Leighton Chan, M.D., M.P.H.

Leighton Chan, M.D. has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since 2015 and is currently the Secretary of the Board.  Dr. Chan is currently a tenured senior scientist and Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, a 200 bed research hospital on the NIH campus. (Note: Dr. Chan serves on the Lingnan Foundation Board in a personal capacity.)

He received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and his M.D. degree from the UCLA School of Medicine.  He received residency training in PM&R at the University of Washington. Subsequently, he completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Fellowship, earned an M.P.H. at the University of Washington School of Public Health and was a Congressional Fellow for the Honorable Jim McDermott (Washington).

Dr. Chan has concentrated his research efforts on studying the health care and social services provided to individuals with disabilities.  Over the course of his career, he has published several landmark studies examining the impact of disability on access to health care.  His research has resulted in more than 100 peer reviewed articles, including 10 in JAMA, Lancet and NEJM.  Dr. Chan’s awards include the Young Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists, two outstanding teacher awards from the University of Washington School of Medicine and four NIH Director’s Awards.  He is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Archives of PM&R.  In 2007, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine).