Department of Medicine

Vice Chair of Medicine Clinical Research

Faculty Spotlight: Kenneth Mahaffey

Ken MahaffeyKenneth Mahaffey, MD, Vice Chair
of Medicine for Clinical Research in the Department of Medicine

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Kenneth Mahaffey, Professor of Medicine at Duke University and Faculty Associate Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), has accepted our offer to join us as the Vice Chair of Medicine for Clinical Research in the Department of Medicine.

Ken received a B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford, followed by his M.D. from the University of Washington and residency training at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He completed a cardiology fellowship at Duke, including research training in the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease. After joining the faculty at Duke, he rose over the next 17 years to Professor of Medicine and a recognized international leader in the design and conduct of large-scale cardiovascular trials.

At the DCRI, he led the development of the field of cardiovascular clinical event detection and adjudication as critical methods in the conduct of randomized clinical trials. He has led efforts at the US FDA to standardize definitions for cardiac events in clinical trials while leading a multidisciplinary group at DCRI responsible for coordinating event detection and adjudication in clinical studies across multiple disciplines, including oncology, hepatology, renal disease, rheumatology and cardiovascular disease, among others. He has mentored and trained a large group of international clinical research fellows in research methods.

Over the last ten years, Ken has served as Chair of one of the Duke IRBs while helping to lead efforts to streamline and improve the IRB application and review process. He maintains active research collaborations with dozens of clinical researchers across the US and the globe.

Ken will join the DOM leadership team on August 1, 2013. Please join us in welcoming Ken, his wife Carol and their two sons back to the Stanford campus!

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