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Facts & Statistics

Figures are for fiscal year 2019 unless otherwise noted.



  • Duke is the largest employer in Durham County and the second-largest private employer in North Carolina.
  • Duke University Health System has approximately 19,000 full-time employees. The academic Duke University Medical Center has about 11,000 full-time employees.
  • Duke University School of Medicine comprises around 2,500 regular rank faculty physicians and researchers, and the Duke University School of Nursing comprises 82 regular rank faculty members.
  • The Private Diagnostic Clinic PLLC – an independent, for-profit limited liability company through which Duke faculty physicians practice medicine – has 2,000 employees.
  • Duke Primary Care has 1,158 employees and about 300 physicians and advanced practice providers.
  • Duke HomeCare & Hospice has 275 employees.
  • The Duke Clinical Research Institute, the world's largest academic research organization, has more than 130 faculty and 900 staff.
  • The Duke-NUS Medical School has more than 1,500 full-time and adjunct faculty in research and education.
  • The Duke Global Health Institute employs 95 faculty members, 58 affiliate faculty, 17 adjunct faculty, and 100 staff members.

Patient Care

As the Southeast’s preeminent health care provider, Duke University Health System attracted almost 70,200 inpatient stays and nearly 2.4 million outpatient visits in FY19.


  • Duke University Hospital: 43,449
  • Duke Regional Hospital: 17,146
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 9,605

Outpatient Visits

  • Duke University Hospital: 1,129,739
  • Duke Regional Hospital: 195,253
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 276,174
  • Private Diagnostic Clinic: 1,900,000
  • Duke Primary Care: 774,464


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
  • 502 Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • 1,073 residents and fellows in 2018
  • 659 students in the health professions
  • 538 PhD students in biomedical graduate programs
  • 305 basic sciences faculty
  • 1044 clinical faculty

School of Nursing

  • Degree types: PhD, MSN, ABSN, DNP (including Nurse Anesthesia-DNP)
  • 1,150 total enrollment
  • 88 regular rank faculty 
  • 219 accelerated BSN 
  • 603 MSN degrees and certificates  
  • 137 DNP degrees
  • 77 Nurse Anesthesia 
  • 39 PhD degrees
  • 75 non-degrees

Medical and Health Professions

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy: 240
  • Physician Assistant (MHS degree): 181
  • Clinical Research Program (MHS degree): 103
  • Masters in Biostatistics: 53
  • Masters in Biomedical Sciences: 48
  • Masters in Management of Clinical Informatics:  40
  • Masters in Medical Physics: 27
  • PhD in Medical Physics: 24
  • Pathologists' Assistant (MHS degree): 16
  • Clinical Leadership Program (MHS degree): 8
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program: 6


  • Duke Health encompasses one of the largest biomedical research enterprises­­­­­­ in the country, with more than $798 million annually in sponsored research expenditures (FY19).
  • Duke University School of Medicine also ranks ninth among top universities, research institutions, and teaching hospitals in National Institutes of Health grant funding (excluding R&D contracts and ARRA awards) with more than $384.6 million received in the 2019 fiscal year.
  • Duke is home to the world’s largest academic clinical research organization, the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). The DCRI’s mission is to develop and share knowledge that improves the care of patients around the world through innovative clinical research. More than 130 faculty from multiple therapeutic areas are members of the DCRI. Since 1996, the DCRI has produced more than 15,000 publications in peer-reviewed journals, which have received more than 760,000 citations in scientific articles.
  • The Duke University School of Medicine includes the research efforts of basic and clinical faculty members in 38 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.
  • In 2019, the Duke University School of Nursing ranked in the top 10 among nursing schools engaged in NIH-funded research, hosting  22 research projects funded by $6.9 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Approximately 17 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$530 million in research funding from local and international sources, and its faculty has published more than 5,000 peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Duke faculty have 217 active externally funded research projects related to global health, totaling more than $56 million.