2021 LPOC Summit Featured Guest: Dr. Carrie L. Byington

Expert in the Fields of Pediatrics and Infectious Disease

Carrie L. Byington, M.D. is the Executive Vice President (EVP) for the University of California’s health enterprise and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. In her role as EVP, Dr. Byington manages the country’s largest public academic health care system. UC’s health delivery and education enterprise is comprised of six academic health centers which include 12 hospitals and 20 health science schools, many of which are ranked among the country’s best. In her role, she has led the COVID-19 response for the UC System including preparing hospitals for surge, protecting ~ 100,000 health care workers, developing testing, supporting the health and safety of ~ 500,000 students and employees on 10 campuses, and partnering with the state of California to provide expertise and capacity for pandemic response.

Trained as a pediatrician specializing in the treatment of infectious diseases, Dr. Byington is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She is a patent holder and member of the National Academy of Inventors. She previously served as Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases (2014-2018) and is an expert on bacterial and viral respiratory pathogens, pathogens with pandemic potential, and vaccine-preventable infections. In her role with the AAP, she has been an external advisor and technical expert to the CDC on evaluation of children with suspected or confirmed Ebola, EVD68, influenza, and Zika viruses and other infectious diseases. She is the co-developer of the FDA-cleared BioFire diagnostic platform which includes an EUA for the Respiratory Panel 2.1which tests for SARS-CoV2 and 21 other pathogens.

Dr. Byington has had a distinguished career in academic medicine. Prior to assuming leadership and faculty positions with the University of California, Dr. Byington served simultaneously as Vice Chancellor for Health Services to the Texas A&M System and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University. Prior to those roles, Dr. Byington was a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and served as Associate Vice President of Faculty and Academic Affairs for the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development to the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Byington has been awarded numerous grants as a principal investigator undertaking research funded by the federal government through NIH, the CDC and HRSA, among other agencies. Throughout her career, she has worked to end health disparities and has supported inclusion in academic medicine. She has held training grants for Native American students and has mentored more than 100 students, trainees, and faculty members, the majority of whom are under-represented in medicine.

Dr. Byington is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was the Chief Neonatal resident, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at UCSF.