Dr. Layne was born in Barbados and moved to the US as a teenager to do his undergraduate studies at Harvard College. After graduation, he completed a Doctor of Medicine degree at Tulane University Medical School and then went back to Harvard Medical School to complete his post-graduate studies in Internal Medicine. He left the US and spent some time evaluating Healthcare systems on the continent of Africa, before returning to the United States to serve as Health Services Director of the Washington, DC branch of the Georgetown University Community Health Plan.
While in Washington DC, Dr. Layne completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Veterans’ Hospital Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center. He moved to Atlanta in 1980 to help Dr. Louis Sullivan start the Clinical Division of the new Morehouse School of Medicine, the only minority Medical School to be founded in the US in the twentieth century. Dr. Layne served as Director of Clinical Medicine of the new Morehouse Medical school before returning to private practice.
He was the first black Gastroenterologist to settle in the Atlanta area. He is the founder of Gastroenterology and Nutrition Clinics LLC, an international referral practice in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition and Integrative Medicine. To date, Dr. Layne has performed more than thirty thousand Gastro-intestinal Endoscopic procedures in all categories with no complications. He currently cares for patients from the U.S., Central America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Dr. Layne is one of the founders of The Premier Accountable Care Organization (ACO), a Medicare-certified multi-specialty Physicians’ Group in the Southeastern US. He currently serves as Associate Medical Director for the ACO. Dr. Layne is also the Founder and Sr. Vice President of Clinical Affairs of My Preventive Health LLC, a web-based global platform for sharing information on Preventive Health. In addition to Gastroenterology, his principal areas of interest are Healthy Aging, “Integrative” Medicine, and the role of Nutrition in cancer prevention and cancer management.
Dr. Layne served for many years as the host of “My Preventive Health”, a weekly cable television program on Preventive Health and Nutrition that was broadcast on the Comcast network in the Atlanta metro area. Dr. Layne has served on the Board of Directors of: The Picture of Health Foundation, My Preventive Health LLC; and The Premier Physicians Accountable Care Organization (ACO). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of American University of Integrated Sciences Medical School (Barbados), and several other non-profit and for-profit organizations. He consults and lectures on a wide range of topics in Preventive Health in his work with these organizations.
Dr. Layne is a member of the Board of Advisors of CADSTI (Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation), the international non-profit organization that conducts STEM Education summer programs for gifted High School students in the Caribbean and Central America. He is a Founding Member of CADSTI-Southeast, the Southeast branch of CADSTI in the USA and he works with CADSTI and its subsidiary, the Caribbean Science Foundation to improve the teaching of STEM Education and Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean and developing countries. He is a Member, Board of Trustees of American University of Integrated Sciences. In 2014, Dr. Layne was appointed as a Member, the Global Initiative Council, Fort Valley State University, by President Ivelaw Griffith.
Dr. Layne has conducted research in Organ Transplantation, Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements and has published several articles in these areas. He is the Editor of Good Health News©, a web publication on Preventive Health and Nutrition. He is affiliated with several hospitals in the Atlanta area and continues to teach medical and nursing students in his practice. He maintains membership in several local and national Medical Societies, including the National Medical Association, Georgia Gastroenterology Society and the recently formed American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
As Honorary Consul for Barbados to the State of Georgia, Dr. Layne has spent more than 20 years working to promote the exchange of Business, Education, Healthcare and The Arts between Barbados/ Caribbean and Georgia-SE. He is a member of the Georgia Consular Corps and a co-founder of the Association of African and Caribbean Consular Corps of Georgia. As a Diplomat, he has provided quiet guidance for the formation of several now well-established Caribbean-American ventures including Computer Literacy programs for the Caribbean schooling systems, the Atlanta-Barbados Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Barbadian Organizations and “Barbados Comes to Atlanta”.
Dr. Layne has received numerous Honors and Awards for his work with the Caribbean-American communities and for his work in the fields Medicine and Preventive Health. Among the recent Awards are:
- The Silver Crown of Merit Award (S.C.M.), by the Governor General of Barbados on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II
- Life Membership Award, by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Atlanta, Georgia, USA
- The 2015 Community Service Award, by the Georgia Caribbean American Heritage Coalition
- The 2015 Dreamers & Doers Award, Global Initiatives Council, by the President, Fort Valley State University
- The 2014 Founder’s Award, Picture of Health Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia
- The Community Service Award, Caribbean-American Association of Atlanta
- Distinguished Citizen Award, International Christian Fellowship Ministries (USA)
Dr. Layne has practiced medicine in the Atlanta area for more than 30 years. He currently lives with his family in a suburb of Atlanta. For more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Layne at: [email protected].