Gordon Ralph Corey, MD

Professor Emeritus 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


Thom, H., J. C. Thompson, D. A. Scott, N. Halfpenny, K. Sulham, and G. R. Corey. “Comparative efficacy of antibiotics for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI): a systematic review and network meta-analysis.” Curr Med Res Opin 31, no. 8 (August 2015): 1539–51. https://doi.org/10.1185/03007995.2015.1058248.

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Arnold, Christopher J., Melissa Johnson, Arnold S. Bayer, Suzanne Bradley, Efthymia Giannitsioti, José M. Miró, Pilar Tornos, et al. “Candida infective endocarditis: an observational cohort study with a focus on therapy.” Antimicrob Agents Chemother 59, no. 4 (April 2015): 2365–73. https://doi.org/10.1128/AAC.04867-14.

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Prokocimer, Philippe, G Ralph Corey, Anita F. Das, and Gregory J. Moran. “A closer inspection of tedizolid - authors' reply.” Lancet Infect Dis 15, no. 4 (April 2015): 375. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(15)70103-9.

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Corey, G Ralph, Ethan Rubinstein, Martin E. Stryjewski, Matteo Bassetti, and Steven L. Barriere. “Potential role for telavancin in bacteremic infections due to gram-positive pathogens: focus on Staphylococcus aureus.” Clin Infect Dis 60, no. 5 (March 1, 2015): 787–96. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciu971.

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Chirouze, Catherine, François Alla, Vance G. Fowler, Daniel J. Sexton, G Ralph Corey, Vivian H. Chu, Andrew Wang, et al. “Impact of early valve surgery on outcome of Staphylococcus aureus prosthetic valve infective endocarditis: analysis in the International Collaboration of Endocarditis-Prospective Cohort Study.” Clin Infect Dis 60, no. 5 (March 1, 2015): 741–49. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciu871.

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Stryjewski, Martin E., Ronald N. Jones, and G Ralph Corey. “Ceftaroline: clinical and microbiology experience with focus on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus after regulatory approval in the USA.” Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 81, no. 3 (March 2015): 183–88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2014.11.016.

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Stryjewski, Martin E., and G Ralph Corey. “Editorial commentary: NOVA score to predict endocarditis in patients with enterococcal bacteremia: sticking to valves or to scores?” Clin Infect Dis 60, no. 4 (February 15, 2015): 536–38. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciu878.

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