Exploring Human Potential

Ralph Snyderman MD


Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, Duke University; Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care.

Dr. Snyderman served as Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the Duke School of Medicine from 1989 to July 2004 and led the transition of this excellent medical center into an internationally recognized leader of academic medicine.  During his tenure, the medical school and hospital achieved ranking amongst the nation’s best.  He oversaw the development of the Duke University Health System, one of the most successful integrated academic health systems in the country, and served as its first President and Chief Executive Officer.  Dr. Snyderman has played a leading role in the conception and development of Prospective Care, a novel approach to personalized health and an evolving model of national health care delivery.  He was among the first to envision and articulate the need to move the current focus of health care from treatment of disease events to personalized, predictive, preventative and participatory care.

Dr. Snyderman has been widely recognized for his contributions to the development of more rational, effective, and compassionate models of health care.  He was awarded the first Bravewell Leadership Award for outstanding achievements in the field of integrative medicine in 2003.   In 2007, he received the Leadership in Personalized Medicine Award from the Personalized Medicine Coalition for his efforts in advancing predictive and targeted therapies on a national scale.  In 2008, Dr. Snyderman received Frost & Sullivan’s North American HealthCare Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering spirit and contributions to medicine.  In 2009, he received the Triangle Business Journal’s Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2010, Procter & Gamble named Snyderman an honorary member of the Victor Mills Society for his leadership and impact on innovation and he was recognized as a Bioscience Leader Emeriti by the NC Association for Biomedical Research honoring North Carolina research leaders for their outstanding leadership in the transformation of the state through scientific discovery and innovation.

Dr. Snyderman has played a prominent role in the leadership of such important national organizations as the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  He served as Chair of the AAMC in 2001-2002 and President of AAP in 2003-2004.  He chaired the Institute of Medicine’s National Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public held in February 2009.  His bibliography exceeds 375 manuscripts as well as numerous books.

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