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Krishna Udayakumar

Associate Professor of the Practice, Global Health and Medicine
Duke Global Health Institute

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Krishna Udayakumar


Krishna Udayakumar, MD, MBA is head of global innovation for Duke Medicine. In this role, Udayakumar is responsible for the development and implementation of global strategy as well as business development for Duke Medicine.

Through Duke Medicine Global, he works closely with leaders across the medical center to expand Duke's international activities and develop global partnerships across translational and clinical research, global health, education and training, health care delivery, health care management, and related areas.

Udayakumar also serves as executive director of the Innovations in Healthcare, a non-profit organization affiliated with Duke Medicine that seeks to support innovators to scale and replicate successful health care delivery solutions globally. Working directly with entrepreneurs around the world as well as supporters from industry, academia, foundations, and governments, Innovations in Healthcare seeks to facilitate the growth of transformative models of care across developing and developed economies.

Providing business strategy and business development support for the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, he also serves as assistant professor of global health and medicine at Duke University as well as assistant professor at Duke-NUS Medical School.

In addition, he is associate program director of the Duke Medicine Management and Leadership Pathway for Residents, an innovative graduate medical education program combining clinical and management training.

He was born in Bangalore, India, and moved to the United States with his family at the age of seven, growing up in Virginia. Udayakumar is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, having received his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with distinction in 1999. He received both an MD from the Duke University School of Medicine and an MBA (with a concentration in health sector management) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2004, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. Udayakumar completed his residency training in internal medicine at Duke and served as assistant chief resident at the Durham VA Medical Center.


Recent Publications

Putera M, Roark R, Lopes RD, Udayakumar K, Peterson ED, Califf RM, Shah BR, "Translation of acute coronary syndrome therapies: From evidence to routine clinical practice." American Heart Journal, published online November 13, 2014.

Dzau VJ, Cho AH, ElLaissi W, Yoediono Z, Sangvai D, Shah BR, Zaas D, Udayakumar K, "Academic Health Centers Must Transform for an Uncertain Future," New England Journal of Medicine, 369(11): 991-3.

Richman B, Udayakumar K, Mitchell W, Schulman K, Lessons from India in organizational innovation: a tale of two heart hospitals. Health Affairs, 27(5): 1260-1270.

Tenenbaum JD, Christian V, Cornish M, Dolor RJ, Dunham AA, Ginsburg GS, Kraus VB, McCarthy JJ, McHutchison JG, Nahm ML, Newby KL, Svetkey LP, Udayakumar K, Califf RM, The MURDOCK Study: A long-term initiative for disease reclassification through advanced biomarker discovery and Integration with Electronic Health Records. American Journal of Translational Research, August 2012.

Ackerly DC, Udayakumar K, Cho AH, Dzau VJ, Academic Health Science Centers and Global Medicine, chapter of book, The Intersection of Policy and Leadership at Academic Health Science Centers: A Professional and Personal Guide, Radcliffe Publishing, September 2012.

Roark RF, Shah BR, Udayakumar K, Peterson ED, The need for transformative innovation in hypertension management. American Heart Journal, 162: 405-11.

Ackerly DC, Udayakumar K, Taber RL, Merson MH, Dzau VJ, Perspective: Global Medicine: Opportunities and challenges for Academic Health Science Systems. Academic Medicine, 86 (9): September 2011 print edition.

Ackerly DC, Sangvai DG, Udayakumar K, Shah BR, Kalman NS, Cho AH, Schulman, KA, Fulkerson WJ, Dzau VJ, Training the next generation of physician-executives: an innovative residency pathway in management and leadership. Academic Medicine, 86(5): 575-9.