UVA Doc­tor throws hat into 5th Dis­trict ring

Rappahannock News - - The Rapp - — John McCaslin

Dr. Cameron Webb has en­tered the 2020 race to rep­re­sent Vir­ginia’s 5th Con­gres­sional dis­trict, which in­cludes Rap­pa­han­nock County. To do so he will have to win Vir­ginia’s Demo­cratic pri­mary, then out­per­form fresh­man Rep. Den­ver Rig­gle­man, a Repub­li­can, in the gen­eral elec­tion.

A gen­eral in­ternist in Char­lottesvill­e, who also serves as di­rec­tor of Health Pol­icy and Eq­uity at UVA’s School of Medicine, where he teaches un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents, Webb said his fo­cus will be on im­prov­ing ac­cess to af­ford­able health­care.

Upon grad­u­at­ing from UVA and get­ting his med­i­cal and law de­grees, Webb was tapped by Pres­i­dent Obama for a White House Fel­low­ship. He was the only med­i­cal doc­tor on the White House Health Care Team and also worked on Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Ini­tia­tive, where he helped tackle is­sues in ed­u­ca­tion, work­force devel­op­ment, and crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form.

“The peo­ple have spo­ken and en­sur­ing ac­cess to af­ford­able, qual­ity health­care should be Washington’s top pri­or­ity,” he said. “But in­stead, too many politi­cians are spend­ing more time try­ing to prove each other wrong than try­ing to help the peo­ple they have been elected to serve.

“That con­stant putting pol­i­tics over pa­tients — that’s what’s wrong . . . . As a doc­tor, I’ve seen first­hand how in­ad­e­quate health care hurts fam­i­lies. I’ve seen how health is shaped in spa­ces well be­yond the exam room through is­sues like em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, and even the en­vi­ron­ment.”

In the com­ing months, Webb said he will be trav­el­ing the dis­trict meet­ing vot­ers and get­ting to know more about the chal­lenges fam­i­lies are fac­ing.

“As any sci­en­tist will tell you, be­fore you can solve a prob­lem you have to start with col­lect­ing data. I look for­ward to vis­it­ing with folks all over the dis­trict to hear from them what’s work­ing and — more im­por­tantly — what isn’t in their lives,” he said.

Webb grew up in Spot­syl­va­nia with five sib­lings. His mother, a pub­lic school speech ther­a­pist, and fa­ther, who is with the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion, taught him to take an ac­tive role in his com­mu­nity and serve oth­ers — lessons he said he car­ries with him to­day.

His wife, Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb, is an emer­gency room doc­tor who grew up in Ap­po­mat­tox County. The cou­ple re­sides in Albe­marle County with their two chil­dren.

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Dr. Cameron Webb

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