G. Ralph Corey, MD

Gary Hock Distinguished Professor of Global Health
Vice Chair of Education and Global Health
Director, Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health
Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

G. Ralph Corey, MD is a clinical researcher, global health expert, and clinician/educator. His research for the past 25 years has focused on large clinical trials. His trials have involved skin and skin structure infections, community and hospital acquired pneumonia, post-surgical infections, prosthetic joint infections, intra-abdominal infections, urinary tract infections, and blood stream infections. Dr. Corey’s primary areas of interest include S. aureus infections and infective endocarditis as well as resistant Gram negative bacterial infections. He guided the initiation of the Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Group (SABG), which has prospectively identified, followed and databased more than 2500 patients over 23 years. In addition, Dr. Corey co-founded the International Collaboration on Endocarditis (ICE), which has prospectively identified, followed, and databased more than 6,000 patients from 61 sites in 30 countries over 17 years. More recently Dr. Corey has expanded his interests in infectious diseases to include trials involving resistant gram negative organisms, prosthetic joint infections, and community acquired pneumonia. As a result of these efforts Dr. Corey has over 260 peer reviewed publications.

Dr. Corey is the Gary Hock Distinguished Professor of Global Health and Director of the Hubert/Yeargan Center for Global Health. In 1985 Dr. Corey began the International Health Program at Duke University Medical Center. The Hubert/Yeargan Center for Global Health was established in May 2005 as a result of Dr. Corey’s commitment to global health issues and the generosity of the Hubert, the Yeargan, and the Hock families. He is actively involved in the creation of the innovative medical center-wide Global Health Residency/Fellowship Program as well as clinical research in diseases of the developing world.
Dr Corey is also a talented educator and active clinician. For 18 years he was the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Duke University Medical Center where he created innovative programs involving training in clinical epidemiology and global health as well as the combined programs in medicine/pediatrics and medicine/psychiatry. He is now the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Corey earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Duke University, his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his internship, residency, chief residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He has been honored with numerous awards including the Golden Apple Award, the Eugene A. Stead Teaching Award, the Palumbo Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Award and the Research Mentor Award. In 2014, Dr. Corey was honored with the Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award, presented by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) at the annual meeting, and in 2015, he was named Baylor College of Medicine Alumnus of the Year.


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