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

Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor, VCU Center on Society and Health

Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor; C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Distinguished Chair in Population Health and Health Equity;

Department: Family Medicine & Population Health


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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