Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | May 20, 2019

Two Duke Raleigh Hospital Doctors Receive “40 Under 40 Leadership Award”

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Duke Raleigh Hospital providers Erica Taylor, MD, and Adia Ross, MD, have been recognized as part of the Triangle Business Journal‘s 2019 “40 Under 40 Leadership Awards.” Taylor is an orthopaedic hand surgeon and the Duke Raleigh Hospital orthopaedic medical director. Ross is a hospitalist and medical director at the hospital.

The pair were selected by a panel of six judges from almost 250 nominations. The annual awards celebrate outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community. Taylor, Ross, and the 38 other recipients will be honored at an awards dinner on June 27.

Ross and Taylor also share a unique friendship that started 18 years ago. They first met in 2001 as pre-medicine students at what is now known as the Summer Health Professions Education Program.

“We’ve each come together with our own achievements, but also a connection of ‘I knew her when,'” said Taylor. “That builds on our collaborative spirit to share ideas, ask questions and find ways to focus on enhancing patient care together.”

Part of leadership at Duke Raleigh Hospital, the pair talk regularly about collaborative ways to integrate their medical and surgical service lines towards improvements in patient care. It’s something neither takes for granted. They continue to speak and volunteer at the summer program to mentor the next generation of health care professionals.

Ross said that the fact that they both ended up at Duke highlights the organization’s commitment to diversity and integrity. “As a college student, I did not always see a lot of people with my background as providers at the bedside. I have witnessed firsthand Duke’s investment in the future of medicine and the continued commitment to create diversity in medicine. It has made a lasting impact on me and others.”

With Ross and Taylor’s paths full circle at Duke, they recognize how special their past and future can be.

“We went through training together wanting to succeed together,” Taylor said, “and it’s exciting to see that happen for us both and to support each other going forward.”

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