Affiliated Faculty, NYU Wagner; Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU Langone School of Medicine
Joseph Ladapo’s major interests include clinical medicine, cost-effectiveness research, physician and hospital decision-making, and preventative health medicine. He is a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and is currently completing his final year of an internal medicine residency. He is originally from North Carolina, where he completed a degree in Chemistry at Wake Forest University. After graduating from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Ph.D. Program in Health Policy, where he studied decision sciences and economics, he entered the Internal Medicine residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Ladapo is a regular columnist for the Harvard Focus, where he frequently discusses his clinical experiences and perspectives on health policy issues.
In January 1996, Congress passed an appropriations bill amendment prohibiting the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using “funds made available for injury prevention … to advocate or promote gun control.” This provision was triggered by evidence linking gun ownership to health harms, created uncertainty among CDC officials and researchers about what could be studied, and led to significant declines in funding. We evaluated the change in the number of publications on firearms in youth compared with research on other leading causes of death before and after the Congressional action. We focused on children and adolescents because they disproportionately experience gun violence and injury.