The John A. Feagin Jr., MD, Leadership Program has been created to honor John A. Feagin, Jr., MD, Duke University Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Feagin’s dedication to developing ethical leaders of character is the inspiration for this effort. This program will benefit leadership education within the Duke medical community.


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Duke Sports Medicine is leading this initiative in partnership with the Duke University Athletic Association, the Fuqua School of Business, and Duke Corporate Education, as well as other leadership-oriented organizations. Funds from the endowment are being used to provide a foundation in leadership education to the Duke University community and outside organizations with a special emphasis on opportunities for sports medicine fellows, orthopaedic residents, medical students, and undergraduate students. There are three primary areas of focus for the Feagin Leadership Program: the Feagin Medical Scholars, the annual Feagin Leadership Forum and outreach to the medical community.

The Feagin Medical Scholars are comprised of sports medicine fellows, residents, and medical students. The scholars are engaged in leadership development seminars, workshops, a team project and attendance at leadership conferences. The seminars include topics such as: Defining Personal Leadership and Values; Mentoring; Your Professional Identity, Ethical Leadership; How to Manage Difficult Conversations and Executive Presence.

The Feagin Leadership Forum, an invitation-only conference. In addition to the Feagin Medical Scholars, those invited are an exclusive group of proven and emerging leaders from the medical, research, sports, military, and business communities, who wish to continue to share their expertise and to engage in lifelong learning and development of their own leadership skills. The Forum serves as the capstone event of the Feagin Medical Scholars’ year-long curriculum.

The third component of the Feagin Leadership Program is providing leadership development educational programs for organizations outside of Duke. Through collaboration with the Community of Leaders involved with the Feagin Program, we plan to provide leadership development sessions for physician groups, medical societies, and residency programs that have expressed a desire to have us share our program’s expertise with their organizations.

For additional information contact Executive Director, Joe Doty, 919-684-0512 or