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William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP

William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP

Adjunct Professor
Public Health Leadership Program

Dr. William “Bill” F. Owen, Jr., M.D., FACP, is a seasoned academic health system leader with executive experience in large public and private, domestic and international systems. In a career of several firsts in diversity, Dr. Owen was Chancellor & Dean of Ross University School of Medicine, Chancellor and Sr. Vice President of Health Affairs of the University of Tennessee, President of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (now merged with Rutgers University), and inaugural CEO of Sidra Medical & Research Center in Qatar. Dr. Owen was the inaugural health policy advisor to the President of the International Association of University Presidents, an NGO with UN advisory status. He is recognized in the Congressional Record for his community engagements and repeatedly cited among African American Leaders in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review. Dr. Owen’s experiences align with nurturing social justice through America’s public health systems and its medical workforce.

Honors and Awards

68 African American Leaders in Healthcare

2019, 2020, Becker’s Hospital Review

Resolution of Recognition

2017, Senate and General Assembly, State of New Jersey

The White House Champions of Change Award


Congressional Tribute by Congressman Donald Payne, Sr.

2012, US House of Representatives, 112th Congress

University Resolution of Appreciation

2012, UMDNJ Board of Trustees

Resolution of Recognition

2012, Senate and General Assembly, State of New Jersey

Scroll of Merit

2009, National Medical Association

Service Activities

• The Brotherhood, 2010-present

• Newark Preschool Council Reading Club, 2011-2012

• Middle States Commission of Higher Education, Site Visit Chair, 2010-2012

• Chairman, Mid-South Higher Education Division, United Way, 2006-2007

• Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Delta Boule Chapter (Memphis, TN), inducted 2006

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