Gavin Yamey

Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Public Policy at Duke University, and a member of The Lancet Commission

Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH, MA, MRCP, is Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Public Policy at Duke University. Formerly, he was Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatics at the UCSF School of Medicine and is Lead of E2Pi, the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative in the UCSF Global Health Group. He has undergraduate and masters degrees in physiological sciences (medicine) from Oxford University. Dr. Yamey did his medical training at Oxford University and University College London, qualifying as a physician in 1994. He became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1997. He worked for five years in a variety of London teaching hospitals, followed by a fellowship in medical journalism and editing at the BMJ. His public health training was at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). In 2001, he moved to San Francisco to be the Deputy Editor of wjm, the Western Journal of Medicine, while remaining an Assistant Editor at the BMJ. In 2004, he was appointed as a founding Senior Editor of PLoS Medicine, published by the Public Library of Science, an international non-profit organization dedicated to making the biomedical literature a freely available global public good. He was the Principal Investigator on a $1.1m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the launch of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, the world's first journal devoted specifically to the neglected infections of poverty. In 2009, he was awarded a Kaiser Family Mini-Media Fellowship in Global Health Reporting, which took him to Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya. His fellowship led to a series of published articles addressing the barriers to scaling up low cost, low tech health tools. He was invited to discuss his series in the UK Parliament, by the APPMG, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Dr Yamey serves on two international health commissions, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. He led the writing of Global Health 2035, the report of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, which was published on December 3, 2013. Dr Yamey taught masters level courses on global health policy at UCSF and LSHTM. His first textbook, The Handbook of Global Health Policy, will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2014. He recently served a two year appointment on the international editorial board of the BMJ and he is currently on the board of the journal Health and Human Rights, edited by Paul Farmer. He has been an External Advisor to the WHO and to TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. He has trained medical journal editors at international workshops held in Barcelona, Spain, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, appearing on NPR's Marketplace, Science Friday, and This American Life. Dr. Yamey has written extensively on global health, neglected diseases, health policy, and inequalities and disparities in health, and has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.