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Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD

Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions

William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy


Departmental Affiliation(s):

Health Policy and Management

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 441
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


My Personal Website:
Website for my documentary film project:
International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora:

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PhD , University of Michigan , 1988
BA , University of Maryland Eastern Shore , 1984


Dr. LaVeist's research and writing has focused on three broad thematic research questions: 1) What are the social and behavioral factors that predict the timing of various related health outcomes (e.g. access and utilization of health services, mortality, entrance into nursing home? 2) What are the social and behavioral factors that explain race differences in health outcomes?; and 3) What has been the impact of social policy on the health and quality of life of African Americans? His work has included both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Dr. LaVeist seeks to develop an orienting framework in the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes. Specific areas of expertise include: U.S. health and social policy, the role of race in health research, social factors contributing to mortality, longevity and life expectancy, quantitative and demographic analysis and access, and utilization of health services.

Honors and Awards

Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences - elected 2013

Article of the Year (2012) – American Journal of Public Health.

Appointed - F.H.D.R. (Fellow in Health Disparities Research) W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association Health Institute Senior Fellows, 2012

Innovation Award, National Institutes of Health – National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), 2008

Delta Omega – Honorary Society in Public Health (faculty inductee), Alpha Chapter – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006

Knowledge Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, 2006

Who’s Who in America, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013

Who's Who among African Americans, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012

Dean's Lecture, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, April 1994

Distinguished Alumni Citation, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher     Education (NAFEO), 1994

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 1994

Who's Who in the East, 1994

Keynote Speaker, Randolph Evans Foundation Scholarship Award Banquet, June 1993

The Dreamkeeper Award, University of Michigan, Office of Minority Affairs, 1993

Brookdale National Fellow, 1991

Roberta G. Simmons Dissertation Award, American Sociological Association, Medical Sociology Section, 1989

Paul B. Cornely Sr. Fellowship, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, 1988-1990

Committee on Institutional Cooperation Fellowship, 1984-1988

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1984

National Dean's List, 1984

Alain LeRoi Locke Award, Phi Beta Sigma Educational Foundation, 1984

Randolph Evans Memorial Scholarship, 1979

Health Policy, Management, Health Disparities, Health Inequality, Race, Ethnicity, socioeconomic status, Social Factors, culture, community health, minority health, medical sociology, Behavior and Health, social epidemiology, population, demography, population center

  • PAST 5 YEARS (2006-2010)

  • Gary TL, Gross S, Browne D & LaVeist TA (2006) “The College Health and Wellness Study: Baseline Correlates of Overweight Among African Americans Journal of Urban Health Mar; 83(2):253-65.

  • Airhihenbuwa CO, LaVeist TA. (2006) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 2010” Health Promotion Practice Jul;7(3 Suppl):174S-5S.

  • Gregory PC, LaVeist TA, Simpson C (2006) Racial Disparities in Access to Cardiac Rehabilitation” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  Sep;85(9):705-10.

  • Nguyen GC, LaVeist TA, Gearhart S, Bayless TM, Brant SR. (2006) Racial and Geographic Variations in Colectomy Rates in Hospitalized Ulcerative Colitis Patients. Clinical Gasteroenterology Hepatology. Dec;4(12):1507-1513.