Professor of Family Medicine

Leon McDougleChief Diversity Officer for the OSU Wexner Medical Center
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusiveness for the College of Medicine
Lead Physician - Research, OSU Family Medicine at Outpatient Care East

Clinical Office
OSU Family Medicine at Outpatient Care East
543 Taylor Avenue
2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Phone: 614-688-6490
Fax: 614-688-6491

Academic Office 
The Ohio State University 
370 West 9th Avenue
Meiling Hall, Room 242
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 614-685-9264


Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, Professor of Family Medicine with tenure, is the 1st Chief Diversity Officer for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. A graduate of the University of Toledo and OSU College of Medicine, he completed the family medicine residency at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California, and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy. Dr. McDougle was recently elected to serve as the National Medical Association (NMA) Treasurer for a 2 year term during the NMA Convention and Scientific Assembly that convened in Philadelphia, July 29th-August 2nd, 2017. As such, he’ll serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. Dr. McDougle is a former Chair for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion. He also provides service for the AAMC as faculty for the Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar, and Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar. In addition, he directs several workforce diversity programs including the MEDPATH Postbaccalaureate Program. 

Education and Training

  • BA: Biology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 1980-1985
  • MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, 1985-1989
  • Residency: Family practice, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA, 1989-1992
  • MPH: Health management and policy, University of Michigan, 1998-2000
Editorial Activities
  • Editorial Board: Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men - October 1, 2011 to present
National Positions
  • Treasurer, National Medical Association
  • Co-Chair, Cultural Competence and Inclusive Excellence Summit Planning Committee
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Network of Minority Research Investigators Annual Workshop Planning Committee 
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Network of Minority Research Investigators Senior Research Mentor
  • AAMC Research on Care Community Health Equity (ROCChe) Subgroup
  • Representative,  Association of American Medical Colleges Group of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Representative, Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Student Affairs, Committee on Student Diversity Affairs 

Professional Memberships

  • National Medical Association
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Diplomate and Fellow
  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions 
  • Association of Military Surgeons of the United States

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  • University of Toledo College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Outstanding Alumnus for the Academic Year 2017-2018
  • Top 10% of providers nationally for patient satisfaction  2015, 2016
  • North American Primary Care Research Group PEARLS for clinical impact: Wallace LS, McDougle L, Miser WF, Wexler RK. Gaps in Knowledge: What do Primary Care Patients Know about the Opioid Medication they Have Been Prescribed? Recognized as one of ten PEARLS among 700 presentations at the NAPCRG Annual Meeting, November 24, 2014, New York, New York. 2014
  • Best Doctors in America 2013-2017 
  • Multicultural Leadership Award from the National Diversity Council 2013
  • Top 25 African American Professors in Ohio from Online Schools Ohio 2013
  • Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award from OSU 2012
  • One of 15 essays selected among 120 essays by Academic Medicine for the November 2011 issue in response to the 2011 Question of the Year posed by the Editor-in-Chief, Steven L. Kanter, MD: What improvements in medical education will lead to better health for individuals and populations? McDougle L, Lu FG, Castro IL. Answering Question of the Year with Faculty Diversity. Acad Med. 2011;86:1344. Dr. McDougle was one of seven authors invited to present their essay at the AAMC Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, November 6, 2011. Dr. McDougle states in his opening sentence, “Academic health centers (AHCs) that embrace faculty diversity as a central and essential aspect in their patient care, education, and research missions will lead the nation toward achieving health equity.”
  • Distinguished Faculty Service Award for Dedication and Service to African Males at The Ohio State University from the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male 2011
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award from graduating OSU House Officers and Medical Students 2011

Select Publications

McDougle L, Curren C. Chapter 2. Race and Ethnicity from the e-Pressbook that I co-authored with Dr Cami Curren entitled, Perspectives on Bias in Medicine. Publisher: The Ohio State University’s Office of Distance Education and Learning (ODEE) and Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX). January 18, 2018.

McDougle L, Davies SL, Clinchot DM. HIV and African Americans: Relationship to Cultural Competence, Implicit Bias, Social Determinants, and U.S. Jails and Prisons. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men. Volume 5, Issue 2, Spring 2017 issue:97-111. Impact Factor: Not Available.

Capers Q, Clinchot D, McDougle L. In Reply to Hubbeling. Academic Medicine, Vol. 92, No. 5 / Pg. 571 / May 2017. Impact Factor = 3.060 

Capers Q, Clinchot D, McDougle L, Greenwald AG. Implicit Racial Bias in Medical School Admissions. Academic Medicine. First published online September 27, 2016. Impact Factor = 3.060  

Andriole DA, McDougle L, Bardo HR, Lipscomb WD, Metz AM, Jeffe DB. Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Programs to Promote Physician-Workforce Diversity. Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education, and Policy. 2015;8(1):1036-1048. Impact Factor: Not Available. 

McDougle L, Way DP, Lee WK, Morfin JA, Mavis BE, Wiggins D, Latham-Sadler BA, Clinchot DM. National Long-term Outcomes Evaluation of U. S. Premedical Postbaccalaureate Programs Designed to Promote Healthcare Access and Workforce Diversity. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2015;26(3):631-47. Impact Factor = 1.526

Wallace LS, Wexler RK, McDougle L, Miser FW, Haddox JD. Voices that may not otherwise be heard: a qualitative exploration into the perspectives of primary care patients living with chronic pain. Journal of Pain Research 2014;7:291-299. Impact Factor: Still Computing. 

Wallace LS, Wexler RK, Miser WF, McDougle L. Development and Validation of the Patient Opioid Education Measure. Journal of Pain Research. 2013;6:663-681. Impact Factor: Still Computing. 

Winbush GB, McDougle L, Labranche L, Khan SS, Tolliver SO. Health Empowerment Technologies (HET): Building a Web-Based Tool to Empower Older African American Patient-Doctor Relationships. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. November 2013;24(4 Suppl):106-17. (Research Centers in Minority Institutions - RCMI Supplemental Issue. Impact Factor = 1.526

McDougle L, Capers Q. Establishing Priorities for Student-athletes: Balancing Academics and Sports. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men. Autumn 2012, Volume 1, Number 1, pp 71-77. Impact Factor: Not Available. 

McDougle L, Mavis BE, Jeffe DB, Roberts NK, Ephgrave K, Hageman HL, Lypson ML, Thomas, L, Andriole DA. Academic and Professional Career Outcomes of Medical School Graduates Who Failed USMLE Step 1 on the First Attempt. Advances in Health Sciences Education. Accepted March 2012. ISSN 1382-4996. Impact Factor = 2.089

McDougle L, Lu FG, Castro IL. Answering Question of the Year with Faculty Diversity. Acad Med. 2011;86:1344. Impact Factor = 2.607

McDougle L, Ukockis G, Adamshick L. Evaluation of a New Cultural Competency Training Program: CARE Columbus – Cultural Awareness and Respect through Education. Journal of the National Medical Association (September) 2010:102(9):756-760. Impact Factor = 1.104

Andriole DA, Jeffe DB, Hageman HL, Ephgrave K, Lypson ML, Mavis B, McDougle L, Roberts NK. Variables Associated With Full-time Faculty Appointment Among Contemporary U.S. Medical School Graduates: Implications for Academic Medicine Workforce Diversity. Academic Medicine 2010;85(7):1250-1251. Impact Factor = 2.607

Flowers A, McDougle L. In Search of an ADHD Screening Tool for African American Children. Journal of the National Medical Association 2010;102:372-374.  Impact Factor = 1.275
Intellectual Contribution: 50%    Effort: I was the corresponding author and cultural diversity mentor for postdoctoral fellow.

Scott JM, Taylor CA, McDougle L, Schwirian KP. Differences in Dietary Intake Habits by Diabetes Status for African American Adults. Ethnicity & Disease 2010;20:2: 99-105.  Impact Factor = 1.171
Intellectual Contribution: 25%    Effort: I was the PI of funded study from which graduate student obtained data and I assisted with manuscript.

McDougle L, Way DP, Rucker Y. Survey of Care for the Underserved: A Control Group Study of Practicing Physicians Who Were Graduates of The Ohio State University College of Medicine Premedical Postbaccalaureate Training Program. Academic Medicine 2010;85:36-40. Impact Factor = 2.607

Katz ML, Starge S, Reiter P, Van Putten J, Murray L, McDougle L, Cegala DJ, Post D, David P, Slater M, Paskett ED. Development Of An Educational Video To Improve Patient Knowledge And Communication With Their Healthcare Providers About Colorectal Cancer Screening. American Journal of Health Education. July/August 2009. 40(4):220-228. Impact Factor = Not available. 
Intellectual Contribution: 10%     Effort: I served as the cultural and medical consultant for the postdoctoral research project and paper.