Portrait Photograph of Theresa Duello 

Theresa Duello

Associate Professor

School of Medicine and Public Health l Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Duello received her PhD in Human Anatomy from the University of Iowa. She then pursued postdoctoral research training in Reproductive Endocrinology at Colorado State University and in Cell Biology at Yale University. She has been a faculty member in the School of Medicine and Public Health since 1982. In 2002, she spent a sabbatical leave at the Center for Research on Minority Health at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center focusing on culturally competent outreach to populations underrepresented in medical. She has integrated the knowledge gained into studies of the disparate burden of low birth weight and prematurity to specific populations as well into her efforts to recruit students underrepresented in STEM.


  • Health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of disease and other health conditions that exist among specific populations in the US. If illness is when “Bad things happen to good people,” health disparities are when worse things happen to good people.

    Approximate Length of Talk: 45 minutes – 1.5 hours

  • This talk talks about what the Human Genome Project showed and how it can affect healthcare.

  • ‘Race’ is a social category, not a biological or genetic entity. This talk discusses why we are confused about ‘race’ and how we fix it.