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Washington Goes to Durham, NC, to Lead Duke University Health System

Former UC San Francisco executive vice chancellor and provost Eugene Washington, MD, MsC, has been named chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Washington most recently served as vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Eugene Washington, MD, MsC

Washington’s 20-year career at UCSF began as a medical student in 1972. He gradually ascended the academic ranks to become a respected leader at UCSF.

A professor of gynecology and epidemiology, Washington is an internationally renowned clinical investigator and health policy scholar who has been a leader in assessing medical technologies and shaping national health policies.

He was named UCSF’s executive vice chancellor in 2003 after having chaired the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF from 1996 to 2004.

Washington is credited with leading the implementation of UCSF's 10-point diversity initiative; playing a pivotal role in launching the Clinical and Translational Science Institute; and co-founding the Medical Effectiveness Research Center (MERC) for Diverse Populations, which promotes health and prevents disease in racially/ethnically diverse populations in part by developing and evaluating interventions to eliminate disparities.

Under Washington’s leadership at UCLA, their medical centers in Westwood and Santa Monica have repeatedly been named to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll, consistently ranking among the best in the nation and No. 1 in California. Last November, Washington received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for his lasting contributions to health care.

Washington starts his new position at Duke University on April 1.

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