Promoting transformative innovation in health and health care 

Challenges throughout the world in health and health care — including access to care, quality of services, and affordability — require solutions featuring transformative ideas and partnerships across disciplines. 

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) promotes innovation in health and health care through high-impact innovation pilots, leadership development, and cultivation of a community of entrepreneurship. 

DIHI brings innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in health and health care by catalyzing multidisciplinary teamwork across Duke University and Duke Medicine and by fostering collaborations with national and international thought leaders. 

A sustained commitment to health innovation across Duke 

DIHI is uniquely qualified to support health innovation. 

Housed within Duke University and Duke University Health System, DIHI connects broad expertise and resources across Duke to effectively address important health care challenges and pilot innovative health care projects. 

DIHI is a home where Duke University and Duke Medicine faculty, staff, trainees, and students can advance innovations in health and healthcare delivery.  We provide an entry point to the Duke University Health System to test new ideas and act as a hub that facilitates collaboration with those external to Duke Medicine.  DIHI is a sustained commitment to health innovation at Duke. 

Get Involved with DIHI 

We invite our Duke colleagues to get involved to help shape the future of health care. Contact us to learn more.

Areas of Innovation

Implementation and Health Delivery Science

  • Catalyze multidisciplinary teamwork; Duke Medicine & University; National & Int’l leaders.
  • Structured interface to DUHS.
  • A living laboratory to incubate, refine, validate, and scale new ideas.

Health Technology Innovation

Incubator for health technology innovation

  • Develop enabling infrastructure and policies
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration

Health Leadership Development

Goal to train current and future leaders across health care in

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Innovation
  • Quantitative health sciences

Applied Health Policy

  • Analysis of policy from national and global perspectives
  • Applications of policy into health care reform efforts



Bill Fulkerson, MD
Duke University Health System
Program Director
Kimberly McCrae
Mark Dakkak

Internal Advisory Board

Robert Calderbank, PhD
Arts and Sciences
Bill Fulkerson, MD
Duke University Health System
Catherine Gilliss, PhD, RN
School of Nursing
Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD
Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP)
Michael Merson, MD
Duke Global Health Institute
Barry Myers, MD, PhD
Eugene Oddone, MD
Eric Peterson, MD
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Barack Richman, PhD
Rose Ritts, PhD
Office of Licensing and Ventures
Kevin Sowers, RN
Duke University Health System
Duncan Thomas, PhD
Arts and Sciences
Eric Toone, PhD
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Peter Ubel, MD

Global Advisory Board

Senior Vice President, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente
Vice Chair, Duke Board of Trustees
Professor, Harvard Business School, Innosight co-founder
President, National University of Singapore
Chairman, Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London
Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Department of Health
Partner, Venrock
Co-Chairman and CEO, DaVita HealthCare Partners
Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution
Co-founder & Chairman of the Board, Exelixis
James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Princeton University
Chief Executive Officer, GE Market Innovations
Chief Executive Officer, GlaxoSmithKline
Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer