Gavin Yamey

Gavin Yamey

Director - Center for Policy Impact in Global Duke Global Health Institute

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

Dr Yamey is Associate Director for Policy at DGHI. He is on the core faculty of the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy and affiliate faculty of Duke Science and Society. He is the Faculty Director for the Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva, and leads the global health track in the DGP program. He is on the advisory board of the World Food Policy Center at Duke.

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.

Dr. Yamey has served as a commissioner on three previous Lancet 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 he chairs the international advisory committee to the Lancet Commission on Global Hearing Loss. He co-chairs the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health's Finance and Economics Working Group.

He 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, has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, and is a columnist for TIME magazine. He has written widely for popular media, including the Washington Post and USA Today. He was published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Before joining Duke, Dr. 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.