Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, M.D.
“A New National Prescription: WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES,
History, Progress, Challenges”
Thursday, September 15, 2016
TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served; 1-2 pm –
Presentation and Q & A
PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon
Rear Admiral (ret.) Susan Blumenthal, M.D, M.P.A. — for over two decades a key leader in national and international advances in a women’s health policy agenda, exposing inequities in women’s health research and sparking new efforts on gender differences in health and disease — will discuss a broad range of topics as she surveys what’s needed today, in what she calls the task of “writing a new national prescription” to improve women’s health, ranging over its history, current progress, and challenges remaining for a new Administration and new Congress.
Former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States, she was also the first Deputy Assistant Secretary (HHS) for Women’s Health (1993-1997); and is now clinical professor at both Tufts and Georgetown University and Schools of Medicine; as well as a senior fellow in health policy at the New America Foundation, where she has emphasized health reform implementation and health technology; senior medical advisor at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and public health editor for The Huffington Post.
Her focus, including in her earlier role as senior global health advisor at HHS, has been on women’s health policy broadly, and also cancer, obesity, suicide prevention, mental illness, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness, and pandemic threats from HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and most recently, the Zika virus. When at HHS in her role on women’s health, she coordinated a $4 billion budget of research, services, and education, including at the NIH, FDA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She served as the Co-chair of a Presidential initiative on breast cancer. She has been a pioneer in applying information technology to improve health establishing the first health website in the government.
For 12 years, Dr. Blumenthal directed major research programs at NIH, specializing in obesity, disease prevention, psychoneuroimmunology, sleep disorders, and mental illness, as chief of the Behavioral Medicine and Basic Prevention Research Branch and head of the NIH’s Suicide Research Unit. She edited a book, Suicide Over the Life Cycle, in 1990, She also hosted an award winning 13-part TV series on women’s health issues.
Admiral Blumenthal has taught at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard University’s school of government, Brandeis University, and Stanford University in Washington. Dr Blumenthal has received numerous awards for her groundbreaking work including honorary doctorates and was named a “Rock Star of Science.” She is the wife of U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA). She has said of him: “As a doctor, I think he’s genetically hard-wired for politics.”
WNDC Board member Mary Tierney, MD, will moderate the Q & A.