Craig Brater, MD

Retired, Walter J. Daly Professor and Dean
Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Brater is Walter J. Daly Professor and Dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM).  Brater has led the nation’s second largest medical school since July 2000, following his appointment by the Trustees of Indiana University.  He joined the faculty at the IUSM in 1986, where he began the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Medicine, and served as chairman of the IUSM Department of Medicine and was the John B. Hickman Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Brater received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University. He received post-graduate training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. He also trained in clinical pharmacology at the University of California and was on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School before joining IU.

Dr. Brater’s research interests are diuretics and the effects of non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on renal function. He also focuses on culture change and leadership challenges in schools of medicine. He has over 150 published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Brater has been or is currently president of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the Association of Professors of Medicine, the Central Society for Clinical Research, and the United States Pharmacopoeia.  He is a member of the board and the executive committee of BioCrossroads, an Indiana consortium of business, industry, and academic organizations dedicated to economic development through advancements in the life sciences.  He serves on the boards of directors of Clarian Health Partners, BioCrossroads, and the Riley Children’s Foundation.  In 2000, his alma mater awarded him the Duke Medical Alumni Award in recognition of his contributions to academic medicine.  In 2005, Dr. Brater became a member of the Ethics Committee of the United States Olympic Committee.  In 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Purdue University.

Dr. Brater and his wife Stephanie have one daughter Aimee, who lives in Florida.  The Braters are actively involved in the Indiana University-Moi University Faculty of Health Sciences exchange Program in Kenya and have made several trips to the area.  Through this program, they met their “Kenyan son” Michael, who recently completed a Masters in Public Health at Indiana University.

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