Dr. Susan Blumenthal

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Biography

Dr. Susan Blumenthal is an internationally recognized expert and leader on global health, who until recently served as US Assistant Surgeon General and senior global health and e-health advisor in the US Department of Health and Human Services. She has been a major force in bringing important public health issues, including global health, women's health, and mental illness, to scientific and public attention, helping to place them at the top of our nation's healthcare agenda. She is also a leader in the response to emerging disease threats including bioterrorism and pandemic flu.

Dr. Susan Blumenthal served as co-chair and was responsible for the coordination and implementation of the National Action Plan for Breast Cancer, a presidential initiative that helped catalyze further action in the fight against breast cancer. She is currently a clinical professor at the Georgetown School of Medicine and Tufts University Medical Center, and a distinguished visiting professor of women's studies at Brandeis University. She also serves as distinguished advisor on health, science, and medicine at the Center for the Study of the Presidency where she is leading the health initiative for 2008.

Dr. Blumenthal has served as medical director and host of several health television and film series and as a health columnist for magazines. She has received numerous awards including honorary doctorates for her landmark contributions in improving health. As a professional speaker, Dr. Blumenthal brings her audiences examples of her firsthand experience in the federal government, and of how health issues are handled at the national and global levels. She also discusses current issues facing women's health, the response to pandemic flu, and healthcare reform.

Speaking Topics

The Future of Health in the 21st Century
Medical science is entering a golden age but the keys to longer life are not all locked in the laboratory. Technological progress is not a complete recipe for better health. Even as scientists explore the frontiers of medicine, prevention remains the cornerstone to a healthier future. Many health concerns are just a jet plane away. Global health issues have significant humanitarian, economic, and national security implications for all of us. Keynote speaker Dr. Susan Blumenthal explores these issues and concludes with a prescription for some simple steps we can all take towards a healthier future.

Global Health Issues in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges
Dr. Susan Blumenthal presents the critical health issues facing our country and our world today. With international trade, travel, and telecommunications, the world is shrinking, causing greater threat for the travel of infectious and chronic diseases. Blumenthal discusses preparedness and prevention as cornerstones to meeting and defeating emerging health threats, such as infectious diseases, avian flu, bioterrorism, and obesity, to ensure a healthier future for ourselves and our world.

Critical Women's Health Issues in the 21st Century
Today, the leading killer of women is chronic disease, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lung disease, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. Healthcare speaker Dr. Susan Blumenthal addresses some of the critical health issues facing American women at the beginning of the 21st century. She highlights women's health across the life span including important new information, cutting edge advances, and the steps each one of us can take towards a healthier future.

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