Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center
David Ansell, MD, MPH is the senior vice president for community health equity at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is an internal medicine physician who spent seventeen years at Cook County Hospital, holding a number of positions including chief of general medicine/primary care. After leaving County, he spent ten years as chair of the department of internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, located in one of the highest hardship communities in Chicago. He has been particularly involved in health equity work, bringing attention to higher rates of breast cancer mortality for African-American women in Chicago. He is the co-founder of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Taskforce, a non-profit that focuses on eliminating the racial disparities in breast cancer mortality. He’s the author of the memoir County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital as well as the recent book The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills.