Sondra S. Crosby, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, University of Washington
PharmD, University of Washington

Sondra Crosby, MD is a medical doctor and Professor of Medicine at Boston University, specializing in internal medicine. She is also a faculty member of the Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights department at the Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Crosby is notable for being one of the first doctors allowed to travel to Guantanamo to independently examine Guantanamo captives. She is also notable for serving as the director of medical care at the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. She examined over 300 torture victims at the Center.

Dr. Crosby is one of the authors of Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by the US, published by Physicians for Human Rights. According to Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Crosby has "written over 200 affidavits documenting medical and psychological sequelae of torture."

Associate Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management
Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights

Active Staff Privileges
Boston Medical Center

An Interprofessional, Trauma-Based Education Program to Advance the Health of Refugees
09/01/2017 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

Ethical Responsibilities of Physicians Who Care for Immigrants in Federal Immigration Detention
01/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
The Greenwall Foundation

Acute HIV Study
07/01/2000 - 10/31/2001 (PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health

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  1. Annas GJ, Crosby S. US military medical ethics in the War on Terror. J R Army Med Corps. 2019 Jan 24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30683802.
  2. Mehta PK, Saia K, Mody D, Crosby SS, Raj A, Maru S, Piwowarczyk L. Learning from UJAMBO: Perspectives on Gynecologic Care in African Immigrant and Refugee Women in Boston, Massachusetts. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Apr; 20(2):380-387.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29032521.
  3. Crosby SS, Benavidez G. From Nuremberg to Guantanamo Bay: Uses of Physicians in the War on Terror. Am J Public Health. 2018 Jan; 108(1):36-41. PMID: 29161065.
  4. Annas GJ, Crosby SS. Post-9/11 torture at CIA "black sites"--physicians and lawyers working together. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jun 11; 372(24):2279-81.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26061833; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1503428;.
  5. Crosby SS, Xenakis SN, Glantz LH. Force feeding at Guantanamo in first case brought to US federal court. BMJ. 2015; 350:h1270.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25758757; DOI: 10.1136/bmj.h1270;.
  6. Moreno A, Crosby S, Xenakis S, Iacopino V. Implementing Istanbul Protocol standards for forensic evidence of torture in Kyrgyzstan. J Forensic Leg Med. 2015 Feb; 30:39-42. PMID: 25623194; DOI: 10.1016/j.jflm.2014.12.009;.
  7. Waldorf B, Gill C, Crosby SS. Assessing adherence to accepted national guidelines for immigrant and refugee screening and vaccines in an urban primary care practice: a retrospective chart review. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Oct; 16(5):839-45.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23512323; DOI: 10.1007/s10903-013-9808-6;.
  8. Crosby SS. Not every food refuser is a hunger striker. Am J Bioeth. 2014; 14(7):47-8. PMID: 24978414; DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2014.921468;.
  9. Crosby SS. Primary care management of non-English-speaking refugees who have experienced trauma: a clinical review. JAMA. 2013 Aug 7; 310(5):519-28. PMID: 23925622; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2013.8788;.
  10. Annas GJ, Crosby SS, Glantz LH. Guantanamo Bay: a medical ethics-free zone? N Engl J Med. 2013 Jul 11; 369(2):101-3.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23758205; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1306065;.
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Human Rights
Refugee and Immigrant Health
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