Sondra S. Crosby, MD
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, University of Washington
PharmD, University of Washington
BPharm, Washington State University

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."

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

An Interprofessional, Trauma-Based Education Program to Advance the Health of Refugees
09/01/2017 - 12/31/2021 (Multi PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Sarah Kimball, MD
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. Crosby SS, Glantz LH. "Rectal Feeding"-Unethical Medical Officer Participation at CIA Secret Interrogation Facilities. JAMA. 2024 Jan 09; 331(2):103-104.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38127323
  2. Bedi NS, Mathur N, Wang JD, Rech A, Gaden N, Annas GJ, Crosby SS. Human Rights in Hospitals: an End to Routine Shackling. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 May; 39(6):1048-1052.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38169026; PMCID: PMC11074073; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-023-08584-8;
  3. Choi J, Juntunen A, Brewer H, Abbas D, Sopper C, Bielick L, Ghebrehiwet S, Flinton K, Sarfaty S, Jacquet GA, Crosby S, Piwowarczyk L, Oleng N, Borba CPC. Evaluating an Interprofessional Trauma-Based Education Course to Advance the Care and Health of Refugees. J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 Oct; 25(5):1043-1049.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36574112; DOI: 10.1007/s10903-022-01440-7;
  4. Ulrich MR, Crosby SS. Title 42, asylum, and politicising public health. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2022 Mar; 7:100124.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36777657; PMCID: PMC9903581; DOI: 10.1016/j.lana.2021.100124;
  5. Neufeld MY, Kimball S, Stein AB, Crosby SS. Correction to: Forensic evaluation of alleged wrist restraint/handcuff injuries in survivors of torture utilizing the Istanbul Protocol. Int J Legal Med. 2021 Sep; 135(5):2145.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34106336
  6. Annas GJ, Crosby SS. Standard Racism: Trying to Use "Crisis Standards of Care" in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Bioeth. 2021 08; 21(8):1-3.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34313559
  7. Wang RY, Rojo MC, Crosby SS, Rajabiun S. Examining the Impact of Restrictive Federal Immigration Policies on Healthcare Access: Perspectives from Immigrant Patients across an Urban Safety-Net Hospital. J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Feb; 24(1):178-187. PMID: 33710446; PMCID: PMC7952258; DOI: 10.1007/s10903-021-01177-9;
  8. Neufeld MY, Kimball S, Stein AB, Crosby SS. Forensic evaluation of alleged wrist restraint/handcuff injuries in survivors of torture utilizing the Istanbul Protocol. Int J Legal Med. 2021 Mar; 135(2):583-590.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33409560; PMCID: PMC9074820; DOI: 10.1007/s00414-020-02451-5;
  9. Crosby SS, Sonis L, Annas GJ. The Boston Medical Center Immigrant Task Force: An Alternative to Teaching Immigration Law to Health Care Providers. J Law Med Ethics. 2021; 49(1):59-63.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33966656
  10. Crosby SS. My COVID-19. Ann Intern Med. 2021 01; 174(1):120-121. PMID: 32777184
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22 years of indefinite detention and eroded human rights

Techno Blender 1/12/2024

Doctor Describes and Denounces C.I.A. Practice of ‘Rectal Feeding’ of Prisoners

New York Times 2/24/2023

POV: Forced Displacement of Migrants is Cruel and Inhumane—the United States Must Do Better

BU Today 2/1/2023

Community Insights Survey Debunks Three Misconceptions About Immigrant and Refugee Health Care Engagement

HealthCity 5/5/2022

How 9/11 changed the world

BU Today 9/8/2021

The Link Between Delirium and Dementia

Scientific American 2/25/2021

Could COVID delirium bring on dementia?

Nature 12/2/2020

The Health Consequences of Family Separation at the Border

HealthCity 11/23/2020

Election 2020: A Day of Nervousness Turns to a Night of Uncertainty

BU Today 11/3/2020

Hospital’s Health Plan Covers Green Card Medical Exam for Immigrant Employees

HealthCity 10/23/2020

Assange ‘binge-watched’ suicide of ex-Bosnian Croat general

WHDH 9/25/2020

Virginity Testing is Considered Assault. Yet, We Still Do It.

London Free Press 2/26/2020

How Much Cruelty Can Trump Get Away With? Ask Obama

The Nation 2/19/2020

How Much Cruelty Can Trump Get Away With? Ask Obama.

The Nation 2/19/2020

Guidelines Urge Engagement, Education With 'Virginity Test’ Requests

MDAlert 1/29/2020

Dedham resident receives medal

Wicked Local 12/18/2019

Not Just Rapper T.I.: Doctors Get Requests For Sexist, Unscientific 'Virginity Tests'

USA Today 11/14/2019

POV: Child Detention at the Border Is Torture

BU Today 7/18/2019

Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading—and American Prisons Won’t Stop

The Nation 6/4/2019

Doctor Who Evaluated Julian Assange Told UN His Confinement Was Torture

Motherboard 4/15/2019

A BU Physician Once Examined Assange. What Did She Find?

BU Today 4/11/2019

CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects 11/13/2018
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