During his fellowship year, Donald Barr will explore the many ways the recent social and political turbulence in the U.S. is likely to impact the future direction of our health care system. He will give particular emphasis to the potential impacts on vulnerable populations such as the elderly, those in poverty, and children. Barr will use this analysis as the basis of a new edition of his textbook, Introduction to U.S. Health Policy, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2016.
Barr’s research interests include the study of racial and ethnic disparities in health care, and factors associated with higher rates of attrition from pre-medical studies among under-represented minority students. The third edition of his book, Health Disparities in the United States, will be published by Johns Hopkins Press in fall of 2019.
Barr received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco and his PhD in sociology from Stanford University. He is professor of pediatrics in the Stanford School of Medicine, and in the Graduate School of Education by courtesy. He teaches courses in U.S. Health Policy and in Health Disparities as part of Stanford’s undergraduate Program in Human Biology. He was awarded the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contribution to Undergraduate Education at Stanford, and the university’s Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize for his integration of teaching, scholarship, and service to society.
You can see more about his work at https://profiles.stanford.edu/donald-barr?tab=bio