John Vaughn has been named the new Director of Student Health for Duke University. Dr. Vaughn will begin his new role July 1.

"We interviewed a number of very qualified candidates for this critical position,” said Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Sue Wasiolek, who oversees Student Health. “In addition to his passion for medicine and his wide range of experiences, his ability to communicate and collaborate with his patients and their families, his colleagues, and with the community really stood out during the selection process.”

Vaughn comes to Duke from the Ohio State University (OSU), where he served in both Student Health Services and the Department of Family Medicine since 2007. In addition to providing primary health care to undergraduate and graduate students, he designed innovative health promotion activities that integrated health services into the life of the university community; enhanced organizational effectiveness for the health center; and developed a Narrative Medicine curriculum across multiple areas of OSU.

“At Ohio State Student Health Services, I had the opportunity to work at the intersection of patient care, education and health information technology,” said Vaughn. “One of my goals as Director of Student Health at Duke is to use my creativity, knowledge and experience to build upon these accomplishments and expand their positive impact to the larger business, academic and professional communities.” 

Vaughn served his family practice residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He received his Doctor of Medicine from OSU in 1997, where he also did received his BA in English Literature in 1993. He is currently the chair elect of the clinical medicine section of the American College Health Association, chair of the social networking subcommittee of the Council of Scientific Editors, executive editor of the Journal of American College Health, among other roles in the medical community. His professional memberships include the Council of Scientific Editors, the American College Health Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.