HSRP&A PhD Alumni Profile: Gilbert Gonzales, PhD ’15

Mona Rath | March 27, 2024

“The PhD program gave me the skills to succeed in academic research, such as using timely data and rigorous methods to answer the country’s most pressing health equity challenges – especially as they relate to LGBTQ+ health.”

Gilbert Gonzales, HSRP&A PhD ’15

Gilbert Gonzales is an assistant professor at the Center for Medicine, Health & Society, the Program for Public Policy Studies, and the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. His research examines how public policies affect health outcomes, access to care, and health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. He also studies the role of health care reforms on vulnerable populations.

Gilbert also teaches health policy courses to undergraduate students, and he mentors undergraduate, graduate, and medical students interested in health disparities research. In 2016, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Research on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for his research on LGBT health at Vanderbilt University.

His research has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, JAMA, Health Affairs, The Milbank Quarterly, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

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