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
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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


Ackerly, D Clay, Krishna Udayakumar, Robert Taber, Michael H. Merson, and Victor J. Dzau. “Perspective: global medicine: opportunities and challenges for academic health science systems..” Academic Medicine 86, no. 9 (September 2011): 1093–99.

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Ackerly, D Clay, Devdutta G. Sangvai, Krishna Udayakumar, Bimal R. Shah, Noah S. Kalman, Alex H. Cho, Kevin A. Schulman, William J. Fulkerson, and Victor J. Dzau. “Training the next generation of physician-executives: an innovative residency pathway in management and leadership..” Academic Medicine 86, no. 5 (May 2011): 575–79.

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Richman, B., K. Udayakumar, W. Mitchell, and K. Schulman. “Lessons from India in Organizational Innovation: A Tale of Two Heart Hospitals.” Health Affairs 27 (2008): 1260–70.


Cowper, P. A., K. Udayakumar, M. H. Sketch, and E. D. Peterson. “Erratum: Economic effects of prolonged clopidogrel therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention (Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2005) 45 (369-376)).” Journal of the American College of Cardiology 45, no. 11 (June 7, 2005).

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Cowper, Patricia A., Krishna Udayakumar, Michael H. Sketch, and Eric D. Peterson. “Economic effects of prolonged clopidogrel therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention..” Journal of the American College of Cardiology 45, no. 3 (February 2005): 369–76.

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