Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., is chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. 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 holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a doctorate in medical sociology from the University of Michigan; he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the Michigan School of Public Health and has published more than 125 scientific articles. In addition to his scholarly writing, Dr. LaVeist has written articles for Newsweek, Black Enterprise, and the Baltimore Sun, among other publications. Dr. LaVeist’s dissertation on racial disparities was named Outstanding Dissertation by the American Sociological Association. He is the recipient of the National Institutes of Health’s Innovation Award and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s Knowledge Award. In 2013 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (formerly Institute of Medicine).