David Oshinsky Keynote Speaker
- Director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine
- 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner in the History category for his book, Polio: An American Story
DAVID OSHINSKY is the director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health and a professor in the NYU Department of History. His many books include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Worse Than Slavery, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for its distinguished contribution to human rights; and Polio: An American Story, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History. In 2009, PBS (The American Experience) aired a documentary, The Polio Crusade, based on his polio book; in 2020, PBS aired a documentary (The McCarthy Era) based on his McCarthy biography.
Oshinsky has been a frequent juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in history and in biography. He received the Dean’s Medal from the Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for his distinguished contributions to the field, and Bill Gates wrote that Oshinsky’s polio book strongly influenced his decision to make polio eradication the number one priority of the Gates Foundation. Oshinsky’s most recent book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital, published in 2016 by Doubleday, has won numerous awards. His articles and reviews appear regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books, and other international publications.