has announced a $16.5 million gift from alumnus Robert J. Margolis and his wife, Lisa, to create a health policy center in the .
Awarded through the , the gift will establish the Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy, an interdisciplinary academic research center focused on developing new ideas for health reform and moving them into practice. The center's inaugural director will be Mark McClellan, a former head of the Food and Drug Administration, senior fellow at the , and director of the . Gregory Daniel, a Brookings fellow and leader of its biomedical innovation portfolio, will join McClellan and help direct the center's Washington, D.C., office.
A 1971 graduate of the , Robert Margolis is the retired managing partner and CEO of . He was a founder of the company's predecessor, California Primary Physicians Medical Group, and serves on the board of directors of the and the . He also held a fellowship in oncology at the .
"Duke has a longstanding commitment to complex problem-solving in real-world settings, and deriving the highest value from American health care is a challenge perfectly suited to our interdisciplinary skills," said Duke University president Richard H. Brodhead. "We are enormously grateful to Bob and Lisa Margolis for this gift, which will allow Duke to unify its expertise in medicine, business, and policy to make advances in this field."