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10-Second Bio: Dr. Carrie L. Byington, beekeeper


Dr. Carrie L. Byington

Dr. Carrie L. Byington

Meet Dr. Carrie L. Byington, who joined UC Health as executive vice president on October 31. Dr. Byington has been a clinician and educator her entire career, holding positions at Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M College of Medicine and University of Utah, among others.

She brings a deep commitment to some of the toughest issues in health care today, including increasing access to care — especially for vulnerable populations — and working to eliminate health disparities. She looks forward to leading UC Health in driving meaningful transformation to health care in California. Dr. Byington will also be returning as a faculty member at UC San Francisco, where she previously trained through a Fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. Learn more about Dr. Byington.

10-Second Bio: Dr. Carrie L. Byington

Name: Dr. Carrie L. Byington

Title: Executive Vice President, UC Health

Department/Unit: University of California Health

Location: 1111 Broadway, Oakland

When I started working at UCOP: My first week started on Oct. 31, 2019 and included Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

What I do for OP in five words or less: Improve the health of California

The best part about working for OP: Being part of a values-driven health system that has a positive impact on so many people. Our health delivery systems provide high-quality care to our communities today, our educational programs prepare the health care workforce of tomorrow and our health sciences investigators are opening the doors to the future. The way we collaborate across programs and campuses can serve as a model for the nation.

Something you don’t know about me: My husband and I are beekeepers. We got started almost 15 years ago to engage in a science hobby with our kids and to support bee colonies that were at risk across the country. My husband even became the city beekeeper for Salt Lake City, so we learned a lot about urban beekeeping. We had about 10 hives before we moved to Oakland. I’ll be setting up hives here once we get settled. You can learn a lot about leadership from bees — creatures that work together for the best interests of their community.

One weird fact about the town I grew up in: I was raised in a rural area of south Texas. The town where my family lived was once part of Spain, then Mexico, then the Republic of Texas and finally the United States. My family background reflects that history.

If I could have any job in the world (besides the one I have now), I would like to: Cook and feed people. A meal is the best way to connect with and learn about others.

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