Ronald H. Gray

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Married To:
Maria Wawer
Colleagues & Benefactors:
Maria Wawer
Robert C. Bailey
Bertran Auvert
Brian J. Morris
Aaron Tobian
Thomas Quinn
Funded By:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Johns Hopkins
National Institutes of Health
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Ronald Gray with his wife, and
colleague, Maria Wawer.

Ronald Gray is a North American circumcision proponent and biased researcher looking for justifications to roll-out mass circumcision programs around the world. He headed one of the three RCTs being used by the WHO to endorse circumcision as HIV prevention.[1] At their clinic, a music video promoting circumcision plays continuously.[2][3] He sometimes goes by the name Ron.[4]

Ronald Gray's RCT

Of the three RCTs being used by the WHO to promote circumcision as HIV prevention, Gray supervised the RCT that was carried out in Uganda.[5] Two other RCTs were supervised by Robert C. Bailey and Bertran Auvert respectively. All three RCTs were funded by the American National Institutes of Health.[6]

In 2010,[7] and again in 2011,[4] Gray published studies with Brian J. Morris.


Quotes

We've never used surgery to prevent an infectious disease. It's a completely new concept, a new paradigm. How can we train all the surgeons to do this procedure and equip them.

--Ronald Gray. JohnsHopkinsSPH, (2009). Impact.



It's been hard to change policy, because this is a whole new paradigm. We've never used surgery to prevent an infectious disease. Policy makers have to really take some time to wrap their minds around it.

--Ronald Gray. JohnsHopkinsSPH, (2010). Rakai project.



It's taken longer than I would like to see these programs emerge.

--Ronald Gray. JohnsHopkinsSPH, (2010). Rakai project.



The Latest Fight Over Foreskin

If you were to ask me, should the U.S. be promoting circumcision, my answer would be, ‘no,’ What I do think ought to be the policy is that parents should be informed about the potential protective effects.

--Ronald Gray. N.Y. Times, The Latest Fight Over Foreskin, (8/29/2009).



References

  1. "Information Package on Male Ci rcumcision and HIV Prevention". World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/hiv/mediacentre/infopack_en_1.pdf. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  2. "Rakai Project". JohnsHopkinsSPH. YouTube. 2010-10-01. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mXFdXJaG8k#t=8m37s. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  3. "Rakai Male Circumcision Video By Stephen Mugamba Feat Jemima Sanyu.mpg". smugamba. YouTube. 2010-06-06. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rtEdNl322Q. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Morris, Brian James; Ron Gray, Xavier Castellsagué, F. Xavier Bosch, Daniel T. Halperin, C. A. Hankins, and Jake H. Waskett (2011-03-09). "The Strong Protective Effect of Circumcision Against Cancer of the Penis". Advanced in Urology. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/au/aip/812368/. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  5. Gray RH. Kigozi G, Serwadda D, et al. Male circumcision for HIV prevention in men in Rakai, Uganda: a randomised trial. Lancet 2007;369:557-66.
  6. "The Use of Male Circumcision to Prevent HIV Infection". Doctors Opposing Circumcision. 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-03-05. http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/info/HIVStatement.html. Retrieved 2011-03-05. "...funding from the United States National Institutes of Health to conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in Africa." 
  7. Gray RH, Bailey RC, Morris BJ (June 2010). "Keratinization of the adult male foreskin and implications for male circumcision". AIDS 24 (9): 1381; author reply 1381–2. doi:10.1097/QAD.0b013e3283392555. PMID 20559044. 
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