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Debbie Wingard, Ph.D.


Dr. Wingard


Professor and Associate Chief
Division of Epidemiology
Department of Family & Preventive Medicine
University of California San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0607
Fax: 858-534-8625


Dr. Deborah Wingard is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California School of Medicine. Dr. Wingard is an internationally-known epidemiologist whose research focuses on women's health, gender and ethnic differences in health, diabetes and heart disease. Her research is based on several long-term, population-based studies, including the Terman Lifecycle Study (begun in 1922), the Alameda County Study (begun in 1965), the Rancho Bernardo Study (begun in 1972), and the Women in the Navy Study (begun in 1994). The Rancho Bernardo Study was augmented with cohorts of African American and Filipino women in the 1990s.

Dr. Wingard has served as Co-Principal Investigator of the Rancho Bernardo studies of diabetes since 1984, and the studies of minority cohorts. She also serves as Research Director and is on the Steering Committee of the NIH funded California Native American Research Center for Health. Dr. Wingard frequently consults on the long-term effects of exposure to DES (diethylstilbestrol) during pregnancy, including cancer and reproductive effects in women exposed in utero, and breast cancer in women exposed while pregnant. She was co-Principal Investigator of the California component of the National DES Education Project. Dr. Wingard received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California Berkeley in 1980, and has been on the faculty at UCSD since that time, and is author of more than 150 publications.

Dr. Wingard is committed to faculty development, serving as Co-Director of UCSD's National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine, a faculty development program that began in 1998. She serves on the advisory committee of the Women's Reproductive Health Research Center, and is Director of the epidemiology component of the UCSD's K-30 Center: Clinical Research Enhancement Through Supplemental Training. Dr. Wingard is mentor and evaluator on UCSD's nationally-based program: Faculty Development in Primary Care -Serving the Underserved. Dr. Wingard also serves as UCSD Director of the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, with an emphasis in epidemiology.

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