Dr. Clements is a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, Nursing and Global Health at Duke University. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Rochester in New York and completed his pediatric residency at Duke University. Dr. Clements took a research year in Uganda during his medical school training where he worked for the Uganda Cancer Institute. He completed his Pediatric residency training at Duke from 1973-76. From 1976-78, he was a flight surgeon in the US Air Force and is still a certified flight instructor. After eight years in private practice in Durham, NC, Dr. Clements returned to Duke University as a Pediatric Infectious Disease fellow. He also completed an MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.
As a research fellow, Dr. Clements developed interests in both vaccine research and in pediatric infectious disease epidemiology. In July 1990, Dr. Clements joined the Duke primary care pediatric practice where he established the Duke Vaccine and Epidemiology Unit to continue studies on Haemophilus influenzae type B, varicella, and rotavirus vaccines.
Dr. Clements is the past Division Chief of Primary Care Pediatrics and director of the medical school class "Exploring Medicine in Foreign Cultures" which culminates in a 10-day medical mission to Honduras. He is the director of the third year track in Global Health for the Duke School of Medicine. He is also the Medical Advisor to the Medical Spanish curriculum for Duke medical students. He is the Senior Advisor to the Duke Global Health Institute and the co-Director of the Consortium of Duke and UNC in Latin American Studies. Dr. Clements has been a representative to the Academic Council for the School of Medicine for 12 years and has served on its Executive Committee. He has been active in SEEDS, the Durham non-profit teaching inner-city children to garden, and many other community organizations. Dr. Clements is presently Faculty Advisory Board Chair for the Duke Office of Civic Engagement.