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Seminar Series: Marcella Alsan, School of Medicine, Stanford

Tuskegee and Health of Black Men
When Mar 07, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Luciana Assini-Meytin
Joey Brown
Feinian Chen
Carrie Clarady
Philip Cohen
Brittany Dernberger
Christina Getrich
Raymond Guiteras
Omkar Joshi
Zhiyong Lin
Lucia Lykke
Ui Jeong Moon
Saswathi Natta
Lea Pessin
Rashawn Ray
Liana Sayer
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About Talk

JEL Codes: I25, O15 For forty years, the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male passively monitored hundreds of adult black males with syphilis despite the availability of effective treatment. The study's methods have become synonymous with exploitation and mistreatment by the medical community. We find that the historical disclosure of the study in 1972 is correlated with increases in medical mistrust and mortality and decreases in outpatient physician interactions for black men. Blacks possessing prior experience with the medical community, including veterans and women, appear to have been less affected by the disclosure. Our findings relate to a broader literature on how beliefs are formed and the importance of trust for economic exchanges involving asymmetric information.

About the Speaker

Marcella Alsan, MD, MPH, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and a Core Faculty Member at the Center for Health Policy / Primary Care and Outcomes Research.

Alsan’s research focuses on the relationship between health and socioeconomic disparities with a focus on infectious disease. Another vein of research focuses on the microfoundations of antibiotic overuse and resistance.

She received a B.A. degree in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University, a master’s degree in international public health from Harvard School of Public Health, a medical degree from Loyola University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and infectious disease. She trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, completing the Hiatt Global Health Equity Residency Fellowship in internal medicine. She combined her Ph.D. with an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, prior to going to Stanford. She currently is an infectious disease specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto.

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