Susan Blumenthal spoke at The Common Good on July 19, 2012. For more information about the event, visit our event page here.
About Susan Blumenthal:
Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. served as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Global Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where her work for over 20 years as a top Federal government leader focused on a broad range of public health and science issues facing the Nation and world.
She is an internationally recognized medical expert and leader who has been a major force in bringing important public health issues including women’s health, global health, disease, obesity, and violence prevention, and mental illness to increased scientific and public attention, helping to place them at the top of our nation’s health care agenda.
Dr. Blumenthal has also been involved in the national public health response to terrorism, emergency preparedness, biotechnology issues, and emerging disease threats including pandemic flu and AIDS. She has established many international health collaborations including a Middle East Health Initiative. S
he was a pioneer in applying information technology to improve health and was among the first in the government to use the Internet for health education, envisioning and establishing several award winning health websites.
Dr. Blumenthal was recently decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal of the U.S. Public Health Service, its highest honor, “for distinguished and pioneering leadership, groundbreaking contributions and dedicated public service that has improved the health of women, our Nation, and the world.”
Dr. Blumenthal serves as the Director of the Health and Medicine Program at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) where she co-chairs the Center’s Commission on Future Directions in Health Care. She also directs its health diplomacy programs including a Palestinian/Israeli Health Initiative supported by USAID that has convened experts, developed recommendations for cooperative programs and used information technology to help foster information exchange.
Additionally, Dr. Blumenthal serves as Senior Policy and Medical Advisor to amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research and is Chair of the Global Health Program at the Meridian International Center.
Dr. Blumenthal is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown and Tufts School of Medicine.