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Dr. Ralph Snyderman ’61 H’04

Dr. Snyderman is Chancellor Emeritus, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Research on Personalized Health Care at Duke University.  He was the former Chancellor for Health Affairs and the first President and CEO of the Duke University Health System. 

Dr. Snyderman previously served as Senior Vice President at Genentech, a leading biotechnology firm and before that was the Hanes Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to the development of a more rational, effective, and compassionate health care.  He was amongst the first to envision and articulate the need to move the current focus of health care from the treatment of disease-events to personalized, proactive, and patient-centered care.  The Association of American Medical Colleges has referred to Dr. Snyderman as the “father of personalized medicine.” He served as President of the Association of American Physicians, Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and is frequently called upon by Congress and other policymakers as a participant in the debate on health care reform. He received the Washington College Alumni Association Citation in 1996 and an honorary degree in 2004 for outstanding achievement in the field of medicine.  Dr. Snyderman is a member of the 1782 Society, and made the first Board commitment to the science building project.


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