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
Stepping Down and Lessons Learned
Dr. Snyderman stepped down as Chancellor after his third five-year term in June 2004. In the ten years since, he has actively advocated for new models for health care. He learned many lessons from his 15-year experience, some professional and some personal—but perhaps above all, he learned that the distinction between the two is ultimately artificial. Personal relationships and institutional ones invariably intermingle and the same basic qualities of integrity apply to all forms of leadership.