Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H.

Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Distinguished Chair in Population Health and Health Equity Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor, VCU Center on Society and Health

Department: Department of Family Medicine & Population Health

Phone: (804) 628-2462


Areas of interest

  • Social justice and health disparities
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Health services research

Professional affiliations

  • Consults with government agencies and professional organizations on health policy, critical appraisal of evidence and matters related to preventive medicine


  • M.D. – Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Residency, family medicine – Fairfax Family Medicine Residency, Fairfax, Va.
  • Residency, preventive medicine and public health – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
  • M.P.H. – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
  • AA - Hillsborough Community College
  • BA - University of Missouri

Board certification

  • Family medicine
  • Preventive medicine and public health

Previous experience

  • Author of more than 200 articles and two books
  • Founded ACORN, the department's practice-based research network in 1996
  • Established the Center on Society and Health in 2007 to study the influence of social determinants of health
  • Scientific adviser and member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
  • Consulted in Europe as a visiting scholar
  • Past North American editor of the British Medical Journal
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in 2001

Faculty Bio:

  • Population health
    Health equity
    Social epidemiology
    Health services research

Research Expertise

  • Social Epidemiology

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