Meet Dr. Byington
Carrie L. Byington, M.D., serves as Dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, Senior Vice President of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Services at The Texas A&M University System. Dr. Byington joins Texas A&M after a 21-year career at the University of Utah, where she was the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development in the School of Medicine, and Associate Vice President for Faculty and Academic Affairs at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.
A federally funded investigator with continuous support as principal or co-investigator totaling about $80 million since 1998, Dr. Byington’s research spans the translational spectrum from basic laboratory science to health services research and has focused primarily on bacterial and viral respiratory pathogens in children. Her scholarship led to the co-invention of FilmArray, a novel diagnostic platform for the identification of infectious pathogens and antimicrobial resistance with BioFire Diagnostics of Salt Lake City, Utah, later acquired by bioMérieux. The FilmArray is used in hospitals in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and has changed the landscape for infectious diseases diagnostics and research. Her research background in translational science also led to the development of the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science, a member of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award national consortium since 2008.
A national leader in pediatrics and infectious disease, Dr. Byington has had numerous career accomplishments including awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. Notably, she served as Chair of the Infectious Diseases Advisory Group to the U.S. Olympic Committee and was tasked with protecting Team USA athletes and staff during 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A renowned scholar, Dr. Byington is a respected physician with board certification and national recognition in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Texas A&M University in 1985 and Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in 1989, both with honors. She trained in pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center and in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco.
A proven mentor and leader with a strong dedication to helping others, Dr. Byington has personally mentored more than 100 young clinicians and investigators committed to a strong infrastructure and training environment in clinical and translational research. Through her leadership, she has made significant impacts on retention, tenure and promotion processes, implementation of paid maternity leave and led comprehensive, system-wide compensation analyses on gender disparities.
Dr. Byington’s appointment signals another first among the nation’s medical schools, as she is the first Mexican American female to hold the position of dean and senior vice president for an academic medical center in the United States.
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