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Darrell Gaskin, PhD

  • Deputy Director, Center for Health Disparities Solutions
  • Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 441
Baltimore, Maryland 21205



PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1995
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987


Darrell J. Gaskin is an internationally known expert in healthcare disparities, access to healthcare for vulnerable populations, and safety net hospitals.  He is Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.  He seeks to identify and understand barriers to care for vulnerable populations; and to develop and promote policies and practices that will improve access to care for the poor, minority and other vulnerable populations, and eliminate racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in healthcare.  His current projects explore the relationship between “place” and healthcare disparities and examine racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in hospital care.

Dr. Gaskin’s has published in the leading health services and public health research journals, including American Journal of Public HealthHSR, Health Affairs, Inquiry, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, and Social Science and Medicine.  Currently, he serves on the Editorial Boards of HSR, Medical Care and Medical Care Research and Review.  He is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth and a member of the Center for Health Policy Development Board, the board of directors for the National Academy of State Health Policy.  He involved in federal and state health policy.  He was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Commission on the Budget Deficit, Economic Crisis, and Wealth Creation. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, the state’s high-risk pool.  He served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange Commission. 


Honors and Awards

Committee Member, IOM Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults

Committee Member, Institute of Medicine Committee on Valuing Community Based Non-Clinical Prevention Policies and Wellness Strategies

Committee Member, Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System

2014 HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award – Honorable Mention

Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy - 2002 Article-of-the-Year Award

  • Healthcare Disparities, Minority Health, Hospital Quality, Safety Net Hospitals, Access to Care, Residential Segregation

Dr. Gaskin's recent research focus on the nexus of race, poverty, and place and their impact on health and healthcare disparities.  

  • Gaskin DJ, Thorpe RJ, McGinty E, Bower-Joffe K, Rohde C, Hunter Y, LaVeist T. Dubay L. “Disparities in Diabetes - The Nexus of Race, Poverty, and Place.” American Journal of Public Health, forthcoming.

  • Spencer CS, Gaskin DJ, Roberts ET. Disparities in the Quality of Hospital Care: Does Who Pays Matter? Health Affairs 2013 October;32(10):1730-1739.

  • Gaskin DJ, Dinwiddie GY, Chan K, McCleary RR. “Residential Segregation and the Availability of Primary Care Physicians.” Health Services Research. 2012 Dec;47(6):2353-2376.

  • Gaskin DJ, Richard P. “The Economic Costs of Pain in the United States.” J Pain. 2012 Aug;13(8):715-24.

  • Gaskin DJ, Dinwiddie GY, Chan K and McCleary RR. "Residential Segregation and the Use of Healthcare Services." Medical Care Research and Review 2012; 69(2):158-175.