​Dear Friends,
As my third full week as Chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Duke University Health System draws to a close, I wanted to send a note of greetings.   It is a great honour and privilege to assume this leadership role and to join the vibrant Duke community, which most certainly includes Duke-NUS.    I have heard much about the impressive achievements of the School and its excellent partnership with SingHealth in the formation of an Academic Medical Centre. 

As you all know, this is a time of profound change and opportunity across the world of health.  Investigators are achieving an unprecedented understanding of human biology and disease.  Technological advances are creating a vast reservoir of relevant health-related data.  These developments offer unimagined possibilities for accelerating significant scientific discoveries, implementing transformative educational models, pioneering disruptive health care innovations, and producing meaningful population health improvements. 

At Duke, both here and in Singapore, we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this moment.  We have the best and the brightest faculty, staff and students.  We have an extraordinary set of partners.  And we have a spirit of collegiality and cooperation that is unrivalled among academic health institutions. 

Harnessing our many assets, we will ensure that Duke continues to fulfill and strengthen its leadership role in improving lives locally, nationally and globally.   

I look forward to meeting all of you in person toward the end of May when I will be in Singapore to visit the campus and participate in the graduation ceremony for this year's graduates.
A. Eugene Washington, M.D.
Chancellor for Health Affairs
CEO Duke University Health System

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