- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The physician running Duke University’s wide-ranging network of hospitals and health care is taking over the national institute which provides independent medical information and analysis.

Duke University Health System CEO Victor Dzau (zow) was announced Wednesday as the next president of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences. The institute is responsible for providing advice to government policymakers, health professionals and the public on issues such as health care delivery and quality.

Dzau has been at Duke University for almost a decade. He’s headed a health system that includes physician practices, home hospice care, Duke University Hospital and smaller hospitals in Durham and Raleigh.

He was a medical researcher who worked on high blood pressure and congestive heart failure treatments and pioneered gene therapy for vascular disease.

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