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Gary Darmstadt

Gary Darmstadt

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Professor (Teaching) of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health
Stanford University School of Medicine
MD, Dermatology, University of California, San Diego, 1989
MS, Agronomy (Plant Physiology), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1982
BS, Crop Science , California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1979


Gary L. Darmstadt, MD, MS, is associate dean for maternal and child health, and professor of neonatal and developmental pediatrics in the department of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Previously Dr. Darmstadt was senior fellow in the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), where he led a cross-foundation initiative on women, girls and gender, assessing how addressing gender inequalities and empowering women and girls leads to improved gender equality as well as improved health and development outcomes. Prior to this role, he served as BMGF director of family health, leading strategy development and implementation across nutrition, family planning and maternal, newborn and child health.

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 has trained 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, where he was assistant professor in the departments of pediatrics and medicine. Dr. Darmstadt left the University of Washington to serve 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.