Dr. Dawson brings both clinical experience and a background in research and development to his role as chief medical officer at Leading BioSciences. For more than two decades, he has served in leadership positions and on numerous hospital committees including the governing board at Centinela Hospital, providing him with key insights into the value of drug development and its application in the clinical setting. Dr. Dawson presently serves as chief of staff at Centinela Hospital Medical Center and has recently joined the administration of medical staffs to help shape the value of medicine and pharmaceuticals in the evolving U.S. healthcare system. He has participated in numerous clinical trials, notably leading gene therapy studies at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles which included some of the earliest adenovirus gene transfer studies.
Dr. Dawson is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist with advanced qualification in vascular interventional radiology, having completed the vascular and interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology residency programs at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He earned his doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Southern California. Working on the Human Genome project at the Howard Hughes Research facility at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Dawson earned master’s degrees in biochemistry and cell biology with an honors thesis in molecular genetics from the University of California, San Diego.