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Facts & Statistics

Figures are for fiscal year 2021 unless otherwise noted.


  • According to U.S. News & World Report, Duke University Hospital was ranked #1 in North Carolina, and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham region.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Duke University School of Medicine #3 in the nation for research. In addition to the research rating, seven specialty programs in the School of Medicine placed in the top 10: Surgery (second), Anesthesiology (fourth), Internal Medicine (fifth), Radiology (sixth), Pediatrics (seventh, tied), Obstetrics and Gynecology (eighth) and Psychiatry (tenth).

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Duke University School of Nursing #3 nationally as a Best Graduate Nursing School and the school's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program as #4 in the country and six of its nursing major programs as #1.


  • Duke is the largest employer in Durham County and the fourth-largest private employer in North Carolina.

  • Duke University Health System has approximately 23,462 full-time employees. The academic Duke University Medical Center has more than 11,000 full-time employees.

  • Duke University School of Medicine comprises more than 2,500 regular rank faculty physicians and researchers, and the Duke University School of Nursing comprises 89 regular rank faculty members.

  • The Private Diagnostic Clinic PLLC – an independent, for-profit limited liability company through which Duke faculty physicians practice medicine – has 1,199 employees.

  • Duke Primary Care has 1,390 employees and about 397 physicians and advanced practice providers.

  • Duke HomeCare & Hospice has 351 employees.

  • The Duke Clinical Research Institute, the world's largest academic research organization, has more than 1,100 faculty and staff.

  • The Duke-NUS Medical School has more than 2,000 full-time and adjunct faculty in research and education.

  • The Duke Global Health Institute employs 166 regular rank and affiliate faculty members as well as 111 staff members.


Patient Care

As the Southeast’s preeminent health care provider, Duke University Health System attracted nearly 67,000 inpatient stays and nearly 4.7 million outpatient visits in FY21.


  • Duke University Hospital: 41,274

  • Duke Regional Hospital: 15,881

  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 9,833

Outpatient Visits

  • Duke University Hospital: 1,305,938

  • Duke Regional Hospital: 217,879

  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 403,343

  • Private Diagnostic Clinic: 2,000,000 

  • Duke Primary Care: 757,154



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

  • 512 Doctor of Medicine (MD)

  • 1,153 residents and fellows

  • 835 students in the health professions

  • 525 PhD students in biomedical graduate programs

  • 266 basic sciences faculty

  • 2,332 clinical faculty

School of Nursing

  • Degree types: PhD, MSN, ABSN, DNP (including Nurse Anesthesia-DNP)

  • 1,174 total enrollment

  • 89 regular rank faculty 

  • 235 accelerated BSN 

  • 532 MSN degrees and certificates  

  • 223 DNP degrees

  • 74 Nurse Anesthesia 

  • 35 PhD degrees

  • 75 non-degrees

Medical and Health Professions

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy: 273

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy: 41

  • Physician Assistant (MHS degree): 186

  • Clinical Research Program (MHS degree): 119

  • Masters in Biostatistics:  98

  • Masters in Biomedical Sciences: 48

  • Masters in Management of Clinical Informatics:  41

  • Masters in Medical Physics: 34

  • PhD in Medical Physics: 16

  • Pathologists' Assistant (MHS degree): 16

  • Clinical Leadership Program (MHS degree): 1

  • Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program: 3

  • Cardiac Ultrasound Certification Program: 9



  • Duke is one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the country, with nearly $860 million in sponsored research expenditures annually.

  • Duke University also ranks among the top American medical schools in National Institutes of Health grant funding with more than $608 million in the 2021 fiscal year. Ten of the school's clinical and basic science departments rank in the top 10: Pediatrics (first), Surgery (first), Orthopaedics (second), Neurosurgery (fifth), Internal Medicine (sixth), Anesthesiology (eighth), Genetics (ninth), ENT (ninth), Pharmacology (tenth) and Ophthalmology (tenth). 

  • Duke is home to the nation’s largest and oldest academic clinical research organization – the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). Established in 1996, the DCRI has conducted clinical research studies around the world, generating more than 17,500 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • The Duke University School of Medicine includes the research efforts of basic and clinical faculty members in 24 departments and numerous centers, institutes and initiatives. 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 $8.4 million in annual funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2021, making it 5th among nursing schools engaged in NIH-funded research. The School also ranked #6 in the number of F31 grants awarded (Individual Predoctoral Fellowships).

  • 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 $674 million in research funding from local and international sources, and its faculty has published more than 7,800 peer-reviewed journal articles.

  • Duke faculty have 270 active externally funded research projects related to global health, totaling more than $75 million.