Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He received his M.D. from Columbia in 1986 and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington in 1996. In addition to his research, Lerner practices internal medicine and teaches medical ethics and the history of medicine. Dr. Lerner is the author of five books, including The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America, which won the William Welch award from the American Association for the History of Medicine. Dr. Lerner has also published extensively in scholarly journals and contributes essays to the "Well" blog section of The New York Times, Slate and the Washington Post among others. He has also appeared on numerous NPR broadcasts, including “Fresh Air,” “All Things Considered” and “Science Friday.”
Gregg Drinkwater, PhD is a visiting Assistant professor at the CU Boulder Program in Jewish Studies. Drinkwater’s research focuses on sexuality, gender, and Judaism in the modern United States. He is the recipient of the 2020 Wasserman Prize for his article published in American Jewish History, “Queer Healing: AIDS, Gay Synagogues, Lesbian Feminists, and the Origins of the Jewish Healing Movement."
Alan M. Kraut, PhD is a Distinguished Professor of History at American University and a fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Specializing in immigration and ethnic history and the history of medicine in the United States, he is the author or editor of nine books and many scholarly articles. Volumes include The Huddled Masses, the Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921 (1982; 2nd ed. 2001); Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes and the “Immigrant Menace.” (1994); and Goldberger’s War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003). He is is the current President of the National Coalition for History and is an elected fellow of the prestigious Society of American Historians. In 2017 Dr. Kraut received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH is the Chief Health Equity Officer and Senior Vice President for the American Medical Association (AMA) where she focuses on embedding health equity across all the work of the AMA and leading its Center for Health Equity. Prior to this, Dr. Maybank served as the founding deputy commissioner for the Center for Health Equity at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She was instrumental in infusing equity at the neighborhood level and advancing the department’s place-based approach to addressing health inequities. Dr. Maybank has taught medical and public health students on topics related to health inequities, public health leadership and management, physician advocacy, and community organizing in health.
Shanta M. Zimmer, MD is the Senior Associate Dean for Education and the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Zimmer joined CUSOM in June 2016 and a professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. She was recognized for her work in GME with a “Spotlight on Diversity Award” from the Association of Academic Internal Medicine and with the Nadine Gracia Faculty of the Year Award from the Student National Medical Association.