David Oshinsky, PhD, Named Director, Division of Medical Humanities

David Oshinsky, PhD, delivering his NYU Medicine Grand Rounds lecture, September 2010, on the history of the fight against Polio in the U.S.

David Oshinsky, PhD, has been named the new Director of the Division of Medical Humanities, replacing inaugural Division Director, Robert Anderson, MD.  Dr. Oshinsky is also a professor in the NYU Department of History.

Previously, Dr. Oshinsky was at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received the university’s Raymond Dickson Centennial Teaching Award. He graduated from Cornell University and obtained his PhD from Brandeis University. Dr. Oshinsky has been a distinguished scholar in residence at New York University during fall semesters.

An accomplished writer and American historian, his books include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which won the Hardeman Prize for the best book about the U.S. Congress, and Worse Than Slavery, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for distinguished contribution to human rights. His latest book, Polio: An American Story, won both the Pulitzer Prize in History and the Hoover Presidential Book Award.

In 2009, PBS aired a documentary based upon this work, "The Polio Crusade," and he received the Dean's Medal from the Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for his distinguished contributions to the field. His articles and reviews appear regularly in the New York Times and other national publications.