Aimee Medeiros, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director, History of Health Sciences Program



Research Interests

  • History of Medicine, U.S.

  • Medical Education

  • Children’s Health and Healthcare

  • Gender Differences

  • Healthcare Disparities

  • Race and Medicine

  • History of Pharmaceuticals

Courses Taught (2017-2018) – Syllabi and reading lists available upon request

Spring 2018

HHS 250: Anatomy of An Archive: Archival Methods (co-taught with Polina Ilieva)

Winter 2018

HHS 200B: History of Medicine from 1800 to the Present (co-taught with Dean Liz Watkins)

Fall 2017

HHS 203A: Introduction to Historiography

Winter-Spring 2017

HHS 297: Gender, Science and Medicine

Current Research Projects

Too Young to Die: The History of the Children’s Hospital in the U.S.

My second book project will explore the rise of the children’s hospital from 1848 to 1945 and will focus on several groundbreaking institutions across the nation: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (est.1855), Children’s Hospital of Boston (est. 1869), Children’s Hospital of Michigan (est. 1886) St. Louis Children’s Hospital (est. 1879), and San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital (est. 1887). Too Young to Die aims to provide a comparative approach to this history that will determine the impact regional forces – such as demographics, race relations, and the local economy – had on the institution in various geographies. It will shed light on how national standards manifested as it explores how these secular institutions negotiated the world of child charities from which they had come from and remained in as they entered into the world of scientific medicine. Funded in part by the Hellman Foundation

Patriotic Pediatrics: Women’s and Children’s Care before and after the 1918 National Children’s Year Campaign, a case study

A massive mobilization effort orchestrated by the federal government during WWI, the Children’s Year campaign aimed to reduce the high infant mortality rate in the US and promote the health of this nation’s youngest citizens.  One of the legacies of this campaign was the splintering off of volunteer groups after 1918 and a further compartmentalization of government programs dedicated to the uplift of children.  This project will examine if the feathering out of projects resulted in an increased biomedical approach to childbirth and meeting the health needs of sickly children.

Current Medical Education Projects

Differences Matter Initiative

Faculty Lead for UCSF POP – Pathway, Outreach, and Pipeline Program    Coordination

Bridges Curriculum

Topic Steward for Healthcare Disparities and Gender Differences

Design lead for Structural Competency curriculum in F2 (year 2 of medical school)

Co-Lead for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work Group

Chair-Elect, Mapping and Integration Committee


new orange 3D Lorraine Dong, Polina Ilieva, Aimee Medeiros, “Data Dreams: Planning for the Future of Historical Medical Documents,” Journal of the Medical Library Association 106 (4) 2018: 547-551.

new orange 3DMedeiros A, Siegel Watkins E., “Live Longer Better: The Historical Roots of Human Growth Hormone as Anti-Aging MedicineJ Hist Med Allied Sci. 2018 Feb 24. PMID: 29529228

Scott Griffiths, Stuart B. Murray, Aimee Medeiros, Aaron J. Blashill, “The tall and the short of it: An investigation of height ideals, height preferences, height dissatisfaction, heightism, and height-related quality of life impairment among sexual minority men,” Body Image 23 (2017): 146-154.

Heightened Expectations: The Rise of the Human Growth Hormone Industry in the America.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama, 2016. Winner of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of Health Sciences Monograph Award.

Is Being Short A Disability?” Examining How Disease and Disability Have Framed The Medical Treatment of Short Stature,” Western Humanities Review, 69:3(2015): 56-82.

Blog Posts (2016-2018)

Edited Out of History: How the Absence of Black and Brown Children from the Historical Record Could be Hazardous to Your Health,” Blog Post, Society for Medical Anthropology, February 8, 2017

White Privilege in American Medicine,” Blog Post, The Public’s Health, August 19, 2016


Last modified: October 16, 2018