Laura Gutman

Laura Gutman is the Chair of the Compensation Committee.  She is a pediatrician at the Child Maltreatment Clinic in Fayetteville, NC.  After living overseas for many years, she received a B.A. from Scripps College and a medical degree from Stanford.  She served as Official Consultant to the US Navy, Taipei Taiwan, at NAMRU-2, 1966-1968 during which she was the leader of field trials of the vaccine that is now used to prevent rubella.  After completing a medical residency and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington University, she joined the faculty of the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC where she divided her time between the division of Infectious Diseases and the Child Protection Team. She was the Director of Graduate Medical Education for the Department of Pediatrics for 10 years, Director of the Pediatric STD program for 20 years, and member and Director of the Child Protection Team for 30 years. She was voted onto the Academic Council from the Medical Center for a decade, and served for 4 years on the Executive Committee.  The medical issues on which she has focused have included extensive studies of the transmission of HIV to children through child sexual abuse.  She organized and carried out studies leading to a major change in the treatment of herpes simplex disease in newborns, now adopted by numerous institutions and which has led to a great improvement in outcomes.  She is now Emeritus from Duke University.


  • The Israel Center of the Durham Jewish Community Center – Co-Founder and Board  of Directors
  • Durham-Chapel Hill Federation - Board of Directors
  • Fayetteville Child Advocacy Center
  • Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta GA) - Advisor to STD Treatment Guidelines
  • Burroughs Wellcome Company - Consultant (past)
  • Lederle Laboratories - Consultant (past)
  • Project Hope (past)
  • Reviewer for NIH grants (past)
  • Child Fatality Prevention Team for NC – Governor’s Appointee (past)
  • NC Institute of Medicine Taskforce for Child Care for the 2000’s – Governor’s appointee (past)