A. EUGENE WASHINGTON, MD, MSc, an internationally renowned clinical investigator and health-policy scholar, has been appointed chancellor for health affairs for Duke University and president and CEO of Duke University Health System, Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead announced in January.
Before joining Duke, he was the vice chancellor for health sciences, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine, and CEO of the UCLA Health system, where he was also a distinguished professor of gynecology and health policy and held the Gerald S. Levey, MD, Endowed Chair.
Washington has been a national leader in assessing medical technologies, translating research into health policy, and shaping health care practice. He helped spearhead efforts to change clinical practice and policy guidelines for prenatal genetics, cervical cancer screening and prevention, and reproduction-related infections. He also has been a national thought leader in calling for academic health systems to reconfigure broadly and to assume the lead in creating new models for research, education, clinical care, and community engagement.
Last year, he received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for his “major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people.” His work also has been recognized with the Outstanding Service Medal from the U.S. Public Health Service and election to the IOM and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Washington oversees one of the world’s leading academic and health care systems at Duke, including the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and extensive programs for patient care, biomedical research, and community service.
Prior to joining UCLA in February 2010, Washington served as executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he was actively engaged in the training of medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty, oversaw the research enterprise, and steered strategic planning. He co-founded a research center that studied medical effectiveness for diverse populations and co-founded the UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center. He also led the implementation of a UCSF diversity initiative and promoted campus-wide programs to enhance the quality of life for faculty, staff, and students. Earlier at UCSF, he chaired the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences for eight years. Prior to joining the UCSF faculty, Washington worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Washington, a native of Houston, Texas, said his values stem from a childhood growing up as the youngest of five children of a minister father and a mother who was a homemaker. “Growing up in Houston, I benefited from a tremendously nurturing and supportive community and family who instilled in me the core values of excellence, integrity, and service—and these values have remained my life-long drivers,” said Washington.
A 1976 graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine, he completed undergraduate study at Howard University, graduate studies at both the UC Berkeley and Harvard schools of public health, and residency training at Stanford University.
Washington has served on numerous professional and government boards and committees, including the board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the scientific management review board of the National Institutes of Health, the board of directors of the California HealthCare Foundation, the editorial board of The Journal of the American Medical Association, and the board of directors of The California Wellness Foundation, which he currently chairs.
He is the founding chair of the board of governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a national organization authorized by the landmark 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to advance clinical effectiveness research. PCORI recognized his significant contributions as founding chair by establishing the Eugene Washington Engagement Award, which supports active integration of patient, stakeholder, and research communities during the research process.
Washington and his wife Marie, who has retired from a career in finance and is active on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, have been married for 32 years. They have three young adult children: a son, Brooks, and two daughters, Caroline and Erin.
“Marie and I are delighted to be joining the Durham and larger North Carolina communities, and we look forward with excitement to fostering partnerships to work to improve life across the region,” Washington said.