Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

26th Annual Dr. Raymond C. Grandon Lecture

Please join us for the 26th Annual Dr. Raymond C. Grandon lecture on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Our guest speaker is Victor J. Dzau, MD, President of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The focus of his presentation will be "Vital Directions of Health and Healthcare for the Nation."

The lecture will be held in the Connelly Auditorium of the Dorrance H. Hamilton building located at 1001 Locust Street, (between 10th & 11th). The lecture begins promptly at 12:00 pm and ends at 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Special Speaker Session for Grandon Society Members from 10:30-11:30 am.


Victor J. Dzau, MD will focus on three overarching goals for the United States: better health and well-being; high-value health care; and strong science and technology. He will provide an assessment of the current state of health and healthcare in the United States; describe key directions for US healthcare reform; and examine strategic action priorities and essential infrastructure necessary to achieve a health system that performs optimally in promoting, protecting, and restoring the health of individuals and populations.

Victor J. Dzau, MD

Dr. Dzau is the President of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine. In addition, he serves as Vice Chair of the National Research Council. He is an internationally acclaimed leader and scientist whose work has improved health care in the United States and globally. Since arriving at the National Academies, Dr Dzau has led important initiatives such as the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future; the Human Gene Editing Initiative; Vital Directions for Health and Health Care; and the NAM Grand Challenges in Healthy Longevity.

His own research laid the foundation for development of a lifesaving class of drugs, ACE inhibitors, used globally to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. He pioneered gene therapy for vascular disease. He is a member of the board of directors of the Singapore Health Services, a former member of the Advisory Committees to the Director of U.S. National Institutes of Health, chaired NIH's Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee and is past chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers.

Dr. Dzau has previously served as Chancellor for Health Affairs and President & CEO of Duke University Health system. He has received numerous awards including the Max Delbruck Medal from Germany, the Gustav Nylin Medal from the Swedish Royal College of Medicine, the Polzer Prize from the European Academy of Sciences & Arts, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Heart Association.