Welcome from the Preceptor

Dear Fellowship Candidate:

Thomas A. Owens, MD
Senior Vice President, DUHS; President, DUH

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.

Thomas A. Owens, MD 
President, Duke University Hospital                                                                                                                                Senior Vice President, Duke University Health System

Preceptor Biography

Thomas A. Owens, MD
President, Duke University Hospital                                                                                                                                Senior Vice President, Duke University Health System                                                                                        Preceptor, Duke University Hospital Fellowship Program

Thomas Owens, MD, is the President of the Duke University Hospital, Senior Vice President for Duke University Health System, and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Over the past decade, Dr. Owens has made important and varied contributions to the success of DUH and DUHS. He led the work to redesign, realign and in some cases reinvent the way we deliver care in many areas of clinical practice.  This work has already resulted in significant reductions in readmissions and lengths of stay and enhanced patient experience.  He also served in a critically important leadership role with clinical providers and leaders in the planning, preparation and implementation of Maestro Care, one of the most fundamental transformations across DUHS since its inception in 1998. 

Dr. Owens’ leadership in patient safety and quality management has resulted in marked quantifiable improvements across multiple clinical quality measures and CMS core measures.  In addition under Dr. Owens’ leadership, Duke Primary Care (DPC) has become the leading primary care network in the greater Triangle area while consistently exceeding quality, growth and financial targets. He has also played a pivotal role in helping shape our approach and capabilities in population health improvement.

Dr. Owens received his MD with honors from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in 1995. He completed an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics internship and residency at Duke in 1999, a General Internal Medicine fellowship in 2000, and served as Chief Resident in 2001. He has held a number of positions of increased responsibility over the years including Chief Medical Officer for DUH and chief of the DUHS Hospital Medicine program prior to being named Chief Medical Officer for DUHS in 2012. 

Tom has received numerous awards and honors including the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Award for Outstanding Teaching Faculty (2004, 2008), Samuel L. Katz Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2002) and the Duke University Presidential Award for Executive Leadership (2006).