P. Preston Reynolds, MD, PhD

P. Preston Reynolds, MD, PhD

Healthcare in the African-American Community

Dr. Preston Reynolds

For more than 30 years as a physician-historian, Dr. Reynolds has been studying efforts to eliminate discrimination and health disparities, and to racially integrate hospitals and health professions training schools throughout the country. In July 2007, she joined the faculty at the University of Virginia as Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care.

Dr. Reynolds is focusing her research on the history of African Americans in the health professions while contributing to the University community through her role as Associate Director of the Center for Health Disparities and by giving lectures, teaching students and residents, and providing clinical care.

While Dr. Reynolds was a member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights from 1987-2002, the organization was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Additionally, Dr. Reynolds has been engaged as a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) in the effort to reform health care in the US, to promote diversity and physician workforce reform, and to enhance the quality of healthcare for all Americans. She was recipient of ACP’s 2010 national advocacy award and SGIM’s 2011 David Calkins Health Policy Award for her work on health reform.

Her major books and articles focus on the history of race discrimination in healthcare and the racial integration of hospitals, reform of medical education and healthcare through a renewed commitment to medical professionalism, and the history and impact of federal programs designed to expand generalist physician and dental training in the United States. She has lectured both in the US and abroad on various topics based on her historical research and leadership roles in promoting medical professionalism and global human rights.

Since 2003, Dr. Reynolds has been working on a comprehensive guide to resources on the history of African Americans in the health professions, first as a senior scholar at the National Library of Medicine from 2003-2004, and then with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is this work that she will share as she plans for national dissemination of this project in collaboration with professional organizations.