David Oshinsky

David Oshinsky | PepTalk Expert Speaker
David Oshinsky | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Director of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Gain a deep understanding of American history, particularly in the fields of medicine and public health, with David M. Oshinsky, speaker, renowned historian, and author.
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David Oshinsky | Speaker Biography

David Oshinsky is a historian and author known for his contributions to American history, particularly in the fields of medicine and public health. With a Ph.D. from Brandeis University, he currently directs the Division of Medical Humanities at the NYU School of Medicine and holds a professorship in the NYU Department of History.

Oshinsky has written several acclaimed books that have shaped our understanding of historical events and their societal impact. His most notable achievement is winning the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book "Polio: An American Story," which also earned him the Hoover Presidential Book Award. This book influenced Bill Gates' decision to prioritize polio eradication through the Gates Foundation.

His other works include "Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital," recognized as the best book about New York City and featured in PBS documentaries. He also authored "A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy," which won the Hardeman Prize for the best book about the U.S. Congress. Another noteworthy book by Oshinsky is "Worse Than Slavery," which received the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for its contribution to human rights.

Oshinsky's expertise extends beyond writing, as he frequently contributes to prestigious publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Review of Books. His articles and reviews provide valuable insights into various topics related to history, medicine, and public policy.

Throughout his career, Oshinsky has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field. He has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in history and biography, and in 2009, he received the Dean's Medal from the Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for his distinguished contributions.

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