Ralph Snyderman, MD is Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Executive Director of the Duke Center for Personalized Health Care. He served as Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at Duke University from 1989 to July 2004 and led the transition of this excellent medical center into an internationally recognized leader of academic medicine. He oversaw the development of the Duke University Health System, one of the most successful integrated academic healthcare 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 personalized health care, an evolving model of national health care delivery. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to the development of 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.”
Dr. Snyderman has received numerous awards for his contributions to improving health care including, the Precision Medicine World Congress Pioneer Award for his major contributions to the field of personalized medicine; the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for his leadership in academic medicine and for the conception of personalized medicine; the Leadership in Personalized Medicine Award from the Personalized Medicine Coalition for his efforts in advancing predictive and targeted therapies on a national scale; and, the inaugural Bravewell Leadership Award for outstanding achievements in the field of integrative medicine.
Dr. Snyderman has played a prominent role in the leadership of such important national organizations as the Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His bibliography contains nearly 400 manuscripts and numerous books, including A Chancellor’s Tale: Transforming Academic Medicine.