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We are pleased to announce that Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBioethics, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been named as an Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Soci

CBSSM Associate Director Dr. Raymond De Vries will be retiring in December. Dr. De Vries is a professor in the departments of learning health sciences, obstetrics and gynecology, and sociology. He is also a visiting professor at CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care, University of Maastricht, in the Netherlands.

Press Coverage


A Black Jamaican-born woman became the first person in the nation to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, flickering emotions of pride and skepticism against the backdrop of the federal government’s rollout of vaccines against a virus that’s killed over 300,000 Americans. CBSSM's Melissa Creary, PhD, spoke to The Lily News about the ways the photos may have conjured suspicion and reminders of the US's problematic past for black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) Americans.


The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has been most devastating for people of color in the U.S. This fact is bringing to the forefront renewed questions about the pervasiveness of health disparities in this country. And while many point to social and economic forces, researchers are also taking a deeper look at the delivery of health care itself. To what extent is discrimination in the healthcare system negatively affecting the health of patients seeking care? In a new study published in JAMA Network Open, Paige Nong and colleagues, including CBSSM's Melissa Creary, PhD and Jodyn Platt, PhD, surveyed just over 2,000 respondents in a new study examining lifetime experiences of discrimination within the healthcare system.