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DGHI director named vice chancellor for NUS affairs

Dr. Michael Merson, director of the Duke Global Health Institute, will also assume the role of vice chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore Affairs of Duke Medicine.

Merson will take on his additional role starting March 1, Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System, announced in a memo to School of Medicine and School of Nursing faculty Feb. 18.

“I’m hoping to continue to find opportunities and ways for faculty and students at Duke in Durham to work with Duke-NUS,” Merson said in an interview Sunday. “It’s very exciting that Duke is involved with this medical school... really I think it’s very exciting how well this is going.”

As vice chancellor, Merson said he will be replacing Dr. R. Sanders Williams as the primary intermediary between Dzau and the leadership of Duke-NUS in Singapore. Williams is leaving Duke in March to head a non-profit biomedical research center.

“The vice chancellor for Duke-NUS position is a critically important one for Duke Medicine, as Duke-NUS represents our most ambitious global partnership to date,” Dzau wrote in his memo. “ I am very pleased that Mike has enthusiastically agreed to take on this most important responsibility.”

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