The 2003 Bravewell Leadership Award

The inaugural Bravewell Leadership Award Event was held on November 13, 2003 in New York City.

The six finalists honored at the event were:

Brian M. Berman, MD

Founder and Director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine

Erminia Guarneri, MD

Founder and Medical Director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

Kathi Kemper, MD

Founder of the Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research at Boston's Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Wake Forest University

Woodson Merrell, MD

Executive Director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at New York's Beth Israel Medical Center

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal

Ralph Snyderman, MD

Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University

Before an audience of 450, Ralph Snyderman, MD, Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University, accepted the crystal globe and $100,000 award from former CBS journalist and news anchor Walter Cronkite. Pat Collins, arts and entertainment editor of WWOR-TV News in New York City was mistress of ceremonies.


About Ralph Snyderman, MD

Ralph Snyderman, MD, is Chancellor Emeritus for Health Affairs at Duke University and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine. He served as Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine from 1989 to July 2004. During this period, he oversaw the development of the Duke University Health System, one of the most successful integrated academic health systems in the country, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Snyderman accepted his first faculty appointment at Duke in 1972 as a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, assistant professor of medicine and immunology, and Chief of Rheumatology at the Durham Veteran's Administration Hospital. He rose rapidly through Duke's academic ranks, becoming chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology in 1975. By 1984, Snyderman was also the Frederic M. Hanes Professor of Medicine and Immunology. His research contributed to the understanding of how white blood cells respond to chemical signals to mediate host defense or tissue damage. Dr. Snyderman is internationally recognized for his contributions in inflammation research.

A graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Md. (1961), Snyderman received his MD, magna cum laude, in 1965 from the Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York. He served his internship and residency in medicine at Duke and later worked as a Public Health Officer doing research in immunology at the NIH (1967-72).

Dr. Snyderman is often called upon by Congress, the Institute of Medicine, the NIH, and national policy makers to contribute to the debate on health care reform. He plays a prominent role in the leadership of such important national organizations as the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Medical Colleges. A member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, he served as Chair of the AAMC in 2001-2002 and President of the Association of American Physicians in 2003-2004. Most recently, he served as the chair of the planning committee for the Institute of Medicine’s Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public.


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“There has never been a time when the concepts and principles of integrative medicine have been more important to our nation and, indeed, our world.”

— Ralph Snyderman, MD