Duke AHEAD Leadership

Associate Dean, Duke AHEAD

Diana McNeill, MD, MACP

Professor of Medicine, Assistant Professor of OB GYN

Phone: 919-684-2791

Dr. McNeill oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of all programs of Duke AHEAD. She reports to the School of Medicine's Vice Dean for Education. Dr. McNeill brings more than 26 years of teaching and clinical practice experience to this new position. She is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Medicine and completed an Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship at Duke. She joined the Duke faculty in 1989 and today is a Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine. Dr. McNeill specializes in endocrinology with a clinical focus on Type 1 diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy, and thyroid disease.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. McNeill was the program director of the Duke Internal Medicine Residency program from 2001-2011 and most recently served as leader of Graduate Medical Education Oversight and Accreditation at Duke. She has won numerous teaching awards including the Golden Apple Award given by Duke Medical School students, the Stead Teaching Award given by medical residents, and the Outstanding Endocrinology Teaching Award given by endocrine fellows. She has also been named a Master Clinician Educator.


Assistant Director of Assessment & Evaluation 

Jacqueline Brown Smith, EdD, MHA, MSL


Office: 919-613-6054

Dr. Brown Smith is currently the Assistant Director of Evaluation and Assessment for Duke AHEAD and IPEC.  She is responsible for assessment and evaluation of all programs within Duke AHEAD. Dr. Brown Smith is also a Clinical Associate within the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON).  Before joining Duke AHEAD, Dr. Brown Smith served as Research Program Leader managing a sickle cell clinical research study and co-led the Research Racial Justice Task Force at DUSON.  She has over 15 years of experience in healthcare program development, quality improvement and health care administration. 

Dr. Brown graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a bachelor's degree in political science with a concentration in public relations.  Additionally, she holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration and a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Pfeiffer University.  She has her Doctorate in Education and Organizational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. 

Project Coordinator

Kristin Dickerson

Phone: 919-684-2791

Kristin assists the director of Duke AHEAD. She serves as a liaison between Academy members and Duke AHEAD leadership, and is responsible for the planning, development, and coordination of faculty development activities.  She serves as a resource to members and facilitates Duke AHEAD communications including maintaining the website, newsletter, blog, and listserv. Contact Kristin for questions regarding membership, member interests, AHEAD grants, DASHE, the Health Professions Education Certificate program, upcoming events, and announcements. 

Executive Advisory Board

The Executive Advisory board is made up of senior educators from multiple disciplines and provides leadership to the director and steering committee with guidance and recommendations on behalf of constituents throughout the Health System.  The board meets quarterly to discuss progress and future plans and to ensure that each school is being fairly represented in the Duke AHEAD community.


Ed Buckley

James Pitzer Gills, III, M.D. and Joy Gills Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology in the School of Medicine

Catherine Kuhn

Professor of Anesthesiology
Associate Dean Graduate Medical Education


The Academy is made up of over 500 members, many of which sit on committees created to enhance the careers of health professions educators.  Below is a list of current subcommittees, their roles, and members.  Interested in creating or joining a subcommittee or interest group?  Email for more information!


Steering Committee

The steering committee is an integral component to the success of Duke AHEAD.  Members facilitate innovative problem solving and open communication across interprofessional and interdisciplinary members and groups and encourage relationship building across the schools. They serve as a sounding board for new ideas and opportunities for growth.  Members meet monthly to monitor progress, assess the need for changes, and make recommendations to the director about future opportunities.

Associate Member Steering Committee

The associate member steering committee was formed in 2014 and is made up of students and residents from nursing, MD, PA, PT, and graduate medical education.  The group has four faculty leaders and holds meetings monthly.  The associate steering committee is responsible for planning events and development sessions for those learners interested in health professions education.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for creatively advertising and marketing Duke AHEAD.  The committee has outlined the process for this interactive website, is responsible for the creation of the biweekly newsletters, and is looking for other creative outlets for members to interact (ie Twitter, Facebook, web forums). 

Faculty Development Needs Assessment Committee

The faculty development committee was developed to identify needs of faculty to enhance their ability to teach as an interprofessional educator. The committee was responsible for the creation of the faculty competencies (see "Faculty Competencies" tab for more information). 

Membership Committee

The membership committee is responsible for developing the initial criteria for becoming a member of Duke AHEAD.  The membership committee is currently working to define the "Distinguished Member" criteria as well as setting standards for general membership.   

Promotion & Recognition Committee

The Promotion & Recognition committee recently completed work on an educators portfolio that will accompany the Clinician-Educator and Professor of the Practice dossier for promotion to help highlight educational activities.  The committee will continue to work on clearly defining promotion criteria for clinician-educators. 

Research & Innovation Committee

The Research & Innovation committee focuses on Duke AHEAD grant funding.  The committee is responsible for review of LOIs, proposals, and ultimately decides on final awards.  Some of the R&I members were also part of the creation of the new education IRB template.