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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.


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.


Member numerous professional advisory committees, task forces, etc. which aid government and charitable organizations in work against infectious disease, especially Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Captain USPHSR, since 1982. Fellow American Academy Pediatrics. Member APHA, American Association for History of Medicine, American Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Bay Area Communicable Disease Exch., California Medical Association, Infectious Diseases Society American, Northern California Public Health Association, International Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Society, Society for Epidemiological Research, Society for Pediatric Epidemiological Research, Association State and Territorial Health Officials.


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: tennis.


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.