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Ralph Corey, MD

Executive Director, Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health

Professor of Medicine, Pathology & Infectious Diseases

Vice Chair for Education and Global Health, Department of Medicine

Infectious Diseases

Department of Medicine


Ralph Corey, MD is the founding director of the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health, a clinical researcher and a clinician/educator. His research for the past 15 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 2000 patients over 15 years. In addition, Dr. Corey co-founded the International Collaboration on Endocarditis (ICE), which has prospectively identified, followed, and databased more than 5,000 patients from 61 sites in 30 countries over 8 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 200 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 November 2004 as a result of Dr. Corey’s commitment to global health issues and the generosity of the Hubert, Yeargan and Hock families. He is actively involved in the innovative medical center-wide Global Health Pathway 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 and Global Health 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. In May 2010, Dr Corey was honored with Duke’s Research Mentor Award.