Getting to Know Dr. Hulon Crayton:
If you talk to any one of Dr. Crayton’s loyal patients, they’ll be quite candid in their assessment of what makes him so special, from his “brilliant smile that fills a room,” to his ability to “really listen to what his patients are saying”, which then enables him to accurately diagnose and treat their very specific symptoms.
Dr. Crayton is also one who enjoys a good story, and perhaps his most famous anecdote surrounds the manner in which he relocated to Bay County from Racine, Wisconsin.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Crayton has been practicing Rheumatology for almost three decades, which makes him the most experienced Rheumatologist in the region. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and of the American Board of Rheumatology. In addition, Dr. Crayton is the only Rheumatologist in the region who has a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration, which makes him uniquely qualified as Medical Director of his practice. As a true patriot, he has served in the U.S. Army as well as the Army Reserve obtaining the rank of Captain.
From a civic perspective, Dr. Crayton is a Rotarian who embodies the Rotary theme of “service above self” within his medical practice, as well as with his generous philanthropy. Dr. Crayton, along with his wife Dinah, created the Crayton Foundation, the sole mission of which is to assist minorities in their quest to attend college. The first scholarship the husband and wife team endowed was at the Florida State University/Panama City Campus with the Crayton Health Scholarship, specifically for students interested in entering the healthcare field. Most recently, they established the Crayton Health Sciences Endowed Scholarship within the Lincoln University Foundation, Inc. As an undergraduate of this historically Black university, Dr. Crayton understood the challenges of minority students. “Lincoln is very close to my heart since a lot of the faculty was responsible for developing me into the person I became.”
As an avid supporter of the arts in Bay County, Dr. Crayton has served on the boards of the Bay Arts Alliance, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Visual Arts Center of NW Florida, and B.A.S.I.C. Dr. and Mrs. Crayton remain actively involved in other area charities and have three children and one grandchild.
As an avocation, Dr. Crayton enjoys playing the saxophone, professionally, under the stage name: Hulon.