A Chancellor's Tale: Transforming Academic Medicine
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. Snyderman saw the need for strategic planning to meet the opportunities and challenges posed by changes in the external environment. This resulted in the first formal planning process by any major entity in Duke University and the development of a Long Range Plan. The Plan included a comprehensive analysis of threats and opportunities in all areas of the medical center, identified investment opportunities, set performance expectations, and developed resource priorities that transcended the interest of any single department or entity within the institution. Dr. Snyderman became increasingly aware that the medical center as a whole lacked a central operational system strong enough to create excellence and ensure future solvency. This required strengthening the management functions of the Chancellor’s office.