Over the past 25 years, Dr. Washington has held academic leadership positions and senior executive posts with increasing levels of responsibilities in three prominent academic health systems. In April of 2015, he was appointed Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and President and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Previously, he served from 2010-2015 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. He was also a Distinguished Professor of Gynecology and Health Policy at UCLA. Before UCLA, Washington worked at his alma mater, the University of California, San Francisco, where he took on progressively senior roles, including serving as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost from 2004 to 2010.
Dr. Washington has played a role in shaping national health policy and health care practice. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997, where he served on the Executive Committee of IOM’s 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 and the congressionally-mandated Scientific Management Review Board of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Washington is Founding Chair of the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a national organization dedicated to the support and promotion of comparative clinical effectiveness research, which was authorized by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.