Ralph Corey to be vice chair for education & global health

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mary Klotman, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, announced today that Ralph Corey, MD, professor of medicine and global health in the Division of Infectious Diseases, will become vice chair for education and global health, effective May 1.

"This is an expanded role for our education mission that capitalizes on Ralph’s particularly deep experience as an educator here as well as abroad," Dr. Klotman wrote to faculty, fellows, residents and staff. "He will be responsible for all aspects of pre- and post-graduate medical education within the department, and I’ve asked him to develop a strategic plan around global health and how that can be further incorporated into our training programs."

Dr. Corey has a long and accomplished history in the Department of Medicine.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in physics from Duke University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, he completed his internship, residency, chief residency, and infectious diseases fellowship at Duke. He previously served as director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program for 18 years, and he has continued to mentor clinician-educators and clinician-researchers in our department. As he presented at the Medicine Research Conference in March, he has been an active clinical investigator himself (find link to video of his talk on antibiotic prophylaxis for dental procedures) and has authored more than 200 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Corey’s new title reflects a growing opportunity to build on the interest in global health among our faculty and trainees – 26 faculty members are engaged in global health activities, seven residents will do global health rotations next year, and two residents are participating in the global health residency program that includes a nine-to-twelve month intensive field experience in a resource-poor setting (five of the incoming interns expressed an interest in global health).

He was an early leader in introducing global health experiences into medical training. In 1985, he started the Duke International Health Program, which has sent more than 300 residents overseas for training in Brazil, China, Pakistan, Thailand, Kenya, Tanzania and Australia. His commitment to international service also inspired the creation of the Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health, which seeks to develop the next generation of globally educated, socially responsible healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged populations.

Ralph will also be taking a more active role within the Duke Global Health Institute. Through a collaboration between the Duke Global Health Institute and the Hubert-Yeargan Center, he will lead an initiative to harmonize the growing number of global health education, research and service activities of the School’s clinical departments. This effort aims to expand global health career pathways across the medical center to enable us to recruit top-notch faculty, residents and fellows, and will enhance multi-specialty participation in collaborative research projects and educational opportunities at a number of strategically selected locations around the world.