Duke University School of Nursing comprises 88 regular rank faculty members.
  • The Private Diagnostic Clinic PLLC – an independent, for-profit limited liability company through which Duke faculty physicians practice medicine – has 1,675 employees.
  • Duke Primary Care has 962 employees and 238 physicians and advanced practice providers.
  • Duke HomeCare & Hospice has 270 employees.
  • The Duke Clinical Research Institute, the world's largest academic research organization, has more than 1,200 faculty and staff.
  • The Duke-NUS Medical School has more than 1,000 full-time and adjunct faculty in research and education.
  • The Duke Global Health Institute employs 81 faculty members, 50 affiliate faculty, 10 adjunct faculty and 65 staff members.

Patient Care

As the Southeast’s preeminent health care provider, Duke University Health System attracted almost 69,000 inpatient stays in FY18 and more than 2 million outpatient visits in FY17 (most recent available data).


  • Duke University Hospital: 42,916
  • Duke Regional Hospital: 16,299
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 9,484

Outpatient Visits

  • Duke University Hospital: 1,085,740
  • Duke Regional Hospital: 165,953
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 230,957
  • Private Diagnostic Clinic: 1,700,000
  • Duke Primary Care: 691,037


Duke Health educates hundreds of new physicians, nurses and other health professionals each year.

Student Enrollment

School of Medicine

  • Degree Types: MD, MD/PhD, PhD, DPT, MHS, MS, Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS), Master of Biostatistics, Master of Management in Clinical Informatics
  • 506 Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • 1,073 residents and fellows
  • 706 students in the health professions
  • 512 PhD students in biomedical graduate programs
  • 242 basic sciences faculty
  • 2,176 clinical faculty

School of Nursing

  • Degree types: PhD, MSN, ABSN, DNP (including Nurse Anesthesia-DNP)
  • 1,054 total enrollment
  • 88 regular rank faculty 
  • 218 accelerated BSN 
  • 575 MSN degrees and certificates  
  • 119 DNP degrees
  • 74 Nurse Anesthesia 
  • 38 PhD degrees
  • 30 non-degrees

Medical and Health Professions

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy: 229
  • Physician Assistant (MHS degree): 177
  • Clinical Research Program (MHS degree): 91
  • Masters in Biostatistics:  56
  • Masters in Biomedical Sciences: 42
  • Masters in Management of Clinical Informatics:  36
  • Masters in Medical Physics: 33
  • PhD in Medical Physics: 16
  • Pathologists' Assistant (MHS degree): 16
  • Clinical Leadership Program (MHS degree): 2
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program: 1


  • Duke Health encompasses one of the largest biomedical research enterprises­­­­­­ in the country, with more than $650 million annually in sponsored research expenditures (FY16).
  • Duke University School of Medicine 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 $356 million in the 2017 fiscal year.
  • Duke is home to the nation’s largest and oldest academic clinical research organization – the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). DCRI has conducted studies at more than 37,000 sites in 65 countries, enrolling more than 1.2 million patients and generating more than 10,000 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • The Duke University School of Medicine includes the research efforts of basic and clinical faculty members in 37 departments, centers and institutes. Their research has resulted in some of the world's most significant medical and biological discoveries as well as innovative new treatments for a wide range of human diseases.
  • The Duke University School of Nursing received more than $4.8 million in annual funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2015, making it ninth among nursing schools engaged in NIH-funded research.
  • Approximately 16 percent of Duke's medical students are enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program, which culminates in both a medical degree and a doctoral degree.
  • The Duke-NUS Medical School has received more than S$380 million in research funding from local and international sources, and its faculty has published more than 3,700 peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • The Duke Global Health Institute has 215 active externally-funded grants awarded to faculty members, totaling $59 million.