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Pamela W. Duncan (Seven Lakes, NC/US)

Pamela W. Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine and Retired Professor (Department of Neurology) is one of the most influential post acute clinicians, researchers, innovators, and advocates.

In 2020, she received the AHA/ASA David Sherman award for her lifetime contributions to post-acute stroke care, research, training, innovation, and advocacy. In 2020 she also received the Wake Forest School of Medicine Entrepreneurship Award. Duncan is founder, President, and CEO of Care Directions a start-up company whose mission is to improve patient, caregiver, and provider efficiency and effectiveness for recovery, secondary prevention, and health. Care Directions commercializes digital health solutions to transform post acute care access, stroke recovery, and secondary prevention and to provide chronic care management. Care Directions brings to market a clinically and operationally vetted informatics platform with proven outcomes (patient experience, secondary prevention management, function, and accelerated engagement with primary care).

Duncan received her BS degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. Her previous academic affiliations were with Duke University, University of Kansas, and University Florida and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has led multidisciplinary teams for years to successfully execute, complete over 100 million dollars of funded research. She is one of the most citied clinicians, researchers, and innovators for post - acute stroke and chronic care. She joined the Wake Forest Faculty in 2011 to develop and evaluate innovative models of care to manage post-acute services for patients with medically and socially complex chronic conditions. She was the principal investigator of a PCORI funded large pragmatic trial to implement and evaluate an evidenced-based COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) model.

Duncan is a transformative leader and innovator dedicated to expanding and improving provider management of stroke patients and improved patient outcomes to advance care coordination and collaboration with clinical providers and patients.