Dr. Newton is the Vice President, CLER Field Operations, and is responsible for training and supervising CLER Field Representatives and volunteer site visitors. She also assists with protocol development, publication of findings, and conducts CLER site visits at ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions. Prior to joining the ACGME, Dr. Newton served as the associate vice president for clinical affairs and quality at Howard University, where she managed and oversaw the quality and patient safety initiatives of the full range of clinical, educational, research, and administrative activities attendant to the Howard University Health Sciences, inclusive of the Howard University Hospital (HUH). During her tenure at Howard University, Dr. Newton also served as the designated institutional official for nine years. Dr. Newton served on the Institutional Review Committee of the ACGME and on the Group on Resident Affairs Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges. She is a past winner of the ACGME’s coveted Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award.
Dr. Newton received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 1983, and is board certified in internal medicine. After completing her residency in internal medicine, she joined the staff at DC General Hospital, where she spent several years as a hospitalist involved in quality improvement projects and teaching medical students and residents. During her 18-year tenure at the hospital, she assumed many leadership positions culminating in being named Chief Medical Officer of the DC Public Benefit Corporation, which at that time included the District’s 10 public health clinics, the school health program, and DC General Hospital.