Aimee Medeiros, PhD

Phone: 415/476-7234


Assistant Professor, History of Health Sciences


My work focuses on the reciprocity between diagnoses, preventive care measures, and societal expectations of the body in medicine.

Research Interests

  • History of Pediatrics
  • Patient Records
  • Disability History
  • Gender Studies
  • Race and Medicine
  • Growth Hormone Therapy
  • Twentieth-Century Clinical Medicine in the U.S.

Courses Taught 

HHS 297: Race, Medicine, and the Politics of Difference

ANTHRO 249: Disability and Dependence in the US Welfare State (co-taught with Kelly R. Knight)

HHS 200B: History of Medicine from 1800 to the Present

HHS 213: Disability History

  • Syllabi and Reading Lists available upon request

Current Projects

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

This project will produce the first comprehensive history of the development of the children’s hospital in America. Comprised of five chapters organized chronologically, plus an introduction and epilogue, the resulting book will emphasize the rise of children’s hospitals from 1880 to 1930. This project reveals the complex relationships between medicine, the nascent field of pediatrics, and cultural notions of children and childhood. By shedding light on both the underpinnings of this institution as well as the conceptual roots of health disparities in America’s youth population, it will add a critical dimension to existing scholarship in the history of medicine and childhood studies.

Health Sciences Data Laboratory (HSDL)

HSDL will complement Big Data efforts by generating historical medical data preserved from non-digital formats. In reuniting and conserving data digitally, the HSDL will promote knowledge transfer and meaningfully contribute to UCSF’s datasphere. In doing so, it will play a fundamental role in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies in medical research across disciplines and areas of interests through its offerings.


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

My first book, Heightened Expectations: The Rise of the Human Growth Hormone Industry in the U.S.  (University of Alabama, 2016) examines the complex relationship between the history of the social stigmatization of short stature in boys and the rise of the multi-billion dollar human growth hormone industry.

Recent and Upcoming Talks 

Roundtable Participant, “Have you gone to Google?  Saving Paper-Based Patient Records in the Era of Big Data,” Annual Conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine, upcoming.

“They May Not be Giants – Blood Testing for HGH in the NBA,”  San Francisco Surgical Society, September 16, 2015

Panel Discussant, “Race, Racism, and Health Inequalities: An Interdisciplinary Conversation Across the Social & Population Sciences,” Organized by UCSF’s ASGD and SocPop Consortium, May 5, 2015.

“Big Medicine and Small Entertainers: Examining Early Growth Hormone Therapy,” Annual Conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, May 1, 2015.

“Size Matters: The History of Growth Charts in Pediatrics,” UCSF Pediatric Grand Rounds, October 30, 2014, N-217, Nurse Building.

“Heightened Expectations: Short Boys, Growth Hormone, and the Making of  Pharmaceutical Industry,” 5th West Coast Symposium in the History of Medicine and Conference of the Western Humanities Alliance, September 5, 2014.

Organizer and Participant of the Roundtable, “Without Men Would There Be No Other?: Using Masculinity as A Category of Analysis in the History of Medicine,” Annual Conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine, May 9, 2014.

“867 Middle-Class White Children from Ohio: Setting Global Standards to Monitor the Growth of Young People, 1977-2007”, Culpeper Seminar Series, January 15, 2014.







Last modified: January 22, 2016