Clifton E. Yu

Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Director of Graduate Medical Education
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Clinical Teaching
Global Health
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Undergraduate: BA English Literature, BS Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1980-1984
Medical School: MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 1984-1988
Internship: Pediatrics, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, 1988-1989
Residency: Pediatrics, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, 1989-1991
Teaching Certificate (Clinical Teaching): Stanford Faculty Development Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2002


Dr. Clifton Yu is the Director of Graduate Medical Education at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is an active duty Colonel in the US Army, and has been a practicing general pediatrician and medical educator for nearly 30 years. He has held numerous military and academic leadership roles throughout his career at both the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center to include program director of the National Capital Consortium Pediatric Residency and Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Walter Reed. He has also served as a general pediatrician and chief of pediatrics at military hospitals in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Wuerzburg, Germany, as well as the 14th Combat Support Hospital in Bagram, Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and an AOA graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine, completed his residency in pediatrics at Tripler Army Medical Center, and received a clinical teaching certificate from the Stanford Faculty Development Center in 2002. Dr. Yu’s academic interests have included both undergraduate and graduate medical education, with earlier development of curricular materials in international health that have since been adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a global training aid and published in 5 languages. More recent work has focused on clinical teaching, faculty development, and team communication particularly as they relate to hospital transitions of care that have resulted in publications in forums such as The New England Journal of Medicine . Academically he has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at more than 70 national meetings and workshops, and been a visiting professor at multiple academic institutions throughout the country. Dr. Yu has held numerous leadership positions in education, to include chair of faculty development for the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), Executive Board Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Uniformed Services Section, and Pediatric GME Representative to the Board of Directors of the Primary Care Organizations Consortium. He has been recognized both locally and nationally with teaching and leadership awards for his ongoing work in GME, to include the 2011 Robert A. Holm Award from the APPD given for distinguished leadership in medical education as well as election into the American Pediatric Society in 2014 for important contributions as a child health leader, teacher, and scholar.


Calaman, S., Hepps, J., Bismilla, Z., Carraccio, C., Englander, R., Feraco, A., Landrigan, C., Lopreiato, J., Sectish, T., Starmer, A., Yu, C., Spector, N., and West, D. The Creation of Standard-Setting Videos to Support Faculty Observations of Learner Performance and Entrustment Decisions. Academic Medicine 2016.

Starmer, A., Spector, N., Srivastava, R., West, D., Rosenbluth, G., Allen, A., Noble, E., Tse, L., Dalal, A., Keohane, C., Lipsitz, S., Rothschild, J., Wien, M., Yoon, M., Zigmont, K., Wilson, K., O’Toole, J., Aylor, M., Bismilla,Z., Coffey,S., Mahant, R., Everhart,J., Patel, S., Bale, J., Spackman, J., Stevenson, A., Calaman, S., Cole, F., Balmer, D., Hepps, J., Lopreiato, J., Yu, C., Sectish, T., and Landrigan, C. Changes in Medical Errors after Implementation of a Handoff Program. New England Journal of

Starmer, A., O’Toole, J., Rosenbluth, G., Calaman, S., Balmer, D., West, D., Bale, J., Yu, C., Noble, E., Tse, L, Srivistava, R., Landrigan, C., Sectish, T., Spector, N., and the I-PASS Education Executive Committee. Development, Implementation, and Dissemination of the I-PASS Handoff Curriculum: A Multi-Site Educational Intervention to Improve Patient Handoffs. Academic Medicine 89, 6: 876-884, 2014

Hickey, P, Yu, C., Kuehn, D., Aviles, R., Medina, R., Lopez, M.. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice Regarding HIV Testing Among Military Family Members of Child-Bearing Age in Honduras. Military Medicine 178, 10:1126, 2013

Yu, C. ed. The Role of the Pediatrician in Military Medicine. Supplement to Pediatrics S1-S2, 2012

Pierce, J., Hemming, V., Ottolini, M., Lopreiato, J. , and Yu, C. Pediatric Medical Education in the United States Military. Supplement to Pediatrics S11-S19, 2012

Spector, N. (co-first), Starmer, A. (co-first), Yu, C., O’Toole, J. , Allen, A., Tse L, Bale, J., Calaman, S., Coffey, M., Cole, F., Destino, L., Everhart, J, Hepps J., Kahana, M., Lopreiato, J., McGregor, S., Patel ,S., Rosenbluth, G., Srivastava, R., Stevenson, A., West, D., Landrigan, C. (co-last), Sectish, T. (co-last). I-PASS Handoff Curriculum: Core Resident Workshop. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from:

Creamer, K., Thompson, M., Yu, C. Edwards, M., and Adelman,W. Pediatric Wartime Admissions to U.S. Military Combat Support Hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq: Learning from the First 2000 Admissions. Journal of Trauma 67(4): 762-768, 2009

Yu, C. The Medical Response to Radiation-Related Terrorism. Pediatric Annals 32(3): 169 – 176, 2003

Yu, C. and Burklow, T. Vesicant Agents and Children. Pediatric Annals 32(4): 254-257, 2003