Welcome from the Preceptor

Dear Fellowship Candidate:

Kevin Sowers
President, Duke University Hospital

If you are beginning a career in health management and seeking an opportunity to expand your knowledge of the field while gaining valuable experience, I invite you to consider the Duke University Hospital Administrative Fellowship Program. This comprehensive program offers a learning opportunity in one of the nation’s top academic medical centers.

The Duke University Hospital Administrative Fellowship program benefits from having access to a broad range of services and sites that are part of Duke Medicine. These include: an academic medical center, community-based acute care hospitals, a private physician practice, ambulatory surgical centers, palliative care services, infusion services, urgent care centers, community and primary care centers, and a variety of other services provided throughout the continuum of care.

Following a structured rotation-based first year, the second year provides participants with the opportunity to align their professional goals and interests with the priorities of the organization, as their efforts are focused within one particular clinical or support service unit.

The leaders of Duke University Hospital recognize the integral role of administrative fellows. Fellows are given substantial responsibility and are considered contributors to the organization. As the program’s preceptor, I can attest to the strength of the program and the factors that distinguish it from other fellowships and job opportunities:

  • There is a direct reporting relationship between the fellows and the president of Duke University Hospital.
  • The two-year program allows fellows to learn in a responsive and challenging environment while progressively increasing their level of responsibility.
  • Since the program’s inception in 1980, fellowship alumni have led successful careers, both inside and outside the organization.

If you have any questions regarding this information, I welcome you to contact me or any of the current fellows at your convenience.

Kevin W. Sowers, MSN, RN, FAAN
President, Duke University Hospital

Preceptor Biography

Kevin W. Sowers, MSN, RN, FAAN
President, Duke University Hospital
Preceptor, Duke University Hospital Fellowship Program

Kevin W. Sowers, MSN, RN, FAAN is the President of Duke University Hospital. Mr. Sowers joined Duke Hospital in 1985 as a staff nurse in oncology and has been in leadership roles within Duke University Health System over the last 20 years.
Prior to becoming President, Mr. Sowers served as the Chief Operating Officer for Duke University Hospital from 2003 - 2009. He received his BSN from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and his MSN from Duke University School of Nursing. Mr. Sowers is accountable for the operations of the 1,000 bed academic teaching hospital with over 10,000 faculty and staff.  He is responsible for driving organizational excellence and implementing the strategic plan of the organization in collaboration with the Duke Medicine physician group.

Mr. Sowers is internationally known for his lectures and writings on the issues of leadership, organizational change, mentorship and cancer care.  He has also served in a variety of leadership roles at the national level within the Oncology Nursing Society.  He is currently on the Board of Directors for University Healthcare Consortium and the Counsel of Teaching Hospitals. He is adjunct faculty at Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Fuqua School of Business and UNC School of Public Health.