2022 Celebration of Women in Medicine and Science

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carrie L. Byington

Dr. Carrie Byington

Carrie L. Byington, M.D., is an academic physician-scientist who has had continuous grant support as principal or coinvestigator totaling approximately $80 million since 1998.  Byington's research spans the translational spectrum and has focused primarily on bacterial and viral respiratory pathogens in children. She is board certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Byington's career accomplishments include awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Inventors. She was the chair of the Infectious Diseases Advisory Group for the US Olympic Committee, responsible for protecting Team USA athletes and staff from Zika Virus during the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Dr. Byington joined UCH after holding significant leadership roles at Texas A&M University System and the University of Utah. At Texas A&M, she concurrently served as vice chancellor for health services for the system, senior vice president of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center, the Jean and Thomas McMullin distinguished professor and dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Prior to joining Texas A&M, Byington spent more than 20 years in teaching and leadership positions with the University of Utah, including serving as associate vice president, faculty and academic affairs, with the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, and principal investigator for the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Texas A&M University and Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, both with honors. She trained in pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and in pediatric infectious diseases at UCSF.

Dr. Byington's talk is titled "From Imposter to Leader: A Story of Integration," and will reflect on overcoming the societal construct of imposter syndrome and on the importance of integrating our life stories as strengths for our leadership journeys.

Allyship Panel - How to be an ally for women in medicine


Monica Carson, PhD, Chair, Division of Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and S. Sue Johnson Presidential Endowed Chair, UCR School of Medicine


  • Pablo Joo, MD, Interim Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Medical Education and Associate Dean of Clinical Medical Education, UCR School of Medicine.
  • Carlos Cortes, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History and co-director of the Health Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism curriculum thread at the UCR School of Medicine.
  • Paul Hackman, JD, LLM, CHC, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, UCR School of Medicine.
  • Patricia Walker, Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience Coordinator, UCR School of Medicine.
  • Xaida Wright, 2nd-year medical student, UCR School of Medicine.