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 & 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.


“ 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) [8]

“ 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) [9]

“ It's taken longer than I would like to see these programs emerge. ”
Ronald Gray (JohnsHopkinsSPH) [10]

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) [11]


  1. REFweb World Health Organization. "Information Package on Male Circumcision and HIV Prevention". Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  2. REFweb JohnsHopkinsSPH. "Rakai Project". Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  3. REFweb smugamba. "Rakai Male Circumcision Video By Stephen Mugamba Feat Jemima Sanyu.mpg". Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  4. a b REFjournal Morris, Brian James / Ron Gray / Xavier Castellsagué / F. Xavier Bosch / Daniel T. Halperin / C.A. Hankins / Jake H. Waskett (9 March 2011): The Strong Protective Effect of Circumcision Against Cancer of the Penis, in: Advanced in Urology. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  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. REFweb (2008). "The Use of Male Circumcision to Prevent HIV Infection", Doctors Opposing Circumcision. Retrieved 5 March 2011. "...funding from the United States National Institutes of Health to conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in Africa."
  7. REFjournal Gray, R.H. / R.C. Bailey / B.J. Morris (June 2010): Keratinization of the adult male foreskin and implications for male circumcision, in: AIDS. 24 (9):1381; author reply 1381–2, PMID, DOI.
  8. JohnsHopkinsSPH, (2009). Impact.
  9. JohnsHopkinsSPH, (2010). Rakai project.
  10. JohnsHopkinsSPH, (2010). Rakai project.
  11. N.Y. Times, The Latest Fight Over Foreskin, (8/29/2009).