Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP, AGAF received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. Wilson trained in Medicine and gastroenterology in Boston, and is board certified in both. He has served as chief of gastroenterology at the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago and Chairman of Medicine at SUNY, Downstate in Brooklyn .
In 1991 he became dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, becoming the first African American dean of an accredited non-minority medical accredited school in the United States . During his tenure at Maryland minority student enrollment increased, minority faculty nearly quadrupled, and external research funding quadrupled. Wilson established the University’s Program in Minority Health, Education and Research. After serving 15 years as dean and vice president at Maryland and a year of retirement, Wilson served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at Howard University from 2007-2009 before retiring again in 2010.
Dr. Wilson has served on several national policy and advisory committees. He chaired the NIH Digestive Diseases Advisory Committee, the FDA Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee, and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (DHHS) Advisory Council. He was also a member of the advisory committee to the director of the NIH.
Dr. Wilson is past chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the AAMC Council of Deans, the first African-American to hold each of these positions. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association.
He served as vice president of the AOA national board of directors from 2004-2011 and is a Master of the American College of Physicians. In 2000 Wilson received the AAMC’s first Herbert Nickens Award for equality and Justice in Medicine. In 2004 he received the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NIH) first Extramural Associates Distinguished Service Award. In 2006 he received the National Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award and he was the first recipient of the Institutional Leadership Diversity Award from the AAMC Group on Student Affairs-Minority Affairs Section. Baltimore Magazine named him Baltimorean of the Year in 2007. In 2008 Wilson received the Abraham Flexner Award from the AAMC, an award given to an individual who has had a major impact on medical education nationally. He holds Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Tufts University.
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