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gamble headshotVanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD is University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Health Policy and American Studies at the George Washington University.  A physician, scholar, and activist, she is an internationally recognized researcher on the history of American medicine, racial and ethnic inequities in health and health care, and bioethics.  Dr. Gamble has served on the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research and the boards of Ibis Reproductive Health, the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc., and Hampshire College.  She chaired the committee that took the lead role in the successful campaign to obtain an apology in 1997 from President Clinton for the United States Public Health Syphilis Study at Tuskegee.  A proud native of West Philadelphia, Dr. Gamble is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the Hastings Center.