ID Physician

About Me

I am an infectious disease physician who has spent most of my career in correctional health administration in the public sector.  I am excited about my recent career transition to academia and the opportunities it provides to advance criminal justice health.


Dr. Newton E. Kendig was appointed Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington (GW) University in 2017 to spearhead a criminal justice health initiative for the university.  He received his subspecialty training in infectious diseases from Johns Hopkins University and subsequently served as the Medical Director for the Federal Bureau of Prisons from 1999 to 2015.  Dr. Kendig believes that addressing the health needs of justice-involved patients will help reduce health care disparities and result in healthier and safer communities.  Furthermore, he believes the academic community can make valuable contributions toward this goal through educational programming, meaningful research, and health care delivery to justice-involved patients.  “I am excited to forge new justice-health initiatives for GW students from on-line training, to public policy discussions, to clinical care opportunities managing incarcerated patients and those justice-involved patients under community supervision.” 


Penn State University – 1979

BS in Biology, summa cum laude

Jefferson Medical College – 1984

MD, magna cum laude

Internal Medicine Residency – 1987

Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

Infectious Diseases Fellowship – 1991

Johns Hopkins Hospital