Washington College Magazine

A Man of Modern Medicine

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April 12, 2013
Ralph Snyderman ’61, who has earned a national reputation as a distinguished physician, researcher, educator and policy leader, has received another top honor recognizing his outstanding contributions to medicine.

The Washington College Trustee and Alumni Citation winner accepted the Association of American Medical Colleges’ David E. Rogers Award in San Francisco in early November.

During his 15-year tenure as chancellor for health affairs and dean of the school of medicine, Snyderman led the development of the Duke University Health System and began implementing innovative models of health care delivery. DUHS emerged as a leading player in creating initiatives that are transforming how health care is delivered.

Snyderman also led the creation of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, the largest academic clinical research institute in the world.

In this era of health care reform, Snyderman is a leading proponent of personalized health care, a cutting-edge model of medicine that combines the best of molecular and other high-tech testing with patient-centered medicine in a caring practice to create health plans based on each individual’s distinctive risks and needs. 

As director of the Duke Center for Research on Prospective Health Care, Snyderman champions this rational approach to medicine and seeks to engage patients in their own predictive and preventive care. In 2002, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services partnered with Duke to develop a personalized care model that tracked the health of patients. In 2003, Duke expanded the model and began offering prospective health care to its employees. 

The programs Dr. Snyderman initiated to bring this approach to residents of Durham, regardless of the ability to pay, include Promising Practices, Just for Us, and Latino Access to Coordinated Health Care. These initiatives focus on cardiovascular disease, obesity, and asthma, and are intended to substantially reduce the burden of disease in economically deprived areas.

Last modified on Apr. 17th, 2013 at 9:47am by Otto Borden.