Clements is a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, Nursing and Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He is also an adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Clements received his M.D. from the University of Rochester in New York and completed his pediatric residency at Duke University, North Carolina. From 1976-8 Dr. Clements was a flight Surgeon in the USAF and is still a certified flight instructor. After eight years in private pediatric practice in Durham, NC in 1986, Dr. Clements returned to Duke University as a Pediatric Infectious Disease fellow. During this time he completed an MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina focusing in infectious disease epidemiology. As a research fellow, Dr. Clements developed interests in both vaccine and in infectious disease epidemiology research. Dr. Clements serves as the Medical Director of the Northern Piedmont Community Care of North Carolina, a state Medicaid sponsored entity caring for 60,000 children. He also is a consultant to the legislature as a member of the NC Physician Advisory Committee to Medicaid and a member of the State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC). He is past-president of the Durham-Orange Medical Society and has been the treasurer since inception of PrimaHealth IPA. Dr. Clements is board certified in Pediatrics and provides primary care for his panel of patients three half days per week. Dr. Clements is the Division Chief of Primary Care Pediatrics and director of the medical school class “Exploring Medicine in Foreign Cultures” which is culminated with a 10-day medical experience in Honduras. He is also the Medical Advisor to the Medical Spanish curriculum for Duke Medical Students. He is the Senior Advisor to the Duke Global Health Institute and in July 2008 became a part of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke and the co-Director of the Consortium of Duke and UNC in Latin American Studies.
As a participant in the Scholarship, Advocacy and Activism: Duke Faculty Perspectives on Human Rights series, sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Clements discusses his first encounters with human rights violations and one human rights issue that he believes to be vital to achieving universal equality.