Hollings director honored as fellow of Royal College of Physicians

July 31, 2023
Dr. Ray DuBois poses in front of an oil painting at the Royal College of Medicine
Dr. Raymond DuBois said it was energizing to be surrounded by leaders in the medical field from across the globe during his induction as a fellow into the Royal College of Physicians. Photos provided

Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., director of MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, has been inducted as a fellow into the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

DuBois traveled to London, England, for the ceremony in July. He had been elected to the prestigious body prior to the COVID pandemic, which delayed the induction ceremony.

The Royal College of Physicians was established in 1518 by a royal charter from King Henry VIII. The college's founding aim was to professionalize physicians through an academic body that required a degree and an exam before entry. Today, the RCP seeks to "drive improvements in health and healthcare through advocacy, education and research." Fellows are senior clinicians who have demonstrated achievement and impact on the field of medicine.

DuBois said he was incredibly honored to be named a fellow. He was impressed, during the ceremony, by the breadth of physicians, from every discipline of clinical care, research and education and from across the world, who were being inducted alongside him.

“Medicine is a remarkably unifying discipline,” he said. “Across the globe, people are working together to figure out complex medical problems and share their knowledge and discoveries. They all want to improve the health of their populations and of patients everywhere. Sharing knowledge and expertise is the most energizing aspect of these gatherings.”

a group of people in purple robes sit in an open area in an elegant old library, while people on balconies circling the open area observe 
New fellows of the Royal College of Physicians gathered in London for the induction ceremony.

He noted that the dinner after the RCP induction ceremony was a bit of a full-circle moment for him.

“The dinner was held in the Osler Room, which has meaning to me since I was an Osler Resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital back in the 1990s,” he explained.

Originally from Canada, William Osler, M.D., is considered the father of modern medicine. He developed a medical training program at Hopkins that would be familiar to any medical student today and was also named a fellow of the RCP.

DuBois was named the director of Hollings in 2020, after serving as dean of the MUSC College of Medicine since 2016. DuBois is internationally known for his work studying the connection between inflammation and cancer. His lab is currently studying how dietary fats affect the development of colon cancer.

In addition to his work at Hollings, DuBois serves as the vice chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Stand Up 2 Cancer and the executive chairman of the board for The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research.

In 2019, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and in 2022, the American Association for Cancer Research honored him with its Distinguished Service Award.