Krishnakumar Udayakumar, MD

Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health
Associate Professor - Track IV in Medicine
Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Campus mail 310 Blackwell Street, Third Floor, Durham, NC 27701
Phone (919) 668-8585
Email address ku@duke.edu

Dr. Krishna Udayakumar leads multiple initiatives at Duke in the fields of health innovation and globalization of healthcare. He is the founding Director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, focused on generating deeper evidence and support for the study, scaling, and adaptation of health innovations and policy reforms globally.  He is also Executive Director of Innovations in Healthcare, a non-profit co-founded by Duke, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum, leading the organization’s work to curate and scale the impact of transformative health solutions globally.

As Head of Global Innovation for Duke Health, Dr. Udayakumar is responsible for the development and implementation of global strategy as well as global business development for Duke Health, across healthcare delivery, biomedical sciences research, and health professions education and training.

At Duke University, Dr. Udayakumar holds the rank of Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine, and is Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and Academic Medicine.

Born in Bangalore, India, Dr. Udayakumar spent his childhood in Virginia, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with distinction. He received both an MD and an MBA (with a concentration in Health Sector Management) from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. Dr. Udayakumar completed his residency training in internal medicine at Duke and served as Assistant Chief Resident at the Durham VA Medical Center before joining the faculty of Duke University. 

Education and Training

  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Duke University, 2004 - 2007
  • M.D., Duke University, 2004

Publications

Maru, Duncan, Sheela Maru, Isha Nirola, Jonathan Gonzalez-Smith, Andrea Thoumi, Prajwol Nepal, Pushpa Chaudary, Indira Basnett, Krishna Udayakumar, and Mark McClellan. “Accountable Care Reforms Improve Women's And Children's Health In Nepal..” Health Affairs (Project Hope) 36, no. 11 (November 2017): 1965–72. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0579.

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McClellan, Mark, Krishna Udayakumar, Andrea Thoumi, Jonathan Gonzalez-Smith, Kushal Kadakia, Natalia Kurek, Mariam Abdulmalik, and Ara W. Darzi. “Improving Care And Lowering Costs: Evidence And Lessons From A Global Analysis Of Accountable Care Reforms..” Health Affairs (Project Hope) 36, no. 11 (November 2017): 1920–27. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0535.

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Bhatti, Yasser, Andrea Taylor, Matthew Harris, Hester Wadge, Erin Escobar, Matt Prime, Hannah Patel, et al. “Global Lessons In Frugal Innovation To Improve Health Care Delivery In The United States..” Health Affairs (Project Hope) 36, no. 11 (November 2017): 1912–19. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0480.

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Thoumi, Andrea, Krishna Udayakumar, Elizabeth Drobnick, Andrea Taylor, and Mark McClellan. “Innovations In Diabetes Care Around the World: Case Studies Of Care Transformation Through Accountable Care Reforms..” Health Affairs (Project Hope) 34, no. 9 (September 2015): 1489–97. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0403.

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Putera, Martin, Robin Roark, Renato D. Lopes, Krishna Udayakumar, Eric D. Peterson, Robert M. Califf, and Bimal R. Shah. “Translation of acute coronary syndrome therapies: from evidence to routine clinical practice..” Am Heart J 169, no. 2 (February 2015): 266–73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2014.09.015.

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Dzau, Victor J., Alex Cho, William Ellaissi, Ziggy Yoediono, Devdutta Sangvai, Bimal Shah, David Zaas, and Krishna Udayakumar. “Transforming academic health centers for an uncertain future..” N Engl J Med 369, no. 11 (September 12, 2013): 991–93. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMp1302374.

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Tenenbaum, Jessica D., Victoria Christian, Melissa A. Cornish, Rowena J. Dolor, Ashley A. Dunham, Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, Virginia B. Kraus, et al. “The MURDOCK Study: a long-term initiative for disease reclassification through advanced biomarker discovery and integration with electronic health records..” Am J Transl Res 4, no. 3 (2012): 291–301.

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Scholars@Duke

Roark, Robin F., Bimal R. Shah, Krishna Udayakumar, and Eric D. Peterson. “The need for transformative innovation in hypertension management..” Am Heart J 162, no. 3 (September 2011): 405–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2011.06.010.

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