Donald E. Wilson, dean emeritus of the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, received the 2015 W. Lester Henry Award from the American College of Physicians. The award honors individuals for leadership and service to medical education.
In 1991, Dr. Wilson was named dean of medicine at the University of Maryland. He was the first African American to serve as dean of a predominantly White medical school. He was also the first African American to serve as president of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Maryland Health Care Commission.
After stepping down as dean, Dr. Wilson served from 2008 to 2010 as senior vice president for health and sciences at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he taught at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and chaired the department of medicine at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn.
Dr. Wilson, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Harvard University and the School of Medicine at Tufts University.