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Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 11:21am.

RALEIGH (AP) -- A Harvard researcher today becomes the first woman to lead Duke University's medical school.

Duke says in a news release announcing the appointment that Doctor Nancy C. Andrews also becomes the only woman to lead one of the nation's top ten medical schools.

Andrews says that typically half the class at medical schools are women, so the idea of a woman holding a top post at a medical school should not be so unusual.

The 48-year-old says she hopes her appointment inspires other women with an interest in medicine.

Andrews has been dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies at Harvard Medical School.

She takes over at Duke on October first.

Andrews succeeds Doctor R. Sanders Williams, who has been promoted to senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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