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Vanessa Northington Gamble

University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Health Policy and American Studies

Office: 2130 H St. NW #709G
Phone:(202) 994-0978

Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD is University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Health Policy and American Studies at the George Washington University. She is the first woman and African American to hold this prestigious, endowed faculty position. She is also Professor of Health Policy in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Professor of American Studies in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. A physician, scholar, and activist, she is an internationally recognized expert on the history of American medicine, racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, and bioethics. She is the author of several widely acclaimed publications on the history of race and racism in American medicine and bioethics. Dr. Gamble chaired the committee that took the lead role in the successful campaign to obtain an apology in 1997 from President Clinton for the United States Public Health Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Hastings Center.

Selected Publications

"U.S. Policy on Health Inequities: The Interplay of Politics and Research." Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law 31 (2006): 93-126. [With Deborah Stone.]

"Subcutaneous scars." Health Affairs 19, no. 1 (January/February 2000): 164-169.

"Under the shadow of Tuskegee: African Americans and health care." American Journal of Public Health 87, no. 11 (1997): 1773-1778.

Making a Place for Ourselves: The Black Hospital Movement, 1920-1945. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.


M.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1983.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1987.