Gamble is an internationally recognized expert on the history of race and American medicine, racial and ethnic disparities in health and healthcare, and bioethics.
Physician, scholar, and activist Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble 70F was interviewed on PBS NewsHour around the medical field’s long history of discrimination and abuse against Black patients and how these issues became magnified during the pandemic.
Gamble is a professor of medical humanities at George Washington University and an internationally recognized expert on the history of race and American medicine, racial and ethnic disparities in health and healthcare, and bioethics. Throughout her career, Dr. Gamble has worked to promote equity and justice in American medicine and public health.
As a Hampshire College student in 1972, Gamble read about the United States Public Health Tuskegee Syphilis Study when it first came to light. That study became the topic of her Hampshire Division III (thesis) project. Later in her career, Dr. Gamble chaired the committee that took the lead role in a successful campaign to obtain a governmental apology in 1997 from then-President Bill Clinton for the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
She is the author of several widely acclaimed publications on the history of race and racism in American medicine, including the award-winning Making a Place for Ourselves: The Black Hospital Movement: 1920-1945.
In addition to her B.A. from Hampshire, Dr. Gamble holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.