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Darrell J. Gaskin, PhD

  • William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor
  • Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 441
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1995
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
BA, Brandeis University, 1983


Darrell J. Gaskin is the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. Dr. Gaskin is a health services researcher and health economist who is internationally known for his expertise in health disparities, access to care for vulnerable populations, and safety net hospitals.  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 Health, HSR, 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 Chairman 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.  His advice is sought 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

2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Committee Member, Institute of Medicine Committee Committee on Accounting for SES in Medicare Payment Programs

Committee Member, Institute of Medicine Committee 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

2015 Medicare Care Research and Review Article of the Year

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
  • Heath Economics
  • Minority Health
  • Hospital Quality
  • Safety Net Hospitals
  • Access to Care, Residential Segregation
  • Community-Based Interventions
  • Population Health

Dr. Gaskin's recent research focus on the nexus of race, poverty, and place and their impact on health and healthcare disparities. Selected publications from the last few years:

  • Gaskin DJ, Zare H, Delamente B. The Supply of Hospital Care to Minority and Low-Income Communities and the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. Med Care Res Rev. 2019 Jul 10:1077558719861242. doi: 10.1177/1077558719861242.
  • Gaskin DJ, Roberts E, Chan K, McCleary RR, Buttorff C. Delamente B, No Man is an Island - The impact of neighborhood disadvantage on mortality. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019 Apr 9;16(7). pii: E1265. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16071265.
  • Gaskin DJ, Karmarkar TD, Maurer A, Bucay-Harari L, Casillas G, Gittens A, Jones LC, Thorpe RJ, Tolbert E, Wood JE. The Potential Role of Cost and Quality of Life in Treatment Decisions for Knee Pain for African American and Latina Women. Arthritis Care & Research. 2019 Apr 12 doi: 10.1002/acr.23903
  • Gaskin DJ, Vazin R, McCleary RR, Thorpe RJ, The Maryland Health Enterprise Zone Initiative Reduced Hospital Cost and Utilization in Underserved Communities. Health Affairs, Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 Oct;37(10):1546-1554. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.0642.
  • Gaskin DJ, Zare H, Vazin R, Love D, Steinwachs D. Racial and Ethnic Composition of Hospitals’ Service Areas and the Likelihood of Being Penalized for Excess Readmissions by the Medicare Program. Med Care. 2018 Nov;56(11):934-943. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000988.