Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield

UK public health professor awarded prestigious honor

Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield, a renowned public health leader at UK, will be awarded the 2017 UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement on Tuesday in recognition of his career achievements.

Scutchfield served most recently at UK as the Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy in the Department of Health Management and Policy and Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in the UK College of Public Health and in the Department of Family & Community Medicine in the UK College of Medicine. He officially retired from UK in January, but remains active in teaching, research and mentorship. He was founding director of both the School of Public Health at UK and the UK Center for Health Services Research and Management. He has also held the administrative positions of chair of the Health Services Department and Preventive Medicine Department, and is a past associate dean of the UK College of Medicine.

“Dr. Scutchfield’s life story represents all that is good about Kentucky and those who achieve and reach back to help others follow their success,” said Dean of UK Libraries Terry Birdwhistell. “As a scholar, teacher, mentor, administrator and public health advocate, he has never forgotten his Floyd County roots even as he became internationally recognized and honored.”

Scutchfield’s illustrious career has taken him from Kentucky to leadership and academic positions at institutions in Alabama, California and Israel. He has been asked to serve as a consultant to government and non-governmental organizations in Panama, China, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Germany, as well as the U.S. He has successfully acquired extramural support for research, educational and service programs. His most recent research focused on community health, public health organization and delivery, quality of care issues and democracy in health care decision making.

The UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement is one of UK’s most prestigious awards. It was created in 1990 to recognize high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value to the Commonwealth. The award also promotes education and creative thought. Past recipients of the honor include: John Anthony, Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, Thomas D. Clark, Laman A. Gray Jr., Guy Davenport, George C. Herring, Adalin Wichman, John Egerton, Karl Raitz, George Wright and James C. Klotter.


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