Gordon Ralph Corey, MD

Professor of Medicine
Gary Hock Distinguished Professor in Global Health, in the School of Medicine
Vice-Chair for Education and Global Health in the Department of Medicine
Research Professor of Global Health
Professor of Pathology
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail 310 Trent Drive Room 235 Trent, Box 90519, Durham, NC 27708
Phone (919) 668-7174
Email address corey001@mc.duke.edu

My research is based at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, a large academic clinical research organization designed to conduct clinical trials from small local studies to worldwide trials. The focus of my research is bacterial infections: complicated skin and skin structure infections; postoperative wound infections; hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia; bacteremia; and endocarditis. Many of these trials are conducted in concert with the pharmaceutical industry in order to register new antibiotics. In addition, as director of infectious diseases at the DCRI I oversee the work of the mycology group, and tuberculosis trials. This work also includes work supported by NIH grants including sepsis trials, the Staph Aureus and Staph Epi Bacteremia Groups, and the International Collaboration of Endocarditis. The team of investigators with whom I work is highly experienced, amazingly productive and wonderfully collegial.

As a result of my longstanding interest in tropical medicine and the generosity of my patients as well as the Hubert Family we have been able to establish the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. As a result we have developed a medical center-wide fellowship in Global Health. I am presently the Director of the Center and the Gary Hock Distinguished Professor of Global Health.

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Infectious Diseases, Duke University School of Medicine, 1978 - 1980
  • Chief Resident, General Internal Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, 1977 - 1978
  • Residency, General Internal Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, 1975 - 1977
  • Internship, General Internal Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, 1974 - 1975
  • M.D., Baylor University, 1973


Corey, G Ralph, Martin E. Stryjewski, and Richard J. Everts. “Short-course therapy for bloodstream infections in immunocompetent adults..” Int J Antimicrob Agents 34 Suppl 4 (2009): S47–51. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0924-8579(09)70567-9.

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Chu, V. H., J. M. Miro, B. Hoen, C. H. Cabell, P. A. Pappas, P. Jones, M. E. Stryjewski, et al. “Coagulase-negative staphylococcal prosthetic valve endocarditis-a contemporary update based on the International Collaboration on Endocarditis: Prospective cohort study.” Heart 95, no. 7 (2009): 570–76. https://doi.org/10.1136/hrt.2008.149575.

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Rehm, Susan J., Helen Boucher, Donald Levine, Marilyn Campion, Barry I. Eisenstein, Gloria A. Vigliani, G Ralph Corey, and Elias Abrutyn. “Daptomycin versus vancomycin plus gentamicin for treatment of bacteraemia and endocarditis due to Staphylococcus aureus: subset analysis of patients infected with methicillin-resistant isolates..” J Antimicrob Chemother 62, no. 6 (December 2008): 1413–21. https://doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkn372.

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Lalani, Tahaniyat, Jerome J. Federspiel, Helen W. Boucher, Thomas H. Rude, In-Gyu Bae, Michael J. Rybak, Giang T. Tonthat, et al. “Associations between the genotypes of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream isolates and clinical characteristics and outcomes of bacteremic patients..” J Clin Microbiol 46, no. 9 (September 2008): 2890–96. https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00905-08.

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Stryjewski, Martin E., Donald R. Graham, Samuel E. Wilson, William O’Riordan, David Young, Arnold Lentnek, Douglas P. Ross, et al. “Telavancin versus vancomycin for the treatment of complicated skin and skin-structure infections caused by gram-positive organisms..” Clin Infect Dis 46, no. 11 (June 1, 2008): 1683–93. https://doi.org/10.1086/587896.

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Boucher, Helen W., and G Ralph Corey. “Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus..” Clin Infect Dis 46 Suppl 5 (June 1, 2008): S344–49. https://doi.org/10.1086/533590.

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Liao, L., D. F. Kong, Z. Samad, P. A. Pappas, J. G. Jollis, S. S. Lin, A. Wang, et al. “Echocardiographic risk stratification for early surgery with endocarditis: a cost-effectiveness analysis..” Heart 94, no. 5 (May 2008). https://doi.org/10.1136/hrt.2006.106716.

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Kong, Melissa H., G Ralph Corey, Thomas Bashore, and J Kevin Harrison. “Clinical problem-solving. A key miscommunication--an 81-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with increasing abdominal distention, nausea, and vomiting..” N Engl J Med 358, no. 10 (March 6, 2008): 1054–59. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMcps071452.

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