Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide

Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH, MA, MRCP

Lead, Evidence to Policy Initiative
Global Health Group

Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH, MA, MRCP, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatics at the UCSF School of Medicine and is Lead of the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative (E2Pi,) 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 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 $1.1 million 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.

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 teaches masters level courses on global health policy at UCSF and LSHTM. His first textbook, The Handbook of Global Health Policy, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2014. He was on the international editorial board of the BMJ and 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. 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.