Victor J. Dzau

National Academy of Medicine
Company executive (health); Academic administrator; Educator
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Scientific, Cultural, and Nonprofit Leadership


Victor J. Dzau is President of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Medicine. In addition, he is Chancellor Emeritus for Health Affairs and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine in the Duke University Health System. His research is on renin-angiotensin and vascular biology has shaped cardiovascular medicine and therapeutics. Dzau sees academic health centers (AHCs) as critical in transforming medicine through a seamless innovation to care continuum aligning scientific discovery, translational research, and care delivery. At Stanford and Harvard, he introduced new divisions to address emerging issues, including global health, women's health, pharmaco-epidemiology, and genomics. At Duke, Dzau inaugurated his new model innovation to care continuum AHC through development of horizontal integrative structures such as Duke Global Health Institute, Translational Medicine Institute, Institute of Health Innovations, Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, and other private-public international partnerships. Locally, he sponsors innovative projects and new models of care delivery to improve community health, including the Durham Health Initiative, hailed as an ideal model for community/AHC partnerships. Dzau plays a leading role nationally representing the perspective of AHCs in health care reform. He has held key leadership roles within the Association of Academic Health Centers, including incoming board chair.

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