UCLA ANNOUNCED the appointment of A. Eugene Washington,M.D.,M.Sc., as dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and vice chancellor of Health Sciences at UCLA, to succeed Gerald S. Levey, M.D., who is retiring after 15 years. Once approved byThe UC Board of Regents, the appointment of Dr.Washington will be effective February 1, 2010. Dr.Washington currently serves as executive vice chancellor and provost and professor of gynecology, epidemiology and health policy at UCSF, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1983. He was chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences from 1996 to 2004 and director of the UCSF Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Center from 1998 to 2004. Dr.Washington co-founded UCSF’s Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations in 1993 and served as director through July 2005. He also co-founded the UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center and served as its first director from 1997 to 2002. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSF, Dr.Washington worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. Public Health Service. A respected clinical investigator and health-policy analyst, Dr. Washington has published extensively in his major areas of research, which include prenatal genetic testing, cervical cancer screening and prevention, non-cancerous uterine-conditions management, quality of healthcare and racial/ethnic disparities in health outcomes.