Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist

Presenter: The Skin You Are In: African Americans Live Sicker and Die Younger, Why?

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D.
Dean, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D. is the Dean of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He also holds the position of Presidential Chair in Health Equity. Dr. LaVeist served as chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2016.

He joined GWU after 25 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, his doctorate degree in medical sociology from the University of Michigan and postdoctoral fellowship in gerontology and Health Management & Policy at the Michigan School of Public Health.
Dr. LaVeist has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals. He is a highly sought after lecturer at leading universities, corporations, professional conferences and workshops. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control, Department of Defense, Commonwealth Fund, Sage Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research.

Dr. LaVeist has provided consultation services for numerous federal agencies and healthcare organizations on minority health and cultural competency issues and racial disparities in health. In 2013, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (formally Institute of Medicine).

The second edition of his edited volume, Race, Ethnicity and Health: A Public Health Reader (Jossey-Bass Publishers) was published fall 2012. His most recent book project, Legacy of the Crossing: Life, Death, and Triumph among Descendants of the World’s Greatest Forced Migration, was published in 2017.