Professor Thomas Coffman

Dean, Duke-Nus Medical School, James R Clapp Professor Of Medicine, Duke University Medical Centre, Singapore

Member, Board of Directors, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (Gen. Org.)


Professor Thomas Coffman is the Dean of Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore and the James R. Clapp Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.

Before moving to Singapore, Dr. Coffman held several leadership positions at Duke University School of Medicine, including Chief of the Division of Nephrology, Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine and Founding Director of the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center. He also served as Director of the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Signature Research Program at the Duke-NUS.

In Singapore, he serves on several Boards including the Board of Directors for Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), Board of Directors for the Singapore Eye Research Institute, and Singapore National Medical Research Board.

An international leader in the field of nephrology, Dr. Coffman is Past-President of the American Society of Nephrology. He also served as Treasurer of the International Society of Nephrology. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and served on the Nephrology Subspecialty Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and serves on the editorial board of Cell Metabolism.

Dr. Coffman is also an internationally recognized researcher and his laboratory has made significant contributions in studies of hypertension, the renin-angiotensin system, and diabetic nephropathy. In 2014, he received the Excellence Award for Hypertension Research from the American Heart Association.