Vanessa Northington Gamble

University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of American Studies
2130 H St. NW #709G
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Vanessa Northington Gamble, a physician and medical historian, chaired the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Legacy Committee in 1997 that secured a presidential apology for the treatment of Africa American patients. Before coming to GW, she taught at Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, the University of Wisconsin, and Johns Hopkins University. Appointed head of the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Division of Community and Minority Programs in 1999, Professor Gamble has served as consultant or committee member on a range of projects run by national medical organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Foundation for AIDS Research.


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


"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.