In First, Woman to Lead Top Med School

Associated Press
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 27 -- Duke University on Monday named a Harvard researcher as the first woman to lead its medical school, making her the only woman permanently at the helm of one of the nation's top 10 medical schools.

"The fact that in 2007 there are still firsts for what women can do in medicine says something about how difficult it can be. I hope this does not seem so unusual a few years from now," said Nancy C. Andrews, who will officially take over at Duke on Oct. 1.

Andrews, 48, succeeds R. Sanders Williams, who has been promoted to senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Andrews joined the Harvard faculty as an instructor in pediatrics in 1991 and rose through the academic ranks, most recently serving as dean for basic sciences and graduate studies at Harvard Medical School.

She will be the only woman permanently leading a medical school listed among the top 10 in the annual survey by U.S. News & World Report, school officials said. At Harvard Medical School, which also appears on that list, a woman, Barbara J. McNeil, is serving as acting dean.

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