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Dean’s Speaker Series: Craig Albanese and Wesley Burks

Please join the Center for the Business of Health and the Kenan Institute for an exclusive lunchtime conversation with Dr. Craig Albanese, chief executive officer of Duke University Health System, and Dr. Wesley Burks, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs and CEO of UNC Health. Their talk is offered through the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by the Kenan Institute in partnership with UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Mary Margaret Frank.

Kody Kinsley, North Carolina secretary of health and human services, will moderate a fireside chat with Albanese and Burks. The hourlong event will take place at 12:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Nov. 3, in Koury Auditorium.

Albanese joined the Duke University Health System as executive vice president and chief operating officer in January 2022 and was named chief executive officer in February 2023. A respected surgeon scientist and clinical investigator, Albanese is also a seasoned healthcare administrator. His more than 25 years of healthcare management experience includes serving as group senior vice president and system chief medical officer of the NewYork-Presbyterian enterprise. Prior to NYP, he held senior leadership roles at Stanford University and Stanford Health Care, serving as the vice president of quality and performance improvement at Stanford Children’s Health and the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Director of Pediatric Surgical Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. In the Stanford University School of Medicine, he was a professor of surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, and chief of the Division of Pediatric General Surgery.

Burks has spent more than 30 years taking care of patients, conducting research, helping to educate trainees, and leading institutions. He joined UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 as physician-in-chief of the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and was named chair of the department of pediatrics in 2012, as well as the Curnen Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics. In 2015, he was named executive dean of the UNC School of Medicine, during which he oversaw the school’s focus on rural health initiatives, diversity in admissions, and primary care education, which is now ranked first in the country.


Erin Leach, Program Manager Erin_Leach@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

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