Adrian Hernandez, MD

Adrian Hernandez, MD
Vice Dean for Clinical Research

Adrian Hernandez, MD, was named Vice Dean for Clinical Research for the Duke University School of Medicine on September 5, 2017.

As Vice Dean for Clinical Research, Dr. Hernandez has direct responsibility for advancing the clinical research mission of the School of Medicine. He works with leaders in single and multi-site based human research, patient care delivery, information technology, and health data science within School of Medicine departments, and centers and institutes including the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Margolis Center for Health Policy, in order to achieve the vision of advancing health and executing a coordinated strategy in clinical research to evolve the model of care and improve outcomes. Dr. Hernandez oversees the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Duke Health, the Duke Office of Clinical Research, the Office of Regulatory Affairs & Quality, and the Research Integrity Office.

A Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Dr. Hernandez previously served as Director of Health Services and Outcomes Research and was a Faculty Associate Director of the DCRI. He has extensive experience in clinical research ranging from clinical trials to outcomes and health services research.  He leads research programs focused on understanding population health, generating real-world evidence, and improving patient-centered outcomes through development of new therapies and better care delivery in the national health system. Dr. Hernandez is the coordinating center principal investigator for multiple networks and clinical trials such as the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Heart Failure Clinical Research Network, PCORI’s National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) and the NIH’s Health System Collaboratory. A central aim of these networks is to transform clinical research by uniting patients, clinicians, health systems, and electronic health data to improve population health and decision making. Dr. Hernandez has over 450 published articles in top peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Lancet.

Dr. Hernandez received his medical degree from the University of Texas-Southwestern at Dallas and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, before completing a fellowship in cardiology at Duke University. In 2004, Dr. Hernandez joined the Duke faculty as an assistant professor.


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