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Facts & Statistics

Figures are for fiscal year 2018 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 2,400 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 1,045 employees and about 300 physicians and advanced practice providers.

  • Duke HomeCare & Hospice has 260 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 86 faculty members, 53 affiliate faculty, 16 adjunct faculty and 103 staff members.


Patient Care

As the Southeast’s preeminent health care provider, Duke University Health System attracted almost 69,000 inpatient stays and nearly 2.3 million outpatient visits in FY18.


  • Duke University Hospital: 42,916

  • Duke Regional Hospital: 16,299

  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 9,484

Outpatient Visits

  • Duke University Hospital: 1,087,262

  • Duke Regional Hospital: 195,071

  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 252,211

  • Private Diagnostic Clinic: 1,700,000

  • Duke Primary Care: 732,157



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

  • 509 Doctor of Medicine (MD)

  • 1,074 residents and fellows

  • 706 students in the health professions

  • 520 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)

  • 1,150 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: 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: 22

  • 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 around the world, generating more than 14,000 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 $460 million in research funding from local and international sources, and its faculty has published more than 4,300 peer-reviewed journal articles.

  • Duke faculty have 214 active externally funded research projects related to global health, totaling more than $61 million.