Chris Gibbons

Board Member

Chief Health Innovation Officer at Federal Communications Commission

At the FCC Chris Gibbon's goal is simple - to be a catalyst for making a new broadband-enabled health and care ecosystem, a reality. To put it simply, the potential of broadband is enormous for health and healthcare. The full potential goes far beyond health apps, mHealth, Electronic Health Records, and even big data. The true power of broadband in health will be realized when every consumer is connected, in real time, to the providers, information, support and services they need to get well and stay healthy.

As associate director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, Chris Gibbons, MD, MPH '97, frequently shifts between his academic office in a downtown building and his community-based office in an East Baltimore neighborhood. Though his locations change, his focus doesn't. Gibbons seeks answers to persistent urban health problems like the racial disparities in cancer and cardiovascular disease treatment and outcomes. At the Urban Health Institute, he is leading development of an urban health curriculum and supervising a team of community health workers. His daily pulse-taking of East Baltimore's people and its neighborhoods has led him to what he believes is one secret to urban health.