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Laura Pat Svetkey

Professor of Medicine
Medicine, Nephrology
Box, Durham, NC 27710
454 Davison Bldg - Room 452D, Duke Hospital South, Durham, NC 27710


Laura P. Svetkey, MD MHS is Professor of Medicine/Nephrology,Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Director of Duke’s CTSA-sponsored internal career development award program (KL2) and the Associate Director of Duke’s REACH Equity Disparities Research Center, in which she also leads the Investigator Development Core.

Dr. Svetkey has over 30 years of experience in the investigation of hypertension, obesity, and related areas, conducting NIH-sponsored clinical research ranging from behavioral intervention trials to metabolomics and genetics, with a consistent focus on prevention, non-pharmacologic intervention, health disparities and minority health. Her research has affected national guidelines, having served on the 2013 national Hypertension Guideline Panel (JNC) and the Lifestyle Guideline Working Group. She is an American Society of Hypertension certified hypertension specialist, and a member of the Association of American Physicians (AAP). She is the Associate Director, Core Director and Project PI of Duke’s NIH-sponsored REACH Equity Disparities Research Center (PI: Kimberly Johnson).

As Department of Medicine Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity, she implements a wide range of programs to enhance the experience and advancement of faculty and trainees, with particular emphasis on those from racial and ethnic groups under-represented in medicine, and women.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Medicine · 1999 - Present Medicine, Nephrology, Medicine
Vice-Chair for Faculty Development & Diversity in the Department of Medicine · 2007 - Present Medicine, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Harvard University · 1979 M.D.