A. Eugene Washington, MD, MPH

Director, Risant Health Board of Directors
Eugene Washington, MD, MPH



A. Eugene Washington, MD, MPH, MSc, joined the board of Risant Health in March 2023.

Since January 2016, Dr. Washington has been a member of the boards of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. There, he chairs the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Quality and Health Improvement Committee and the Executive Committee.

Dr. Washington is chancellor emeritus at Duke University and former president and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Prior to Duke, Dr. 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, and chief executive officer of UCLA Health. He was also a distinguished professor of gynecology and health policy at UCLA.

Previously, Dr. Washington served as executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, San Francisco from 2004 to 2010. He co-founded UCSF’s Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations in 1993 and served as the director from its establishment through July 2005. He was chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences from 1996 to 2004. He also co-founded the UCSF-Stanford Evidence-Based Practice Center and served as its first director from 1997 to 2002. Before joining the faculty at UCSF, Dr. Washington was an epidemiologist and clinical investigator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

An internationally renowned clinical investigator and health policy scholar, Dr. Washington has been a national leader in assessing medical technologies, developing clinical practice guidelines, and establishing disease prevention policies, particularly for women’s health. His research and numerous publications have greatly impacted the practice of medicine in prenatal genetic testing, cervical cancer screening and prevention, noncancerous uterine conditions management, and reproductive-related infections. The thread that runs through his work is improving the quality of health care and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes.

Dr. Washington was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997, where he served on the Executive Committee of its governing council, and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. 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, the congressionally mandated Scientific Management Review Board of the National Institutes of Health, and the boards of directors of the California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation, where he was chair of each board. Dr. Washington 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. He also previously served on the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson.

Dr. Washington received his MD from the UCSF School of Medicine. He received a Master of Science degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Washington earned his Bachelor of Science from Howard University. He completed residency training at Stanford University.