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Dr. Marc Debay

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor - Family Medicine

Dr. Marc Debay

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Education and Training

  • Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University Preventive Medicine Residency, Loma Linda, California
  • Residency, Family Medicine, Glendale Adventist Family Practice Residency. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, California
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Population Dynamics. Baltimore, Maryland
  • Master of Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Population Dynamics. Baltimore, Maryland
  • Diploma in Statistics, Epidemiology, and Operations Research Methods, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Ecole de Santé Publique, Belgium
  • Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Institut de Médecine Tropicale d’Anvers, Belgium
  • M.D., Université Libre de Bruxelles, Faculté de Médecine, Belgium
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Dr. Marc Debay, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. is an health sciences associate clinical professor of family medicine for the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, associate director of the UCR Family Medicine Residency Program in Palm Springs, and a child and adolescent psychiatrist with UCR Health.

Debay received his M.D. from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Faculté de Médecine (Free University of Brussels), Belgium and a master's and Ph.D. in public health from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He later completed residencies in family medicine at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center and preventive medicine at Loma Linda University.

Debay was previously an associate professor  in the departments of preventive medicine, family medicine and internal medicine at Loma Linda University and director of the Primary Care Physicians Services Project, a partnership between the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and the Loma Linda Faculty Medical Group.

He served as an attending physician in the department of preventive medicine and as a physician in the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

He was also an associate professor with the Loma Linda University School of Public Health and developed international research and training programs on the Pacific island of Malawi.

His international public health expertise includes reproductive, maternal and child health; HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases; behavior change communication; health systems strengthening, program management and leadership.  He has broad experience in program design, implementation, and evaluation at the community, district, national and international levels with a variety of government, academic and private organizations.

Among his many volunteer activities, he served as faculty advisor and supervisor to the the LLU Street Medicine Outreach, a volunteer medical student-run outreach group of the Healthy Neighborhoods Project providing transitional care to the homeless of San Bernardino. He has also worked with World Vision International and the Medical Care Development International.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

He is fluent in both English and French and also speaks Spanish.

Research Interests

His interests include global health education in residency programs and tobacco dependence treatment


  • Teacher of the Year Loma Linda Preventive Medicine Residency Program, 2015.
  • Fulbright Scholarship The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, 1989-90.

Selected Publications

  • El Rayess, F., Filip, A., Doubeni, A., Wilson, C., Haq, C., Debay, M., Anandarajah, G., Heffron, W., Jayasekera, N., Larson, P., Dahlman, B., Valdman, O., and Hunt, V. Competencies for family medicine global health fellowships: results of a modified Delphi study. Accepted by Family Medicine, expected publication July 2017.
  • Burton D, Trask J, Sandvold I, Amr S, Chaudry SS, Debay M. Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Education: Implementation Analysis. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Nov;49(5 Suppl 3):S241-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.07.026
  • Debay M. Global - Local Education in Southern California: A partnership between San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and Loma Linda University School of Medicine. 2015 Family Medicine Global Health Workshop, Denver. October 4, 2015.
  • Shank C, Uy J, Miller C, Studer K, Debay M. Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment at the Malamulo Seventh-Day Adventist Hospital in rural Malawi: A two-year comprehensive review. AAFP Family Medicine Global Health Workshop, September 11-13, 2014, San Diego.
  • Mankar S, Miller C, Uy J, Debay M, Shank C, Studer K, Crounse J. Global Maternal and Child Health in Rural Malawi: A Resident-Centered Evaluation of a New ACGME-Approved Rotation. AAFP Family Medicine Global Health Workshop, September 11-13, 2014, San Diego
  • Shannon K, Lee H, Lohr J, Debay M. Development of Family Medicine Global Health Training at Loma Linda University. AAFP Family Medicine Global Health Workshop, September 11-13, 2014, San Diego.
  • Wayne Dysinger, James Crounse, Jamie Osborn, Allan Darnell, Hobart Lee, Marc Debay. Global Health Residency Training at Loma Linda University: Capacity Assessment and Options for Family and Preventive Medicine Residents. Family Medicine Digital Resources Library; 2011.
  • Dujardin B, Vandenbush B, Beghin D, Deliens C, Vandenbrede S, Debay M, Wollast E. Follow-up of a Cohort of Premature Infants: Identification of Factors Associated with Hospital Death. Archives Belges, 1989; 47(1-4):93-7.

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