Ross McKinney, Jr., MD
Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Ross McKinney, Jr, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases specialist who graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1979, and arrived at Duke for his internship and residency in Pediatrics. He continued at Duke for a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease with Drs. Cathy Wilfert, Laura Gutman, and Samuel Katz. He joined the Duke faculty in 1985. His initial research was on the pathogenesis of enteroviral infections in patients with X-linked agammaglobulinemia. He switched areas of focus in 1987, moving to pediatric HIV clinical research. Dr. McKinney was first author of the key Phase I and II papers regarding Zidovudine (AZT) use in children. Dr. McKinney continues to do research regarding the natural history, prevention, and treatment of pediatric HIV disease. He served as director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases from 1994-2003. Dr. McKinney served two terms as Chairman of the Sub-board for Infectious Diseases of the American Board of Pediatrics (1998-2001). In 2002, he was appointed Vice Dean for Research for the Duke University School of Medicine. Following his appointment as Vice Dean for Research, he served as the director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine from 2007 to 2016. In bioethics, his areas of research focus are conflict of interest, the ethics of sports medicine, and the process of informed consent. He was the chair of the Steering Committee for the Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe for the American Association of Medical Colleges and the Clinical Research Ethics Key Function Committee of the NIH Clinical Translational Science Award Collaborative Consortium. He is currently on the Board of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors.