Meet Our Physician Liaisons

Our physician liaisons are experienced health care professionals who are available to meet with you in person – as often as you like – to discuss how we can help meet your patients’ needs, and enhance your access to our various resources. Because our physician liaisons are nurses by training, their services are always patient-centered. We can help you:

  • Learn about Duke's clinical capabilities within our services
  • Facilitate communication with Duke physicians and clinical departments
  • Learn about attending Grand Rounds, CME opportunities and other practice building topics
  • Serve as physician and patient advocates regarding Duke services and care
  • Coordinate patient referrals and admissions

Marlena Scarborough, RN, MSN

Marlena ScarboroughMarlena Scarborough has been a nurse since 1994, and has worked at Duke since 1998. She has nursing experience in many different areas of the health system, including the ICU, medical-surgical, case management, nursing education and nursing administration. Marlena has been a physician liaison since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at East Carolina University and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Duke University's School of Nursing in Healthcare Leadership. | cell: 919-323-0997 | fax: 919-660-1036

Lorie Robertson, RN, BSN

Lorie RobertsonLorie Robertson has been a nurse since 1996, and a physician liaison since 2004; working first at a private oncology specialty group and a community hospital before joining Duke in 2013. Prior to becoming a physician liaison, Lorie was an endoscopy manager, OB-GYN nurse manager, and a breast navigator, tobacco cessation specialist, and worked in a dialysis, orthopaedics, GI acute care and surgery center. She received her nursing degree at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. | cell: 919-812-7795 | fax: 919-660-1038

Barbara Willis, RN, BSN, CCRN

Barbara WillisBarbara Willis has worked for Duke since 1994.  She has experience as a staff nurse, nurse manager, and clinical operations director before transitioning to her role as a physician liaison.  Her background includes surgical nursing, intensive care, emergency medicine, and critical care transport.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. | cell: 919-717-0136 | Fax: 919-613-2315

Anne-Marie Hawthorne, RN, BSN

Anne-Marie HawthorneAnne-Marie Hawthorne has worked at Duke for ten years as a Patient Resource Manager, DHTS EMR trainer and educator, and most recently as a Revenue Manager/Project Manager for Duke University Hospital Finance. She is from Durham, and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  | cell: 919-717-0133 | fax: 919-613-2316