David Ansell, MD, MPH

Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center,  and Associate Provost for Community Affairs, Rush University 

"The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills"

Those living in America's poorest and sickest neighborhoods have a life expectancy 35 years lower than those living in its healthiest and wealthiest areas. Drawing on his nearly four decades as a physician, Dr. David Ansell will discuss the devastating impacts of socio-economic inequality on health and how we can begin to close this death gap.

Copies of Dr. Ansell's book, The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills will be on sale during the coffee hour.


About David Ansell:

As Rush’s first leader of community health equity, a role he assumed in October of 2016, Ansell is leading Rush’s strategy to be a catalyst for community health and economic vitality on Chicago’s West Side. He previously was Rush’s senior vice president, system integration. Ansell joined Rush in 2005 as the Medical Center’s first chief medical officer (CMO) — a position he held until 2014 — as well as the associate dean and senior vice president for clinical affairs and the Michael E. Kelly MD Presidential Professor at Rush Medical College.

In 2002, during his ten-year tenure as chairperson of the Department of Internal Medicine at Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Ansell cofounded the Sinai Urban Health Institute, which conducts health inequity research, develops innovative community health interventions, delivers community health worker training and consultation, and provides a broad scope of evaluation services.

After joining Rush, Ansell helped establish, in 2007, the not-for-profit Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Taskforce, which focuses on ameliorating the higher breast cancer mortality rate among black women. He currently is the chair of board of the taskforce.

Beginning in 1978, Ansell spent 17 years at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, where he implemented a breast cancer screening program, one of the first in the United States. From 1993 to 1995, he served as the hospital’s division chief of general medicine/primary care.

Ansell recounted his experiences at Cook County Hospital in his critically acclaimed 2011 memoir, County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital. The University of Chicago Press published his second book, The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills, in 2017.

As a coauthor of a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, and through his testimony before the U.S. Congress, Ansell influenced the passage in 1986 of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, a federal law that regulates the transfer of patients from one hospital to another. He also is the author of numerous other papers and book chapters on health disparities.

Ansell earned a BA from Franklin and Marshall College in 1974 and, in 1978, his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University. In 1991, he received a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.


Our Adult Programs:
A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
Our Program for Children:
The Golden Rule Sunday School, for children from birth through 8th grade, also meets every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, September through May. For more info, contact the Sunday School director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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