His primary aim is to promote policies and practices that improve access to care and quality of care for the poor and other vulnerable populations, and eliminate racial and economic disparities in health care.
Currently, he serves on the Editorial Boards of HSR and Medical Care Research and Review. Dr. Gaskin also serves on the Boards of Directors for the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, the Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative and the National Economic Association.
He was awarded the AcademyHealth 2002 Article-of-the-Year Award for his Health Services Research article, "Are Urban Safety-Net Hospitals Losing Low-Risk Medicaid Maternity Patients?" He served as governing councilor and section councilor of the American Public Health Association. In addition, Dr. Gaskin was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System.
Dr. Gaskin has also held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland at College Park in the African American Studies Department and the Georgetown University Medical Center in the Institute of Healthcare Research and Policy. He earned a Ph.D. in health economics at the Johns Hopkins University, an M.S. degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. degree in economics from Brandeis University.