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Carrie L. Byington, MD

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Carrie L. Byington, MD, is Associate Vice President for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. She serves as the Associate Vice President for Faculty and Academic Affairs for the Utah Health Sciences Center, which includes the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, the Colleges of Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and the Eccles Health Sciences Library. She is a principal investigator for the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), a member of the national NIH-supported CTSA consortium.

Dr. Byington is a nationally recognized expert in pediatric infectious diseases, particularly respiratory infections including pneumococcal disease. She is a co-inventor of the FilmArray, a FDA cleared diagnostic tool for viral and bacterial pathogens. She serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases. Dr. Byington has authored more than 160 original publications and book chapters.

During her tenure as Associate Vice President, she has implemented multiple policies that increase inclusion and improve the climate for women including the option for part-time status while on the tenure track, an education loan assistance program, and paid parental leave. Dr. Byington also initiated a complete revision of the University of Utah retention, promotion, and tenure guidelines, which resulted in new and more inclusive guidelines that recognize the many roles of contemporary faculty members including excellence in clinical practice advancement, education, entrepreneurship, and team science.

As a Mexican-American tenured professor, Dr. Byington is a longstanding advocate and mentor of minorities and women in science. She leads the research career development programs for the University of Utah Health Sciences as well as the Utah CCTS. She developed an innovative Matrix Model for Mentoring and has mentored over 100 trainees and junior faculty members including 76 women. She developed an intensive two-year mentored research and career development program for junior faculty that has increased the participation of women and minorities in the research enterprise and has resulted in extramural funding rates of 92% for junior faculty members.