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Lawrence Ray Deyton Faculty Member

Dr. Deyton is Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Public Health and the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. As Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Public Health, Dr. Deyton is creating new curriculum and pedagogy for medical education to teach medical students the principles of public health, population health, and leadership in medical care and health systems decision-making. These are the tools that are required of clinicians who practice in 21st Century health care systems. Dr. Deyton returned to GW in March 2013 after 31 years in national leadership research and clinical positions in several Federal health and public health agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health and the HHS Office of the Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health and as a Congressional aide. From 2009-2013, Dr. Deyton oversaw the implementation and enforcement of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed into law by President Obama on March 22, 2009. Described by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg as “the rare combination of public health expert, administrative leader, scientist, and clinician,” Dr. Deyton became the Center for Tobacco Product’s first director on August 19, 2009 and rapidly established and enforced FDA’s new authorities to regulate tobacco products. Prior to joining FDA, Dr. Deyton was Chief Public Health and Environmental Hazards Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His responsibilities there included oversight of all public health programs for the National VA health care system. Dr. Deyton served for 11 years in clinical research and leadership positions in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he was Chief of the Antiretroviral Treatment Branch during which he oversaw the development and approval of drug treatment strategies including the first trials of combination therapies which are the cornerstone of current HIV treatments. Dr. Deyton was a founder in 1978 of Washington DC’s Whitman Walker Clinic, a community based service organization specializing in LGBT and now HIV care in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of University of Kansas, the Harvard School of Public Health and the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Deyton’s post-doctorate medical training in medicine was at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County Medical Center and in infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He has published over 60 scientific articles in the peer-reviewed literature. Dr. Deyton continues to care for patients on a regular basis at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. In 2011, Dr. Deyton was a finalist for the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for his career of government service and outstanding contributions to the health, safety and well-being of Americans – 20 finalists are chosen from 4.8 million Federal employees nation-wide. And in 2014, Dr. Deyton received the George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. In 2019, Dr. Deyton was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians.

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