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Duke-NUS pioneer awarded honorary citizenship

Prof Dzau received honorary citizenship of Singapore for his contributions to post-graduate medical education

Professor Victor Dzau, who played an integral role in the establishment of the Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS), was conferred honorary citizenship of Singapore for his contributions to post-graduate medical education. This award — Singapore’s top honour for foreigners — was presented to him by Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Madam Halimah Yacob in a ceremony at the Istana on 26 April.

Prof Dzau was a signatory to the agreement between Duke University and NUS to set up the Duke-NUS in 2005, and played a pivotal role in the leadership and development of the School. While on the board of SingHealth from 2008 to 2018, Prof Dzau was also instrumental in shaping the academic medicine partnership between Duke-NUS and SingHealth to develop the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre which conducts research in chronic diseases, ageing population trends and models of care. For his achievements and his service to the nation he was also the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award at the NUS University Awards in 2014. An expert in cardiology and genetics, Prof Dzau currently serves as president of the National Academy of Medicine in the US.

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