Carrie L. Byington, MD
Dr. Carrie L. Byington started as executive vice president and head of UC Health on October 31, 2019.
As she begins her work, she took time in this this video to share her perspective about joining a nationally recognized leader in medical education, patient care and research.
She brings a deep commitment to some of the toughest issues in healthcare today, including increasing access to care - especially for vulnerable populations - and working to eliminate health disparities. Dr. Byington sees the people of University of California Health as well-positioned to collaborate as a system to drive meaningful transformation that improves the health and lives of all of those in our state. She reminds us that the UC system can serve as a model for the nation.
Carrie L. Byington, MD, is an academic physician-scientist who has had continuous grant support as principal or coinvestigator totaling approximately $80 million since 1998. Dr. Byington's research spans the translational spectrum and has focused primarily on bacterial and viral respiratory pathogens in children. She is board certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Byington's career accomplishments include awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Inventors. She was the Chair of the Infectious Diseases Advisory Group for the US Olympic Committee, responsible for protecting Team USA athletes and staff from Zika Virus during the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Dr. Byington joined UC Health after holding significant leadership roles at Texas A&M University System and the University of Utah. At Texas A&M, she concurrently served as vice chancellor for health services for the system, senior vice president of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center, the Jean and Thomas McMullin distinguished professor and dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine.
Prior to joining Texas A&M, Byington spent more than 20 years in teaching and leadership positions with the University of Utah, including serving as associate vice president, faculty and academic affairs, with the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, and principal investigator for the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Texas A&M University and Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, both with honors. She trained in pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and in pediatric infectious diseases at UCSF.