Barfield Accepts Position at Duke University

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Publication Date: 7/8/2008

Dr. Ray Barfield ’86, a pediatric oncologist, has accepted a tenured faculty position at Duke University Medical School and Duke Divinity School as associate professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy.

His medical research focuses on immune therapies for childhood cancer (including bone marrow transplantation and antibody therapy) and improvement of the quality of life for children with severe or fatal diseases.

Barfield worked for eight years in Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital in Memphis. In the Duke Divinity School, he interacts with students and faculty members bridging medicine, philosophy and theology. As director of pediatric palliative care for Duke, he works closely with the Institute for Care at the End of Life advancing interdisciplinary research, teaching and service.