Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD is the former vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the Duke University School of Medicine (2007-2017). After stepping down as dean she became the Nanaline H. Duke Professor of Pediatrics and a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. Andrews received her MD-PhD degree, through a joint program at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This collection contains 2 oral history interviews: November 30, 2010 and January 8 and 10, 2019. Andrews discusses her childhood, early interest in science, educational background, her administrative roles at Harvard and Duke, and her research. Themes within her interviews include women in science and medicine, advances in the science of iron diseases, and the lived experience of doing laboratory science.
Includes 2 oral history interviews with Dr. Nancy C. Andrews conducted on November 30, 2010 by Jessica Rosenberry and January 8 and 10, 2019 by Joseph O'Connell.
In the November 30, 2010 interview, Andrews discusses how dual degree (MD-PhD) is prevalent in deanship positions across the country; translational medicine; Duke's strength in translational medicine; her own research; the difference between what she experienced as a student and what a medical student would experience today at Duke; new learning center opening on Duke campus; financial aspects of the school of medicine and the health system; needs of both the clinical and basic sides of the medical campus; defining her leadership style; direction for school of medicine; study that was done on women in science at MIT in the late 1990s; what Duke is doing to combat the problems that might face women in science; Benjamin Reese of the Duke Office of Institutional Equity and some ways that equity might be achieved; strategies for women trying to achieve success in the sciences; and the uniqueness of this period in history. This interview was done as part of the Women in Duke Medicine oral history exhibit.
In the January 8 and 10, 2019 interviews, Andrews discusses her family background; early interest in science; undergraduate education at Yale; pursuing MD PhD at Harvard and MIT; fellowship research on red blood cells; influence of David Nathan, chair of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; development of research on iron; administrative roles at Harvard; her transition to deanship at Duke; promoting inclusion and diversity; Duke's characteristics as a younger institution; continuing research during deanship, specifically iron research and iron disease patients; achievements as dean; concluding term as dean; ongoing contributions to Duke including supporting new dean, Mary Klotman; and reflections on scope of dean responsibilities and the importance of a supporting team.