Awards : Distinguished Alumni Award

Raymond Woosley, Ph.D., M.D. ‘73

Raymond L. Woosley, Ph.D., M.D. ’73 is vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona and was a top candidate to become the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002. From 1988 to 2000, he was chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Georgetown University. During his tenure, the department became one of the highest ranked pharmacology departments in terms of research funding and achieved the largest endowment of any pharmacology department in the nation. In 2001 he assumed the position of associate dean for clinical research. Woosley has served on many national advisory committees for the NIH, Veterans Administration, the FDA and the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences). Prior to Georgetown, Woosley was professor of medicine and pharmacology at Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee. Before that, he was one of the first scientists at Meyer Laboratories, now Glaxo-Wellcome, from 1968 until 1971. His many honors and awards include the Harry Gold Award in Therapeutics from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the Sir Henry Hallet Dale Visiting Professorship in Clinical Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the FDA Commission’s Special Citation for his work with the FDA to make the public and the US Congress aware of the dangers associated with certain dietary supplements containing the herbal medicine ephedrine. He often has been chosen by physician-colleagues for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America.