Dr. William J. Fulkerson

Dr. William J. Fulkerson is not only a top clinician, physician and administrator at one of the leading medical institutions in the United States; he is an exemplar for American Lung Association volunteers.  In his roles as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Duke University Hospital, as well as Vice President of the Duke University Health System and Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical School, Dr. Fulkerson furthers the cause of lung health by making a commitments of his time, expertise, and resources.

Since 2002, Dr. Fulkerson has built the participation of his peers in the Lung Health Network, which he chairs as a regional representative.  He, also, chairs the North Carolina Leadership Board of the American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast, and recently joined the Board of the same Association.  Dr. Fulkerson's numerous contributions have advanced the American Lung Association in both research and fundraising.

Dr. Fulkerson was the lead advocate for the American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast's alliance with the Asthma Clinical Research Center.  He is a co-principal investigator for a ten-center team studying Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome through the National Institute for Health, and he active in the research for cures for sepsis and acute lung injuries.  Dr. Fulkerson believes his clinical work to be part of a broader part of patient advocacy.  A fact underscored when he became a leader this last year in the Independence Day totally smoke free day event on the campus of the Research Triangle in North Carolina.

Since 2003, he has been an outstanding volunteer for raising funds for the American Lung Association, in particularly with the Asthma Walk.  In 2005, Dr. Fulkerson's team raised the most money, and in 2006 the team repeated this accomplishment, while also recruiting the largest number of volunteers.  He is a member of the Centennial Cabinet, a body of the American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast dedicated to securing major gift donations.

Because of his dedication in preventing lung disease and his personal stake in promoting lung health, the American Lung Association is proud to honor Dr. Fulkerson as our Volunteer of the Week.