D. Craig Brater, M.D.
Dean & Walter J. Daly Professor
IU School of Medicine
VP for University Clinical Affairs
Contact via Pam Miller
D. Craig Brater, M.D. became dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine July 1, 2000.
As dean, Dr. Brater administers the School of Medicine, which has nine campuses across the State of Indiana. The school includes about 1,500 full time faculty and more than 2,200 physicians who serve as volunteer faculty. The School admits about 325 students per year and is one of the largest medical schools in the US.
Dr. Brater was appointed vice president for university clinical affairs in 2010.
Dr. Brater is a native of Oak Ridge, Tenn. He attended undergraduate and medical school at Duke University, completed his internship at Duke, and his residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), followed by a fellowship in clinical pharmacology. There he developed a research and clinical interest in diuretics that continues today. After a year as a junior faculty member at UCSF, Dr. Brater spent nine years on the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Brater joined the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986, where he began the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Medicine. Four years later he was selected to chair the Department of Medicine, the largest department in the School. In 2000, Dr. Brater was selected to be the ninth dean of the IU School of Medicine.
Dr. Brater has published more than 100 research articles and 50 books or book chapters. These publications, for the most part, concern diuretics or the effects of non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on renal function.
He has been awarded memberships in the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He has been or is currently president of 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 chairs 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 also serves on the boards of directors of Indiana University Health 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.
Dr. Brater and his wife Stephanie have one daughter Aimee, who lives in Florida. The Braters are actively involved in the IU School of Medicine program in Kenya. Through this program, they met their "Kenyan son" Michael, who is now a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and of the IU School of Medicine Master’s in Public Health. He is currently working in a public health program in Malawi.