Leon McDougle, MD, MPH

President of the National Medical Association (NMA)

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, is the first African-American professor with tenure in The Ohio State University’s Department of Family Medicine, and is the first chief diversity officer for the OSU Wexner Medical Center. A graduate of the University of Toledo and OSU College of Medicine, he completed a 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 recognized among the top 10% of physicians nationally for patient satisfaction. He currently is serving as president of the National Medical Association (NMA) for a one-year term (2020–2021), and in that role also is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee.

Dr. McDougle is a past chair for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion, and provides service for the AAMC as faculty for the Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar. The NMA appointed him to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Coronavirus Advisory Panel in July 2020.In addition, he directs several workforce diversity programs, including the MEDPATH Postbaccalaureate Program.

Dr. McDougle is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a member of the Rhema Christian Center, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Dr. McDougle and his wife, Natasha Jones-McDougle, MEd, are the proud parents of Peri and Autumn.