Victor J. Dzau, M.D., Head of Duke University Health System, Receives Honorary Degree from the University of Glasgow
DURHAM, N.C., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Victor J. Dzau, M.D., Duke University chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer of Duke University Health System, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Presentation of the honorary degree came June 15 on the university’s Commemoration Day celebrating its founding in 1451.
The honorary degree recognizes Dzau’s distinction in and major contribution to the field of biomedical sciences.
“Receiving this degree from such a historically important institution is very humbling and is a tremendous honor,” said Dzau. “The relationship I’ve enjoyed with the University over the years has been very important to me and I’m pleased to be among the institution’s many illustrious past recipients of honorary degrees.”
Additional recipients of honorary degrees included Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge (Doctor of Science); Lord John McFall of Alcuith, former Member of Parliament (Doctor of the University); Baroness Brenda Hale, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the first and only female member of the court (Doctor of Laws); Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, Emeritus Professor, Keio University, Tokyo (Doctor of Letters); and Very Reverend David Lunan, Clerk to the Presbytery of Glasgow (Doctor of Divinity).
Dzau, a physician and pioneering translational research scientist who is widely recognized as one of the world’s most influential medical leaders, has received numerous honors for his contributions to research and medicine.
Among them are several prior international honorary degrees and professorships, including the Upjohn Chair in Medicine, University of Antwerp, Belgium (1995); Doctor Honoris Causa, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1998); Doctor Honoris Causa, National University of Cordoba, Argentina (2001); Honorary Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, United Kingdom (2001); Doctor of Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2008); and Doctor of Science, King’s College London, (2010).
Dzau also continues to lead a robust research lab that is exploring innovative stem cell and genetic treatments for heart and blood vessel diseases. He has published more than 400 research papers and six books.
Dzau visited the University of Glasgow in 2009 to deliver the Philip Poole-Wilson Memorial Lecture. In 2001, he delivered the University of Glasgow’s inaugural lecture of the British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre (BHF GCRC).
Born in China, Dzau grew up in Hong Kong, and graduated from McGill University with a BSc and a M.D. He has headed Duke Medicine since 2004.
SOURCE Duke Medicine News & Communications