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Prof Victor DZAU




National Academy of Medicine, United States of America

• Speaker, Keynote Lecture I
Speaker, Lunch Plenary II 



Victor J. Dzau is the President of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the National Research Council. He is Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University and the past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Duke University Health System. Prior to joining Duke, Prof Dzau was the Hersey Professor and Chairman of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, as well as Chairman of Medicine at Stanford University. 

Prof Dzau has made a significant impact on medicine through his seminal research in cardiovascular medicine and genetics. His work contributed importantly to the contemporary understanding of cardiovascular disease and the development lifesaving drugs. In his role as a leader in health care, Prof Dzau has led efforts in innovation to improve health, including the development of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, the Duke Global Health Institute, the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, and the Duke Institute for Health Innovation. 

As one of the world’s preeminent health leaders, Prof Dzau advises governments, corporations, and universities worldwide. He has served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and as Chair of the NIH Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors for SingHealth and Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar. He was on the Board of Health Governors of the World Economic Forum and chaired its Global Agenda Council on Personalised and Precision Medicine. 

Among his many honours and recognitions are the Gustav Nylin Medal from the Swedish Royal College of Medicine; Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association; and the Henry Freisen International Prize. In 2014, he received the Public Service Medal from the President of Singapore. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has received eight honorary doctorates.