The Donald B. Sanders Fund

Jump-Starting the Work of Young Neurologists

For neurologists at the beginning of their careers, even small amounts of funding can make a huge difference.  At the right time, a few hundreds of dollars can pay for an early research project, travel opportunity, or other project that catalyzes a career-long interest in a disease or condition.

The Donald B. Sanders Residents and Fellows Research Fund, or Sanders Fund, provides this opportunity to residents and fellows within the Department of Neurology. After three years of expenditures following our last major fundraising effort, the Sanders Fund is currently running low.

This fund was started in 2011 through the generous support of Donald B. Sanders, MD, who envisioned a self-sustaining source of support to help our Duke trainees become future leaders in Neurology. Sanders’ original donation helped build the academic careers of several of our trainees who later transitioned to faculty positions at Duke.

Triple Your Impact

Your private, tax-deductible donations to the Sanders fund are needed more than ever. For a limited time, these donations will also make a triple impact. All donations to the Sanders fund in the near future will be matched twice: first, by the Department itself, and second, by a generous anonymous donor. Select donors will also receive periodic updates from residents and fellows whose lives they helped.

D Rose

"I am grateful for the support of the Donald Sanders fund, which allowed for an invaluable learning opportunity to hone my skills in literature review, proposal development, data analysis, and manuscript writing and publication." Deborah Rose, Resident, Class of 2024


Torrealba-Acosta profile

"I am thankful to the Sanders Fund for their support, which will be instrumental in advancing my career. This study may open new therapeutic possibilities and significantly impact the lives of those affected by this condition. I am deeply grateful to the Sanders Fund for their confidence and this opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to medical science."
Gabriel Torrealba-Acosta, MD

Neurocritical Care Fellow, Class of 2024



You Can Make a Lasting Difference

Your donations to the Sanders Fund make a direct impact for our residents and fellows, often for years after they complete their training. By providing stability and support to neurologists as they begin their academic careers, these donations are also helping to advance the next generation of clinical and translational neuroscience research. 

Recent recipients of the Sanders fund include:


E Lackey

"As a third year resident I wrote my first case report and wanted to submit to an open access journal. The journal accepted my publication and the Don Sanders fund paid my article publication fee. This resource opens up opportunities for residents to write and publish as we create a foundation for our careers.” -Elijah Lackey, MD, resident, class of 2022

How to Give

You can contribute to the Sanders fund in three ways:

The Donald B. Sanders Fund for Residents and Fellows
Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs
300 W. Morgan Street Suite 1000 Durham, NC 27701