Profile: Gavin Yamey - Professor of Global Health & Public Policy, Duke University

Gavin Yamey - Professor of Global Health & Public Policy, Duke University

Gavin Yamey MD, MPH, MA is the Director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health based in the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) at Duke University. The Center is an innovative policy lab that addresses critical challenges in financing and delivering global health.  He is also a Professor of Global Health at DGHI and a Professor of Public Policy in the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.

He trained in clinical medicine at Oxford University and University College London, medical journalism and editing at the BMJ and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was Deputy Editor of the Western Journal of Medicine, Assistant Editor at the BMJ, a founding Senior Editor of PLOS Medicine, and the Principal Investigator on a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. In 2009, he was awarded a Kaiser Family Mini-Media Fellowship in Global Health Reporting to examine the barriers to scaling up low cost, low tech health tools in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

He has served as a commissioner on three past commissions: the Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. He is currently a commissioner on the Lancet SIGHT Commission on Peaceful Societies through Health and Gender Equality, and chairs the international advisory committee to the Lancet Commission on Global Hearing Loss. 

Gavin has been an External Advisor to the WHO and to TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Dr. Yamey has published extensively on global health, neglected diseases, health policy, and disparities in health and has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio. He directs the Global Health Track in Duke's Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva.

Before joining Duke, Yamey led the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and was an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine.


Gavin Yamey's COVID-19 Diary

07 Dec 2020 : Could an act of global solidarity persuade rich nations that vaccine nationalism is misguided?

On April 15, 2020, I wrote a column in TIME magazine on the race to develop COVID-19 vaccines. The good news, I said, is that “ the time from ‘lab to jab’ could be as short as 12-18 months,” which has thankfully turned out to be true. Tomorrow, Britain becomes the first Western nation to start a mass immunization campaign.  Bu...  Read this >>

Gavin Yamey, Professor of Global Health & Public Policy, Duke University

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