Howard is a part of an international network of activists dedicated to providing a high quality of life for those requiring health care services. Through decades of learning from and networking with professionals and patients alike, much has been done to ensure the best quality of health care for those in need.


The Roots

Howard Waitzkin grew up in a small town in northeastern Ohio. At an early age, tragedy in his low-income family spurred his interest in the relationships among oppression and inequality, public health, and medicine. Waitzkin received his MD and PhD in sociology from Harvard University in 1972. Over the course of his career, Waitzkin has practiced as a primary care physician in internal medicine and has taught social medicine at a variety of clinics and universities, including the United Farm Workers Clinic in Salinas, California; La Clínica de la Raza in Oakland, California; Stanford University Medical Center; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; and the University of California. Waitzkin joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico in 1997.

Professional Achievements

  • Leo G. Reeder Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Medical Sociology, 1997.

  • Fulbright New Century Scholar, 2001-2002.

  • Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2002-2003.

  • Jonathan Mann Award for Lifetime Commitment to Public Health and Social Justice Issues from the New Mexico Public Health Association, 2003.

  • Distinguished Professor (Highest Faculty Rank), University of New Mexico, 2005-present.

  • Presidential Teaching Fellow Award (Highest Teaching Award), University of New Mexico, 2010-2012.

  • Eliot Freidson Award for Outstanding Publication from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, 2012.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marxist Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, 2016.

  • Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Korea, 2019.