Gail Reed

American journalist and Havana resident Gail Reed spotlights a Cuban medical school that trains doctors from low-income countries who pledge to serve communities like their own.

"Health care in Cuba wasn’t built in a day. It was built over the last 50 years, with a public policy of emphasizing health care for all." - Gail Reed


An American journalist focused on Cuba’s social and economic issues, Gail Reed was NBC’s first Havana based producer since the early 1960s. After several decades of working in Havana, she developed a keen interest in the Cuban health system. In 1997, she founded Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), a US non-profit that promotes improved health outcomes and equity through dialogue among the US, Cuban, and global health communities. Gail co-produced the award-winning film ¡Salud!, a feature-length documentary on Cuba and the quest for global health, and currently serves as Executive Editor of MEDICC Review, a quarterly journal that publishes original research and perspectives by Cuban and other developing-country health professionals. 


Q & A with Gail
Gail talked with TEDMED about the Latin American Medical School and its contributions to global health

Documentary 2006. (Bourne, Field, Keck and Reed): A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all- the curious case of Cuba- a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’  From the shores of Africa to the Americas, ¡Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba.

Cuba answers the call for doctors.
Reed G. Bull World Health Organ, 2010 May;88(5);321-400.

Offline: Four principles of social medicine.
Horton R. Lancet. 2013 July 20;382(9888):192.

A Different Model — Medical Care in Cuba.
Campion E, Morrissey S. NEJM. 2013 Jan 24;368;297-299.

The Curious Case of Cuba.
Reed G, Keck W. AJPH. 2012 Aug;102(8);e13-e22.

Cuba's Latin American Medical School: Can Socially-Accountable Medical Education Make a Difference?
Gorry C. Over the Hills & Far Away: Rural Health in Cuba. MEDICC Review. 2012 July;14(3).