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2014 David E. Rogers Award

A. Eugene Washington, M.D., M.Sc., UCLA


Since 1979, A. Eugene Washington, M.D., M.Sc., has coupled his passion for a better health and health care future with his exceptional talents in clinical investigation, public policy, and leadership to improve the lives of millions of Americans, particularly the medically underserved.

“His handprint is everywhere,” says Haile Debas, M.D., dean emeritus of the School of Medicine and former chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

A quintessential public servant, Dr. Washington has worked to improve the nation’s health by holding posts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two academic health centers, and multiple professional and government boards and committees. Most recently, he served as founding chair of the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) from 2010 to 2013.

Dr. Washington’s talents uniquely positioned PCORI for success, attests Steven Lipstein, president and chief executive officer of BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, who served with Dr. Washington as PCORI vice chair. Mr. Lipstein says Dr. Washington is “a man of high character and principle, a leader with exceptional and unique skill in building ‘something out of nothing.’”  His leadership at PCORI has been honored with a new program, the Eugene Washington Engagement Award.

Dr. Washington has been a national leader in assessing medical technologies, developing clinical practice guidelines, and establishing disease prevention policies, particularly in women’s health.  His discoveries resulted in changing clinical guidelines to triennial screening for cervical cancer, which was proven superior to more frequent screening, and demonstration of the value of providing prenatal genetic testing to all pregnant women, regardless of age. For his work in establishing the first national policy guidelines for prevention and control of chlamydia infections, he received the Outstanding Service Medal from the U.S. Public Health Service.

“Genuinely likeable, he is also tenacious in advocating for issues and individuals he believes in,” says Philip R. Lee, M.D., UCSF professor emeritus.

Dr. Washington spearheads innovation in education, research, community engagement, and clinical care at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he serves as dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine, vice chancellor of health sciences, and CEO of the health system. Prior to UCLA, he honed his leadership skills and vision for the future of academic medicine as executive vice chancellor and provost at UCSF.

“He has set a culture for health care delivery that is a model for academic medicine, and indeed all of health care,” says Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A., president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.

Trained in preventive medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Washington received his B.S. from Howard University, his M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.D. from UCSF, and his M.Sc. from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He completed residency training at Stanford University.


Watch the video spotlight on Dr. Washington here.

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David E. Rogers Award

This award recognizes a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people.