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Ronald Bayer

Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Co-Director, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health

Ronald Bayer, PhD, focuses his research on issues of social justice and ethical matters related to AIDS, tuberculosis, illicit drugs, and tobacco. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and has served on its committees dealing with the social impact of AIDS, tuberculosis elimination, vaccine safety, smallpox vaccination and the Ryan White Care Act. Dr. Bayer has been a consultant to the World Health Organization on ethical issues related to public health surveillance, HIV and tuberculosis. His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, the American Journal of Public Health, and The Milbank Quarterly.
Education & Training:

    PhD, 1976, University of Chicago


Mailman School Affiliations:

    Additional Affiliations:

    • Member, Institute of Medicine
    • Fellow, The Hastings Center
    Honors and Awards:
    • New York Times, Notable Books of the Year (1989)
    • American Library Association, Outstanding Books (1989)
    • Britannica Book of the Year (1990)
    • Member, Institute of Medicine (2002)
    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Policy Investigator Award (2005)
    • Selected Editorial Boards

      • Associate Editor, Public Health Ethics
      • Editorial Board, Milbank Quarterly
      World Health Organization
      Consultant on ethical issues in AIDS and tuberculosis

    Selected Publications:
    • R. Bayer Stigma and the Ethics of Public Health: Not Can We But Should We? Social Science & Medicine 67 (3) 463472 2008
    • R. Bayer and C. Edington HIV Testing, Human Rights, and Global AIDS Policy: Exceptionalism and Its Discontents Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law, 34(3) 301-23 2009
    • R. Bayer Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis Basic Books (Paperback) / Princeton University Press 1981 / 1987
    • R. Bayer Private Acts, Social Consequences: AIDS and the Politics of Public Health Free Press (Paperback) /Rutgers University Press 1989/1991
    • R. Bayer and G. Oppenheimer AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic Oxford University Press 2000
    • R. Klitzman and R. Bayer Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS (ohns Hopkins University Press 2003
    • E. Feldman and R. Bayer Unfiltered: Conflicts Over Tobacco Policy and Public Health Harvard University Press 2004
    • G. Oppenheimer and R. Bayer Shattered Dreams?: An Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic Oxford University Press 2007
    • A.L. Fairchild, R. Bayer and J. Colgrove with D. Wolfe Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America California/Milbank Books 2007
    • R. Bayer Public Health Policy and the AIDS Epidemic: An End to HIV Exceptionalism?” New England Journal of Medicine 324 (21) 1500-1504. 1991

    Contact Information


    New York, NY 10032