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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, PhD MS is the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Gaskin is a health services researcher and health economist. He is an internationally recognized expert in health and healthcare disparities. He seeks to identify and understand how contextual factors influence access to care, quality of care and health outcomes for minority, low socioeconomic status, and other vulnerable populations. His research strives to develop and promulgate policies and practices that address the social determinants of health and promote equity in health and well-being.

Dr. Gaskin is an international leader in health policy and health economics. He is a member the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s System for Action program. He is a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisors. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health Economists. He served eleven years on the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth, and was Board Chair from 2016-2017. He served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2017-2020. He is a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In April 2021, he was appointed as a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Honors and Awards

2021 Delta Omega Honor Society, Alpha Chapter

2020 United Negro College Fund Livingstone College Leaders Hall of Fame

2018-21 Bloomberg School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Awards

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

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

  • Health 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.
  • Assessing the Impact of the Racial Composition of Police Departments and Neighbourhoods on Violence in the U.S
  • How Income Inequality Has Influenced Health Outcomes in US Counties: Longitudinal Analytics (1999-2018)
  • Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke
  • PTSC: Improving Hypertension Control among Poor Midlife African American Women