Dr. Bangsberg is the founding dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, a collaborative project that leverages the strengths of OHSU and Portland State University to educate the next generation of public health leaders to confront and combat the underlying causes of health disparity throughout Oregon and beyond.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Bangsberg is a former Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. As Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, he brought together the expertise of Harvard and MIT to improve physical, mental, social and economic health to the poorest regions of the world in several signature areas, including: HIV care, disaster response, cancer care, and medical technology innovation. He received the Clifford Barger Mentoring Award, given annually to five of the 12,000 Harvard Medical School faculty.
Bangberg's academic research career began at the University of California, San Francisco, where he created one of the leading programs on health disparities among the urban poor in the United States. This program eventually became the first NIH Clinical and Translational Science Initiative-funded program on urban domestic health disparities.
Bangsberg is internationally known for his work on social, economic and structural barriers to HIV/AIDS care for the homeless and people living in sub-Saharan Africa.