Stephen Wyatt is the Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. He began serving as Dean in November 2004, following six years of research, teaching and service at UK, while serving as the Associate Director for Cancer Control at the Markey Cancer Center. During his tenure at UK, Dr. Wyatt has been the PI of several large cancer control grants including the NCI-funded, Appalachia Cancer Network and Cancer Information Service and the CDC-funded, Prevention Research Center, and Comprehensive Cancer Control.
Prior to his appointment at UK, Dr. Wyatt was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, retiring at the rank of 0-6. During his twenty years of service he experienced public health at the local, regional and national levels, with assignments to the National Health Service Corps, Bureau of Prisons, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During his tenure at CDC, Dr. Wyatt served as Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and as Acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. His contributions at CDC included the development of many programs including the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the National Program of Cancer Registries.
During his career, Dr. Wyatt has been recognized for his contributions to the Public Health Service through twelve commissioned corps honor awards, including the Meritorious and Distinguished Service Medals. In addition, in 1998 he was awarded the Jeffrey P. Koplan award, the highest award given by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for his contributions to chronic disease control. Two national cancer control organizations have recognized Dr. Wyatt’s career contributions. In 1995, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation recognized Dr. Wyatt with the Betty Ford award and in 2002 the American Cancer Society honored him with their Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Wyatt is a native of Kentucky and holds a D.M.D. degree from the University of Kentucky. He attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Public Health and holds a M.P.H. degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago, School of Public Health.