The U.S. Department of Defense has bestowed one of its top civilian honors upon USC cardiologist L. Julian Haywood. Haywood, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, received the Outstanding Public Service Medal for his service on the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB).
It is the second highest award given by the Secretary of Defense to private citizens.
Haywood began serving on the AFEB in 1996. Members are appointed by the President of the United States for a two-year term with an option of being reappointed for a second, two-year, term. Haywood’s award was given for service between Jan. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2002. He continues to serve as a consultant on the AFEB.
The award was presented in a May 21 ceremony at Ft. Detrick, Maryland.
During the award period, Haywood helped make recommendations on more than 30 complex health policy issues facing the Department of Defense Among the many recommendations were those that removed needless screening practices, which are projected to save the military more than $6 million annually. Other decisions involved approval of anthrax and smallpox vaccines and antibiotic use.
William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said he appreciated the board’s “individual, personal and professional integrity, support and selfless dedication for the health and welfare of our service members. The board’s recommendations also help provide independent credibility to our military medical programs.”
Civilian members of the board spend approximately 240 hours of uncompensated, consultant time per appointment.
Winkenwerder says the value of this patriotic service is more than of $4 million per year.
The AFEB was created in 1941 to help understand the need for medical research and preventive medicine programs for military personnel.