David Barton Smith is an emeritus professor of health administration at Temple University and a research professor in health management and policy in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. He is the author of seven books, more than 40 journal articles, and numerous research projects. He was awarded a 1995 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Investigator Award for research on the history and legacy of the racial segregation of health care and continues to lecture widely on this topic. His most recent book, “The Power to Heal: Civil Rights, Medicare and the Struggle to Transform America’s Health System” (Vanderbilt Press, 2016), won the Vanderbilt Press Goldberg Prize and is currently being used in the development of a documentary film for PBS.


Recent Posts by David Barton Smith

Forgotten Heroes: Remembering Dr. Alvin Blount, Who Helped Integrate America’s Hospitals

In 1963, Dr. Alvin Blount and 10 other plaintiffs successfully sued the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, challenging the use of federal funds to support a segregated hospital.