Duke CEO to head IOM

Duke University Health System President and CEO Dr. Victor Dzau was named president of the Institute of Medicine, succeeding the longtime president, Dr. Harvey Fineberg, the National Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday.

Dzau, whose six-year term will begin July 1, has done research in the area of treatment for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure and pioneered the use of gene therapy for vascular disease, the institute said in announcing the selection. Dzau served on the IOM Council from 2008 through 2013, Fineberg said in a statement.  In addition to being president of Duke’s health system, Dzau is also chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and its James B. Duke professor of medicine.