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Woman to lead Duke med school

August 28, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Duke University named a Harvard researcher as the first woman to lead its medical school. She will also be 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," said Dr. Nancy C. Andrews, who will officially take over at Duke on Oct. 1.

"I hope this does not seem so unusual a few years from now."

Andrews, 48, succeeds Dr. R. Sanders Williams, who has been promoted to senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. He had been dean since 2001.

Andrews is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist by training.

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