Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Susan Blumenthal, M.D.
New America Foundation
Senior Fellow in Health Policy; Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General; www.4globalhealth.org
Washington, DC

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Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. (ret.) served as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Global Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Blumenthal is currently a Senior Fellow in Health Policy at the New America Foundation.

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Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. (ret.) served as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, Senior Global Health Advisor and the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Women’s Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services and was a White House Advisor on Health. She is currently a Senior Fellow in Health Policy at the New America, Senior Policy and Medical Advisor at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and Chair of the Global Health Program at the Meridian International Center where her work focuses on a broad range of public health and science issues facing the nation and world. She also serves as a Clinical Professor at Georgetown University and Tufts University Schools of Medicine. Dr. Blumenthal has served as Director of the Health and Medicine Program at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
 
With over two decades of Federal service at the highest levels of government serving in the Administrations of four U.S. Presidents, Dr. Blumenthal has provided national leadership on a broad range of health issues including national health reform, global health issues, women’s health, obesity, disease prevention, mental illness, pandemic flu, and bioterrorism, which has made her a trusted source of knowledge for the public and for the many Administration officials and government leaders that she has advised throughout her career.
 
Admiral Blumenthal was appointed and served as the country’s very first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health. In this position, she was an advisor to the White House on women’s health issues and coordinated a $4 billion budget on women’s health across the agencies of the US Department of Health and Human Services including NIH, FDA, and CDC. Her many accomplishments during her tenure in this position include establishing the National Centers of Excellence on Women’s Health at academic centers throughout the country and the National Women’s Health Information Center, a single point of access on the web and through a toll-free telephone service to cutting edge resources. Dr. Blumenthal was a pioneer in the government applying technology to improve health including the establishment of the first health website. She also spearheaded “From Missiles to Mammograms,” an innovative collaboration involving the CIA, NASA, DOD, and HHS which transferred imaging technology used for military and space purposes to improve the early detection of breast cancer. Additionally, she served as Co-Chair of a Presidential Initiation on breast cancer. For the 12 years prior to this appointment, Blumenthal served as a Branch Chief of major national research programs at the National Institutes of Health on behavioral medicine, disease, suicide and violence prevention and mental illness. Dr. Blumenthal has served as Senior Advisor on Public Health to the White House Domestic Policy Council and as the top medical advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has been a Fellow at Harvard University’s School of Government and the Bundy Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic and at Stanford University in Washington.
 
Dr. Blumenthal has published numerous articles in scientific journals and national periodicals, including serving as the health columnist for US News and World Report and Elle magazines. She is currently the Public Health Editor of The Huffington Post. Dr. Blumenthal is frequently called upon as a medical expert in the news and served as host and medical director of an award-winning television series on health. She was the Medical Director of a Discovery Channel/American Film Institute Global Health Series and Chief Medical Advisor to a PBS Health Initiative.
 
Admiral Blumenthal has received numerous awards including honorary doctorates and has been decorated with the highest medals of the US Public Health Service for her pioneering leadership and landmark contributions to improving health. She was named 2009 Health Leader of the Year by the Commissioned Officers Association, its highest honor, and as a 2010 Rock Star of Science by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and GQ magazine. The New York Times, the Medical Herald and The National Library of Medicine have named Blumenthal as one of the most important and influential women in medicine.

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