Heather Elizabeth Whitson

Whitson

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Whitson's research is focused on improving care and health outcomes for people with multiple chronic conditions.  In particular, she has interest and expertise related to the link between changes in the eye and brain (e.g., Why do cognitive and brain changes occur in the context of late-life vision loss?  Is Alzheimer's Disease associated with distinctive changes in the retina, and could such changes help diagnose Alzheimer's early in its course?).  Dr. Whitson is also interested in improving care delivery systems and intervention programs to better serve medically complex patients.  She has developed a novel rehabilitation model for people with co-existing cognitive deficits, and is part of a inter-disciplinary team seeking to improve peri-operative outcomes for frail or at-risk seniors who must undergo surgery. 

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Professor in Ophthalmology
  • Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

Contact Information:

  • Office Phone: (919) 660-7514
  • Email Address: heather.whitson@duke.edu

Education:

  • M.D. Cornell University, 2000

Courses Taught:

  • NEUROSCI 150: Research Practicum
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • NEUROSCI 494: Research Independent Study 2
  • NEUROSCI 495: Research Independent Study 3

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