Gilbert Gonzales

Gilbert Gonzales

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Assistant Professor of Public Policy Studies

Assistant Professor of Health Policy

Contact Information

(615) 343-6958
210 Calhoun Hall

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm


PhD, University of Minnesota

Curriculum Vitae

Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, MHA, is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Medicine, Health & Society, the Program for Public Policy Studies, and the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. Professor Gonzales’ 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 health care reforms on vulnerable populations. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, JAMA, Health Affairs, The Milbank Quarterly, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Professor Gonzales’ research has been covered by news outlets such as CNN, Reuters, the New York Post, The Guardian, and U.S. News and World Report. He has also presented his research on LGBT health at national and international research conferences in the United States, Mexico, Belgium, Portugal, and Italy. He is also a member of AcademyHealth, the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Population Association of America (PAA), and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM).

Professor Gonzales also teaches health policy courses to undergraduate students, and he mentors undergraduate, graduate, and medical students interested in health disparities research. 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.

Professor Gonzales completed his Ph.D. in Health Policy & Administration at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, a Master of Health Administration from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Biology from Baylor University.

  • LGBT Health
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Disparities & Health Equity
  • Health Politics and Policy Analysis
  • Population Health: Surveys and Quantitative Methods