The Duke‑NUS Dialogues were conceived in late 2016 to promote Duke‑NUS Medical Alumni’s core mission through alumni dialogues with prominent clinicians, scientific researchers and political leaders.
At each Duke‑NUS Dialogue, alumni, current students, faculty and SingHealth Duke‑NUS Academic Medical Centre leaders meet over dinner before gathering for the Dialogue, which begins with the Distinguished Speaker’s opening remarks, followed by a lively Q&A session. Chatham House Rules ensure a vibrant, open and meaningful debate.
Mr Tony Chew, founding chairman of the Duke-NUS Medical School Governing Board, and his family generously host the Dialogues at their home. The sole Honorary Member of the Duke‑NUS Medical Alumni, Mr Chew is a stalwart advocate for Duke-NUS and has taken a special interest in supporting this small but ever-growing alumni body.
The inaugural Duke‑NUS Dialogue was held in January 2017 with Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information and Ministry of Education, as Distinguished Speaker. Dr Janil, who trained as a paediatrician, served as a founding faculty member at Duke‑NUS and made important contributions to the innovative team-based learning pedagogy that the school employs.
The Dialogues have entered a new era with the 9th
instalment of the Duke‑NUS Dialogues in March 2023, featuring an overseas speaker for the first time. Professor Victor J. Dzau, President of the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM), is an internationally-acclaimed clinician leader and physician scientist who has made a significant impact through his seminal research in cardiovascular medicine pioneering gene therapy for vascular disease. In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the US National Research Council, he is also Chancellor Emeritus at Duke University and former CEO of the Duke University Health System.
Choosing Prof Dzau as the first international Distinguished Speaker for the Dialogues was a natural decision for the alumni leadership, given his active involvement with Singapore and his pivotal role in the formation of Duke‑NUS Medical School in 2005. He serves on the Board of Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd and the Academic Medicine Advisory Council of SingHealth and Duke‑NUS. A thought leader on academic medicine, Prof Dzau spoke on the theme of “The role of academic medicine in Singapore’s future”.