For more than 70 years, the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine has been presented by the American College of Physicians (ACP). In 2019, George Washington University’s (GW) Lawrence “Bopper” Deyton, MD ’85, MSPH, joined the elite list of award winners.
Deyton, senior associate dean for clinical public health, Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, and professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has held leadership positions at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health for more than a decade, and served as the chief public health and environmental hazards officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration. He also served as the first director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Deyton received the award at a convocation ceremony in Philadelphia during the college’s annual meeting.