2017 NC Doctor of the Year Finalists

Jay Duggins, M.D.

Christopher “Jay” Duggins, M.D.

An Anesthesiologist committed to helping patients achieve their best health

Dr. Jay Duggins is Chairman of Anesthesiology at Providence Anesthesiology Associates. He primarily cares for patients at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He was previously Staff Anesthesiologist and Quality Assurance Officer at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX. Dr. Duggins earned his M.D. at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Brooke Army Medical Center.

Why Dr. Duggins was nominated:

  • Dr. Duggins’ leadership drives constant improvement to clinical care at Providence Anesthesiology Associates.
  • He relentlessly measures quality and implements processes to drive the best possible outcomes for patients.
  • Dr. Duggins has served on five medical mission teams to Cambry Orphannage in Les Cayes, Haiti through Give Hope Global, a Charlotte-area ministry.
Dr. Duggins continually challenges me to meet my professional capabilities. His commitment to his surgical peers, our hospital partner, the profession of anesthesiology and first and foremost, the patient, is truly unwavering. I am privileged to work with him to help improve patient safety and quality of care.”

– Nominator
Jay Duggins, M.D.

In Dr. Duggins’ own words:

What does being a doctor mean to you?

As an undergraduate I studied electrical engineering. While I was working in an engineering lab, I had a calling from my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to become a physician. I finished my engineering degree and went on to serve in the U.S. Army for eight years’ active duty. The Army helped fund my medical school training. Anesthesiology jumped out as a great fit for me, because I always had an aptitude for math and science, working with technical equipment and software – my engineering skills transferred over. For me, being a doctor is all about helping people stay healthy and improving their quality of life. It is difficult work and patients have to deal with illnesses that are not fair. It’s my calling to help patients get through those times and treat them like my own family. I have contributed to our ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) program, which utilizes evidence-based care pathways for patients to achieve best outcomes under difficult and complex circumstances. Our ERAS Colorectal program has helped reduce the average hospital stay by two days.”

Can you tell us about your community involvement or volunteer work?

I have gone on several Christian medical missions to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. We work in cooperation with two great organizations, Give Hope Global and Bless Back Worldwide. Our group has focused on helping a Haitian orphanage where I have formed strong connections. Doctors in Haiti are in short supply and people often have to walk for miles to get medical attention. My missions there have changed my life for the good, and given me a lot of blessings. I have also coached middle and high school football teams within Charlotte. I enjoy working with the young men and promoting their growth, both on and off the field.”

How would you use the award money?

There are so many possible choices, I would be torn. I would like to benefit Give Hope Global, as well as the Presbyterian Medical Center Physicians’ Impact Fund, which I am a member of. The main cause I would choose to support is the North Carolina MedAssist Fund, which supplies medicines free of charge to North Carolina citizens in need.”


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