Gilbert Gonzales, MHA, PhD

Dr. Gilbert Gonzales is an assistant professor at the Department of Medicine, Health and Society; the Program for Public Policy Studies; and the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Gonzales’s research examines how public policies affect health outcomes, access to care and health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations. He also studies the role of healthcare reforms on vulnerable populations. Dr. Gonzales’s research has been covered by news outlets such as CNN, Reuters, the New York Post, The Guardian and U.S. News & World Report. He has presented his research on LGBT health at national and international research conferences in the United States, Mexico, Belgium, Portugal and Italy. In 2016, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Research on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for his research on LGBT health at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Gonzales earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Biology from Baylor University, a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.