Travis Gayles

Hometown: Chase City, VA

high school: Bluestone HS

college: Duke University

MAJOR: Public Policy and African American Studies

GRAD. PROGRAM: University of Illinois College of Medicine (2006, PhD), (2009, MD)

Travis Gayles, a native of Chase City, Virginia, is a pediatric resident and clinical scholar at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Center for Translational Sciences. He received his B.A. in Public Policy Studies, and African American Studies from Duke University in 2001 as a Ron Brown and Reginald Howard Scholar. His MD and Ph.D. in Community Health (Health Policy) were completed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. While at Illinois, he received the Diane Gottheil Award for Outstanding Medical Scholar in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and the University of Illinois Alumni Leadership Award.

His research interests are two-fold: disparities in health care delivery and outcomes based on race, insurance status, and geography, and bullying in pediatric populations and the health outcomes associated with victimization. He has previously worked for the Institute of Medicine, and has successfully secured research funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and the National Center for Rural Health Professions. He is a current New Century Scholar of the Academic Pediatric Association, and a past member of the Illinois State Medical Society Board of Trustees, and American Medical Association Minority Affairs Consortium. After completion of his residency, he joined the Division of Academic Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

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