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Gavin M. Yamey, Professor of the Practice of Global Health in the Global Health Institute and Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Publc Policy and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society  

Office Phone: (919) 613-6221
Email Address: gavin.yamey@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

    M.P.H., London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom), 2010
    M.B.B.S., University College London (United Kingdom), 1994

    Teaching (Fall 2018):

    • Housecs 59.03, House course (sp top) Synopsis
      Keohane 4d 201 sem, W 06:00 PM-07:30 PM

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Yamey, G; Schäferhoff, M; Kennedy, K. "Improving tracking of aid for women's, children's, and adolescents' health.." The Lancet. Global Health 6.8 (August, 2018): e814-e815. [doi]
    2. Yang, X; Tang, S; Yamey, G; Qian, X. "Strengthening maternal and child health in China: Lessons from transforming policy proposals into action.." Bioscience Trends 12.2 (May, 2018): 211-214. [doi]  [abs]
    3. Yamey, G; Summers, LH; Jamison, DT; Brinton, J. "How to convene an international health or development commission: ten key steps.." Health Policy and Planning 33.3 (April, 2018): 429-435. [doi]  [abs]
    4. Yamey, G; Batson, A; Kilmarx, PH; Yotebieng, M. "Funding innovation in neglected diseases.." Bmj (Clinical Research Ed.) 360 (March, 2018): k1182. [doi]
    5. McArthur, JW; Rasmussen, K; Yamey, G. "How many lives are at stake? Assessing 2030 sustainable development goal trajectories for maternal and child health.." Bmj (Clinical Research Ed.) 360 (February, 2018): k373. [doi]


    Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH, 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 serves on two international health commissions, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. 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 and has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio.

    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 & Biostatics at the UCSF School of Medicine.

    Gavin M. Yamey