An M.D. as CEO Redraws the Big Picture


On the second floor of the Duke Clinic, Dr. Ralph Snyderman is making rounds. That would be nothing special if he didn't run the place. Snyderman is chancellor of Duke University Medical Center, so for him to be looking in on patients is a bit like Bill Gates debugging code on a Windows program. Still, it's something he does one month every year, usually in June, like most other doctors at Duke. Right now he's checking on the progress of James McAllister, 73, who has a spinal tumor. McAllister is doing well enough to leave a high-cost intensive-care ward soon for...

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