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Gene Washington, MD

Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University
President and CEO, Duke University Health System

Over the past 25 years, Washington has held academic leadership positions and senior executive posts with increasing levels of responsibilities in three prominent academic health systems. Just prior to Duke, Washington served from 2010 to 2015 as Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences, Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Chief Executive Officer of the UCLA Health System. Earlier in his career, Washington served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 2004 to 2010.

A respected clinical investigator and health policy scholar, Washington has been a national leader in assessing medical technologies, developing clinical practice guidelines and establishing disease prevention policies, particularly for women’s health. He has served on a number of professional and government boards and committees, including on the Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is Founding Chair of the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a national research organization dedicated to the support and promotion of comparative clinical effectiveness research, which was authorized by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A 1976 graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine, Washington completed graduate studies at both UC Berkeley and Harvard schools of public health, and residency training at Stanford University.