Ralph Snyderman, MD, is Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Research in Personalized Health Care at the Duke University School of Medicine. He previously served as Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and as the founding President and CEO of the Duke University Health System; Dean of the School of Medicine at Duke University; Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges; Senior Vice President, Medical Research and Development, Genentech, Inc.; Director, Laboratory of Immune Effector Function, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at Duke; and Senior Investigator, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Snyderman has received numerous honors, including the Personalized Medicine World Conference Pioneer Award (2016), the North Carolina Life Sciences Leadership Award (2014), the Association of American Medical Colleges David E. Rogers Award (2012), the Industr
Dr. Ralph Snyderman provides a brief, biographic chapter on his childhood and years of study. He describes his life in Brooklyn, NY, and his ancestry from the Ukraine. His university years and course of study in medical school are described. Last, he provides an outline of his positions prior to Duke University.
A brief history of Western medicine starts with Galen and takes one from the humoral-imbalance theory to the late 19th century germ theory of disease. A key turning point in medicine was the Flexner Report of 1910, which facilitated the transformation of medicine into a science-based enterprise in which clinical practice, research, and medical education began to fuse. The leading site of this fusion was the American academic medical center, which began at such leading institutions as Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania. Duke University joined the trend in 1924 and ever since has been one of the major academic medical centers in the world.