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Preston Campbell

Preston W. Campbell, M.D., son of Malcolm and Ellen Campbell grew up in Johnson City and graduated from Science Hill in 1971 as senior class president, having played basketball under coach Elvin Little. He went to Georgia Tech on a basketball scholarship and was co-captain his senior year. He earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School and did his pediatric residency and pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He also holds a diploma from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Early in his career, Dr. Campbell established a pediatric program at the Centre Medical Beraca, La Pointe, Haiti. He then joined the Vanderbilt faculty for 12 years and was director of its Cystic Fibrosis (CF) care center. He moved to Bethesda, Maryland and joined the CF Foundation in 1998 as Executive VP of Medical Affairs. During this time, he was part-time faculty at Johns Hopkins and saw patients weekly. He became president and CEO of the CF Foundation in 2015 and stepped down at the end of 2019 to become a strategic advisor for the CF Foundation and focus on global CF issues. In his time as CEO and as executive vice president for medical affairs, Dr. Campbell oversaw the Foundation’s research initiatives and its collaborative drug discovery and development programs. These resulted in the approval of 12 CF therapies including four treatments that address the basic defect in CF, most recently Trikafta, which will benefit 90 percent of people with the disease. During this time the median survival rate of people with CF increased almost a year, every year. He recently was recognized by the American Thoracic Society, receiving the 2020 Research Innovation and Translation Achievement Award. Preston is happily married to Elaine and they have three children and two grandchildren.