Announcing the Sanfilippo Lectureship

Fred and Janet Sanfilippo

“The Duke Department of Pathology truly shaped my career, especially in providing incredible mentors and leaders such as Tom Kinney and Bob Jennings, as well as a host of outstanding colleagues.  This gift is a small way of saying thanks and helping the department continue to influence the careers of others.”  -Dr. Fred Sanfilippo

The Duke Department of Pathology is proud to announce the creation of The Fred and Janet Sanfilippo Endowed Lectureship, which will feature distinguished guest lecturers whose work focuses on innovation and leadership in the field pathology.  We are immensely grateful to Fred Sanfilippo, PhD’75, MD’76, H’76-79 and his wife Janet, BA’72, MBA’80 for making a generous philanthropic gift to establish this important educational offering. Their thoughtful investment in the Department will bolster our robust academic environment and inspire future leaders to pursue excellence in the field of pathology.  Deeply committed to Duke, Fred and Janet have also been loyal supporters of the School of Medicine annual fund and the Medical Science Training Program.

Fred is director of the Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program, a network that accelerates innovation in health care research, education, and service across the universities and health systems in Atlanta and the Southeast. He is professor of pathology & laboratory medicine, Emory School of Medicine, and health policy & management, Rollins School of Public Health. He also serves as medical director of the Marcus Foundation. We are honored that Fred has served as the chair of the Duke Department of Pathology’s Alumni Advisory Council since January of 2016.

From 2007-2010, Fred was Emory University’s executive vice president for health affairs; CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center; and board chair of Emory Healthcare. Previously he was Ohio State University’s executive dean and senior VP for health sciences; CEO of OSU Medical Center; and dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health. From 1993-2000, he was the Baxley Professor and Chairman of Pathology and pathologist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins, and research director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center.

Fred & Janet Sanfilippo

A member of the Duke faculty from 1979-1992, Fred was professor of pathology, surgery, and immunology. He did his pathology residency training at Duke Hospital and received his MD and PhD in immunology as an NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Fellow at Duke University School of Medicine, where he served as class and student body president. He received BS and MS degrees in physics from Penn. He has mentored numerous graduate students and fellows, published over 275 articles, received three patents, and been awarded over $30 million in sponsored research. He has been an invited speaker at over 200 meetings; a consultant to over 80 university, government and corporate institutions; board chair of five non-profits; and president of seven academic and professional organizations.

Janet Sanfilippo recently retired after serving as associate dean of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. While at Duke, she was associate dean of the Fuqua Business School after serving as director of School of Medicine Alumni Affairs. They have two children: Lisa, a nurse at NYU, and Joseph, a healthcare consultant for McKinsey in Chicago.