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Gavin Yamey

Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Public Policy
Director, Center for Policy Impact in Global Health
Associate Director for Policy, Duke Global Health Institute
Director, Duke Geneva Global Health Fellowship

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Gavin Yamey


Gavin Yamey MD, MPH, MA is the Director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health based in DGHI. The Center is an innovative policy lab that addresses critical challenges in financing and delivering global health.

He trained in clinical medicine at Oxford University and University College London, medical journalism and editing at the BMJ and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was Deputy Editor of the Western Journal of Medicine, Assistant Editor at the BMJ, a founding Senior Editor of PLOS Medicine, and the Principal Investigator on a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. In 2009, he was awarded a Kaiser Family Mini-Media Fellowship in Global Health Reporting to examine the barriers to scaling up low cost, low tech health tools in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

Dr. Yamey currently serves as a commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis. He previously served on two international health commissions, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. He has been an External Advisor to the WHO and to TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Dr. Yamey has published extensively on global health, neglected diseases, health policy, and disparities in health and has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio. He directs the Global Health Track in Duke's Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva.

Before joining Duke, Dr. Yamey led the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and was an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine.



Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
Global Health Policy
Crosslisted as PUBPOL 324

In-depth examination of how to close the gap between evidence and practical policy making as a way to improve global health. How global health policies are shaped; identifying key actors and their power; understanding/influencing the processes that drive large scale change in global health; exploring ways in which health issues reach the top of the agenda; analyzing how decisions are made by policy makers; implementing policies from the "top down" and "bottom up." The interplay between the different worlds of research and policy. Practical tools for becoming a policy broker, skilled in transforming evidence to action. Real world case studies. Case-based competition.

Course Notes:
UG Only SPRING 2018 MAJOR: Foundations - Policy
MINOR: Elective
MAJOR: Focused Study
Global Health Policy

In-depth inquiry on how to narrow the gap between global health evidence and practical action and policy making on the ground. Examination of the complex ways in which global health policies are formed, shaped, and implemented. How key actors in global health can be identified, and how their power and influence can be analyzed. The contextual factors and processes that affect policy making. Top-down, bottom-up and mixed approaches to actual implementation of global health policies. The relationship between researchers and policymakers. Theories, tools, and frameworks for becoming a "policy entrepreneur," able to bridge the research-to-policy divide. Case studies. Case-based competition. Instructor: Yamey

Course Notes:
Was: GLHLTH 5833
GRAD Only SPRING 2017 MSC: Elective
Global Health Policy GLHLTH 306
UG Only FALL 2016 MAJOR: Foundations - Policy
MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective


Recent Publications

Yamey G, Thoumi A, Gonzalez-Smith J, Binanay C, Bharali I, Johar Z, Ridley D, Chapman C. Strengthening the United States Government's Role in Product Development for Global Health. February, 2017. View

Yamey G, Schäferhoff M, Aars OK, Bloom B, Carroll D, et al. Financing of international collective action for epidemic and pandemic preparedness. Lancet Global Health 2017;5(8):e742-744. View

Yamey G. The world's poor are being denied the right to share in scientific advancement. Health and Human Rights Journal. September 21, 2015. View

Summers L, Yamey G. The world's new health goal will need game-changing health technologies. Huffington Post September 3, 2015. View

Dare AJ, Bleicher J, Lee KC, Elobu AE, Kamara TB, Liko O, Luboga S, Danlop A, Kune G, Hagander L, Leather AJ, Yamey G. Generation of national political priority for surgery: a qualitative case study of three low-income and middle-income countries. Lancet. 2015 Apr 27;385 Suppl 2:S54. View

Gutnik LA, Yamey G, Dare AJ, Ramos MS, Riviello R, Meara JG, Shrime MG. Financial contribution to global surgery: an analysis of 160 international charitable organisations. Lancet. 2015 Apr 27;385 Suppl 2:S52. View

Gutnik LA, Dielman J, Dare AJ, Ramos MS, Riviello R, Meara JG, Yamey G, Shrime MG. Funding flows to global surgery: an analysis of contributions from the USA. Lancet. 2015 Apr 27;385 Suppl 2:S51. View

Schäferhoff M, Fewer S, Kraus J, Richter E, Summers LH, Sundewall J, Yamey G, Jamison DT.How much donor financing for health is channelled to global versus country-specific aid functions? Lancet. 2015 Jul 10. pii: S0140-6736(15)61161-8. View

Verguet S, Alkire BC, Bickler SW, Lauer JA, Uribe-Leitz T, Molina G, Weiser TG, Yamey G, Shrime MG. Timing and cost of scaling up surgical services in low-income and middle-income countries from 2012 to 2030: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Apr 27;3 Suppl 2:S28-37. View

Dieleman JL, Yamey G, Johnson EK, Graves CM, Haakenstad A, Meara JG. Tracking global expenditures on surgery: gaps in knowledge hinder progress. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Apr 27;3 Suppl 2:S2-4. View

Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Lundeg G, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W. Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development. Lancet. 2015 Aug 8;386(9993):569-624. View

Yamey G, Campe S, Fewer S. Germany, the G7, and global health. BMJ. 2015;350:h1210.

Powell RA, Mwangi-Powell FN, Radbruch L, Yamey G, Krakauer EL, Spence D, Ali Z, Baxter S, De Lima L, Xhixha A, Rajagopal MR, Knaul F. Putting palliative care on the global health agenda. Lancet Oncol. 2015;16(2):131-3. View

Verguet S, Norheim OF, Olson ZD, Yamey G, Jamison DT. Annual rates of decline in child, maternal, HIV, and tuberculosis mortality across 109 countries of low and middle income from 1990 to 2013: an assessment of the feasibility of post-2015 goals. Lancet Glob Health. 2014 Dec;2(12):e698-709. View

Yamey G. Commentary: False dichotomy hinders global health. BMJ. 2014 Sep 24;349:g5458. View

Norheim OF, Jha P, Admasu K, Godal T, Hum RJ, Kruk ME, Gómez-Dantés O, Mathers CD, Pan H, Sepúlveda J, Suraweera W, Verguet S, Woldemariam AT, Yamey G, Jamison DT, Peto R. Avoiding 40% of the premature deaths in each country, 2010-30: review of national mortality trends to help quantify the UN sustainable development goal for health. Lancet. 2015 Jan 17;385(9964):239-52. View

Baker P, Dworkin SL, Tong S, Banks I, Shand T, Yamey G. The men's health gap: men must be included in the global health equity agenda. Bull World Health Organ. 2014 Aug 1;92(8):618-20. View

Yamey G, Shretta R, Binka FN. The 2030 sustainable development goal for health. BMJ. 2014 Aug 26;348:g5295. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g5295. No abstract available. View

Yamey G. The bias busters. BMJ. 2014 Jul 23;349:g4748. View

Yamey G, Saxenian. The Grand Global Health Convergence. Project Syndicate, April 10, 2014 View

Yamey G, Jamison DT, Summers LH. Investing in health--authors' reply. Lancet. 2014 Mar 15;383(9921):950-1. View

Feachem R, Yamey G. Time rip for a new kind of global health aid. CNN World, December 19, 2013 View

Jamison DT, Summers LH, Alleyne G, Arrow KJ, Berkley S, Binagwaho A, Bustreo F, Evans D, Feachem RG, Frenk J, Ghosh G, Goldie SJ, Guo Y, Gupta S, Horton R, Kruk ME, Mahmoud A, Mohohlo LK, Ncube M, Pablos-Mendez A, Reddy KS, Saxenian H, Soucat A, Ulltveit-Moe KH, Yamey G. Global health 2035: a world converging within a generation. Lancet. 2013 Dec 7;382(9908):1898-955. View

Singhrao R, Huchko M, Yamey G. Reproductive and maternal health in the post-2015 era: cervical cancer must be a priority. PLoS Med. 2013 Aug;10(8):e1001499. View

Rosinski AA, Narine S, Yamey G. Developing a Scorecard to Assess Global Progress in Scaling Up Diarrhea Control Tools: A Qualitative Study of Academic Leaders and Implementers. PLoS ONE 2013; 8(7): e67320. View