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George Williams Rutherford, III

George Williams Rutherford, III, American public health association administrator, educator. Diplomate American Board Pediatrics, American Board Preventive Medicine, National Board Medical Examiners.


  • III, George Williams Rutherford, was born on April 6, 1952 in San Diego, California, United States. Son of George Williams II and Anna Gwyn (Dearing) Rutherford.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts in Classics, Stanford University, California, 1974. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Stanford University, California, 1975. Master of Arts in History, Stanford University, California, 1975.

      Doctor of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1978.


    • Intern pediatrics University California Medical Center, San Diego, 1978-1979. Resident pediatrics University California Medical Center/Hospital for Children, 1979-1980. Resident Hospital Sick Children, Toronto, 1980-1981.

      Chief resident Children's Hospital & Health Center, San Diego, 1981-1982. Executive Information System officer division viral diseases, division field Superior vena cava syndrome Epidemology Office Centers Disease Control, Atlanta, 1982-1984. Director division immunization, acting director division tropical disease New York City Department Health, 1983-1985.

      Medical epidemologist Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome program Centers Disease Control, San Francisco Department Public Health, 1985-1987. From medical director to director Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome office San Francisco Department Public Health, 1986-1990. Chief, infectious disease branch, state epidemologist California Dept Health, Berkeley, 1990-1992.

      State epidemologist California Department Health, 1990—1995. Deputy director prevention services California Dept Health, 1992-1995, state health officer, 1993-1995. Associate dean administration, professor epidemiology/health administration University California School Public Health, 1995-1997.

      Professor epidemiology & preventive medicine University California, San Francisco, since 1997, Salvatore Pablo Lucia professor preventive medicine, head division preventative medicine & public health, director Prevention & Public Health Group (formerly Institute Global Health), since 2004. Transport physician Children's Hospital & Health Center, San Diego, 1981. Assistant clinical professor pediatrics Emory University, Atlanta, 1982—1983, Cornell University, New York City, 1984—1985, University California, San Francisco, 1986—1992, assistant clinical professor epidemiology & biostatistics, 1987—1992, associate adjunct professor epidemiology, biostatistics & pediatrics, 1992—1995, adjunct professor, since 1996.

      Associate clinical professor community health University California, Davis, 1991—1995. Consultant Pan-American Health Organization South America, 1986—1989, World Health Organization, 1988—1990, Centers Disease Control, Atlanta.

    Major achievements

    • Diplomate American Board Pediatrics, American Board Preventive Medicine, National Board Medical Examiners.


    • Editor: California Morbidity, 1990-1992. Member editorial board California AIDS Update, since 1988, Current Issues in Public Health, 1993-1997. Translator: cardiology teaching manual.

      Contributor numerous articles to professional journals, chapters to books.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Fellow: American Academy Pediatrics. Member: American Public Health Association, Association State & Territorial Health Officials, Society Epidemiological Research, International Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Society, Northern California Public Health Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America, California Medical Association, American Society Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, American Association History of Medicine, Bay Area Communicable Disease Exchange.





    • Married Lisa Anderson, August 24, 1974 (divorced 1984). Children: Alicia Gwyn, George Williams IV. Married Mary Workman, February 23, 1985.

      Children: Alexandra Catherine, Anne Elizabeth Martha, Hugh Thomas Gwyn, Amanda Frances Julia.
    • father: George Williams II Rutherford
    • mother: Anna Gwyn (Dearing) Rutherford
    • spouses: Lisa Anderson
    • Mary Workman
    • children: Alicia Gwyn III
    • George Williams IV III
    • Alexandra Catherine III
    • Anne Elizabeth Martha III
    • Hugh Thomas Gwyn III
    • Amanda Frances Julia III
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    Born April 6, 1952
    (age 65)