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Gary L Darmstadt

Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Gary Darmstadt is Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, and Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. At Stanford, Dr. Darmstadt is focusing on student education and mentoring in global child health, and on research to advance global newborn health, optimize early childhood development, and promote gender equality as fundamental to achieving sustainable development. Previously Dr. Darmstadt was Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he developed initiatives to address gender inequalities and improve health and development outcomes. Prior to this role, he served as the Gates Foundation Director of Family Health, leading strategy development and implementation across nutrition, family planning and maternal, newborn and child health.


Dr. Darmstadt was formerly Associate Professor and Founding Director of the International Center for Advancing Neonatal Health in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also served as Senior Research Advisor for the Saving Newborn Lives program of Save the Children-US, where he led the development and implementation of the global research strategy for newborn health and survival, before joining Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Darmstadt trained in Medicine (MD) at the University of California, San Diego, in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, in Dermatology at Stanford University, and in Pediatric Infectious Disease as a fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle.