Ralph Snyderman, MD

Ralph Snyderman, MD, is Chancellor Emeritus for Health Affairs at Duke University and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine.  He served as Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine from 1989 to July 2004.  During this period, 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 President and Chief Executive Officer.

During his tenure as Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, the medical school and hospital were ranked among the nation's best.  A graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Md. (1961), Snyderman received his MD, magna cum laude, in 1965 from the Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York.  He served his internship and residency in medicine at Duke and later worked as a Public Health Officer doing research in immunology at the NIH (1967-72).

Dr. Snyderman is often called upon by Congress, the Institute of Medicine, the NIH, and national policy makers to contribute to the debate on healthcare reform.  He plays 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 the Association of American Physicians in 2003-2004.  He is currently working toward the development and implementation of prospective health care.


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