McDougleLeon Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Director, MEDPATH Premedical Postbaccalaureate Program
Professor of Family Medicine


Leon McDougle is professor of Family Medicine with tenure and the first chief diversity officer for the Wexner Medical Center. He directs several workforce diversity programs including the MEDPATH Postbaccalaureate Program.

A graduate of the University of Toledo and the Ohio State College of Medicine, he completed a family medicine residency at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California, and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy.

Dr. McDougle has been a family physician on the Near Eastside of Columbus since 2001, and believes that lifestyle must be a focus of both the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. His research is focused diversity and inclusion and eliminating health disparities.

Dr. McDougle is serving as president of the National Medical Association (NMA) for a one-year term (2020–2021), which makes him an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. Dr. McDougle is a past chair for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion, and provides service for the AAMC as faculty for the Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar. The NMA appointed him to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Coronavirus Advisory Panel in July 2020.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

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